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Last night I replaced a simple light fixture in my closet. It's just a glass dome with a pull switch. The new fixture (Boston Harbor) had this yellow material inside the canopy....like insulation or something. The instructions didn't mention anything about it and I left it in the fixture when I mounted it. I hope this was correct.

My real question is about what that material was. The stuff was very uncomfortable when I got it on my hands and now I can't seem to get it off, no matter how much I wash my hands. My skin is extra dry and it hurts. Was that material fiberglass? Or something I might have had an allergic reaction to?

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Last night I replaced a simple light fixture in my closet. It's just a glass dome with a pull switch. The new fixture (Boston Harbor) had this yellow material inside the canopy....like insulation or something. The instructions didn't mention anything about it and I left it in the fixture when I mounted it. I hope this was correct.

My real question is about what that material was. The stuff was very uncomfortable when I got it on my hands and now I can't seem to get it off, no matter how much I wash my hands. My skin is extra dry and it hurts. Was that material fiberglass? Or something I might have had an allergic reaction to?

Thanks for your hep!!!

It's fiberglass insulation to help reduce airflow between the room and the junction box. You've probably picked up some in your hands/fingers... wash them thoroughly in cold/lukewarm water and give them some time. If you encounter this material again, wear some gloves.
 

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If you are referring to the material in the part that mounts over the electrical box on the ceiling, it is fiberglass insulation. Should wash off best with cold water.
 

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was it basically a soft material? If so, then yes, it was simply fiberglass. If it was fiberglass, you now simply have a bunch of little glass slivers in your hands. Make sure you have washed your hands. It does no good to really scrub though. You might try taking some duct tape and sticking it on your hands and then pulling it off/ That sometimes takes some of the glass away. Other than that, just use a lotion to keep your skin soft and supple. The dryness adds to the itching.

then, time is the only thing that helps.

Oh, and avoid rubbing your eyes for awhile. The slivers can be transferred sometimes and are especially irritating to your eyelids and eyeballs.
 
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