Troubleshooting a Chandelier: Lights Not Working
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 which 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.
1. Check the Circuit Breaker
The easiest way to check chandelier lights is by inspecting the circuit breaker of the house. The circuit breaker is the device which provides the chandelier with electric power. See whether it is turned on or off.
2. Check the Filament of The Light Bulb
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 the filament or to test the theory of a bad bulb, discard the old light bulb and replace it with a new one.
3. 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 two-pronged tester. Put one prong into the socket and let it touch the center of the socket, then allow contact between the second prong and a metal part of the socket. The tester should light if the problem has been solved.
4. Check the Wires of the Chandelier
Take off the chandelier from its place and check the black and white wires. Use the two-pronged tester again by putting one prong in the connector and touch the other prong with a metal part of the electrical box. If you see that the tester is on, then you need to replace the socket.
5. Test the Switch Box
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 a wire connector. Check also that the copper wires are not loose. Turn the switch on and use one prong of the tester on the right-hand-side screw of the switch and put the other prong of the tester on a metal part of the switch box.
6. Test the Wires of the Switch
Allow one prong of the tester to make contact with the right-hand-side black wire in the switch box and put the second prong on a metal part of the switch box. If the tester turns on, you need to replace the switch.
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.