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    Default Brunt wires

    What would cause enough heat to melt wire connectors inside a ceiling light? The wires were chared and the insulation was crumbling. The light still worked, no breaker ever tripped. Bulbs were replaced with low power for the last four years. House was built in 1988 so it should have 90 C wiring. I am leary about replacing the light fixture without knowing why this happened. Any ideas?

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    Default Re: Brunt wires

    Most likely it had lamps with to high a wattage installed that overheated the fixture. Changing to lower wattage lamps for the last 4 years would not repair the damage.
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    Default Re: Brunt wires

    Thanks for confirming what I thought might have happened. Will change fixture and leave expose to watch for heat buildup.

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    Default Re: Brunt wires

    loose wire connections will also cause this. it creates resistance, which in turn creates heat. so make sure you tighten the wire nuts securely and then tug on the connection to make sure there good

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    Default Re: Brunt wires

    Quote Originally Posted by sparky1 View Post
    loose wire connections will also cause this. it creates resistance, which in turn creates heat. so make sure you tighten the wire nuts securely and then tug on the connection to make sure there good
    Yep , this would also do it.
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