Electrical Wiring in the Home/flickering pot light
QUESTION: Hello there,
I have two recessed lights above my bar and one flickers on and off after it's been on for a while; the other one does not. I've tried switching to a lower wattage bulb, but that did not help. Today I replaced the 1984 pot lights with new Commercial Electric 5 in. Recessed White LED Trim lights, and they look great, but after 10 minutes that same light began to flash. I figured going LED would help any potential heat issue.
I cannot get to the lights from above to view problems; I've replaced the switch at the wall, so I'm stumped as to why this problem exists. Please let me know your thoughts. Thank you!
ANSWER: Hi Barbra,
You need to replace the light fixture. It has a bad thermostat. You should be able to unscrew it from inside the can and drop it down to replace it. You do not need to get above it. This is a simple job for an electrician if it is out side you skill level. I would pick up the same model can the call an electrician out to make the replacement.
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QUESTION: Do you mean I need to replace the drop down socket? When I replaced the old fixture, the new one was retrofitted by screwing it into the old socket. Is that the part that's bad? Can that be replaced by simply rewriting a new one into it? Thank you for your response...I truly appreciate it! Merry Christmas!
You don't replace the socket. You replace the entire can. Inside the can there are 3 screws that hold it to it's frame. You undo the screws and drop the can down and replace it with a new fixture. If this is outside your skill level you should call an electrician. I would just purchase a new recessed light that matches the one you need to replace so that it fits into the same frame.
old work style whole can come down:
New work style has screw that drops the can out of the frame. You can see one of the frame screws in the inside right corner of the can.
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