An old pro taught me a lesson on light sockets. Seems that most people only
use a socket cleaner along the flat rounded interior walls of the socket,
and the base connection. He said much of the current flowing through the
side walls to the bulb actually flows through the interior edges of the L
slots that accept the bulb studs, so you have to clean the slot edges to get
full current to flow. He has seen this improve socket performance countless
times and says this is often what people mistake for a "bad socket" and go
to the trouble of replacing it when all they needed to do was clean the L
slots on the socket.
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