Why A Bathroom Light May Not Be Working
Why are my Bathroom Lights Not Working? Some bathroom GFI outlets may provide power to the bathroom light fixture. the bathroom GFI outlet should be checked to see if it has tripped off.
Troubleshooting a Bathroom Light Circuit
Electrical Question: Why are my Bathroom Lights Not Working?
Kimberly in Ohio asks:
- I flipped on the light switch to the bathroom and the light went out. I realized the light bulbs did not blow the 5 light fixture.
The switch is an old mercury switch and was not lit. But the wall plug is also out.
- The Night light and small clock plugged in are not on and no circuit breakers were tripped off. I even shut off and back on breakers to verify.
- No other lights, plugs, appliances in house affected, only the bathroom light switch and the wall plug. (1960 house, no GFI switch)
Bret in Nevada asks:
- I lost power to the bathroom lights and fans. I was replacing a light in one bathroom.
- Now three bathrooms are not working. All the circuit breakers are in the ON position. There is no label to the specific bathroom circuit.
- No GFI outlets in bathrooms appear to be tripped. All power outlets are working in all bathrooms. I have voltage at all circuit breakers. Now I am confused.
Thanks for your electrical wiring questions.
How to Reset a Bathroom GFCI Outlet
- From what has been described in these questions, I would look for a tripped GFI outlet in the bathroom or another bathroom in the house, this is most likely why the bathroom light is not working.
- Some bathroom GFI outlets may provide power to the bathroom light fixture so the bathroom GFI outlet should be checked to see if it has tripped off.
- Simply press the TEST button, then press the RESET button.
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