Identifying The Cause of Dimming Lights
Can a weak breaker make lights dim than brighten? I have a bathroom light that does this but I also found that part of my basement does the same thing…
Electrical Question from Rick about Troubleshooting Dim Lights
Background: Rick, a Homeowner from Enfield, CT.
[ad#block]Question: Can a weak breaker make lights dim then brighten?Â I have a bathroom light that does this , but I also found that part of my basement does the same thing and is on the same breaker.
Thanks for your electrical question Rick. The cause may be a deteriorating connection or splice in a junction box somewhere in the circuit, most likely in the basement where the lights appear to be normal but are on the same circuit. The junction boxes in this location should be opened and inspected for a loose or possibly burnt connection. If this is the case then the splice or connection will need to be carefully repaired.
There are instances where a circuit breaker connection to the main buss in the panel is beginning to weaken. If this is the case then a new circuit breaker will need to be installed into a different location of the panel. If the panel does not have a space that is available then the panel will need to be turned off and the damaged area will need to be repaired if possible. Another solution may be to replace a full size single pole breaker with a twin style circuit breaker.
IfÂ the circuit breaker is in good working condition then check the connection at the neutral terminations for a loose connection and possibly discolored insulation due to heat from a loose and arcing connection.
The Following links will assist you with your electrical question:
For more information about Troubleshooting
Troubleshooting Electrical Wiring
This link is helpful as a Homeowner
Make sure not to miss these Resources for: More about Switches
Be Careful and Be Safe – Never Work on Energized Circuits!
For Best Results Consult a Licensed Electrical Contractor.
Locate An Electrical Contractor in Your Area
The following may also be helpful for you:
Be Careful and Be Safe - Never Work on Energized Circuits!
Consult your Local Building Department about Permits and Inspections for all Electric Wiring Projects.
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.
|More articles about Electrical and Home Electrical Wiring:|
|« Previous||Next »|
|How To Fix An Electrical Panel Feed||Installing Smoke Detector Electrical Wiring|