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Voltage too high for light sockets

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Jul 12, 2013, 04:06 AM
Voltage too high for light sockets
I removed a non-load-bearing wall and all went well. Next I needed to relocate the light switches. All 3 switches were on dimmers and operating correctly. I rewired everything, but now face the problem that only 1 of my 3 lights is working properly. Two of them appear like they are getting too much voltage. They are WAY brighter than they were before and when I move the dimmer setting all the way down, the brightness is cut in half, but still quite bright.

When I tie the switch directly to the light wiring, it does not have any power and the switch does not work. Leaving one wire tied to the switch and the second wire spliced to a hot wire and a wire from the switch is what is causing it to be a super high voltage. I have also tried switching which of the two wires is connected to hot and directly to the switch. There is no difference. Both situations lead to a bulb dangerously bright and a dimmer that only dims halfway at best.

Any suggestions what I might have done wrong?

Thank you.
-Steven Wolff
Jul 12, 2013, 08:46 AM
At this point, you really need an electrician or at least a handy-man with electrical experience to take a first-hand look at what is going on here. Trial and error connections is not a good way to troubleshoot.

This is going to sound harsh but I am just going to be factual here: You obviously do not know very much about electrical wiring - even to the point that what you are trying to describe is not accurate enough for anyone to trouble-shoot your problem via this forum. There are several different types of switches and lighting circuits that are all wired in different ways - from what you have described nobody here can give an accurate answer.

Please call in an electrician to sort this out. The chance of shock or a fire is not worth risking any other option.

Jul 12, 2013, 06:32 PM
Yes I agree get qualified electrician to sort out your problems. PS If you are back feeding a circuit you may or may not increase the voltage. And that sounds like your problem. Depending on what hot legs those feeds are from create lighting issues. But you surely will end up with switches that act like a Stooges Movie skit. Or depending on the wiring set up tripped breakers.
Good luck.

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Jul 13, 2013, 07:34 AM
Back feeding meaning two hot circuits feeding one circuit that is. Not the back feeding the power grid that is possible say with solar power.

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