Repairing a Light Fixture

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Repairing a light fixture is often a simple project but some issues will require an electrician. Always turn off the power first before working on any electrical fixtures or outlets.
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I took a light fixture down to clean it, when I returned it I tightened the center bolt until it tore through the positive wire and blew the breaker. I cut off the burnt wire, stripped it, and rewired it. Now it won't work! It will work with white wire to white but won't switch on-off, red hot won't work at all (that's the wire that was cut).

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December 9, 20190 found this helpful
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Did you use a wire splicer on the wire when you rewired it? Just putting the ends back together and taping over them will not work in a lot of cases. If this does not work then you need to check the wires with a voltmeter to make sure you are getting current to flow through them.

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If you are not then the light fixture should be replaced. Other than this you may need to pull down more wire and cut off a larger piece to fix this.

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January 13, 2017

My friends light is not working in his bedroom. The lighting circuit breaker is on and the other lights and switches in the circuit are working. I replaced the switch and light fitting, but it still doesn't work. I don't have any test equipment, but to me it seems as though the switch isn't getting any power to it.

Any ideas?
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January 13, 20170 found this helpful

I would think you would need a test meter to determine for sure. You can get simple ones for around $20.

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January 19, 20170 found this helpful

It is possible that the light is fed from the load side of a GFCI or AFCI receptacle. If this is the case, it would be an easy fix to reset the tripped receptacle.

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Going beyond that, I would hire an electrician to help identify that both the power and the neutral are continuous to the light. (a meter would show about zero resistance between neutral and ground and with power on it would show 120 VAC between hot and neutral or ground)

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