(Topic ID: 187812)

World Fair lighting wiring question

By phillyfan64

2 years ago

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#1 2 years ago

The top left arch light on my World Fair will not light. Tried different bulbs. I noticed this possible wiring hack job underneath. This cannot be right. Notice the white and blue wiring is soldered to the metal support of the lamp holder. This has to be a direct short with the ground braid. Does anyone know where the blue and white wire goes?

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#2 2 years ago

Does the light next to it work? If so, the wiring is probably right, and the socket is bad.

#3 2 years ago

I'll be near mine shortly. Pm me if you need a pic.

#4 2 years ago

The lights next to it do work fine. On another note I have to get those double end screws/studs or whatever they're called. These posts are very difficult to get back together and try to get the rubber on and hold the posts at the same time. Plus now the holes are stripped out.

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#6 2 years ago

Ok, thank you. Mine is wired correctly. As mentioned it must be a bad socket.

#7 2 years ago

Before changing the socket suggest you run a jumper wire from the ground input to the socket body (common loose connection) & then run a jumper between lug active input to the centre of the lug connection. If either lights the bulb direct solder connection will resolve the issue.

#8 2 years ago

Thanks for the tip. I'll try that out. I finally did get it to light temporarily by pressing down on the bulb.

Does everybody use these 2 sided screws for EM machines? It looks like maybe an 1 1/2" or 1 5/8" should make it a lot easier to put back together instead of using the existing wood screws.

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#9 2 years ago

Toothpicks and wood glue usually does the trick.

#10 2 years ago

Solder that socket to its base and do a quick clean from the top after. I have yet to come across a bulb holder that I was not able to fix this way. Just make sure you clean it up before you solder it together so it sticks.

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