||11-20-2012 09:28 PM
Hot wires on both sides of switch
So here is my issue... I have three lights that are not working...#1 is the porch light, #2 is driveway light, #3 is foyer light. All appear to be on the same circuit. #1 porch light was looking kinda nasty so i decided to replace it with a light that was automatic and would turn on when it was dark. I replaced it with no issues and it came on that night and was off in the morning when it was daylight... However the next night the light would not turn on... I thought maybe it was a bad fixture took it back to the store and replaced it... when i got home and went to install the new light i turned on light #3 foyer light to shed some light on what i was doing on the porch as it was already dusk.. light #3 foyer light came on for about 30 seconds then flickered and went off...i turned it off and tried the switch for light #2 driveway light and it didnt turn on either...so i sat there with all switches off for a minute then turned on light # 3 and it came on and stayed on the whole time i put up the new light #1 on the porch... all was working fine. when i got up in the morning light #1 was off again and now light #2 and #3 wont turn on at all... So I started trying to test things....from the wiring i can see a white wire that is hot comes into the bottom of the switch that controls light # 2 driveway light...then comes out of the switch at the top and to what i assume is the driveway light fixture. In the box where the #1 porch light goes there is a white wire that is hot and has continuity with the white wire on light #2 driveway lights switch...this white wire is connected to a black wire that goes to the bottom of the switch that controls the #1 porch light...after the switch a white wire comes out of the top and goes to the #1 porch light fixture... the issue im facing is that none of the three lights work... the switch for the #1 light fixture has power at both the black and white wire even with the switch taken comepletely out... and if i switch the switch that controls light #3 foyer light to on the switch that controls #2 driveway light gets power to both the black and white wire even with switch out of the circuit....im very baffelled as to what is happening and any help is much appreciated..