Troubleshooting a Chandelier: Lights Not Working

chandelier hanging from a white ceiling
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What You'll Need
Voltage tester
Light bulb

There may be many reasons why your chandelier lights are not working properly. In most cases, the reason why some or all lights in your chandelier are not working is related to electrical power. Apart from this, the chandelier may be difficult to reach in order to clean it or replace an old light bulb. Today you can find extension poles that were originally created to help you reach such things more easily, however, if the chandelier is either too high or in the center of a room, then the extension will probably be useless. In several cities in the United States, you can hire some scaffolding to reach such chandeliers to check any lights which are not working.

If you want to solve this problem personally, first of all, you need to know some basic information about electricity. Always remember to use extreme caution when working with any form of electricity.

Check the Circuit Breaker

The easiest way to check chandelier lights is by inspecting its circuit breaker at the main panel. The circuit breaker is the device that controls the power to the chandelier. See whether it is tripped, or turned on or off.

Check the Filament of The Light Bulb

two types of light bulbs

If you find that the circuit breaker is on, then go check the chandeliers and find which lights are not working. Turn the light bulb counter-clockwise to take it off. At this point, you should examine the bulb’s filament to see if it is broken. If you see that the problem is caused by a broken filament, discard the old light bulb and replace it with a new one.

Test the Chandelier Socket

If the new light bulb still does not work, try checking the socket that holds the light bulb in the chandelier. In order to test the chandelier socket, you need a voltage tester. Put one probe into the socket touching the center of the socket, then allow contact between the second probe and a metal screw-in part of the socket. The tester should light if the problem has been solved but if it doesn't, proceed to step 4.

Check the Wires of the Chandelier

Take off the chandelier from its place and check the black and white wires. Use the voltage tester touching one probe on the black wire and the other probe on the neutral white wire. If you see that the tester is on, then you need to replace the socket.

Test the Switch Box

light switch

If the tester does not turn on, then you should check the switch that you use to turn the chandelier lights on and off. Take off the cover and inspect the wires carefully to see that they are attached to the terminal screws on the switch. Check also that the copper wires are not loose. After turning on the switch, place one of the meter's probes on the switch's silver-colored terminal and the other probe touching the white neutral wire coming from the breaker. If the switch is good, the tester should light up or show a voltage reading. If it doesn't, switch the probe from the silver terminal to the brass or dark-colored terminal and if the meter lights up or show a reading, the switch is the culprit and needs replacement.

By following these few steps, you will more likely than not, solve your chandelier lights problem. If you are still having problems locating the cause it is advisable to refer to a professional electrician.