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Sure Signs of Electrical Trouble with a Light Fixture

By Dave Rongey - Summary:

How to Troubleshoot and Repair a Light Fixture: Indications of Light Fixture Wiring Problems, Light Fixture Wiring Splices, Moisture or Water Leaks Around Light Fixtures, How to Check Light Fixture Wiring, Hot Light Bulbs That Cause Wiring Problems.

Light Fixture Problems and How to Fix Them

Electrical Question: There are water stains on the drywall, under my attic, resulting from a faulty installation of the water pump equipment in the attic.

This home Electrical Troubleshooting Question came from: Jeff, from Gold River, California.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your Electrical Troubleshooting Question Jeff.

How to Troubleshoot and Repair a Light Fixture

Application: Light Fixture Wiring.
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate.
Tools Required: Basic Hand Tools and Safe Ladder.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal experience, the type of light fixture and access to the light fixture.
Precaution: Identify the light fixture circuit, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.
Notice: Replacement parts for the light fixture should be compatible with the type of lamps that have been installed.

Indications of  Light Fixture Wiring Problems

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4 Responses to “Sure Signs of Electrical Trouble with a Light Fixture”
  1. Dave Rongey says:

    Hi Todd,
    To help you troubleshoot the problem with your lights the voltage should be tested and verified, and the wiring connections should be checked for proper connections to the electrical circuit.
    Thank you for sharing your light fixture question,

  2. todd van dorn says:

    I have converted my 6 inch down lights to LED. The LED lights Flicker and have a strobe light effect only during certain times of the day. The lights are all brand new LED conversion kits and brand new dimmer switches. I recently added a new section of lights and roughly 20 of those Flicker twice as bad as the others only at a certain times around 4 or 5. I thought this may be the grid possibly?

  3. Dave Rongey says:

    Hi Doug,
    The light fixture is probably fine, however the switch that controls the light fixture should be tested and replaced if it is found faulty. That would be the first area of the electrical control circuit for the light fixture that I would begin to check.

  4. doug says:

    The light in my ceiling will not turn off unless I turn off the circuit breaker. Is this a light fixture problem or electrical wiring problem?