Repair a Light Fixture

One minute fix for a light socket

One solution for a flickering light bulb is to bend the tab in the socket slightly upward to assure a better electrical contact. The fix takes only a minute.

By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine

Simple fix for a flickering light

Do you have bulbs that burn out quickly, lights that flicker, or a light fixture that simply doesn't work even though there's power to it? Try this 60-second fix before you call an electrician.

Turn off the power to the fixture and use a non-contact voltage tester to make sure the power is off. Then reach into the bulb socket with a flat-blade screwdriver and gently pry up on the tab that's centered at the bottom to restore good contact with the bulb.

Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Flat tip screwdriver
  • Non-contact voltage tester

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