recessed lighting problems


Old 08-13-05, 09:19 AM
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recessed lighting problems

We have recessed lighting in our basement which we finished last year. A few months ago I found one or two of the lights "hanging" down - the bulb actually disengaged from its base and was hanging by a filament. To get it out I had to yank the bulb off, turn off power, and unscrew the base from the socket. I thought perhaps the bulbs were faulty and didn't think much more about it until recently, when several other lights did the same thing. Could this be happening due to vibrations from the floor above (ie kids running around, etc) or perhaps another reason?

Any ideas?
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Old 08-13-05, 01:24 PM
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Yes, it certainly could be due to vibration. Make sure that the light bulbs you use are good quality and that the light bulbs and the cans are securely attached.
Old 08-13-05, 05:44 PM
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The cheaper bulbs have a weakness where the metal is crimped onto the neck. Break one, you'll find the glass is thinnest there. I don't tighten these much as they sometimes crack from the torque of unscrewing.

Maybe someone broke the bulb and didn't know how to proceed?

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