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Old 03-06-2011, 11:45 PM   #1
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I replaced five light fixtures. The original were just plain bases with no globe, pull switch. I believe 40 Watt incandescent. The new ones were flush mounts. The store was out of 60 Watt in traditional incandescent bulbs so I grabbed the decorative candelebara, same base of course. After switching them, the next day, one light goes out. The bulb blew off leaving the metal stuck in the socket. Eventually four more bulbs did this later that day. All fixtures span over 3 different breakers. I check the volts on each fixture, it read 120. At the panel box same. Was installed identical to fixture before. Ran to a different store and grabbed standard incandescent 60watts. I got my fingers crossed. Any ideas?

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Ray---I ran into this a couple of months ago---Customer bought low voltage bulbs with a chandelier base.

I didn't even know such a thing existed before that---

Check the package--I'll bet you got some odd ball bulbs.--Mike--

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The bulbs are exploding because of too much heat. What wattage were the candelabra bulbs that you used? What is the fixture rated for?
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The fixture recommended decorative candle or A-line compact fluorescent, 60W maximum. .... And they were 60W decorative. I've got one at work just to see what happens.
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The bulbs were 40 watt---12 volt!
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The bulbs were 40 watt---12 volt!
12v DC??? If that were true, they wouldn't even light up!
They'd just go *poof* and die, wouldn't they?

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That's exactly what happened---Blew 6 before I looked at the package---I could not believe a low voltage bulb used the same base as a standard 110V chandelier.
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12? Its rated to be hooked to 120-volt, 60 Hz power source
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The lamps may have not been able to sustain use with the base up; the cement holding the bulb to the base oveheated and gave out.

Decorative flame shaped lamps are usually in base down fixtures.

A 12 volt lamp in a 120 volt fixture would probably have lasted no more than three seconds.
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That's exactly what happened---Blew 6 before I looked at the package---I could not believe a low voltage bulb used the same base as a standard 110V chandelier.
*ouch* That IS kinda stupid, isn't it?
I wonder what whiz came up with THAT idea?

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The lamps may have not been able to sustain use with the base up; the cement holding the bulb to the base oveheated and gave out.

Decorative flame shaped lamps are usually in base down fixtures.

A 12 volt lamp in a 120 volt fixture would probably have lasted no more than three seconds.
I used them since that was all the store had at the time. But the box said it was compatible. Since the bulb says 120V, 60 watt on it, I would assume it would work. Well you know what happens when you assume though.

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