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Old 07-06-2009, 02:22 AM   #1
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Installing a chandelier

So- I started with a circuit where a switch controlled a receptacle. I installed a chandelier in the room. The cable that connected the switch to the receptacle was accessible in the attic, so I cut the cable, installed a junction box, and attached both the receptacle and the chandelier to the switch, inside the junction box.

My circuit tester shows that both the receptacle and chandelier are hot when I flip the switch, but neither of them will light. (I plugged a floor lamp into the receptacle to test it). I tried reversing the wires in the chandelier (even though my instructions say it shouldn't matter). Still nothing lights. I've tried new light bulbs, too.

My inclination is that by splitting the circuit, I've somehow diminished it- but before I go messing around in the attic again, I was hoping someone could give me an idea. What bothers me is that the tester shows that I have power, but nothing actually working. Very confusing.
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When you made a splice in the attic was the wire you put in the j-box a 3 wire or 2 wire,sounds like prob 2-wire 1-hot,1 nutral ,1 ground (You have no nutral wire in j-box) Look at second switch setup

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Generally, homeowners shouldn't do electrical work like this..

You could have done a dozen things wrong. My guess is that you tapped into a switch loop instead of a switch leg. If there is only one cable in the sw box, that's the case and it aint gonna work.

If it is a switch leg, the neutral(white) connection is not tight.

Call someone to fix your mess before something catches fire.

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