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Old 07-03-2010, 10:16 AM   #1
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Track lights are not as bright as they were


Hi Farzad here,
I have simple track lights in my kitchen and I think they are IKEA tracks. My wife and I both have both thought that our kitchen is darker than it was before, like all the lights are somehow dimmer(they are not on a dimmer switch.) Is it possible with all the bulbs working and why is it? or is just us? Any help?
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Old 07-03-2010, 12:19 PM   #2
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could be several reasons:

bulbs getting dirty can cause a great diminishing of output. Especially in a kitchen with the grease from cooking this can be a problem.

poor electrical connections can cause a lot of problems as well. If you have a bad neutral connection to the house or within your house, you may be experiencing low voltage at one point in the house by high voltage at another.

low voltage supply to the house.

If these are fluorescent lamps, many fluorescent lamps will have diminished output as they age

and I am sure there are more that are not coming to mind right now.


I would start with cleaning the lamps (bulbs)

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Caution. If the lamps are halogen (tungsten halogen or quartz iodide incandescents) clean the glass bulbs using a damp cloth without touching them with your fingers. Use rubbing alcohol if plain water doesn't get the dirt off. Then allow lots of time for drying before turning the lights on.

Fingerprints can cause the bulb to crack as it heats up.
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Caution. If the lamps are halogen (tungsten halogen or quartz iodide incandescents) clean the glass bulbs using a damp cloth without touching them with your fingers. Use rubbing alcohol if plain water doesn't get the dirt off. Then allow lots of time for drying before turning the lights on.

Fingerprints can cause the bulb to crack as it heats up.
glad you added that.
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Thanks for replying.
The lights are halogen.
I looked at them they are clean. And it happened over night. Could it be something from the power?
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yes, it could be something with the power, and most likely is. Now you have to determine if it is within your house or due to the power company's supply to you.


any other problems with electrical appliances in the house?


Do you know anything about electricity? Understand what a multiwire branch circuit is? If not, it might be time to call your friendly neighborhood electrician. If you do, let us know and have a volt meter available. We can walk you through a few checks.

just s dumb question but does the switch that operates these make and crackling noises when you turn the lights on? Do you see any sparks/arcs in the switch when you turn the lights on?
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Old 07-03-2010, 06:49 PM   #7
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I've seen a lot of these IKEA fixtures. Is it the low voltage type? Might be a bad transformer. Low voltage on the output would cause dimmer fixture. If you have a way of measuring the voltage on the output of the transformer, that's where I'd start.
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Good connections on a 12v system are 10x more important than on a 120v system, other things being equal, because the current is 10x higher and the voltage is 10x lower.
Those squeaky clean connections are also harder to maintain.

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Thanks guys. I called my friendly neighborhood electrician to come over and take a look . Is not as easy as I thought it would be. And I am not good at it. Thanks for your help.
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so, what was the problem? Curious minds want to know.
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I will let you know after he has looked at it. He should be coming over this week.
Thanks again for all the suggestions/advice.
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Sorry all. I don't have anything to add but I am also curious as to what is causing his problem. This way i will get a notification when he responds

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