Floor standing reading lamp not working
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Floor standing reading lamp not working

by amis » Thu Feb 16, 2023 9:34 pm

Hello. I wonder if anyone can help me? I have a floor standing metal reading lamp which has stopped working. I've replaced the G4 bulb, checked the fuse etc. to no avail. Previously it worked intermittently, by fiddling with the switch. So I wonder if there may be a faulty connection in the switch. However I can't see anyway of getting to it. I've disassembled it as far as I can but am afraid of doing it permanent damage. Is there some trick to getting to the switch wiring? I can't send photos as they are too big!!
Thanks for your help on this.
Best wishes,
Tom.

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Re: Floor standing reading lamp not working

by Mr White » Fri Feb 17, 2023 12:54 pm

As you have given no information as to which light it is, I will make a guess. If it is one of those parent/child lights 99% of them have integral switches which once failed there is nothing you can do other than to dispose of the light. But I have found This one it is NOT expensive, and should the switch fail, you have easy access to it.

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Re: Floor standing reading lamp not working

by amis » Fri Feb 17, 2023 3:38 pm

Thank you, Mr White, for your reply and suggestion. Much appreciated. I've now managed to doctor a photo of the switch and hope it's clear enough to make sense of.
I wonder if there's any way you could suggest that I can get access to check the wiring? It's a really good reading light and I don't want to break it!!
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Re: Floor standing reading lamp not working

by Mr White » Sat Feb 18, 2023 1:33 am

That switch is supposed to have a nut on it, I suspect over time it has worked loose and fallen off, which may have resulted in the switch moving and a wire coming off of the switch.

Without seeing the actual light fitting, I will have to guess it was.....

1) The switch put in where it is now, and then the conical end caps were put on, and then the wire pulled to remove the slack.

2) The switch was put in where it is now, and the metal was rolled into a tube and sealed.

3) Something else.

The "problem" is that often things are made to a low budget, and as such have no serviceable parts, and when the weakest link fails, even though you don't want to, you have no choice, it either becomes a paper weight, a hat stand or it goes in the bin.

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Re: Floor standing reading lamp not working

by amis » Sat Feb 18, 2023 8:19 pm

Thanks again Mr. White for your helpful comments and suggestions. I haven't managed to access the switch wiring but have tightened up the outer nut and that seems to have done the trick, for now at least. The switch is working reliably again!

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