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roughyear

07:35PM | 04/03/05
Member Since: 04/02/05
2 lifetime posts
hello all,

well i've had a busy weekend... i replaced 3 domes with 3 recessed lights (pantry hallway has 1 light, main hallway has 2 lights) and a fluorescent fixture in the kitchen with 4 recessed lights... that is a total of 7 recessed lights in place where there were 3 domes and 1 fluorescent.

all 3 areas work on a 15amp circuit. i'm using 6inch halo IC type containers on the main floor of the house, there is no insulation in the ceiling. i'm using 65watt bulbs. the house is about 2yrs old.

well after i finished EVERYTHING worked GREAT.. the lights all came on with no humming or dimming. everything was tested and i actually left the lights on for several hours to test and all was working great.

well later this evening when i went to the kitchen i heard one of the kitchen containers POP (this is where i had the fluorescent) and all 7 lights do not work/come on.. i went to check on the breaker and it was tripped. i reset the breaker, went back upstairs..... if i turn on the pantry and hallway lights they work, BUT as soon as i turn on the the kitchen lights the breaker TRIPS. but i did NOT hear the "pop" this time.

it seems weird to me how they all worked just fine hours earlier and now only the hallways work but the kitchen keeps tripping the breaker.

any ideas???

doug seibert

08:22AM | 04/04/05
Member Since: 08/10/02
842 lifetime posts
You have a short in the portion of the circuit with the kitchen lights.......

Just open the kitchen fixtures and re-check your work....

You'll probably find a wirenut has a loose wire that has contacted the metal fixture box........Or a wire is crushed in a sheathed electrical cable end...........

roughyear

08:49PM | 04/04/05
Member Since: 04/02/05
2 lifetime posts
the halo box i purchased had the new push-type connectors that just require sliding the wire into this square brackets that allow upto 3 daisy wheel/chain configuration.

the problem i found was although the recessed housing was IC it was NOT airtight.. so i went out and bought some new airtight cansters today (they were $4 CHEAPER!!!!... i don't know why) .. but it just had the standard wires and did not include this easy to use push-connector, but now the lights work again.

do you think maybe the connector was to weak to hold upto the current being pushed through it???




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