too much power ...?

Old 08-04-02, 01:39 PM
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Smile too much power ...?

i am installing (2) two set of lights in my porch,
i wire the cable lights to the existing kitchen lights >>? .
the first time i repower the breaker went off .!!
so i decide to run 12 hm cable from power box directly to those lights with a 20amp breaker switch
after all that job i turn that breaker on and i see the lights extremely brigths ! and then the breaker went off !and i try a sencond time and it went off againg ...! do i have to much power going to those lights ..any help please ...
Old 08-04-02, 02:40 PM
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You apparently have a problem with your wiring. Get a voltmeter and measure the voltage at the lights. It should be around 120 volts. If the voltage is correct, check the light fixture itself for possible arcing or fault. You are getting a short circuit some place.
Thats the only thiing that would trip the breaker.
Old 08-04-02, 09:12 PM
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This may be a stupid question, but I have to ask it? Is it hooked up in the panel correctly? You do have the white and bare on the ground bar and just the black on the breaker.

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