Wrong base on a bulb blew out light fixture.


Old 07-07-17, 02:01 PM
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Wrong base on a bulb blew out light fixture.

I attempted to install a candelabra base bulb into a 4-light ceiling fixture where I should have put a "regular" bulb (didn't realize it was candelabra base!). Something sparked and popped in the fixture. Now, none of the 4 lights will work, even with the correct bulb. All circuit breakers are OK. Junction box is accessible. Is there something I can do? Thanks for any help!
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Old 07-07-17, 02:54 PM
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Remove the light fixture and check the connections.
Old 07-07-17, 02:55 PM
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Did it actually trip a breaker ?
If it did..... try pushing it all the way to the off position and then back on.
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Not sure what you mean by the breakers are OK? The one feeding the light fixture should have tripped when installing the incorrect bulb. If not, that breaker has a defect and should be changed. If the breaker did trip and you were able to reset it, then most likely the wire powering the light fixture has burned open, With the feed breaker off, remove the light fixture and look for a burned wire and repair. If this is beyond your comfort level, call an electrician. Good luck.
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Thanks! It did trip a breaker, but then I reset it. So the wiring is burned out?
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The large current that tripped your breaker may have fried a connection somewhere in the path from the fixture socket to the breaker that protects the circuit.

Connections invoving back stabbed wires are more likely to fail but any connections including wire nutted connections cannot be ruled out.

I don't see how you could put a candelabra based lamp (smaller) into a regular based socket (larger) and have the lamp stay in place. Meanwhile when you tried to fasten the lamp in place you created a short circuit.
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