How To Repair Your Light Fixtures
Susan from Illinois asks: How Can I Fix a Light Fixture that Stopped Working? Electrical Tips for Repairing Light Fixtures, Troubleshooting Methods used to solve problems with Lights and Switches.
Light Fixture Stopped Working
Electrical Question: Susan from Illinois asks: How Can I Fix a Light Fixture that Stopped Working?
- I have a laundry room in my basement that has two light fixtures and several outlets.
- Recently the light fixtures in this room stopped working.
- All of the outlets still work. I checked the bulbs, replaced the single pole switch and replaced both light fixtures.
- The circuit box for the house is also in this room.
- When I replaced the switch I installed a lighted switch and it does not light up. Any ideas what I can do to fix this?
- I’m handy, but I don’t want to do anything above my pay grade, if you know what I mean.
Thanks for any guidance.
This electrical wiring question came from: Susan, a Homeowner from Illinois.
Thanks for your electrical question Susan.
Repairing Home Electric Light Fixtures
Application: Wiring Lighting Fixtures and Switches.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – Best installed by a Licensed Electrical Contractor or Certified Electrician.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools, a Voltage Tester, additional tools for the specific branch circuit wiring method.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with tools and work with the circuit wiring.
Precaution: Identify the power source circuit at the panel, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.
Notice: Modifying or installing additional electrical wiring should be done according to local and national electrical codes with a permit and be inspected
Tips for Repairing Light Fixtures that Stopped Working
- Susan, you state that you replaced the switch with a lighted switch and the lighted switch does not light up so I would check to see if you actually have power to the switch.
- Make sure the lighted switch has the required circuit wires and the connections are made according to the installation instructions.
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