Recessed light wiring oddity - safe?

Old 06-27-22, 01:24 PM
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Recessed light wiring oddity - safe?

While changing bulbs in two recessed lights, I noticed that one of them has the wiring entering the socket from the top of the can, and in the other it's coming in from the side, with the wires exposed in the can. Pictures attached. They're both Crest model #60010, and presumably were installed at the same time (before I owned the house). The hole that the wiring comes through in the one fixture does seem to be factory-made. It has a nice smooth edge.

I want to make sure that the one is safe, with the black wire hanging down next to the bulb. (It is marked 125C, so I'm thinking it should be fine.) And also, any ideas why it's like this? Possibly a replacement part? Thanks.

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Looks fine to me. I have some light fixtures where the factory wiring is visible like that. Especially if you respect that max 75w label, it should never get hot enough to cause a problem.
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Old 06-27-22, 05:14 PM
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I've seen fixtures both ways. Shouldn't be a problem.
Even less of a problem if you use LED bulbs.
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