Recessed Lighting - is this to code?

pokipokiApril 16, 2011

I went to replace a bulb in the recessed fixture. When I removed the cover, the socket was just hanging. It was not mounted in anyway to the can. I checked other fixtures, others either have a socket at the top with a extension for the bulb or the socket is on a adjustable bracket on the side of the can.

The bulb was just sitting of the cover. The other issue was that there is exposed wires and the casing around the wiring is brittle and looks burnt. The socket is dead. House is less than a year old. The contractor is coming out to fix.

The hanging socket can't be to code, is it?

What should I make sure the contractor does about the wiring?

I want to be prepared for any excuses the contractor may have and I don't want him to do just a patch.

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Ron Natalie

Those metal clips on the side of the ceramic part are supposed to catch the edges of the reflector. They may need to be bent a little to get them to securely hold the lamp holder. Discolored wiring isn't too uncommon (or unsafe), if it's really charred it will need to be replaced.

    Bookmark   April 16, 2011 at 7:18AM
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Thanks, The clips are too short to reach the sides and still be stable. I did notice a slot in the side of the can. I guess I will make sure they put a socket that mounts to the side.

    Bookmark   April 16, 2011 at 1:24PM
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On that style of fixture the lamp clips into the trim. This is normal.

    Bookmark   April 16, 2011 at 2:20PM
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I was checking other fixtures that have the same type of socket and this one is still working but the white wire is discolored and the black looks melted. Should I be worried about this or the whole lighting job?
Out of the 20 or so fixtures only 3 where installed with this free hanging socket (the clips on the side are too short to clip on on anything at the right height)

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    Bookmark   April 24, 2011 at 3:19PM
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what size bulb do you have in there versus the rating of the fixture?

    Bookmark   April 24, 2011 at 3:37PM
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The Bulb is a 50W PAR20. The writing on the inside of the can says Max 50W PAR20/R20

    Bookmark   April 24, 2011 at 8:01PM
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