Lighting fixtures~bad smell

Old 03-09-03, 09:11 AM
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We have a ceiling fan/light in living room that turned produces a bad/fishy smell.. It took quite a while to figure out where the odor was coming from, and haven't replaced it yet, but do not use it because of the odor. Now today,, we're changing a light in our girls room to a ceiling fan light fixture, and as we removed the backet in the electrical box, we noticed the same awful smell. What does this mean? Also the screws were really rusty. (btw, this a newer home, only 4 yrs old)

Old 03-09-03, 09:14 AM
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Rusty screws are an indication of moisture. Have you checked your attic for leaks or wild animals that might be living and urinating up there?
Old 03-09-03, 09:36 AM
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no, no moisture up there, I guess it's possible about the animals, but didn't see any signs of it when I was up there installing a plumbing vent a couple weeks ago.
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If you use the fan but not the lights, is there still an odor? Many new light kits cause such an odor. Look where the set screws hold the glass on the lights. Is there a rubber-band cushion between the screws and the glass? If so, this is where the smell is coming from. It will go away in a few weeks.

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