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hi J Cook!

My colonial chandelier has 8 bulbs, the E12 type. One of them has failed...the bulb turns ON together with the others, but quickly turns OFF and stays off. If I play with the bulb, tilting it this way and that, it comes ON for an instant, but then turns OFF again.
I've decided that the socket needs to be replaced. My questions to you:
#1-how do I remove the socket? Do I just lift it out after disconnecting the black and white wires?
#2-How do I know how to reconnect the 2 wires? Which color wire goes to which screw on the socket?
#3-Along with a new socket, there is a cylindrical piece, made of thin cardboard, that fits over the socket. Is this item of any use? Must I keep it over the socket?

Your reply is appreciated.

Chris

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Chris every manufacturer is different. With the power or switch off I would experiment to see how it will remove. The new screws should be identifiable by color, the nuetral white wire will connect to the silver screw and the black to the gold or brass screw. Again some manufacturers do not clearly indentify the screws, but the center of the socket in every bulb socket is the black hot wire and the threaded shell is the nuetral. Thanks Chris, J
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J Cook

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General electrical wiring, including but not limited to, residential, panelboards, control wiring, low voltage wiring, Heating and A/C control wiring, single and three phase wiring.

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I have been doing electrical since high school. I have been licensed by the State of North Carolina for ten years and am currently the Building Maintenance Superintendent for a municipality. I have extensive control wiring experience.

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Refrigeration Service Engineers Society.

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