Electric shock hazard


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Old 12-29-19, 11:01 AM
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Electric shock hazard

Does this seem right? Two different chandeliers with LED bulbs. The base of the bulbs (silver part) are exposed and not covered by the cylindrical plastic guards. Seems to be an issue with these LED bulbs.

The older incandescents don’t have this problem. My daughter went to tighten a bulb a got a little zap today.
 
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Old 12-29-19, 12:39 PM
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Compare the base between the two bulbs.
Look for a different design base on a different brand of LED.
The light is on, so it is definitely screwed in all the way.

The chandelier may also be wired wrong if she got a zap. It could be wired so the shell is the hot instead of the neutral.
 
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Old 12-29-19, 12:50 PM
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I checked the box to refresh my memory. The box had one white and one black.

The fixture had two golden wires..no black or white.

Would reversing the blacks And white correct this?

I actually blew the breaker when I was adjusting the cylinder guard. The guard on one of the lights is metallic and touched the screw base, tripping the breaker.
 
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Old 12-29-19, 01:06 PM
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Discovered something new when I went to compare the led with the incandescent.

The LEDs on one of the chandeliers has a plastic clear guard on it to protect against this very issue.

The lights in both chandeliers are from the same manufacturer (eco smart from Home Depot Canada), but they are different temps and lumens. The newest one I bought (3000k, 350 lumens) did not have the protective covers.
 
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Old 12-29-19, 02:41 PM
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The fixture had two golden wires..no black or white.

Would reversing the blacks And white correct this?
Yes, One wire from the fixture should have some ribs on the insulation jacket. That is the identified wire which should be connected to the neutral (white) wire. The screw shell of any socket is required to the connected to the neutral wire to reduce a the shock hazzard.
 
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Old 12-29-19, 04:05 PM
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Thanks everyone. I never knew this and I don’t recall seeing anything in the fixtures instructions. Good to know!
 
 

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