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Old 04-07-2010, 11:24 AM   #1
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Two vanity lights in my bathroom are connected to one switch in my bathroom. A second switch next to that switch controls lights over the shower and tub. The second switch works, but the vanity lights are not working. The light bulbs work. and I've tested the wires for power at the switches and I'm getting power. I tried to replace the switch with a new one and it didn't work. I even disconnected the other switch and tried hooking it up to the vanity lights switch and it didn't work. I'm running out of ideas as to what the problem is. The wiring job isn't very good. Nothing is grouned either. Any suggestions?

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Have you tried another fixture?

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i have not tried another fixture because there are two fixtures up there and neither are working right now.
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Old 04-07-2010, 11:51 AM   #4
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Oh - I was thinking it was a multi-light fixture. Do you have a non-contact tester? Test for voltage at the first fixture (the with the switch on and off.
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More than likely the connection in the wall behind the fixtures has come loose.
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brr...i will have to check that when i get home. Will let you know
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Look for a loose neutral(white) wire. It could be in the back of the switch box or in the fixture.
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Two vanity lights in my bathroom are connected to one switch in my bathroom. A second switch next to that switch controls lights over the shower and tub. The second switch works, but the vanity lights are not working. The light bulbs work. and I've tested the wires for power at the switches and I'm getting power. I tried to replace the switch with a new one and it didn't work. I even disconnected the other switch and tried hooking it up to the vanity lights switch and it didn't work. I'm running out of ideas as to what the problem is. The wiring job isn't very good. Nothing is grouned either. Any suggestions?
Aside from the grounding problem, which is critical to be repaired, especially in a bathroom. Did you check if there's a twist button/switch on top of each fixture????!
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Aside from the grounding problem, which is critical to be repaired, especially in a bathroom. Did you check if there's a twist button/switch on top of each fixture????!

I could have used this advice a year ago.

took down that stupid light fixture that never turned on. From it's mounting position I couldn't see it had it's own on/off switch right on top.


It was ugly anyways.
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Leah frances (Poster #9) I'm speaking of personal experience, where I was called to check out a "Stubborn" Light fixture that used to work in the past...! I did everything in reverse order. Checking for power at the breaker, fixture and pulled the switch to check for power and continuity. Then.. It hit me!! (Literally..) So, I'm sharing my experience with everyone else!!! Some people (like me) learn the hard way!

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