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Old 07-23-2006, 07:57 PM   #1
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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. I tested the voltage across the black and white leads and came up with 16.5VAC. I am pretty certain this should be 110VAC.

Does anyone have any idea what could be wrong?

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Old 07-23-2006, 08:16 PM   #2
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How is it switched?
Where did you check the voltage?
What kind of meter did you use?
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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.
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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.
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Did you check for a loose connection at the light switch?
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No, I didn't check for that....
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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..........
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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!

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

Thanks for the help guys!
Larry

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

Thanks for the help guys!
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