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Causes and Solutions of a Non-Working Light Fixture

How to Troubleshoot a Light Fixture that is Not Working – One of the bulbs burned out and I decided to try using an old CFL compact fluorescent light bulb that somebody gave me in its place.

 

Checklist for Possible Causes of a Non-Working Light Fixture

I hope you can help me! I have a ceiling light fixture that uses two 60 watt regular light bulbs.

I hope to be able to fix the problem myself.

Any advice you can give me will be MUCH appreciated. I’m so grateful that I happened upon your website.

THANK YOU!

This electrical wiring question came from: Nora, a Homeowner from Clinton, WA, USA

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Nora.

How to Troubleshoot a Light Fixture that is Not Working

  1. Bad light bulbs. Purchase the correct replacement bulbs and install them.
  2.  A faulty wall switch. The wall switch should be tested and replaced if necessary.
  3. If a dimmer switch is being used make sure it is compatible with the type of light bulbs being that are installed.
  4.  Tripped circuit breaker. Check for a tripped circuit breaker, turn it all the way into the off position and then back into the on position.

The Following will assist you with your Light Fixture

Light Switch Wiring
Wiring Diagrams
3 Way Switch Diagram

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3 Way Dimmer Switch Wiring Diagram
Fully explained 3 way dimmer switch wiring diagram will take the mystery out of wiring a 3-way dimmer switch.

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The Safest Way to Test Electrical Devices and Identify Electric Wires!

The Non-Contact Electrical Tester
This is a testing tool that I have had in my personal electrical tool pouch for years, and is the first test tool I grab to help identify electrical wiring. It is a Non-contact tester that I use to easily Detect Voltage in Cables, Cords, Circuit Breakers, Lighting Fixtures, Switches, Outlets and Wires. Simply insert the end of the tester into an outlet, lamp socket, or hold the end of the tester against the wire you wish to test. Very handy and easy to use.

The Quickest Way to Check for Faulty Electrical Wiring!

The Plug-In Outlet Tester
This is the first tool I grab to troubleshoot a problem with outlet circuit wiring. This popular tester is also used by most inspectors to test for power and check the polarity of circuit wiring.
It detects probable improper wiring conditions in standard 110-125 VAC outlets Provides 6 probable wiring conditions that are quick and easy to read for ultimate efficiency Lights indicate if wiring is correct and indicator light chart is included Tests standard 3-wire outlets UL Listed Light indicates if wiring is incorrect Very handy and easy to use.

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My absolute favorite wire stripping tool that I have had in my personal electrical tool pouch for years, and this is the tool I use to safely strip electrical wires.
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The wire gauges are shown on the side of the tool so you know which slot to use for stripping insulation.
The end of the tool can be used to grip and bend wire which is handy for attaching wire onto the screw terminals of switches and outlets..

The wire stripper will work on both solid and stranded wire. This tool is Very Handy and Easy to Use.



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