Why Do My New Light Fixtures Trip The Circuit Breaker Off?
Remove each fixture and look for a pinched wire. Free the wire and inspect for damage. If the wire has caused a burnt area then you may need to …
Electrical Question from Joe about New Light Fixtures Tripping The Circuit Breaker
Background: Joe, a Homeowner from Seekonk, MA
Question: I just replaced 2 of my old outside wall mounted lights with 2 new ones I hooked them up Identical to the old ones but every time I turn on the switch it trips the circuit breaker. Can you please help me and give me some tips as to why this is happening thanks Joe
Thanks for your electrical question Joe. Remove each fixture and look for a pinched wire. Free the wire and inspect for damage. If the wire has caused a burnt area then you may need to cut off the damaged area and remake the connection. If the wire was a direct short then most likely there is no burnt wire damage however you will need to wrap the wire with electrical tape over the pinched area. Position the wire into a clear area and remount the light fixture. If this is not the problem then one of the fixtures may have a wiring problem from the factory. Discover which fixture has the problem by removing one at a time and re-energizing the circuit breaker.
The Following links will assist you with your electrical question:
For more information about 220 Volt Wiring Diagram
220 Volt Wiring Diagram
This link is helpful as a Homeowner
Make sure not to miss these Resources for: How-To-Videos
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
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, Troubleshooting and Home Electrical Wiring:|
|« Previous||Next »|
|Where Do I Connect Orange and Yellow for Ceiling Fan Wiring?||Why Did I Loose Power To My Wall Outlets?|