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Old 02-04-2012, 11:44 AM   #1
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Circuit Breaker Tripping when I turn on kitchen light fixture


Hi, our house was built in 2009. We have a fluorescent light and a light fixture in the kitchen. In the last couple weeks when I have the fluorescent light on, then turn on the light fixture the circuit would occasionally trip immediately. Today I had both lights on successfully and about 10 minutes later the circuit tripped without touching the switch for either. Also when I turn the switch on for the light fixture I hear a electrical crackling sound kind of like when you have a switch half on and half off. I haven't had a problem prior to a couple weeks ago. I wonder if something is wrong with either the light fixture or the switch?


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Circuit Breaker Tripping when I turn on kitchen light fixture


The circuit breaker is tripping due to a short. Start with a simple fix and replace the switch. Don't mess around too much though, this is the way fires start. Is there anything else on the circuit?

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Is there a reset button on the breaker. You may be tripping an AFCI breaker.
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