Tuesday, May 08, 2007

burning life fixtures

First off – no I was not contributing to Spider Man’s record take this weekend.

And since I didn’t even see the second one, I think I’ll skip the third altogether – that is until is shows up in a bargain DVD bin. Still, it they want more than 5.99 for it - I think I’ll pass.

So I was sitting in my lair last night when the lights began to flicker . . .

. . . like a horror movie.

The smell of melting something was filling the air.

Not a good sign.

I made the assumption that one of the fluorescent bulbs was packing it in, and when I pulled out the one that was flickering I did notice it had yellow scorch marks on it and it smelled burnt. They will eventually die, after a very, very long time.

No big deal.

So I changed it. But something very weird happened. One bulb was burning bright white, the other was dull orange . . .

When only one bulb was in the fixture – bright white. It didn’t matter which side either.

Now here is the wacky part. The first bulb to be screwed in was white – the second was dull orange. And it didn’t matter which bulb or which side I screwed in first – the second bulb was always dull orange.

It even happened with incandescent ones too.

WTF?

So, I pulled the assembly apart (yes the breaker was off) and started looking for the cause in the wiring. But – nada.

I am not Mr. Fixit by any stretch of the imagination, but I could see the black wire was connected to the black wire and the white wire was connected to the white wire. And all wires were firmly in place.

So, I got to looking at the bargain fixture – a double socket (made in China) special. The tinfoilish wrap-around label telling you not to put in more than a sixty watt bulb was crinkled and sorta melted.

Hmmmmmm . . .

So, I must go out and get another fixture.

I’m going to try to get one not made in China – wish me luck.

Life – just when you think the bulbs are burning bright – one goes out and the other turns orange . . .

. . . or something.

I want one of those funky round half dome kitchen style lights anyhow.

Not made in China.

As you were.

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