Replacing a recessed halogen socket

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Old 05-14-11, 01:07 PM
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Replacing a recessed halogen socket

Hi, in trying to replace a burned-out halogen bulb, I saw that one of the holes in the bi-pin socket has enlarged to the point that the bulb won't stay in securely. Therefore I figure I have to replace the socket. But I can't figure out how to get it out. I've posted a picture. You can see that there's a metal plate attached to the plastic socket via two holes (the two right above the holes for the halogen pins). They're not screws, and I can't figure out how to get that metal plate off so that I can get to the socket.

Any ideas? Once I get the plate off, am I right that I can remove the socket from the wiring and take it to Home Depot to get a new socket?

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Old 05-14-11, 02:44 PM
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Welcome to the forums. Your link must be on a public site. Your link is to a private site that denies access. You could use Photobucket or Imageshack.
 
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Thank you, I hadn't realized that access was denied! Let's try this:

 
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Is this a recessed light fixture? Are you sure you can even get a replacement socket?
 
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It is recessed. Are you usually not able to replace those? They were installed by the previous owners of our condo.

If I can't replace it, is there anything I can do to shore up that hole on the right that's so loose?

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Is this a recessed light fixture? Are you sure you can even get a replacement socket?
 
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Old 05-14-11, 06:05 PM
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I'd just replace the fixture.
 
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Thanks for helping; I guess I'm not sure what I'd be replacing... the wire comes from the ceiling and goes right to that assembly that I've pictured. I probably don't know enough yet to ask the right questions.
 
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Old 05-15-11, 06:45 AM
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Can you step back with the camera and give us a more general picture of what you have. I can't tell what kind of fixture you have from the photo.
 
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Old 05-21-11, 01:01 PM
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That looks like a MR 16 socket. There are several available and you can probably find the right one online. On a quick Google search this is the first one I found.
Amazon.com: MR16 MR11 LED Light Socket,2008: Home Improvement

Here's another
Satco 90-475 75W-125V MR16 Socket GX5.3 Base Porcelain Halogen Socket
 
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