Is my electricity still being used when my light switch is not working? It doesn't turn off my light so I have to unscrew the Bulb. I have to screw it back in in order to turn on the light. I can’t use the switch to turn Off my light. Is my electricity still being used?

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    That question is not understandable. NO punctuation, and a mishmash of words that do not seem to go together. Please take some time to clearly explain better and use proper grammar and punctuation. We do know enough about your fixture and how it is set up. Please use the EDIT but to make your question understandable and add more details.
    – Alaska Man
    Jan 21, 2021 at 22:15
  • I wish people would make at least a medocium of effort in spelling and grammar when posting a question. It looks like the OP used voice recognition to post the question. The question is unintelligible. I voted to close. Jan 21, 2021 at 22:44
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    The switch does not use the electricity the bulb does
    – Kris
    Jan 21, 2021 at 22:55
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    unscrew the Bulb in order to turn on the light ... do you just walk around with a lit lightbulb in your hand?
    – jsotola
    Jan 22, 2021 at 0:23
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    @AlaskaMan if you type [edit] into your comment, it will replace it with the word "edit" hotlinked to actually edit the question. Like this: edit Jan 22, 2021 at 0:45

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It is hard to understand your question, but I think you are saying that you are turning your light on and off by unscrewing it, rather than using a wall switch. And I think you are asking if electricity is being used when the bulb is unscrewed. The answer is no, there's no electricity being used when the bulb is unscrewed, as in, you aren't racking up utility charges. But the electricity is still present and still potentially dangerous. If you touch that socket, you can still get shocked.

You should not unscrew the bulb as a method of turning it off. Lights and sockets are not designed to work that way. And if there is something wrong with your light switch, that could be a fire danger too. Please call a professional.

Or maybe I misunderstood your question. Please update your question to make it more clear so we can help.


No, not being used. If the electricity was "leaking" you would notice it.

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