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Old 10-17-2012, 07:14 PM   #1
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Hello All. I am a new member and haven't been able to find my exact problem in the electrical forums.
I have installed a new circuit for a bar and track lights above it. In a 2 gang box, I installed a gfci outlet for bar power, and a Lutron D600 dimmer to control the track light above the bar. I connected one dimmer black wire to the brass outfeed terminal of the gfi and the other to the black going up into the ceiling box for the light. The white wire from the ceiling box is connected to the white outfeed terminal of the gfi.
When I first turned the breaker on, the lights worked and were dimmable by the rotary switch. After I had turned the breaker back off to align the gfi and dimmer holes for the faceplate, and turned the breaker back on, the lights won't light. The gfi didn't blow, nor did the breaker. I have pushed the shaft in and clicked it several times, and rotated the shaft throughout it's range while repeatedly turning the switch off and on.
I thought maybe I had a bad dimmer, so i exchanged it for a new one at Lowe's. The same sequence of events happened. Does anyone know if you aren't supposed to connect a dimmer on the outfeed side of a gfci? I'm using GE 45 watt r20 bulbs. They aren't listed on Lutron's compatibility list, but that's all I know about them. Maybe they are the problem. Any ideas? Thanks. Jim

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You're not using the LOAD terminals, are you?

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It's at my son's house, so I can't look right now. But yes, the terminals at the top that had yellow warning tape across them out of the box.
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If you are using the load terminals of the GFI, you would need to attach the neutral from the lights to the load side neutral. Not doing this will trip the GFI every time.
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The gfi isn't tripping. Just no power to the track light.
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The lights don't need to be on the load side of the GFCI. Try connecting them to the line side. If the problem persists, check for a loose connection in the 2g box, something that may manifest itself only when everything is pushed in the box.
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I'm going over to his house shortly to try that. Thanks. Jim

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