04-22-2012, 11:06 PM
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Originally Posted by Mikaila31
Also just something to note. CFLs will have a pretty short bulb life in those fixtures. The inverted (upside down) orientation will cause the ballast in the base of the bulb to get hotter. Also combined with the Humidity it they will have a pretty reduced life.
Eh, i'd have to disagree with this one. I work on lights and ballast for living and run into all types of fixtures. Some vast majority being CFL's which are always in the ceiling upside down hanging. They last any wheres from 2-3 years. Which is pretty decent IMO.
Also Humidity is not a problem unless you make it one. Use a glass top, so evaporation is not an issue for ur light fixtures.
Originally Posted by Geomancer
Yes ... and they are designed to be used over a hood, not an open tank. There is a difference.
I'm not saying this is instantly catastrophic, or a guarantee, it's something that happens slowly over time. It might arc, it might burn, it might do nothing. Risk.
I guess ask yourself, why do they make exterior light fixtures if moisture makes no difference? If it's just because they last longer, why do building codes require the use of an exterior fixture?
The only way it would "arc" is if it had wire nuts holding the wires together and one came loose to hit the actual fixture.
Glass top= No Catastrophe lol