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Do wired lights fade in brightness overtime?

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Hi guys,

I am so bummed out.  For some reasons, half of my tape wired lights are operating at 20% capacity.  These are plug in to an outlet, not battery operated, and they are old school lights, not LED's. 

These were installed when I built the house in 2007 or so.  Some of them flicker slightly at times.  They were not designed to flicker.  

I am most concerned about the brightness issue. 

Have you heard this before? Will they be back to normal brightness with use?

Do they need to be used daily for a certain required timeframe to be maintained? 

What's happening? How did you fix this if you had this issue? 

Thanks for any diagnosis and suggestions. 

Here they are at 100% brightness capacity.  Now half of the house is really dark. 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/54971771@N04/8010821119/in/album-72157627103452609/

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That's such a bummer. Hope someone could help you out. I'm new to lighting and decided to go with round wire. 

Good luck. I'm sure someone will offer advice

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Are you using a transformer large enough to cover the number of bulbs?  Please look at the transformer and post what the watts/amps are. Are the bulbs replaceable screw in bulbs? 

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I'm thinking the branch of tape wire going to the dim side of the house may have lost some contact point between a brad & section of tape wire.

If it was 2007 & the tape wiring was still exposed you could test the connections & track down the problem. 

No clue on fix?  Hmm...replace with battery lights?

 

 

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Thanks guys,

I will check the transformer power. It was my 1st house, I remember consulting with Miniatures.com by email about the transformer.

Yes the bulbs are replaceable and as of this moment I am thinking battery lights are a good idea for future projects. 

I'll check out the connection as well. Thanks again. 

L

 

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I replaced 3 bulbs.

One is the same brightness. The other two improved.  I can live with this. 

The transformer is labelled to power up to 16 bulbs, the house has 10.

Thanks for thinking this through with me! 

I am grateful as always. 

L. 

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Are all the bulbs the same voltage (amperage?)

i don't think your supposed to mix them.

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9 hours ago, Luanne said:

Yikes. I hope it's ok. 

It  isn't dangerous, it just makes the bulbs burn out faster. One of the problems with buying used/ unlabeled fixtures. 

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