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Old 03-24-2011, 04:11 PM   #1
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I've been trying to hang & hard wire a chandelier in my new nursery. I hung it, Power worked fine, but it was too low. so I shortened it, re-hung and wired, and now, there is no power going to the light box, and the current to the dimmer switch is very weak. I don't quite know where to start. Any help would be great!

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Old 03-24-2011, 04:23 PM   #2
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First of all,Did you do this 'live'?-----It's easy to fry a dimmer switch if you shorted out the wires,while working.

First --test power to dimmer---then power out of dimmer---If that's good---check your wire nuts at the light fixture.----Mike----

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Another thought---CFLs (curly florescent lights) will not work on most dimmers---use a regular bulb for testing.
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But Bobby said that it worked the first time so the problem must be something else than CFLs.
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But Bobby said that it worked the first time so the problem must be something else than CFLs.
Excellent point!
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But Bobby said that it worked the first time so the problem must be something else than CFLs.
In my experience in IT, people will often change multiple things and only remember one so it's worth it to go over the list of possible issues again.
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You can say that again..... I assisted a lady for over an hour on the phone trying to explain to her how to get her printer to work. I finally ended up going there and clicking one thing to fix it.... 30 seconds... made $30 bucks....
I wish I could do that 40 hours a week.... *grin*
We had no light in the bathroom this morning. All other lights on that circuit fine... tested fixture after testing bulb, not either of those.... opened switch, tested that, bingo. The wife will bring more switches home tonight. Po)

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Dimmer switches are easy to fry, since you have partial voltage, that would be my first guess. Check the voltage coming INTO the switch, if it is not 120V the check the voltage coming out of the breaker. I imagine thats as far as you will need to go.

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