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Bulb melting socket. Socket or bulbs fault?

Discussion in 'CFL / Fluorescent Lighting' started by Allseasons, Jun 24, 2013.


    Allseasons Member

    hey guys i recently got these http://www.tmart.com/E27-Hanging-Lamp-holder-White-Dark-Red_p166509.html to hold my bulbs as it worked much better with my pc grow box setup. I just plugged my bulb in to the socket to test it it out, left it for about 20m and came back and the bulbs base was all melted around the sides and the room stunk of melted plastic. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001AZOV9K/ref=pe_385040_30332190_pe_175190_21431760_M3T1_ST1_dp_1 This is the bulb I had plugged into it.
    Ive got two more of these already in the mail, and was hoping someone could let me know if there is some sort of problem between this socket and bulb? Or maybe that this is just a bad quality bulb. The socket still works on my other light bulbs, but the bulb no longer works.
    Thanks for any help

    Ninjabowler Well-Known Member

    Amazon sucks, go to a hydro store and fall off your wallet. Youll get satisfaction gaurenteed ;)

    SunnyJim Well-Known Member

    That's weird. CFLs shouldn't get that hot, so it might have been a defective bulb overheating.

    I use ceramic bulb holders, so there is no chance of them melting. If your holder still works with other bulbs and doesn't start to melt under the heat, I would suggest the issue lies with your CFL bulb.

    Also, I would probably not continue to use the melted bulb holder (unless for testing purposes) - potential fire hazard.

    Pics of the bulb and melted holder?

    Allseasons Member

    Thats the problem living in New Zealand cant get anything =(, our only branch of stores that sold "Growing supplies" got shut down -_-. And amazon is the only real site that ships a wide range of products. If anyone knows of another trust worthy site that sends to Nz please please link me.

    Allseasons Member

    Hey yea, it 100% it was the bulb as the socket suffered 0 damage, just got a bit of the bulb dripping onto it.
    Heres a photo of the bulb that melted, theres nothing very obvious from the outside, but its melted just inside of the start of the plastic, and as you can see the black muck thats dripped out of it.
    I read the reviews for the bulb and someone else had the same thing happen to them, but just the one. Do you think its safe to use these bulbs if I test them properly? Like will the bulb either be defective or not defective or is it just chance when you run it. So what im asking is, will i know within say an hour if the bulb is defective or not, or could the same thing happen at any time.

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    Jimdamick Well-Known Member

    It probably was a bad bulb. Amazon has great return policies, and they will give you either a new bulb or a refund. You might want to try another manufacturer, or stick with the same brand. If your bulb was the cheapest, I might consider moving up to the next level in cost. There are always going to be bad bulbs made, so it's up to you to decide what you feel more comfortable with, the same type or something different. Peace

    Jimdamick Well-Known Member

    Defective bulbs are rare, so the odds you will get another is slight. They can fail at anytime, but as SunnyJim mentioned use ceramic sockets, which you can get on Amazon also. They are much better and safer than plastic. Good luck

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