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        I replaced a lighting fixture in a bedroom. After restoring power to the room by flipping the breaker back on, all the outlets work but, the light fixture does not turn on. Help!
         
        Posts: 2 | Registered: Jun 14, 2014Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        Were the outlets on the same circuit breaker with what I am assuming is a ceiling mounted light fixture? Have you checked your wire connections at the fixture?
        Why did you replace it? Did it stop working, so you assume it's a problem with the fixture -- if so, then maybe it's a problem with the switch. Is the switch 'backstabbed' with the wires (a common source of problem with older installations).

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        Posts: 961 | Location: No. California | Registered: Mar 24, 2004Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        Yes, the outlets are on the same breaker. We did check for power to the wires using a tester and it indicated the the wires were live. The previous fixture was working just fine so, I have no idea why we can't get the replacement to work! The only reason we replaced it was we just purchased the home and the fixture in the room was geared for young girls - our teenage son was not too happy with that in his room. So frustrating - think we are going to have to bring in an electrician.

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        Posts: 2 | Registered: Jun 14, 2014Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        Do you have another fixture you can connect the wires to and just try it (it doesn't have to be mounted properly), Maybe your new fixture is defective, it happens. Are you using a dimmer switch, maybe your bulbs won't work with a dimmer.
         
        Posts: 961 | Location: No. California | Registered: Mar 24, 2004Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        Also, double check your wire nut connections. It is very easy for a wire to slip as you are tightening down on the first twist or two. Happens all the time. Probably worth it to spend $10 to buy a 'sniffer' tester. If it shows power at the new light connections, then those connections have to be loose or the light defective.


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        Posts: 10341 | Location: Knoxville, Tennessee | Registered: Sep 27, 2003Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        it is easier to test a light fixture on the ground, with a pigtail power cord, than to try and hoist it and find it lacking.


        sig: if this is a new economy, how come they still want my old-fashioned money?
         
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