Yeah, I know…not mCu, but this is “off topic” after all. Hoping to pick the brains of some of the smart folks here.
I’ve got two Wireless overhead light fixtures that came with my Wayne-Dalton iDrive garage door openers. The wireless communication and relays are working fine, but the center terminal on both units had gotten crufty from arcing due to the terminals being too far recessed into the fixture, and eventually both stopped working (light wouldn’t turn on, though I verified that the terminals were still outputting 120v when turned on).
I was able to get one of the fixtures working by cleaning up the terminals with a dremel and a grinding wheel, but the other stubbornly refuses to work. Unfortunately, I think the center terminal is far enough in that it will not make contact.
EDIT - to be clear, unlike many less expensive fixtures, it’s not possible on this fixture to simply bend or lift the center contact up…I tried, and it seems to be connected to the base. Poor design, IMO. END EDIT
[em]So here’s what I need an opinion on[/em]. If I pop a small washer into the bottom of the socket, between the terminal and the bulb, it works fine. The obvious concern, however, is whether or not this is likely to be a fire hazard. Clearly, there’s going to be some amount of resistance introduced by having another piece of metal in the circuit. The question is whether the additional resistance is large enough to be concerned about.
The other option that I thought about is the possibility of building up the center terminal with conductive epoxy, but I think that carries a similar concern in terms of additional resistance.
The default answer, it seems to me, is not to risk it unless I can know with confidence that it won’t cause problems. As I’m sure many of you would be quick to point out, mains are nothing to screw around with.
I just hate to give up on a $100 light fixture that’s only fractions of an inch away from working, particularly since it’s no longer made, and there don’t seem to be a whole lot fo places that still have any in stock.
Any opinions or additional suggestions for safely making the connection would be welcome.