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Old 08-24-2015, 04:47 PM   #1
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overheated lite fixture

2304s just happened to touch 3 lite fixture over dining nook.. it was smokin hot. Took cover off fixture to find all 3 halogen bulbs black and blistered but still on. Why wud breaker not trip. Bought 3 new led bulbs, but hesitate to replace if something wrong with fixture, at almost 20 bucks a pop do not want to burn leds out. I checked wiring and it appears fine.
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Old 08-24-2015, 04:56 PM   #2
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I might be wrong due to the information given to me years ago so a look see might be helpful.

When installing halogen bulbs you do NOT want to touch them with bare fingers because of the oil in/on your skin.

I was told this will cause them to overheat and burn out prematurely.

Not sure if it is what caused your problem so you may want to look into it.
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Old 08-24-2015, 05:11 PM   #3
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2304s just happened to touch 3 lite fixture over dining nook.. it was smokin hot. Took cover off fixture to find all 3 halogen bulbs black and blistered but still on. Why wud breaker not trip. Bought 3 new led bulbs, but hesitate to replace if something wrong with fixture, at almost 20 bucks a pop do not want to burn leds out. I checked wiring and it appears fine.
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LED lights will only use as much power as they are rated for which is about 10% or less what you are using with halogen. No comparison between the two. LED is the only way to go and I would advise everyone to replace every light in their units. The electrical usage is only a fraction of standard bulb and they will probably outlast you. Safety is also an issue as they don't get anywhere near as hot.
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Old 08-24-2015, 05:24 PM   #4
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flugelboneman, those bulbs do get hot/black under normal usage. I would, if you can check the voltage at that particular light, I think you'll find its normal.
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Old 08-24-2015, 05:29 PM   #5
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Go online to M4Products.com for l.e.d. lights. They had the best prices at the time and quick delivery. I changed out all my interior and exterior bulbs to l.e.d. The interior bulbs (5050 SMD Cool Bright White Light Bulb with Wedge Base) cost me approx $9 each. They list for $9.99 each but if you buy 10 bulbs, they give you a 10% discount. Hope this helps.

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Halogen lights by nature get very hot. Finger prints on them will cause them to burn out, not get hotter. 3 in a fixture is just not a wise move. LEDs should be much, much cooler.
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Go online to M4Products.com for l.e.d. lights. They had the best prices at the time and quick delivery. I changed out all my interior and exterior bulbs to l.e.d. The interior bulbs (5050 SMD Cool Bright White Light Bulb with Wedge Base) cost me approx $9 each. They list for $9.99 each but if you buy 10 bulbs, they give you a 10% discount. Hope this helps.

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Wow, $9 each! Those must be some amazing LEDs. My bulbs are a slightly different (921) but I got 20 of them for $42 on Amazon. I have 18 fixtures so that would have been $162 through that web site, good grief.
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