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Old 12-02-2012, 12:43 PM   #1
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replaced ceiling fixture not working.


I took down track lighting and replaced with fixture with 3 lights hanging down pendant. now new light is not working. The switch is a sliding dimmer switch it is connected to another sliding dimmer switch for another light in my kitchen. meaning both dimmer switches are connected to each other in box. as well there is 4 other sets of wires coming into box, all white wires are connected together and all black wires are connected together, there is one red wire coming into box also. I have not touched any wires at the switch or the fixture.
any ideas as to why the new fixture is not working?

I have checked and power is coming to fixture.

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Old 12-02-2012, 02:24 PM   #2
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It may just be your photo (or my eyesight), but I don't see a white neutral wire in the ceiling box.
You need to cut the white outer sheathing off back near the clamp and hopefully find the white wire.
(what were you trying to connect the white wire from the fixture to ?)
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Old 12-02-2012, 02:31 PM   #3
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There is indeed a ground white and black in ceiling box just bad picture.
I have tested with multimeter and also tested fixture in another location all working fine.
i connected fixture this way

Black to Black
White to white
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Bypass the dimmer and see if it works.
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Old 12-02-2012, 08:07 PM   #5
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replaced ceiling fixture not working.


IT WAS INDEED THE DIMMER SWITCH! WHAT i dont understand is why was i getting a reading on my multimeter when i had the dimmer turned on. to the best of my knowledge i should not have been getting a reading at all.

stumped! but at least fixture works now

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Are they fluorescent bulbs? Some do not like dimmers as dimmers will 'chop' the AC sine wave to dim the bulb and the ballast won't even fire the bulb up.
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Old 12-03-2012, 08:35 AM   #7
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The fixture was a normal 3 pendant for over a kitchen sink. bought new dimmer switch and all works fine.

but still confused about hows and whys!

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The fixture was a normal 3 pendant for over a kitchen sink. bought new dimmer switch and all works fine.

but still confused about hows and whys!

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Could have been phantom voltage.
What kind of meter?
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