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How to Fix a Light Fixture That Got Wet

Updated February 21, 2017

Floods and accidental spills create havoc, especially when it comes to electrical devices. Light fixtures may get wet from a ceiling that is experiencing a leak from a flood or from plumbing that has ruptured. It's important to use caution when handling wet light fixtures due to the fact that electricity and water can produce a shock or electrocution. The light fixture should not be used and should never be turned on if it becomes wet.

Unplug the light fixture from the electrical socket.

Use absorbent pads or paper towels to soak up any water.

Leave the light fixture unplugged overnight to dry.

Plug the light fixture back into the electrical socket and turn on.

Tip

If the light fixture doesn't work after being allowed to completely dry overnight, it may be permanently damaged and ruined. A new light fixture needs to be purchased and installed.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper towels
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Diana Braun began her writing career as a consultant and technical writer for a software company focusing on how-to, training, white paper, and internal process documentation. After two years, Braun left to pursue her entrepreneurial dreams. Since then, she has launched several startups including a t-shirt business, an online marketing and advertising t-shirt distribution business, and an entertainment site. She currently resides in South Florida.