If light bulbs don't screw into your old light fixture as smoothly as they used to the solution is a stick of lip balm away.
If you only have new light fixtures you may never have run into this problem. For those of us with older lamps, ancient ceiling fixtures — I have quite a few fixture sockets in my house that are cruising towards 100 years old — you know all too well the hassle of putting a light bulb into a "sticky" socket. You end up turning it super slowly and with always a "Am I going to shatter the bulb?" level of tension. The fix is really simple, however. Over at Apartment Therapy they write:
To remedy old and sticking sockets simply use a small bit of lip balm on the inside of the threads and the light bulb won't have any problem screwing in! You can also apply it to the bulb instead of the sockets - it's a great preventative measure, especially with new lamps. Just be wary of the very bottom of the bulb or socket being coated. If you're worried things will get messy, just use a cotton swab to apply.
I tried it out on a monstrous Mogul lamp in my living room that dates from the 1920s which we can rest assured has probably never seem much in the way of preventative care. The main socket has always been a little sticky but after a quick once over on the threading with a stick of lip balm the bulb threaded back in silky smooth.
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Make Sticking Sockets Slippery With Lip Balm [Apartment Therapy]