If you have a malfunctioning light fixture, you may be able to fix the problem without calling an electrician. Sometimes, all a fixture needs to work properly is to have a better electrical connection between the light and the tab in the socket.

  • Turn off the power to the light.
  • Use a non-contact voltage tester to ensure no power is running to the light.
  • Use a flat blade screwdriver to gently pry up on the tab at the bottom of the fixture.

This process can re-establish a good connection between the light and the bulb, fixing flickering lights and other issues. You can usually complete the fix in less than a minute, saving you time and the cost of hiring help. If you don’t see any results after adjusting the tab, then contact an electrician to see if they can uncover the bigger issue.

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