Tips for getting this bulb into track lighting fixture


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Old 01-24-17, 06:52 PM
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Tips for getting this bulb into track lighting fixture

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I've broken two bulbs trying to replace one that burnt out, but can't get it to stay in this fixture for the life of me. I know it's the right bulb because I've replaced two others with the same kind. The issue is that the flat part of the bulb will not fit perfectly into the circular outside frame. I try my best to force it and then it eventually bursts.

Any tips on getting this bulb to fit in nicely?

PS - I'd love to replace these crap fixtures but we're renting, so that's not happening.

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Old 01-24-17, 07:21 PM
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You may want to try a different brand of bulb as size and shape can very slightly between different manufacturers. I'd take the fixture to the store and try to find one that fits well.
 
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Old 01-24-17, 08:15 PM
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I've used those fixtures in stores. They require PAR 38 type lamps where the front is flat and there is a larger front lens where the clip can hold it in.

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Old 01-25-17, 01:17 PM
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Interesting. So the previous owner has installed the wrong bulbs into these fixtures? Can you point me to a 65W to match the other bulbs?
 
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Old 01-25-17, 04:57 PM
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It could also be a PAR30 https://www.1000bulbs.com/search/?q=par30 Measure the ring and if they are about 3 3/4" they are for PAR30's and if they are 4 3/4" they are for PAR38's
 
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Old 01-28-17, 04:17 PM
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Thanks for the tips. I measured and they are PAR30. I wanted to get something at my local Home Depot so I got these - EcoSmart 75W Equivalent Daylight PAR30 Dimmable LED Flood Light Bulb (2-Pack)-5bHPR650STW1D30 - The Home Depot. The flat face bulb fits perfectly, however it's a bit brighter, whiter, and casts a more direct light than the previous bulbs (Philips 24876-5 | 65BR30/FL55/120 | BR30 Flood).

So is there a flat face bulb that is more similar to the others in terms of color and light?
 
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Old 01-28-17, 05:49 PM
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Have you considered a dimmer?
 
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Old 01-28-17, 05:53 PM
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I'd love one, but we're renting. And our landlord is a cheapass

After looking at some of the other fixtures, I see electrical tape on a few of them. Whoever installed them forced them into the fixtures and kept the bulb in place with tape. I may be forced to do the same instead of replacing all of these bulbs with LED's.
 
 

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