Light Fixture ?


I bought an inexpensive light fixture for back porch ceiling and it has a tag on the wiring that says:
Caution: Risk of fire, most dwellings built before 1985 have supply wire rated 60 degrees C, consult a qualified electrician to ensure correct branch circuit conductor.
What does this mean? Never saw this tag on electrical fixtures before.
Thanks, Vv
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It's a cover your ass disclaimer, telling the installer that he can't install the fixture on wiring types rated at less than 75 or 90 degrees
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Just curious, did it have UL listing? If not, it may have failed with 60 C wire, but passed with 90 C.
Joe
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Yes, it does have the UL sticker. One note of info, both wires in the fixture are aluminum not copper, but the ground wire is copper.
Thanks again, Vv
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wrote:

Yes, it does have the UL sticker. One note of info, both wires in the fixture are aluminum not copper, but the ground wire is copper.
Thanks again, Vv
=============== Where did you buy this piece of crap fixture, and where was it made?
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On Tue, 22 Sep 2009 10:54:21 -0700 (PDT), Virtual Voyager

I bet that is tinned copper, not aluminum.
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wrote:

Yes, it does have the UL sticker. One note of info, both wires in the fixture are aluminum not copper, but the ground wire is copper.
Thanks again, Vv
If the fixture gives off a lot of heat, the wires are probably nickel, definitely not aluminum
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Means what it says. The newer cheaper fixtures run hotter and require wire with the better rated insulation.
It really is a potential hazard to use this fixture with older wires. It can bake the insulation to a brittle state.
Colbyt
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Colbyt wrote: ...

How's that? Electrons dissipated in the incandescent filament know they're in a "newer cheaper fixture" somehow and thus generate more heat? Does not compute...
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They are of piss poor design and enclosed mostly where the older ones were not. The watt to btu conversion has always been the same.
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On Tue, 22 Sep 2009 07:16:04 -0700 (PDT), Virtual Voyager

Their lawyer made them do it. If you can find the UL tag, you're good to go. Always, make absolutely sure the circuit is off and double check the wires with a VOM before you touch. Use a wooden or fiberglass ladder.
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