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    We face this situation all the time. We live in a village house in SK and all the wiring, electric structures, sockets, switches... anything to do with electricity, was built just after Edison saw the light.
    Anyway, the master bathroom has these LED lights (6 of them) plus one center light fixture, every month or so the LED would blow up and I will end up spending $35 to replace. Got fed up and asked a guy through "*********" app, who came and said the whole wiring is shit and if you want a long term resolution, you need to get that sorted. That meant he need to break open the false ceiling, setup everything and replace the false ceiling. LL won't pay and now we at any given time one tiny bulb in the bathroom...

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    LEDs are the problem in my case too, and complicated wiring under the false ceiling.


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    Quote Originally Posted by gunsnroses
    We face this situation all the time. We live in a village house in SK and all the wiring, electric structures, sockets, switches... anything to do with electricity, was built just after Edison saw the light.
    Anyway, the master bathroom has these LED lights (6 of them) plus one center light fixture, every month or so the LED would blow up and I will end up spending $35 to replace. Got fed up and asked a guy through "*********" app, who came and said the whole wiring is shit and if you want a long term resolution, you need to get that sorted. That meant he need to break open the false ceiling, setup everything and replace the false ceiling. LL won't pay and now we at any given time one tiny bulb in the bathroom...
    LED's are often sold as plugin replacement for Halogens, but Halogen lamps have no electronics inside to be damaged. LED's are not normally rated for bathrooms, the electronics inside (think tiny raspberry PI) get humid, wet, and fail with annoying frequency. bathroom lighting fittings should be IP65 rated (like weatherproof) really, even normal Edison type lamps corrode into the lighting socket if the environment is wet.

    Also, LED's create and cause harmonic distortion (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Total_harmonic_distortion) - especially cheaper models, on the electrical circuit. Unlike normal electrical wiring, a village house normally has one central RCD (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Residual-current_device) for the whole flat, and harmonic distortion can cause the RCD's to trip with annoying frequency. So the recommendation to "change all the wiring" may not be impartial advice.
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    Maintenance is really on the tenant because you are the one using everything in the house. But if cannot be fixed anymore, then you can ask the landlord to change for new one. Changing for new one is the landlord's responsibility.


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