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Old 01-27-2013, 06:44 PM   #1
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adding wall switch to pull chain light, gone wrong.


Greetings . I'll start at the beginning.

I have a bathroom light without wall switch. Just a pull chain fixture.
I decided to put in a wall switch. I installed a single pole switch and ran the wire .
I replaced the pull chain fixture with a basic fixture. The electrical box has two sets of wires (2 black, 2 white, 2 grnds). The black connected together, the whites connected together. A 2.5" wire was jumped from the black wires to the fixture. Same set-up for the white wires.

I attached the new fixture the same way as the pull chain fixture. The fixture has two connector screws on each side - silver and gold. I attached the switch wires to the fixture, matching the connected power wires - black & black on the gold connectors, white & white on silver.

I turned the breaker back on. The bathroom light came on, even though the switch was in the "off" position. I decided to change the wiring to this pattern:



Now I can't get any of the lights on that breaker to come on. There's two lights in the basement and two lights on the 1st floor, one being the bathroom.
I tried reverting the bathroom light to the original set-up and tried replacing the breaker (it's 15a). Still no lights

What happened?

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Old 01-27-2013, 06:52 PM   #2
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Why did you replace the breaker?

Are you positive that you wired things exactly like the diagram shows?

That diagram is correct, if that is how your circuit truly is wired then it should work.

Is the breaker tripped?

Try to reset the breaker. Switch breaker to the "off" position and then back "on"

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Did that old light fixture or switch just happen to have more then one black wire coming to it?
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Why did you replace the breaker?

Are you positive that you wired things exactly like the diagram shows?

That diagram is correct, if that is how your circuit truly is wired then it should work.

Is the breaker tripped?

Try to reset the breaker. Switch breaker to the "off" position and then back "on"
Thanks EB,

I replaced breaker cause i thought everything else checked out.

Wiring was correct. Double-checked breaker.

Here is a pic of the box showing the original wire pattern:

The white wire, connected to the two black, is the 2.5" piece that went to the fixture. There was also a 2.5" piece that went from the white wires to the fixture. It was removed before the pic was taken.

NOTE: There's a ceiling light about 6ft from the bathroom light. That box also has two romex coming in. However, one set of wires (black & white) are joined in a wire cap. They don't connect to anything else. Here is a pic of that box:

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Old 01-28-2013, 08:07 PM   #5
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SOLVED!

A wire came loose in one of the basement light fixtures. It must have been hanging on by a thread and came loose from the work I was doing upstairs.

Everything works great.

Thanks.
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