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New Post 5/23/2011 11:00 AM
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Almost had a fire 
Discovered last night that one of the cargo lights in the basement had accidentally turned on during travel or when I was packing things up. It's one of those cheap flat lights with a slide switch. The bulb was an 1141 and draws 9.5A. By the time I found it, the plastic lamp cover was melted and a small burned spot had been made on a dog bed that was touching it. Luckily the dog bed was heavy nylon and didn't ignite!

This is not the first time that I've found one of these lights on; the slide switches require virtually no force to turn on and it is easy to do when I am taking stuff out or putting it away.

After catching my breath and saying a few prayers of thanks, I'm now looking to buy LED bulbs to replace mine. The 1141 has now usually been replaced by the 1156; I would appreciate recommendations if anyone has tried some.
New Post 5/23/2011 11:41 AM
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Re: Almost had a fire 
Wow...You are lucky.

I saw the potential for this to happen in my bays. Fortunately for me, I have a switch that controls all the bay lights. I leave it tapped in the off position.
New Post 5/23/2011 11:59 AM
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Re: Almost had a fire 
You should have a master switch in your bus thatturns them off, glad you were lucky!
New Post 5/23/2011 12:01 PM
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Re: Almost had a fire 
Yes I always suggest going with LED bulbs for this reason and also because they save electricity. Glad to hear you are okay and your dog.
New Post 11/11/2011 12:51 PM
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Re: Almost had a fire 
Glad to hear you're okay. I usually make the habit to go around my house twice to make sure everything is turned off before we leave for a trip, camping or other. My husband think it's a bad case of OC on my part. But after your ordeal, it justifies my habit.
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