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Old 11-30-2010, 02:05 PM   #1
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switch replacement - lights not working


I recently replaced some of my home’s light switches and outlets… some dimmers, 3 and 4-ways, a few GFCIs so nothing overly complicated.

After turning the circuit breakers back on, the overhead light in a separate but adjoining room does not work. It is controlled by two 3-way switches in that room only, neither of which were replaced nor did I replace any of the duplex outlets in that room. Any idea what I could have done wrong? thanks

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Old 11-30-2010, 02:18 PM   #2
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Failed bulb?

It is possible that some of the devices you changed fed power to the now-disfunctional light. Perhaps a loose or missing connection in one of those boxes?

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Old 11-30-2010, 02:30 PM   #3
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had ruled out a failed bulb since each one (chandelier) was working just a few hours prior.

will recheck the connections... I think the screw connections are pretty tight but maybe one of the backwired ones is loose. thanks.
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Unlikely there are multiple bulb failures, I agree.

If you don't have a voltmeter, go get one. Such a tool is practically a necessity if you plan to do electric work, even projects such as this which are not overly complicated. Without one, you are troubleshooting by trial-and-error. This is no way to work.
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