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"Fishy" smelling bulb holder

Postby tr002b0685 » Fri Jan 08, 2010 6:55 pm


When my hallway light is swithched on, after about 10 minutes there is a very strong smell comes from it.

The only way to describe it is slightly fishy smelling, seems to be when the bulb holder gets hot.

Once the light is swithched off it goes away!

Any advice on what is the cause and any action I should take to rectify it.

Thanks :wink:
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Postby ericmark » Sat Jan 09, 2010 12:44 am

One would expect to find a lose connection. With that in mind only look when completely isolated. i.e. At consumer unit not just light switch.
Also since wires may pop out when you try to inspect look on project pages first so you have best chance not to get wires mixed up.
If you have not worked on lights before be aware you may have 8 live wires. Three neutral and five line plus earths. It does need checking but if your not sure what you are doing I would book an electrician and use an energy saving bulb until it is checked to reduce power used.

I would say the most posts asking for help are from people who have tried to change a light and got wires mixed up. So do read projects first.
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Postby tr002b0685 » Mon Jan 11, 2010 11:28 pm

Thanks, I'll get an electrician in - leave it to the experts
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Postby moggy1968 » Sat Jan 23, 2010 11:50 pm

thats the wonderful smell of burning bakerlite!!
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