Lights flickered, now don't work at all

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Old 12-04-05, 06:28 PM
jp_ofarrell
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Lights flickered, now don't work at all

Just bought a house (2 years old). The can lights in the kitchen began to flicker, and over a few days the time that they would flicker off became longer and longer. Finally after about a week they flicked off and now will not come back on. On a panel of four light switches, 1 will turn on a working light in the hall next to the kitchen, 3 will not work at all - 2 for kitchen and 1 for dining room.

We checked the breaker box, reset the GFCI outlets and unplugged all questionable appliances. Any suggestions before we call the electrician?

Thanks in advance from 1st time homeowners!
 
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Old 12-04-05, 06:52 PM
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This is usually due to using bulbs with too high of wattage. In most fixtures, using too high wattage bulbs can burn your house down. But recessed cans have a thermal cutoff. What wattage bulbs are you using? What does the fixture say is the maximum allowed?
 
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Old 12-04-05, 07:41 PM
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Thank you for such quick response! As far as I can tell the bulb is 65 watts, engraved in the metal stem. The only thing I can see in the can says 600 volts, 660 watts (?).
 
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Old 12-05-05, 02:36 PM
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600v / 660w is the rating of the lamp socket. Those are the maximum allowed amounts, not actually what you have.
 
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Old 12-05-05, 02:50 PM
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As far as I know, all fixtures can support at least 65 watt bulbs. You may have burnt out the thermal protect. You can buy new thermal protects, but they sometimes costs about the same as a new can, and are much harder to find.
 
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Old 12-08-05, 09:07 PM
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Originally Posted by MXSparx
600v / 660w is the rating of the lamp socket. Those are the maximum allowed amounts, not actually what you have.
That rating is for the socket itself. You need to find a label in the fixture for how much large a bulb can safely be used. 60W is typical when the bulb is enclosed somehow.
 
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Old 12-09-05, 02:10 AM
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Originally Posted by jp_ofarrell
they would flicker off became longer and longer.
How many can lights are we talking about ?
Did they go out at the same time ?

Each can light has its own thermal cutoff.
If more then one can light went out at the SAME time then you may have a loose connection or a bad switch.
 
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