Bought a new light fixture, but

Old 07-29-01, 11:52 AM
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Question Bought a new light fixture, but

There is a warning on the box..."For supply connection, use wire suitable for 75 degrees C. Risk of fire. Most swellings built before 1985 have supply wire rated 60 degrees."
Our home was built in 1972, all electric. There is currently a double-bulb florescent fixture where we hoped to install the new one which has four 25 watt bulbs.
So, how do I know if our wiring is suitable.
Thanks for any input!!!!
Old 07-29-01, 12:27 PM
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Just install your new fixture, and don't worry about those standard wire temperature warnings. That's just the lighting manufacturer's way of playing cover-me-from-all-remote-possibilities.
It should be just fine.
Good Luck!

Old 07-29-01, 07:01 PM
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Thanks for your reply. Very much appreciate your help!!
Old 07-30-01, 08:27 AM
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Ceiling fixtures with incandesent lamps enclosed inside a bowl are impractical because the heat is trapped inside the fixture which shortens the lamp-life and can affect the wires in the outlet box.Better a fixture with exposed lamps so the heat will dissapate.You mention 4 25-watt lamps which may be exposed "candle-type" lamps.Good choice!
Old 07-30-01, 06:56 PM
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Thanks, switchman. This particular fixture has four 25 watt candle-like bulb that are totally surrounded by the fixture (beveled glass in an octagon shape trimmed in brass). I'm beginning to see why heat could present a problem?

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