low voltage light question

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  1. richrc1131

    richrc1131 New Member

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    I have a ceiling light that has a loose connection between two of the segments. This is one of those low voltage lights.

    What happens is that the light randomly cuts off. If I squeeze that connection point, the light will stay on.

    The connecting area has a small metal clip on the top and one on the bottom (with a single plastic cover) that bridge the gap. They seem to fit snug but I guess not snug enough to keep the connection. When I squeeze the sides of the plastic cover, it comes on.

    There is a screw in the plastic peice that appears to be for tension, but doesn't fix the problem.

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    Is there an inconspicuous and safe way to connect these two segments?
     
  2. ActionDave

    ActionDave Electrician

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    Those things are known for failing like you describe. Not much to do but replace it.
     
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  4. richrc1131

    richrc1131 New Member

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    Found the problem with the light fixture

    I discovered the problem. This device is made up of several segments. Each segment needs to be in physical contact (end to end) with the other. They are loosely joined together by what looks like a 3 sided folder peice of metal and a plastic surround which has an adjustment screw on it. This adjustment screw doesn't appear to do much.

    What happens is the two segments appear to work their way away from each other and have to be moved back into place.

    I've included a picture (best I coud do) of the connection point.

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    How can I secure these two segments together without making it look too obvious.?
     
  5. jwelectric

    jwelectric Electrical Contractor/Instructor

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    Buy a new light
     
  6. DonL

    DonL Jack of all trades Master of one

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    That would be a great Idea.

    It sounds like the Track was not installed properly.
     
  7. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

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    Too much stuff like this is made in China...now, some of it may be designed here, but if they don't hold them fully accountable on production and QA/QC, what you end up with is crap. They can make some great stuff, but often, it's not! Depends on who designed it and is watching over the process. Garbage in, garbage out. Good stuff tends to actually cost a bit.
     
  8. DonL

    DonL Jack of all trades Master of one

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    That is what I was thinking.

    Could probably take it back to WM and get a refund.
     
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