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Old 02-19-2009, 01:06 PM   #1
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I recently changed the light fixture in my bathroom. I wired each color to the same color wire (black, white, bare). Now the light works, but I have 2 GFI outlets that don't work. When I press the test button it lights up, but the reset button doesn't stay down (no tripping "click" either). Does this have something to do with the light fixture?

Hopefully someone out there can help me, I'm clueless!

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Old 02-19-2009, 01:32 PM   #2
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Were the GFI outlets pre-existing and undisturbed?

Did you push the reset button in far enough?

I would think that there is some error in the circuit wiring seeing that the GFI isn't resetting whether the light is continuously on or is off. While a defect in a light fixture sometimes shorting the neutral and ground together is occasionally seen, I think there is something more here.

Unplug everything from the circuit and try again. Maybe you have a defective hair dryer or night light or something like that causing the ground fault.

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Old 02-19-2009, 06:44 PM   #3
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The light and the GFCI are probably not related, not on the same circuit.

If your house is over 10 years old, check around to see if anything else is off. The other bathrooms, outside, garage are typical places to look.

Unplug everything from the non functioning receps.

If your house is newer, the only thing on the GFCI will be the bathroon receps.

If nothing else is affected, turn off power and remove the GFCI and find out how many wire are in the box.

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Old 02-19-2009, 06:49 PM   #4
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I recently changed the light fixture in my bathroom. I wired each color to the same color wire (black, white, bare). Now the light works, but I have 2 GFI outlets that don't work. When I press the test button it lights up, but the reset button doesn't stay down (no tripping "click" either). Does this have something to do with the light fixture?

Hopefully someone out there can help me, I'm clueless!
Sometimes you have to push the reset in quite far to set it, maybe using an ink pen or pencil from the eraser end to push it in.
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Old 02-20-2009, 02:46 AM   #5
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Well the solution was to just reset the breaker. Glad it was that easy!! Thanks for all the help.
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