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Old 08-03-18, 11:07 AM
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Light fixture repair

Coming back from gym this am, noticed that one of the gate lights was blinking.
Replaced it with a new one and it went dead. Tried same bulb in a different fixture - bulb works. I am presuming then, it's bad contact in the fixture bulb receptacle.
Question is, how do I get to it? I can remove the top cover, easy. But then, I need to either remove the glass portion of the fixture or, if it works that way, somehow loosen the receptacle and pull it up? If wires are long enough?
The rest is in the masonry, no way to get to them.
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Old 08-03-18, 12:22 PM
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Hi, try to remove the glass, it probably has little tabs that need to be bent forward to remove the glass, removing the fixture from the colum won’t help much except for making it easier to work on.
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Old 08-03-18, 03:55 PM
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I'll check..********************************
 
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Old 08-03-18, 05:07 PM
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That looks like it's held to the base with a screw. You may be able to loosen/remove that screw if you need better access to inside the light without using a ladder.
 
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Old 08-04-18, 08:11 AM
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It does have tabs holding glass in place, I looked yesterday after work.
Yeah, I know there's screw but no idea how to clear all the metal to get to the bulb receptacle itself.
really hoping it's just there as getting out wires inside the masonry is way above my pay rate and hiring an electrician to do just that one light is ridiculous. They are madly expensive around here. Not sure, likely due to real estate bubble. 100 per hr is about ongoing rate. I know where the other end of those wires is, the box, but it's deep inside the wall and again, digging it all out, I'll do more damage than good. Not my forte.
 
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Is there any chance that the sphere at the very top holds the entire "roof like" part of the lamp top in place? It might be threaded onto a rod/structure that, if unscrewed, would allow access to the bulb.
While I have my doubts, that was the situation on a similar (but not exactly the same) lamp that io had a few years ago.
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Old 08-04-18, 02:19 PM
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Fixed it.
1. Undo two bottom screws
2. Remove top cover
3. You can remove a side glass or two, if you want to, makes it a bit easier
4. Pull everything up and off PVC pipe it is sitting on. Fixture comes with a long tail of wires.
Here's final result. It was all rusted beyond any reason. Bulb socket pigtail, where it's capped to the power supply wires, G/B/W, was so rusted in caps that I had to cut and put new ones on. Whoever had this done before, set caps upside down in the pipe, so where filled with water.

Socket had white lead broken off. It;s Lithonia lamp holder socket. Has L bracket screwed to it, then that has long threaded tube that connects to L bracket, then tube and socket slide inside the decorative fixture cover, then it all goes secured with nut to the fixture bottom and goes onto pipe.

Had to replace socket and do some rigging, as Lowe's does not have original sockets and I do not blame them - they are 13 yo.

So that's it. Took me around 2 hrs, considering that it's gate, breaker is over 500 ft one way, and driving to Lowe's.

Works, had it tested.
 
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