flourescent to incandescent conversion

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Old 09-15-04, 02:32 PM
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flourescent to incandescent conversion

I'm trying to convert a bathroom recessed (in a can) flourescent light to an incandescent light. The voltage measures 125VAC at the socket so I simply replaced the flourescent socket in the can with an incandescent socket. Now the incandescent light bulb is very dim. Any suggestions why it's so dim?

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Old 09-15-04, 02:54 PM
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Did this fixture use a compact fluorescent? Or was there some other kind of fluorescent bulb? What did the fluorescent "socket" look like before you took it out? Did you have to cut wires to replace the socket? Is there still a ballast in the picture? Is there a dimmer in the picture?
 
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Old 09-15-04, 03:18 PM
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Flourescent to incandescent conversion

Yes, it's a compact flourescent with two prongs that plugged (pushed) straight into the socket. Yes, I cut the two wires and used wire nuts to connect the black to black and white to white wires of the incandescent socket. I don't see a ballast inside the can, unless it's outside the can in the attic. There are only two wires coming into the can. No, there is no dimmer.

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Old 09-15-04, 03:24 PM
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I don't know, but I'm thinking there's probably a ballast that is messing this up.
 
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Old 09-15-04, 03:32 PM
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flourescent to incandescent conversion

The voltage is still 125VAC. Could a ballast show that voltage and still not light up a 65 watt incandescent bulb?

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Old 09-16-04, 07:36 AM
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Remove the can so that you can get a better look. Even though it may appear at first that the can cannot be removed without damage, the can can.
 
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Old 09-16-04, 06:42 PM
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If you had a socket with 2 prongs then there is most likely a ballast. If there wasn't a ballast then there would have been a normal screw in socket.

Measuring the voltage with no load attached doesn't mean to much.
 
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Old 09-18-04, 05:51 PM
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flourescent to incandescent conversion

I finally got back to this project and removed the can and found a connection in the box for a ballast. I took it out of the circuit and my incandescent bulb works just fine now.

Thanks for the help!

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