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kennelm 07-23-2006 07:57 PM

Closet Light Went Dead
 
I have a walk-in closet with a switched overhead light fixture. It quit working the other day, so I figured the bulb burned out and proceeded to replace the blub. It still didn't work. :huh: I tested the voltage across the black and white leads and came up with 16.5VAC. :huh: I am pretty certain this should be 110VAC.

Does anyone have any idea what could be wrong?

Thanks,
Larry

Speedy Petey 07-23-2006 08:16 PM

How is it switched?
Where did you check the voltage?
What kind of meter did you use?

kennelm 07-23-2006 09:15 PM

Answers
 
Speedy, It is a single pole switch just inside the closet door. I am using a Micronta digital multimeter that I have used plenty in the past so I am confident it works. I just tested an outlet known to work and it showed 123VAC.

kennelm 07-23-2006 09:17 PM

Oops! One more answer
 
I forgot to say that I tested the circuit where the light fixture is connected. I removed the wire nuts and put my alligator clips there.

redline 07-23-2006 09:26 PM

Did you check for a loose connection at the light switch?

kennelm 07-23-2006 09:28 PM

Loose COnnection
 
No, I didn't check for that....

Speedy Petey 07-23-2006 10:06 PM

The reason I ask about the meter is digital multi-meters (DMM's) are famous for giving phantom voltage readings. I highly doubt the 16v you were reading was actually voltage. I bet the circuit is dead and you just need to find the reason.

Bad connection?
Tripped breaker?
Bad backstabbed receptacle?
Bad switch?
Bad connection at the switch?
Etc..........

kennelm 07-24-2006 10:09 AM

I checked the breaker already. I suspect it might be the switch. Either a loose connection or a just a faulty switch.

I will reply later to let you know what I find with the switch.

Thanks!

Quote:

Originally Posted by Speedy Petey
The reason I ask about the meter is digital multi-meters (DMM's) are famous for giving phantom voltage readings. I highly doubt the 16v you were reading was actually voltage. I bet the circuit is dead and you just need to find the reason.

Bad connection?
Tripped breaker?
Bad backstabbed receptacle?
Bad switch?
Bad connection at the switch?
Etc..........


kennelm 07-24-2006 07:51 PM

That was it. Loose wire at the switch. All is well now.

Thanks for the help guys!
Larry

Quote:

Originally Posted by redline
Did you check for a loose connection at the light switch?


redline 07-25-2006 06:19 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kennelm
That was it. Loose wire at the switch. All is well now.

Thanks for the help guys!
Larry


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