Here are money saving and safety tips for lighting.

Routine light bulb replacement practices

  •  Always throw out the old lamps. If you put the old lamps back in the package, next time you need a light bulb, you’ll use the bad one you put in the package before and think there is something wrong with the light fixture.
  • Date the light bulbs with a small magic marker. This way, when you change light bulbs again, you’ll know how long ago you replaced the lamp. When the light goes out again, you’ll know if it’s the same lamp or another one that failed.
  • Always replace fluorescent lamps in pairs. The vast majority of fluorescent lights have two or four lamps per fixture. Replacing a bad pair (and dating the lamps) makes it easier to identify next time the light goes out.
  • Always install the correct size and type of lamp. Never increase the wattage or lamp style in a fixture; refer to the manufacturer’s nameplate for maximum lamp wattage. Increasing the lamp wattage can overheat the wiring and potentially create a fire hazard.
  • Buy quality replacement lamps. Cheap light bulbs fail prematurely, leading you to believe that you have a more serious problem of burning out light bulbs.

Problems replacing light bulbs

If, after following the practices above, you replace a light bulb in the fixture and it does not work, before assuming it is the fixture, try the following:

  • Try another light bulb (or a bulb from a working fixture) to see if it works; the problem may be the bulb
  • Be sure the light switch and/or dimmer switch is turned on and all the way up
  • Check the circuit breakers or fuses
  • If it is a fluorescent lamp, be sure it is properly seated in the lamp holders