Do you have a Phantom Light in Your Home?

Phantom light in your home? – I’m not kidding.  Have you ever encountered a recessed light in your home that has a mind of its own and turns on and off by itself?  That is referred to as a phantom light.

I know it’s crazy however they are more common than you think.  The one location where it most often happens is in the recessed light over the master shower.  If you want to learn how to correct this read on – and by the way it is easily fixed and no tools required.

Back in the 1970’s there was an extremely high rate of home fires that occurred due to over- heating recessed light fixtures.  As we know incandescent light bulbs put off a considerable amount of heat (Remember Easy Bake ovens – the heat source for them was a light bulb!)  The recessed light fixtures of the 70’s were supposed to be installed with a cone that was in the attic over the fixture that would keep insulation from covering the fixture and allowing heat to escape.  If this was not done it could cause house fires.

In the 1980’s manufacturers of light fixtures began to incorporate a safety device called a SHTP – Self Heating Thermal Protector.  A really simple component that would cut power to a fixture if the fixture became over- heated.  Today SHTP’s are required in all recessed lighting fixtures and consumers should not exceed the manufacturer’s recommendation for bulb size – in most cases that would be 60 watts. That’s because a larger wattage bulb puts out more heat. If a 75w or 100w light bulb is used in a fixture rated for 60w, chances are great it will cause the SHTP to actuate causing the light to turn off. .  If the light switch is left in the “on” position, the light will re-illuminate once the fixture cools off. And that is the Phantom light!

Today with advances in technology, this is a simple problem to correct. LED lighting is here! LED is an acronym for Light Emitting Diode. LED’s consumer much less energy to put out the same amount of light (lumens) as a much larger wattage incandescent light bulb. An 8w LED light bulb puts out the same lumens as a 60w incandescent light bulb! 8 watts puts out so little heat that it’s almost indiscernible. A 9w LED is equivalent to a 75w light bulb.

LED light bulbs are more expensive than incandescent light bulbs. However, because they consume a lot less power, they pay for themselves with lower electrical utility costs over time. Also, many LED lights have a life expectancy of 15 – 20 years! Chances are very high that once you install an LED light bulb, you will never replace that bulb again as long as you own the home!  

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Choose to have an amazing day….Jeff

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