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Old 02-09-2018, 06:21 AM
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I went to change this blown out bulb, and when I pulled on the bulb, the fixture the bulb sits in came partially disconnected from the wire. I pushed it back "up" and replaced the bulb, but now it only works if I wiggle the fixture the bulb is mounted to. Obviously something is loose and has a bad connection. My question is, I found similar connections on line, but no instructions on how they get installed? Company is Seagull, but their website has no way to contact them. Seems some fixtures are "adjustable", others are not. Maybe they puncture the wire similar to low voltage landscape lighting?


https://www.elitefixtures.com/index....SABEgK51vD_BwE

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That definitely looks like LV but you need to verify exactly what you're dealing with before going forward. Any way to trace the wire back to the power supply? It should not be behind a wall so my first guess would be on top of one of the cabinets.
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The transformer is in the basement under the kitchen, it's definitely low voltage.
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Look at your second picture. you can see where the fixture penetrates the wire. Like you guessed it's like a landscape light that penetrates the insulation.
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Then the output should be marked. Once you know the voltage (plus is it AC or DC) you should be able to go online and order a new fixture. It looks like it's one of those push through contacts and while they're not the best it's simple to replace. Is there a model number on the fixture?
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These are all the markings I can find. Not sure if there is a model # on the fixture itself, I will have to pull it off.
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The LED tape lights are the way to go.
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It has the option of either 12V AC or 24V Ac you need to look at where the wires going to the light are attached. Post a picture and I'll tell you which it is.
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That section of wire with the faulty connector goes to this box, the other side of the box is yellow Romex that then goes behind the wall and down to the transformer. That's all I can see.
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Originally Posted by barrell View Post
The LED tape lights are the way to go.
This. 100%. We install 100' of feet of tape every year. Comes in different color temperatures for different color cabinets, tops, and back splashes.
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Originally Posted by TimC2520 View Post
That section of wire with the faulty connector goes to this box, the other side of the box is yellow Romex that then goes behind the wall and down to the transformer. That's all I can see.
Can't tell from that. You will either have to measure the voltage or see if the light has the voltage on it.
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Originally Posted by mikefloyd View Post
Can't tell from that. You will either have to measure the voltage or see if the light has the voltage on it.
Thanks, bulbs are definitely 12V
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Unplug the transformer and then unscrew the section shown above and check for a bad or loose connection. Also be sure the connections on each end of the bulb are relatively tight to the lightbulb. Those fittings are finicky.
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Originally Posted by billinstuart View Post
This. 100%. We install 100' of feet of tape every year. Comes in different color temperatures for different color cabinets, tops, and back splashes.
What do you recommend for the LED tape? Anything to installing them as replacements for incandescent fixtures that kinda look like florescent?
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I’ve installed that same lighting myself. Are the other lamps working without issue? If so, then it is more than likely that single lamp holder that is the problem. Pull the lamp holder off and make sure the two prongs are not bent and will pierce the cable making a good connection. I’d move the lamp holder over as to not at the same location.
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Originally Posted by flyau98 View Post
What do you recommend for the LED tape? Anything to installing them as replacements for incandescent fixtures that kinda look like florescent?
Kichler strip fixtures? Line (120) or low (12/24) voltage?
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Originally Posted by burtonboards32 View Post
Kichler strip fixtures? Line (120) or low (12/24) voltage?
Sorry to hijack the thread...

These are what I'd like to get rid of (they normally have a frosted glass pane, I took it off to look for a label):


They are hot and heat up the bottom of the cabinets if left on...even on the low setting.

I'd love some kind of easy to install LED setup.
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Originally Posted by flyau98 View Post
What do you recommend for the LED tape? Anything to installing them as replacements for incandescent fixtures that kinda look like florescent?
Transformer. Some transformers are dimmable, but the transformer must be matched with the dimmer. The 120V will power the transformer, which then powers the LED thru low voltage wiring.
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LED tape light is for titty bars.
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Originally Posted by burtonboards32 View Post
I’ve installed that same lighting myself. Are the other lamps working without issue? If so, then it is more than likely that single lamp holder that is the problem. Pull the lamp holder off and make sure the two prongs are not bent and will pierce the cable making a good connection. I’d move the lamp holder over as to not at the same location.

Yes, every other bulb is fine on that stretch of lights. I ordered another lamp holder but will pull the old one off, check the pins and maybe move it a 1/4", see what happens.

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