Light Fixture Catching Fire

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Old 09-09-16, 10:28 AM
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Light Fixture Catching Fire

This last week the light in my mom's garage has been flickering. I assumed the bulb was loose, but it is not. Yesterday when I turned it on the base of the light fixture had an orange ring around it, and sparks were flying out, as the flickering continued. I know that it is the original bulb to the fixture, that has been there since 2002. It is just a builder quality light fixture like this one.
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Old 09-09-16, 10:56 AM
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I'm only guessing but if the circuit didn't trip (and I hope it did) you have material that is reaching the ignition point and the power is feeding it but not shorting out the circuit. Turn off the breaker immediately and pull down that fixture. Inspect the wires. Replace fixture with a porcelain fixture. If unsure about why it started to ignite, call a qualified electrician. You might have an insurance claim if the wiring is faulty.
 
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The wires are probably loose on the back of the fixture, or the fixture has been overlamped and the wire insulation has melted.
 
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Old 09-09-16, 01:44 PM
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What type of bulb was being used?
 
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Old 09-09-16, 02:00 PM
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If the house is older, 1970's, ensure you don't have aluminum wiring.

The aluminum can melt or burn a wire nut pretty easily once it oxidizes.
 
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The house was built in 2002 by a homebuilder that is now defunct. It was a 60 watt incandescent bulb. Soft white.
 
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