Follow this simple tips when your a light in your house does not light up when you flip on the light switch. The most obvious thing anyone would do is to replace the light bulb. Most of the time, this will take care of the problem, The most common cause is a fused light bulb, but what if even after replacing the bulb, the light still refuse to glow?
The most important thing, when trouble shooting is to keep to your basic knowledge. Most of the time, the trouble could be the most basic problem. Do not over think and start imagining all kinds of complex problems. Just remind yourself that the light has been working all this while, so nothing too complicated should happen.
If after replacing the light bulb does not solve the problem, then go for the next obvious one. The bulb socket holder. Check the holder to see if the terminals are still in good shape or if any wires have broken off from it’s terminals. After prolonged use, wires do get a little brittle and snaps off quite easily.
If that still do not solve your problem, go to the next obvious one. The light switch. Switches too will become faulty after a couple of years. If you know how, use a circuit tester to see if current is passing through the switch when it switched on.
In most cases, checking these places will take care of the problem. It is only after exhausting all these basic steps that you should start to worry about more complicated things.
Other not so common problems that will cause a light to stop working all of a sudden is:
A broken circuit –
Which means one or two of the wires in that light circuit have snapped somewhere. Unless you have some knowledge of electrical wiring and understand how the light circuits in your homes are laid out, this will be a job for a qualified electrician.
When attempting to repair any electrical faults in your house, always REMEMBER TO SWITCH OFF THE MAINS!