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Michael19g 03-06-2013 03:00 PM

Shorted Ceiling Housing
 
I was replacing a ceiling fixture and idiotically to turn the power off. While the wires were live,the black and white wire touched the fixture mounting bracket and there was a loud spark. After turning the power off and installing the light correctly and turning the power back on, the light will not work. Are there any solutions?

djlandkpl 03-06-2013 03:13 PM

Have you testded the black conductor so see if there's power going to it?

Michael19g 03-06-2013 03:20 PM

I have, there is no power going to it. I have also cut and stripped the black and white wires.

motorhead 03-06-2013 03:29 PM

Did you check the breaker?

djlandkpl 03-06-2013 03:31 PM

Did you also check the feed side of the switch, if there is one?

Michael19g 03-06-2013 03:42 PM

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Originally Posted by motorhead (Post 1131205)
Did you check the breaker?

The breaker is on, if that is what you're referring to.

Michael19g 03-06-2013 03:42 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by djlandkpl (Post 1131207)
Did you also check the feed side of the switch, if there is one?

Sorry, what is feed side?

djlandkpl 03-06-2013 03:45 PM

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Originally Posted by Michael19g (Post 1131215)
Sorry, what is feed side?

It's the hot (black) conductor that goes from the breaker to the switch. If the breaker is on, there should be power at the wall switch.

Michael19g 03-06-2013 03:47 PM

I have not checked. If there is power there and none at the housing, would the wire from switch to the housing need to be replaced?

djlandkpl 03-06-2013 03:51 PM

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Originally Posted by Michael19g (Post 1131219)
I have not checked. If there is power there and none at the housing, would the wire from switch to the housing need to be replaced?

If you find power there, my next step would be to rule out the switch. Turn off the breaker. Remove the conductors from the switch and connect them. Turn the breaker back on and see if your light works. If it doesn't check the light box to see if any of the conductors have power.

What are you using to check for power?

Michael19g 03-06-2013 03:55 PM

A standard multimeter. There is no power from the conductors at the light box, I have checked.

djlandkpl 03-06-2013 03:57 PM

Is there a light switch (aside from the breaker) that controls the ceiling fixture?

Michael19g 03-06-2013 03:58 PM

Yes the breaker connects to a light switch that connects to the light housing.

djlandkpl 03-06-2013 04:00 PM

First check the box that the light switch is in to see if there is power there.

Next step would be to rule out the switch. Turn off the breaker. Remove the conductors from the switch and connect them. Turn the breaker back on and see if your light works. If it doesn't check the light box to see if any of the conductors have power.

eastcoastsparky 03-06-2013 04:03 PM

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Originally Posted by Michael19g
Yes the breaker connects to a light switch that connects to the light housing.

Take the wires off the switch and wirenut them together then turn breaker back on and see if it comes on. Also with the switch disconnected put your meter in continuity mode, put probes on switch screws, flip switch, if it is good you will have continuity


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