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Old 03-18-2011, 02:34 PM   #1
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Replacement lighting - MR-16 halogen for incandescent

Can I take an MR-16 halogen fixture and just wire it in where there was a regular incandescent light fixture, circa 1979? That's what I did and now (after roughly a year) the MR-16 won't turn on. First thing, of course was to try a new dice. My little cheapo outlet tester says that there is juice to the fixture and it responds appropriately with the flipping of the switch. I got a new wired socket thinking it might have been an oxidation issue, but the new one gives the same indications. Ideas?



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Old 03-18-2011, 04:21 PM   #2
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A circuit needs a complete path to operate. The hot can be intact but without a way to complete the circuit the light will not work. Have you checked the white wire connections?

While there is no difference between the fixtures a lot of newer fixtures will require an insulation value higher than you have and should not be used.


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Most MR-16 bulbs operate at 12 or 24 Volts. You may have a transformer issue.

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