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Light Fixture Repair Guide

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Light Fixture Repair Guide

If you’ve run into a situation where your light fixture has gone out or is working improperly, it’s important to weigh your options. Some problems may require a simple fix, while others may require a full replacement of professional assistance. Use this guide to help identify your problem, and decide what to do from there.

  1. 1.Understanding Light Fixtures

    Sometimes it’s not your light fixture at all, but the switches leading to the fixture.

    Light fixtures rely on an electrical connection to run, so first troubleshoot by looking for the source of the failure. Sometimes it’s not your light fixture at all, but the switches leading to the fixture. If there’s no juice going to the fixture, there’s no way to fix a fixture that isn’t broken!


    First, replace the light bulb in the fixture and turn on the switch. Your first problem may have been a bulb issue. If that doesn’t work, try to plug in another lamp or lighting unit on the same circuit that your fixture is on. If the lamp or lighting unit doesn’t turn on, you’ll need to call a professional electrician to take a look at the problem.

  2. 2.Find a Paro

    If you’ve decided you need professional assistance with your light fixture repair or wiring problem, use Pro Referral! All of the Pros in our network have been background checked and our in-house staff has verified their credentials and insurance coverage. Hiring a trusted Pro can give you the assurance the job will be done right, every step of the way.


    Ask your local contractors about turnaround time. Will the fixture itself need replacement? Is it a wiring issue? Electricians can use voltage meters to pinpoint your problem. The beautiful thing about electricity is that a professional can tell you whether or not it’s there. It’s a simple case of finding the issue in the flow of electricity.


    Schedule the work to be done during a time that is convenient for you, preferably one block of time that gives the contractor plenty of room to knock out the job in one sitting. There’s no sense in needing multiple return visits and time extensions for a job that can be explained thoroughly after a proper inspection.


    Once you’ve done your homework, you can rest easy knowing that capable, quality hands are on the job for you!

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