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I have a 50W MR16 bulb out and have replaced the bulb but it

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I have a 50W MR16 bulb out and have replaced the bulb but it still won't light. I suspect the socket has gone bad - not making good contact. The socket is the usual 2-pin with round aluminum heat shield. To replace the socket, can I cut the wires and connect to a new socket with ceramic nuts? (This would be done inside the can.) The two wires in the can are currently surrounded by what looks to be a heat-protecting sheath - are there any issues with having some wiring in the can not surrounded by the heat sheath? (Some wire would have to be not surrounded to connect with the ceramic wire nuts.)
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Electrical
Expert:  Jason replied 7 years ago.
HiCustomer I have repaired this style of fixture using methods very similar to what you describe, and I have never had a problem after the repair. I can't guarantee you won't have a problem later with the uninsulated wire, but it's not likely that you will.

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