Half-dead ceiling fixture hazardous?
Hi, I've been reading the amazing forums here for years, and I finally registered because I need advice on the usual subject: something that scares me. :)
I have a ceiling fixture in a hallway in my apartment with two small bulb sockets. One of the two sockets stopped working years ago. I never had it fixed. I've continued to use the light occasionally with just the one bulb lit. Finally, that bulb died recently.
I've just listed my apartment for sale and wanted to show that there is current to the fixture, as well as providing light in the hallway for visitors. I also wanted to double-check that the other socket really was bad. I put my one and only spare bulb in that socket, flipped the switch on, and the bulb barely flickered and died. (Wouldn't work in the other socket after that, of course. I looked at the bulb and it has a broken filament.)
My question to you is: Do I need to worry about this fixture since I used it in this condition for years? Or is it something hazardous that should not be used? Might it even have been the culprit that fried the neutral in my circuit box four years ago? (EDIT: I have removed the photo of the fried neutral, which I shouldn't have included in the first place. Its impact was way out of proportion to its relevance and it probably served only as unintended red meat.)
Thanks for any advice!
This post was edited by Mag_Ben on Mon, Jan 28, 13 at 8:44