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Old 03-06-2013, 03:00 PM   #1
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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?

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

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I have, there is no power going to it. I have also cut and stripped the black and white wires.
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Did you check the breaker?
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Did you also check the feed side of the switch, if there is one?
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Did you check the breaker?
The breaker is on, if that is what you're referring to.
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Did you also check the feed side of the switch, if there is one?
Sorry, what is feed side?
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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.
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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?
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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?
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A standard multimeter. There is no power from the conductors at the light box, I have checked.
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Is there a light switch (aside from the breaker) that controls the ceiling fixture?
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Yes the breaker connects to a light switch that connects to the light housing.
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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.

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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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