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Need to fix line voltage outdoor lighting

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We just closed on a home and it appears that there is line voltage outdoor lighting. The thing is, I can't get any of them to come on. The reason I am assuming it is line voltage is because there is a switch for it in the panel and also because every light has a box next to it.

I would like to get this outdoor lighting working as painlessly as possible.

I haven't checked the bulbs yet, but my first order of business will be to check each light fixture to see if there was any power on it with a volt meter. Problem is, I don't know which switch in the house or garage turns on the outdoor lighting which is in the front and back.

Will this simply be a matter of trial and error to determine which switch or switches powers the outdoor lighting?

Thanks for any tips or suggestions.....


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Is it 3wire or 2wire? if it's 2 it's more than likely low voltage, can you tell what gauge it is?

Another thing that you might try is to get a tool called a toner and try to trace the lines. There may be a break in it. If your brave enough for it you can also disconnect the wires that you think go to those lights in the panel and start twisting the wires together int he junction boxes, then with a meter, set it to audible ohms and see if you get a tone out of the meter at the panel end of the wires you disconnected.
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