We have an energy saving lightbulb in our lounge light and last night after being on for an hour or two, it flickered and went out. I'm assuming that this is the way that these bulbs expire but I've never had it happen to me before so wouldn't know! Anyhoo, I just put another bulb in the light and switched it on but there was a small popping sound from the switch (which is a plastic dimmer switch) and the light didn't come on. It didn't trip the other electrics but I'm now worried about toucjing both the light and the switch. Any advice?
There should be no risk from touching either the light or the switch. Energy saving bulbs are not usually good with dimmer switches and I'm guessing that the dimmer has broken. Try a new standard bulb and turn the light on and off. If that doesn't work the switch will need replacing, use a simple on/off switch for energy saving bulbs.