Light fixture dimmed/not working

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Old 01-09-03, 07:05 PM
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Light fixture dimmed/not working

Hello,
I have one light fixture (a pendant light) that would frequently flicker and then go out. Turning the bulb one way or another would cause the light to come back on temporarily, but it was getting so annoying I stopped using it. Today, I switched on the light, it flickered several times and then went out. I smelled something burning, which went away after 10 minutes or so. I'm not sure if this is something I can fix or if it requires an electrician, so I'm hoping you can give me some advice. Thank you.
 
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Old 01-10-03, 01:12 PM
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sounds to me like the fixture is bad, probably the socket. if you feel comfortable doing so id suggest changing the whole fixture. this is not too difficult, and will most likely take care of the problem. splice wires on the new fixture exactly as they are on the old one. any other questions please post back. good luck!
 
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Old 01-11-03, 06:07 AM
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after thinking about this further, after you change the fixture make sure you use the proper size lamp. this is especially important due to the fact that the heat will cause the socket to overheat, and this can lead to the problem you described above.
 
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Old 01-12-03, 07:56 AM
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Sounds like at one time or another high wattage light bulbs were used or water entered into the fixture. Like FatKid66 was saying, replace it yourself of have someone replace it. Observe the maximum wattage of the light fixture and try not exceed it.


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Old 01-17-03, 03:49 PM
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Thanks FreddyG_001 and Fatkid66. This was a new light fixture, and I was careful to use the recommended bulb wattage and type so maybe the fixture is just bad. The only part I'm worried about know is that FreddyG_001 mentioned water getting in the lamp. I've had problems with pinhole leaks in my plumbing over the past 2 year, so maybe I need to check out that possibility.
 
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