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Old 08-09-2011, 10:41 AM   #1
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Problem installing u-shaped fluorescent bulb

I'm a brand-new widow, trying to do things I have not done before, and would appreciate your help. The new u-shaped fluorescent bulbs I bought to replace the fading ones in my kitchen ceiling lamp are the same brand and model number as the previous ones. I inserted the prongs into the plug end of the fixture, and pressed the body of the bulb into the u-shaped metal clip which should support it at the other end of the fixture. But they were just a little too loose to stay in place. (Picture a zillion glass fragments on my kitchen floor.) Should I try to tighten the metal clip by squeezing with pliers? (Before inserting new bulbs.) Do I need a new fixture? What would you recommend? Is this a common problem? Thanks for your help.
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Old 08-09-2011, 11:12 AM   #2
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I usually will check holding clips before I let go, and end up with a disaster. Common sense says to check holding devices when ever you do something, especially lighting.

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Old 08-09-2011, 11:26 AM   #3
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You can probably tighten the clip with your fingers.
Answers based on the National Electrical Code. Local amendments may apply. Check with your local building officials.
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