Burnt bulb trips breaker


Old 10-20-02, 04:54 PM
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Burnt bulb trips breaker

What could cause a burnt light bulb to trip the breaker. The fixture has 6 bulbs and twice this week when a bulb burnt, the breaker tripped.
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Old 10-20-02, 05:18 PM
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Sometimes when a lamp burns out a small piece of the filament will break off and short out the two internal wires that supply power to filament. This short piece of filament can have a low enough resistance to trip the breaker.
Old 10-20-02, 06:27 PM
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Thank you for your reply. I've been worried about fire. I took the fixture down and don't see any exposed wiring. The other bulbs have a black film at their base which new bulbs don't have.
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