Utilitech recessed lighting problem

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Old 08-05-09, 06:34 AM
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Utilitech recessed lighting problem

I recently Bought and installed 3inch Utilitech recessed lights (Item #: 244196 Model: 105849-014 @ lowes). Since the install the lights all work fine for about 10 min, then one of the four will shut off, then the thrid one will shut off (while the first one comes back on). Its like a musical chairs for lights. I kind of like it, but my wife doesnt.

Does anyone have any ideas of what I can do? Should i just try and re-wire the whole thing again? Or is this a common problem with this model.
 
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Old 08-05-09, 01:28 PM
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Welcome to the forums! According to the specs, a maximum wattage bulb is 50 watts. Have you exceeded that? These cans are Non-IC cans (Non insulation contact), so if you have insulation or minimal space above the cans where the air is blocked from them, they will react that way. It is the thermal overload switch doing its job.
 
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Old 08-06-09, 06:17 AM
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Thanks chandler I will try moving around the insulation when I get home.

The bulb wattage is 50, its what came with the unit.
 
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Old 08-08-09, 12:50 PM
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3" clearance required

i agree with chandler,
the thermal switch is kicking in since they are overheating

typically you need 3" of airspace for non IC cans all around
 
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Old 08-08-09, 04:59 PM
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You guys were both right, I took out some insulation and it works perfectly. Thanks again, this is just more proof that these forums really do work!
 
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Old 08-08-09, 05:04 PM
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Glad it worked out for you. Sometimes we have to dig deeper to get answers, but yours is pretty common. Good luck!! C'mon back.
 
 

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