PAR38 light fixture

Old 09-27-19, 03:04 PM
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PAR38 light fixture

I have an outside motion security light that uses two PAR38 bulbs. The lights suddenly stopped working (both bulbs) so I wonder if it's something wrong with the light fixture or the bulbs are bad.

I waved my hand over the light and I can see the tiny motion sensor light flash on and off so it is getting power.

I don't have another PAR38 bulb to test. I just wanted to test to make sure it's the bulb, can I screw in a standard A19 bulb to the fixture socket just for testing? Or is this a bad idea? Electrically they all should be compatible correct?
Old 09-27-19, 03:52 PM
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if the base is the same then yes you can test with an ordinary light bulb. Most likely the fixture is going bad.
Old 09-27-19, 07:17 PM
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You could screw par38 into a lamp to test it.
Old 09-28-19, 04:29 AM
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If both bulbs stopped working at the same time I would say more than likely the fixture is to blame.

Is this an older fixture? Even some of the newer ones that are plastic are built cheap (like the $15.00 ones you find at the big box stores) and then tend to die over a short period of time.

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