outdoor/indoor fixture

ionized_gwFebruary 1, 2012

I took this off the eaves of my home over the weekend. It was mounted on a vary shallow box that has an integral cable clamp with the cable entering at an angle to the base. The rectangular thing is the ballast, The bulb is a PL-s 9W :twin tube".

I am trying to decide if the removal is going to be temporary or permanent. On the one hand, I can buy a fixture that holds a compact fluorescent so I can get a ballast and bulb for about the price of a replacement bulb for this fixture. On the other hand, I need to buy a new fixture if I go that route. I have two of these, btw.

The question at hand is, can anyone say if these are likely rated for outdoor use? Be sure to click on the thumbnails for a larger image. Thanks for looking!

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That light appears suitable for wet locations, and I'd replace it because it's so badly corroded ans appears to be letting water in.

    Bookmark   February 1, 2012 at 7:37PM
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Good observation on the corrosion. I did not tell all. The one that is still on the house has the "globe" on it and I replaced a bulb and got it going for a year or so. I don't know why it quit recently. The pictured exemplar did not have a bulb or globe installed. I live in a very damp place. I found the globe in the garage with a lot of other useful and useless stuff. The only corroded part may be the ballast

I am not sure it is with the expense to fix these things up. The development investment seems to be hard to screw-in compact fluorescent so they should be getting cheaper and better fast. OTOH the commercial sector seems to like the twin tubes a lot so maybe not so much of a bias by manufacturers.

    Bookmark   February 1, 2012 at 9:04PM
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"appears to be letting water in."

Condensation form temperature changes will easily cause the corrosion you appear to have.

It has nothing to do with leaking, every outdoor fixture gets water inside.

    Bookmark   February 2, 2012 at 9:09AM
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