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twild 11-05-2010 03:30 PM

recessed lighting problem
I have a recessed light over my shower (shower is never used). When I turn the light on, it burns dim for about 1 second, humes - then the breaker trips. I have changed the switch and bulb but it still does the same thing. Would it be best just to change out the recessed light??

oberkc 11-05-2010 03:42 PM

I would not simply replace a fixture in the hope that it will solve the problem. It is possible that you can replace the fixture and not even solve your problem with shorting. I would first identify what the problem is, then go from there.

McSteve 11-05-2010 05:43 PM

Something's shorting out. Figure out how to get at the light's wiring box and look for scorch marks.

Phillysun 11-22-2010 09:04 PM

Quite possible that a standard can was used instead of one that is sealed against moisture. If so the electrical contacts are quite likely corroded and shorting out. A shower light fixture should have a cover over the opening. If it does not then it was not intended for use in this environment.

emolatur 11-22-2010 10:41 PM

If it's lighting up at all, a dead short is unlikely.

A partial/resistive short is possible I suppose, but what would be shorting it? Water/moisture isn't usually conductive enough to trip a normal breaker.

I think we should be finding out if this is a gfci or afci breaker.

On second thought, I guess investigating the details doesn't really matter - replacing the fixture with one intended for the use is the solution regardless of what's wrong with the existing one.

oberkc 11-23-2010 06:18 AM


I guess investigating the details doesn't really matter
Most likely you are correct, but is it not possible that something has happened to the wiring? I have had such a case in my house.

Jim Port 11-23-2010 07:57 AM

Not all shower trims require the bulb to be covered. The correct bulb will be listed with the trim.

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