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How to Fix a Ceiling Light Which Has Stopped Working

    • 1). Remove the light switch cover plate with a screwdriver. Set the screw and the cover plate aside. Make sure the light switch is on.

    • 2). Notice there is a screw at the top right-hand side of the switch and one at the bottom on the same side. Set the voltmeter on 120-volt setting and place one probe connected to the voltmeter on the top screw and the other one on the bottom screw.

    • 3). Check the needle on the voltmeter to determine if electricity is flowing through the switch. If there is, then the problem is going to be between the light switch and ceiling light fixture. Turn the light switch off.

    • 4). Remove the globe covering the light bulbs and remove the bulbs as well. Set them aside. Locate the screws that secure the light fixture to the ceiling light junction box and back them out far enough to allow the fixture to come away from the junction box.

    • 5). Locate the connections between the light fixture and the ceiling. There should be one black wire from the fixture connected to a black wire from the ceiling along with a white and a bare wire connected to their same color counterparts. If one of the wires is disconnected, reconnect the wires with wire nuts and wrap the connection with new electrical tape.

    • 6). Slip the fixture over the screws that secure it to the junction box and tighten the screws. Install the light bulbs and turn the light switch on.

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