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Old 12-01-2007, 09:16 AM   #1
 
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A friend of mine has a ceiling light in her kitchen that keeps turning itself of or just won't turn on. I have checked all the connections and all seems fine but the light just keeps switching off as if its over heating.
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Incandescent or fluorescent? Recessed or flush?
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If it is a recessed light you should try removing the insulation above it, that usually causes it to overheat in my experience.
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Another point with a recessed light may be a defective thermal cut out. Thyis is ma device that will turn off the light if overheated, as noted above or defective.
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Its a 4 way halogen spot type
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Sounds like it's overheating to me, if there is a cover over the lamp it reduces the maximum wattage bulb you can install, It could be just a bad thermal switch as well.
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If it has been operating for some time with no issues then suddenly..it is most likely the thermal cut out.
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If its a recessed can light, I believe they have a stick on chart on the inside of can that shows the max wattage for each type of bulb allowed for that can, but I'd bet its a thermal cut out as well
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I agree. Those thermal cut outs actually flummox a lot of homeowners when they go to relamp these fixtures. On off on off. WTF! Try downsizing the lamp.
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