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Question DetailsAsked on 1/15/2017

Lighting fixture with two lights

If I am installing a ceiling light fixture that is a two light fixture, yet I only want to install one bulb what can I do "plug" up the other light socket? I am assuming that it probably is not the safest to leave one exposed while the other has a bulb in it.

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No - not real safe to leave exposed - especially if in a potential damp area like kitchen or bathroom. If you don't want that extra light, get a cheap low-wattage light bulb of proper base size and then just never replace it when it burns out - like maybe (if typical Edison type screw base) 5 to 15W appliance or night light bulb maybe, depending on base type. Or if you have a very old (likely to go out soon) or burnt out light bulb that will fit, use that. Or, put a wrap of electrical tape around the base of the threads of a bulb that fits (on the last part of the threads that will go in) then thread the bulb in until it turns on (with fixture power on of course), then back it out a full turn so it is not anywhere near in contact with the center prong in the socket - so it will be a "dead" bulb functionally. The tape is to keep it from being loose and possibly vibrating out and falling on someone.

There are also socket covers like this -

but finding singletons might be tough as they commonly come in large packs - try a lighting store or electrical supply store, but they are pretty rarely seen. Normally only used by electrician on new construction where they don't want to put the bulbs in because of risk of breakage by other contractors, or possibility of theft before building is closed-in and lockable. (There was one well-known case in a new casino/hotel where something like 8000 lightbulbs, including some pretty fancy ones, were stolen in one night from new construction).

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