1950 fixture with original wiring, one bulb not working

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Old 11-10-11, 01:14 PM
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1950 fixture with original wiring, one bulb not working

Since we are on a roll lately.... My older neighbor lady has an issue with her light fixture and does not have the funds to hire an electrician. My hubby and I told her we would come take a look at it. Here is my concern.

Her house was built in 1950 and EVERYTHING is original (actually really cool appliances). Anyway The ceiling light is adjustable (you can pull on it to bring it closer to the table) and has three standard bulbs in it. One of the bulbs is not working, the other two are working normally.

My guess is the socket has finally conked out but my concern is how easy is it to wire something into a fixture that old? Can I use today's standard sockets?
 
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There are three sockets in there all of the same age. My thought process is that if one has failed, the other two are likely to fail soon as well (they have the same number of hours on them) and I would therefore replace all of them by replacing the fixture itself.
 
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The problem is she does not want the fixture replaced, its like something out of the Jetsens and she would like to keep it if at all possible.
 
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Move the non-working bulb to a different socket to verify whether the problem is the bulb or the socket. Make sure the contacts on the bottom of the bulb are not corroded.
 

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And make sure the tab is pulled up.
 
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Lighting stores usually sell parts to build-your-own or repair lamps -- cords, switches, bulb holders, etc. I bet you can find what you need at a place like that.
 
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