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JeremyB 05-17-2011 03:23 PM

Flickering Light in Basement
Hi Guys

I have a light in my basement laundry room that has taken to flickering, I noticed it at first start going dim and now it just flickers when I turn the light on. So I dont use it now as there is light from the window and other side of the laundry room. But I do want to fix it. would anybody have any ideas on what it could be and how I would go about fixing it? maybe a tutorial of some sort seeing that Im not all that electrical savy, but dont mind giving this a go.

Any help would be great


PS- I can take a pic of the fixture if that will help ;)

JeremyB 05-17-2011 03:25 PM

forgot to mention the bulb makes a buzzing noise.

oldognewtrick 05-17-2011 04:56 PM

What type of fixture is this, a pic might be helpfull.

JeremyB 05-17-2011 05:09 PM

Its a bulb attached to a junction box

nealtw 05-17-2011 07:41 PM

Try a new bulb.

JeremyB 05-17-2011 07:46 PM

I tried that and still no luck, I did find something odd though. If I loosen the bulb out a bit it stops but starts again after a few days???

JoeD 05-18-2011 07:48 AM

Bad connecton of the wires to the socket or maybe the socket itself is damaged. Inspect socket and connections.

JeremyB 05-18-2011 08:35 AM

cheers Joe, thats what I was thinking. Maybe pulling on the chain to turn the lights off and on over the years has caused the wire to become loose??

sailor86 05-18-2011 02:00 PM

Just change the entire fixture. If it is strictly a pull-chain fixture, you'll have a constant hot in there. You'll have to find the appropriate breaker and turn off power. Just go to the hardware store and get one of them head-mounted lights or have a friend hold a flashlight. If your basement is unfinished, and you can trace the fixture's wire to near the door, you may want to consider adding a switch.

JeremyB 05-18-2011 02:49 PM

thanks sailor86

what exactly is a constant hot? Im assuming you mean hot as in the wire

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