Canister Light Help

Hi All,
I have a home in CA that was built in 1995 and it has 6 lights in the kitchen. They are recessed canister type fixtures and takes the 65 watt flood lights that slightly protrude from the fixture. Five of the six lights are wired together on one switch and the other is all by itself on another switch. The one that is alone had a different type of bulb in it then the others. It is a kind of a four tube fluorescent light that plugs in instead of screwing in like a normal bulb, but about the same size. It wasn't very bright and I wanted to replace it and make it look and light up like the rest, but still remain on a separate switch. I bought a new connector for the bulb that matches the other type of lights and cut the black and white wires from the old fluorescent fixture and wired the new one in. Put everything back in the canister, screwed in the new light, and turned it on, but it was still very dim. It's now just like the other lights, but not nearly as bright. What could be wrong? The old fixture that was in the canister did not have a ground wire coming from it, and the new socket that I bought did not come with a ground wire attached either, but I guessed that the canister itself was grounded as were some of them that were at the store so I did not add one. If you do think is the ground how would I add one?
Thanks for any help provided John
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It's not the ground. The ground is for safety and should not affect the brightness of the lamp unless something is very wrong.
My guess is that this fixture was intended to be left on as a "night light" and so they chose a more energy efficient fluorescent fixture.
When you rewired the socked, did you actually remove the can and remove the ballast that would be used with a plug in flourescent bulb? The screw in flourescent bulbs designed for regular sockets have internal ballasts, but the plug in type use an external ballast wired to the socket. If you didn't remove the ballast, that would explain the dim light. It also is probably not safe, so don't use it until you check.
One more thing. Incandescent bulbs run hotter than flourescents, so your can may not be rated for a regular bulb. The safest thing would be to totally remove the can and replace it with one that is designed and rated for incandescent use. These are available in "remodeling" style that allows them to be installed in an existing ceiling, but getting the old one out may be a problem. You also need to determine if the can has insulation around and against it. If so, you need a can rated for insulation contact. Again, the issue here is the heat generated, and a can rated for insulation contact with a flourescent bulb may not be rated for IC with an incandescent.
Be safe, replace (or have it replaced) the can with one properly rated for the application.
HTH,
Paul Franklin
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The can is exactly like the others except it looks like they took the adjustable slider bracket that was in the can off that one and replaced it with the plug in type florescent. I compared it to the ones at the store and they looked just like the others except that adjustable slider bracket. There is no insulation next to the can at all. I had the can out and nothing was attached to it. Would the ballast be in the junction box where the wires go in from the can? I will take the can out again and open the junction box that was next to the can.
Thanks again for the help. John

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Whereas On Thu, 16 Oct 2003 15:57:44 GMT, "John"
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John wrote:

the other four lights are directly wired from the bulb to the power source.. the last one was florescent and probably has a ballast in it.... you got to get that out and go directly with the wires to the new plain old type incadescant bulb.... when not measure the voltage from the screw in plug on the last one and it is probably less voltage that the others due to the ballast.......
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