How I Repair a Bathroom Light Fixture that Shorted Out
How can I fix a light fixture that shorted out and will not come on? Guide for Repairing a Bathroom Light Fixture Problem.© By: Dave Rongey
Bathroom Light Fixture Electrical Repair
Electrical Question: How can I fix a light fixture that shorted out and will not come on?
One of the lights in my bathroom shorted out and smoked for a second and now none of the other lights in the bathroom will come on.
- There is a GFI breaker which has electricity and works but will not reset.
- There is electricity throughout the bathroom, so why do my bathroom lights not work ?
- This is only a problem with the bathroom
This electrical question came from Joyce who is a homeowner.
Thanks for your electrical question Joyce.
How to Repair a Bathroom Light Fixture
Application: Repair Light Fixture Wiring.
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate – Best performed by a Certified Electrician or Licensed Electrical Contractor.
Tools Required: Basic Hand Tools and Safe Ladder.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal experience, the 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.
Guide for Repairing a Bathroom Light Fixture Problem
- Bathroom light fixtures may experience an electrical failure or short within the electrical wiring.
- Most of the time the problem is caused by the wiring which becomes old and brittle due to constant exposure to the heat that radiates from the lamps and sockets. Over time this can eventually lead to a broken wire or a shorted wire.
- This is very common with ceiling type fixtures in older bathrooms that have two or more incandescent light bulbs which produce a lot of heat. In many cases the ceiling light fixture will either require that the burnt wiring and the socket be replaced or if the light fixture is badly damaged then the whole light fixture may need replacing.
- Sometimes the problem may be with an electrical splice that is inside the electrical junction box that the light fixture is mounted to in the wall or ceiling.
- With bathroom light fixture electrical failures the circuit should be identified and turned OFF and the burnt electrical wiring, splices and wire connectors will need to be carefully restored using the properly sized electrical wiring and splice connectors.
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