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Old 08-09-2010, 10:48 PM   #1
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Hi i have a question in reguard to a 15 amp circuit that has seemed to be weak .It happened after i had attempted to place a single- 2 wire/ground -dimmer in place of off on switch to ceiling fan -no 3rd fan wire present. dimmer may not have worked to start ,not sure . I put regular switch back in and now the light is much weaker(fan works fine) -and even a lamp plugged into the plug on that circuit is dimmer than the other circuit plug in is.Outside light is weaker too.there are no shorts on plugs..
Could it be in the fan light?
any suggestions are appreciated
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Old 08-09-2010, 11:14 PM   #2
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I'm drawing a blank right now, I need to get to bed.

The only thing you touched is the two wires in the switchbox? Did you check any other connections in the back of the box to make sure that they are tight? It sounds like you might have lost a neutral somewhere, but I am not sure if that's it.

I would check the box first to make sure the splices are tight and then I would disconnect the ceiling fan completely and see if helps.

I'm interesting in seeing how this progresses.
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What it have in the switch box ??

I am thinking that you got the one of the hot conductors mixed up with one of the leads.

The reason why you say dimmer on other luminaires so you may got one of the leads trasponded.

Check it out again.

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I will check all the connections at switch and at light kit/fan also.can the fan kit get surge that causes low amps for lighting?
Any thoughts are appreciated .
I'll let you know what i find.
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Before you do anything more make a note of the numbers of conductors in the switch box and how it runs.

You may need a voltmeter or test light on this one and you will have to find a unswitched power leads in the switch box and reconnect it correct.

Once you have the correct numbers you should have all white are wirenutted together at the switch box if the power source is there if not you may have a switch loop now that get tricky to deal with it.

We will expain next step if that is the case.

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Sounds like something is wired in series. Tell us all the connection changes you made in the fan and switch box. Does the switch actually turn the fan on/off?
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figured it out


Hi -fixed it!...you had been correct the entire circuit dimmimg was from light dimmer in other room(closest to box)..i put regular switch back in both fan /light and 1st switch and no buzz and light is as bright as other outlets now..
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