Hey, does anyone have a suggestion on how to convince a relative that they have a disfunctional light fixture? My wifes aunt just moved into a brand new duplex. She has about 6 recessed can light fixtures in her kitchen. The trouble is (bet you guessed it) is that the lights trip off due to the thermal switch these have. She told me the electrician who wired and installed this place told her that was normal! I tried explaining to her that its not, she should have them replaced. I didn't ask here if they're IC rated 'cause she wouldn't understand the question or have an answer. She has a 1 year full warranty on any work and I'm trying to convince her they need to be changed! any help?
You know, I have this exact problem in my kitchen with just the one recessed can light above the sink. We put in a compact fluorescent lamp and it doesn't shut off.
I just figured when it went off that I was being safer to not try to use it and got along without it - I wasn't confused so much, but I was in the dark. )
You might find an explanation about the heat and shut-off feature on the web and print it out. Take it and one of the fluorescent lamps over for a test run and offer to call for the warranty work yourself, especially if you feel that the items were installed by someone who might have been trying to pull a fast one over on a lady who wouldn't otherwise know she'd been taken.
If it's more than one Fixture affected and Bulbs are correct wattage and type I would go with Chris' intuition. Many times the person putting in the insulation will cover the (non IC-rated) cans. I have also seen where a bulb within the wattage range but of a different type can cause the thermal sensor to cut out (or in?). I've seen type 'A' bulbs do this in fixture/trim combinations only rated for R and Par lamps.
[This message has been edited by Bill Addiss (edited 02-16-2002).]
Seeing that this house is only a year old, I would say if the electrician installed non ic cans in a ceiling to be insulated I would have him back there to replace them all anyway. Here in MA you have to use ic air tight for insulated space or you wont pass building inspection. Also there is a building code requirement that says you must use gaskets on device covers in a wall that seperates heated from unheated space. (exterior wall) I have yet to see that enforced.