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northernlightgirl

06:03PM | 01/23/02
Member Since: 01/22/02
3 lifetime posts
Bvelectrical
Have 3 lights in kitchen of newer home. For the 1st time in the year lived here, turning on the (hanging) overhead light blows the fuse, the other 2 (side, florescent) lights don't work, though wall outlets, stove/microwave LED lights are still on. Is the problem likely to be in the hanging fixture itself, or in the ceiling walls, or??? How to tell or whats the most logical way to proceed? (I promise to turn off the juice). Thanks!!!

Mustang

03:36AM | 01/24/02
Member Since: 01/22/02
101 lifetime posts
If I remember my NEC, outlets in the kitchen and lights in the kitchen must be on different circuits, so it's not surprising outlets still work while light doesn't. Wiring generally doesn't go bad in walls, most likely culprit is the lighting fixture.
Someone please consul me if my NEC memory is incorrect. Thanks

rpxlpx

04:20AM | 01/24/02
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
I vote for the fixture also. One way to prove is to simply disconnect it at the ceiling. You might have to take it down from the ceiling to do that, but it shouldn't be a hard job.
While it's disconnected, there should be no way to pop the breaker - if the fixture is the problem. Also, there's a chance you'll spot the problem when you take the fixture down.

[This message has been edited by rpxlpx (edited January 24, 2002).]

Iceman

08:25AM | 01/24/02
Member Since: 11/16/01
301 lifetime posts
Dear Lightgirl,
In my experiences through the past 30 years, contractors will install the cheapest switches they can find. After the breaker blows or you are SURE there is no power to the switch, remove it and examine it. I'm willing to bet it's cracked and shorting. I am not degrading the other suggestions, but I've run into this problem at least 1000 times and it was usually a cheap switch. I've also seen situations where some noodle left too much wire hanging from the switch and it would short out at the switchbox. It's worth a look.
Len

northernlightgirl

06:09PM | 01/24/02
Member Since: 01/22/02
3 lifetime posts
I have all 3 great replies --- I'll wait for the weekend and see what I can come up with and let you know how it goes -- So, no one wanted to come see the moose in the backyard?
More on the light in a few days!! Thanks!

Iceman

07:54PM | 01/24/02
Member Since: 11/16/01
301 lifetime posts
Dear Lightgirl,
If I came to see the moose, it'd be steaks within the first hour. LOL
Len

northernlightgirl

03:56AM | 01/25/02
Member Since: 01/22/02
3 lifetime posts
P.S. This probably won't change any advice you've given me and you may have already figured it out --- but when I was saying "blew a fuse" what I really meant was that the breaker switch was being tripped (I tried about 4 times to reset). If there's any new advice based on that bit of trivia, let me know. Can speak only enough of the lingo to be dangerous here. Thanks!!!

Dodgefan

07:33AM | 01/25/02
Member Since: 05/02/01
17 lifetime posts
Also, circuit breakers are known to go bad. It is possible you have a faulyt circuit breaker that may have to be replaced.

Mustang

08:25AM | 01/25/02
Member Since: 01/22/02
101 lifetime posts
blow a fuse, trip a breaker, same same
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