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user1023

06:34PM | 06/07/05
Member Since: 06/06/05
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I recently installed a new lighting fixture in my kitchen. The instructions state in big bold letter " for supply connections use wire rated for at least 90 deg C. Warning: risk of fire most dwellings built before 1985 have supply wire rated 60 deg c. Consult a qualified electrician before installing.". I installed the fixture anyway. My house was built in 1968. I checked some extra wire I had laying around and it doesn't mention a C rating. How big a problem is this or how long will it be before my house burns down? Thanks.

Jim D

12:07AM | 06/08/05
Member Since: 01/06/01
342 lifetime posts
User1023 - hi, if you look through this area at some older posts, you'll find a lengthy discussion about this matter. I'm not an electrician and can't help you with a short answer. All I can do is let you kow there's some discussions elsewhere in here. Take a look around and you'll find the posts - happy reading! Jim D/West Point, VA

rpxlpx

11:06AM | 06/13/05
Member Since: 03/13/00
1674 lifetime posts
60 C = 140 F

Some fixtures get hotter than that.

joed

06:24AM | 06/15/05
Member Since: 09/17/02
524 lifetime posts
The heat from your new fixture will dry out the insulation of the old wiring. It will eventually crack and fall off creating a hazard of the wires shorting and causing a fire.


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