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cdsmith

05:49AM | 03/26/99
Bvelectrical
I recently bought a 25 year old house. There is a wall in the livingroom with 2 lights on it. We had to remove the lights to re-gyproc the wall. After we hooked the lights back up, they were working. The lights are connected and when I turned one of them off (they each have a power switch on the individual light) the other burnt out. I thought it was a blown fuse but all fuses seemed to be fine. I tested the hot and neutral wires running to the lights with a voltage tester and there is no power. Is there any way to rectify this problem or at least discover what the proble is?

bink

07:34AM | 03/26/99
Cdsmith:
I will hazard a guess. It appears that you might have a multi-cicuit wiring. That is where a common neutral is shared between to circuits. You said that with both lights on, they work but when you turn off one light burns out. In multi-circuits situation, if re-wired wrong it can result in having 220 across wiring further down the line. I would recheck all your connection to make sure that they are in the right order. HTH some.

cdsmith

09:55AM | 03/26/99
Sorry, I meant both lights no longer work. The wires feed into one light and then go to the other. I have tested for incoming power on all wires for both lights but get nothing.

Thanks for replying

DR HOME

11:15AM | 03/26/99

Are you able to go into the basement and look up to that wall location and see the wires coming through the floor? Also swap fuses for that circuit with another circuit of the same amp requirement for the heck of it. Strange things can happen........

Phillip

06:42PM | 03/26/99
CD
Double check your fuse. Check voltage across the fuse (if there is a voltage reading of around 120 the fuse is no good)or on the bottom side of the fuse to a neutral if it is a barrel type fuse. Are these lights on a switch, if so have you checked voltage there? Happy hunting
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