Why Lights Will Not Work When Switch Has Power
I recently had a dimmer switch go out, I replaced it with a regular switch, the switch does not work, I have power coming off of one lead and when I cross the leads, the light still won’t work…
Light Fixture Troubleshooting
Question: I recently had a dimmer switch go out on me and I replaced it with a regular switch. The switch does not work. I have power coming off of one lead and when I cross the leads, the light still won’t work
This electrical question came from: Jim, a Handyman from Irvine, Ca.
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Thanks for your electrical question Jim.
Hey Jim, Try replacing the light bulbs. If that does not work then you may have lost a connection with the neutral wire of the circuit.
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