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Old 09-03-2011, 11:59 PM   #1
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Lights got dim, low voltage?

We had a 2 day blackout due to the recent storm by Irene. We've had power back for 2 days now. When we got home today, it seemed that most of our lights were not as bright as normal. The coffee maker would not light up, and the microwave took over twice as long to heat. TV works fine.

The power co says that their end is OK and it's "our problem", and we need an electrician. What could possibly be wrong besides the power company not providing enough voltage and a "brownout"?

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Old 09-04-2011, 12:43 AM   #2
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Lights got dim, low voltage?

I would agree with you that it sounds like it's on the poco's end.

Are any of your neighbors experiencing this?

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Lights got dim, low voltage?

Have you measured the voltage from each of the hot wires to neutral in the panel (or between the prong holes in many different receptacles)?
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Old 09-04-2011, 07:32 AM   #4
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Lights got dim, low voltage?

if your neighbors have the same problems its the power company,but get the top of your CB panel read to see if it 208/230 on the pole feed..sounds like everything is dragging like in a brown out....
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