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Electrical Question: I have a mushroom glass flush mount ceiling light fixture with 2 sockets, each rated for a maximum of 60watt incandescent light bulb.

Here are My Questions about this Light Fixture

  1. If the problem is in the sockets or the wiring to them (has to be), why does the entire assembly, including the globe, need to be replaced? Why not just replace the sockets or fix their connection to the wiring?
  2. This fixture worked fine for six years until the(2) 100watts were installed. Is it possible that the excess wattage overheated the sockets and caused the fixture to malfunction?

Thanks for your time and expertise. I hope this gives you enough info to answer my two questions.

Background: Anna, a Educator from Pittsfield, MA.
Additional Comments: So far, so good. No-frills design is uncluttered and user-friendly. Good job, Dave.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question Anna.

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