Bad recessed light thermal cutout????


Old 05-27-04, 09:48 AM
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Question Bad recessed light thermal cutout????

Hello all,

Help needed here, please.

I have a recessed ceiling light that for some time had been intermittently going on and off, now it's just OFF. I suspect it is the integral thermal cutout in the light fixture that is about 15 years old.

When looking at the light fixture from within the ceiling there is the “Light can” area where the bulb goes and a metal electrical connector box next to it. There is no insulation on the unit and it has the proper 75W bulb.

1) where is the thermal cutout located?
- in the electrical box?
- in the lamp housing?

2) is this something that can be replaced, or does the entire fixture have to be replaced?

3) can you give a “General” description of what the cutout looks like (big, small, sealed black plastic, etc.)?

4) can the cutout be replaced from below the ceiling (it’s an are difficult to get to from above)?

A huge thanks for any input you can provide here.

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Old 05-28-04, 06:09 PM
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Depending upon the brand the O.L can be located in the can itself {narrow black plastic w/ 2 black wires one from the splicebox, the other from the bulb socket}.The other style protrudes from the splicebox but its a black tube about 2" long.
Old 05-28-04, 06:10 PM
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You may be able to purchase either from an electrical supply that sells the same brand of hi-hat.Good luck.

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