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How to Solve Light Fixture and Switch Wiring Problems

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Electrical Question: Andy in New York asks: How do I fix a problem with a light I am trying to install?

Not sure what to try next, any help would be greatly appreciated!

This electrical wiring question came from: Andy, a Student from Nesconset, New York.

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

How to Wire Light Switches and Occupancy Sensors

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Application: Troubleshooting and Testing Light Switch Wiring.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools and a Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with hand tools and electrical troubleshooting skills.
Precaution: Identify the circuit, turn it OFF and then Tag it with a Note before performing any wiring or inspections.

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Complete Guide to Home Electrical Wiring

Perfect for Homeowners, Students,
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Includes:
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Wiring Light Switches
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Be Careful and Be Safe - Never Work on Energized Circuits!
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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.

Strip Off Wire Insulation without Nicking and Damaging the Electric Wire!

The Wire Stripper and Wire Cutter
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.
This handy tool has multiple uses:
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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FAQs Frequently Asked Questions and Comments

2 Responses to “How to Solve Light Fixture and Switch Wiring Problems”
  1. Quel32 says:

    I am trying to install a ceiling fan with a light. I have 4 wire bundles which are for the outside light, inside light, and a dimmer switch. In the ceiling there are 4 black, 4 white, 4 bare wires how do I connect 2 black have power?

    • Dave Rongey says:

      Hi Quel32,
      When there are several cables and wires we typically use a voltage tester to identify the wiring. Keep in mind that the wiring may be used for the following purpose: The incoming power source, wiring to or from a wall switch, and wiring leading to the other light fixtures or outlets in the general area. In some cases when the wiring configuration is unknown it is helpful to use a continuity tester with the circuit power turned off. This will help us to help identify lights, switches, wall outlets, and other electrical devices which may be connected to the junction box wiring.
      Thank you for sharing your electrical question with us,
      Dave

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