Mr. Pinball Tip:

Most dim bulbs can be traced to the socket having a poor connection between the socket and the bracket. A drop of solder between the two fixes this problem. The area can be prepped for soldering using flux or a small file.

Another reason for dim bulbs is a dirty socket. The inside can be easily and quickly cleaned using a socket cleaner stick available from several suppliers.

If the socket itself does not grip the bulb tightly, just use some pliers, or an awl (if the socket is deeply recessed) to slightly deform the socket so that it will grip the lamp base tightly.
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