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Wall Lamp Repair 101: Common Lamp-Owner Faqs

Charming and vintage, wall lamps are present in a lot of older homes. These lamps were often affixed in hallways or even on stairwells to illuminate specific areas in a decorative way without the need for a table lamp. These fixtures are wired into the breaker box just like other light fixtures, and they usually have a switch that operates them. If you have wall lamps in your home, you are bound to have a few questions from time to time, especially if you start having problems. take a look at some of the most common questions regarding wall lamps and the answers you will want to know. 

How do you know a wall lamp needs to be repaired?

The typical wall lamp has a socket for the bulb, a globe or decorative covering, and of course wiring that is hidden behind the wall. Common problems with wall lamps include: 

  • The lamp will not come on
  • You hear pops when you turn on the switch to turn the lamp on
  • The lamp flickers even though the bulb is good 

How much does it cost to have a wall lamp repaired?

How much it will cost will rely on the severity of the problem. Most electricians charge by the hour, so a simple problem won't cost you much. However, if the problem is more severe and relative to something like wiring in the wall or something else, it could take longer. Most electricians will charge between $40 and $100 per hour, which may be in addition to a service call fee. 

Is it better to repair a wall lamp or replace it?

The answer to whether or not a wall-affixed lamp should be repaired or replaced will rely on several factors, including:

  • If the costs of repair will be more than the costs of replacing the whole lamp
  • If the wall lamp has sentimental value and you want to keep it around 
  • If you have a lighting repair professional close enough to your location
  • If it is possible to repair the wall lamp due to not being able to find replacement parts

In some cases, wall lamps can be severely outdated, so they are no longer manufactured. This can make it very hard to find replacement parts. In these situations, a full replacement may be a necessary thing. Your electrician can help you determine what would be the best plan of action.

For more information, contact companies like Conway Electric.