Is there such a thing as a socket extender?


Old 04-07-11, 05:52 PM
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Is there such a thing as a socket extender?

to lower the bulb from a very deep can?

I have a set of six lights - original lights installed many years ago. It is a Lightolier recessed light. It is very deep, the can is like 12" deep. As a result it is very dim.

Is there a way to attach the bulb lower?
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Old 04-07-11, 06:35 PM
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Yes, any decent hardware store has them for a coupla bucks.
Many sockets can be raised & lowered within the can for different styles of lamps. Have you checked this?
Old 04-08-11, 06:10 AM
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The black baffle absorbs more light than a white or aluminized reflector would. You can also try a PAR type bulb which will project more light downward.
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I would try these thanks. These cans are existing cans along a rock wall. I am wondering if I should just go ahead and replace them with newer lights.

These are really deep cans, and very heavy compared to modern cans. The baffle, trim and everything seem to be anodized aluminum, more than 1/8" thick, solid stuff.

There is no socket adjustment, there is an adjustment to lower or raise the trim/baffle, presumably to account for ceiling mud thickness.

I can't find this on Lightolier website, understandably, it's a 40 year old housing, still in amazingly good shape. But may be less headache to replace it now the ceiling is down, as there is no way I can get parts for it if it ever breaks. Problem is rigid metal conduits are piped directly to the light's junction boxes. The workmanship of old construction is just amazing.
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I'm a painter, not an electrician but our church has can lights in the sanctuary. I'm normally the one that replaces the burned out bulbs. On some of them there is an extra socket. Basically it's a porcelain bulb socket that screws into the lamp's bulb holder to extend it.... sometimes they screw out along with the bad bulb.

Given the heavy construction of your cans - I'd be inclined to keep them

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