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  Electrical Troubleshooting: I recently bought a house built in 1954.
I took down an old florescent fixture in the kitchen and put up a new light fixture. The fixture is not florescent, however it does use halogen bulbs. It was a basic installation – black to black, white to white and ground to case. Once it was installed, we found out that the switch to turn it on and off no longer turns it on and off. It worked just fine on the florescent fixture. The switch box itself is still functioning – we took another switch from another room and tried it in that location. Any suggestions?

This electrical question came from: Elizabeth, a Homeowner from Silver Spring, MD
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Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical troubleshooting question Elizabeth.

Electrical Testing to Help Repair Lighting Fixture Failures

Here are a few items to check to help get your fixture working:
Check the light switch with a continuity tester.
Make sure all your wiring connections are correct.
Check to make sure the circuit is working.

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