help! what just happened to outdoor light.. pics
We have a light over the garage door. It has a cfl in it for a while. It has some weird 20 year old timer contraption that controls it from in the garage. I walked outside and as I was walking away I heard what sounded like a bug zapper zapping a bug for maybe 5 seconds. Then I saw smoke (lightly) coming from thelight fixture and it smelled bad.
I took the bulb outand its base is blackend. I shut the thing off. I tried another later bulb but I do not think the timer is working since the red light no longer comes on. I left the bulb in...it is suppose to rain later...its the one in the first picture. CFL issue? Timer Issue? Ekectrical issue? Should I remove the timer, put in a regular switch and replace the fixture with a motion detector fixture.? Or is the problem in the wiring? See Pics below and Thanks! First pic is simply of the light fixture.
The blackend bulb:
The lightfixture base with bulb removed:
The 'old' timer in the garage: