Using Correct Light Bulbs for Your Light Fixture
Jamie from Illinois asks: I changed a Light Bulb and now we Smell Burning Plastic, What Should We Do? Replacement Light Bulbs for Light Fixtures.
Light Fixture Smell
- A few days ago I noticed a light bulb burnt out in a pendant light over my kitchen island.
- I went to change it and the bulb was broken in the fixture.
- So we got it out and replaced the bulb.
- Then we noticed a burning plastic smell, so I changed the bulb but it still smells.
- What should I do, Change the pendant out?
This electrical repair question came from: Jamie, a Homeowner from Ingleside, Illinois.
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Jamie.
Guidelines for Replacement Light Bulbs
Here are a few things to consider when selecting replacement light bulbs for a Light Fixture
How to Select The Right Bulb for a Light Fixture
- Use replacement bulbs that are specified on the light fixture specifications sheet.
- Do not exceed the maximum size light bulb as indicated on the light fixture housing.
- Do not exceed the maximum watt output of the light fixture socket designation.
- Follow the light fixture manufacturers recommendations when using energy efficient light bulbs.
- Make sure the light fixture is UL approved.
Light Fixture Smells Like Burning Plastic
- If an odor is detected when the light fixture is being used this is usually due to installing the wrong light bulbs, or that that the light bulb is larger in size or watts then that which is specified for the light fixture.
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