Replacing kitchen light fixture

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Old 11-17-02, 06:32 PM
rachel.brockman
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Question Replacing kitchen light fixture

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First know that I know very little about electrical wiring, so bear with me. We are replacing our light fixture in our kitchen. On the box of the new fixture, there is a warning about electrical fires being caused by connecting 90 degree Celsius wires to 60 degree Celsius wires in houses built before 1985. Our house was built in 1974. The new fixture takes one 100 Watt bulb. So,

1. Is it even OK to use this new fixture with 90 degree Celsius wires?

2. Is this something that I could do myself, or should I contact a professional?

3. If I can do it myself, are there any precautions that I can take to make the installation safer?

I would appreciate any advice that the more electrically savvy can offer...
 
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Old 11-17-02, 08:27 PM
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If you search this forum for articles on 90 degree wire, you'll find a lot of information.

1. You do not have 90-degree wire. So it is not an acceptable risk to use it with your current wire.

2. There are things that an electrically experienced DIYer can do. But for someone with little electrical experience, I suggest a pro. Some pros will tell you to ignore the warning, but I'd advise not listening to them. It's your family at risk, not theirs.

There are fixtures you can find without the warning, but they can be hard to find and your choices will be more limited.

See the web site below for some more reading. You'll need to copy and paste this into the address box on your browser.

http://www.handymanwire.com/cgi-bin/handymanwire/ubb/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic&f=2&t=002988
 
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