very dim light

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Old 12-07-02, 05:56 PM
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Our porch light always has seemed very dim since we moved in, and now that we've hooked up our Christmas lights to the socket adapter they are really dim too. We've taken the light socket apart and nothing looked unhooked. We think it's just a cheapo light fixture. Is there anything else that we can check?
 
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Old 12-07-02, 06:52 PM
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Someone might have miswired the fixture in series with something else. Remove the light bulb and see if anything else loses power.
 
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Old 12-08-02, 04:59 AM
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We took the fixture completely off last night, the wires were all in tact okay. None loose anyway. We even took the light switch inside off and checked all of those wires. We were told we had a loose neutral wire somewhere, we just can't find any. We are going today and getting a new outside light fixture, the existing one is very cheaply made anyway. Could it possibly be at the breaker?
 
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It is not the breaker. You have a bad connection somewhere or to devices wired in series. What else is on the circuit?
 
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Old 12-08-02, 04:19 PM
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The outside light is the only thing on that breaker
 
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It is very, very unlikely that the outside light is the only thing on that breaker. Nobody wires circuits like that.
 
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Old 12-09-02, 05:57 PM
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You have got to be right, but we have not figured out what is on it.
 
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Old 12-10-02, 07:31 AM
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Some thing that might be on it:
light in the attic
ventilation fan in attic
outdoor recepticle
sump pump

Please tell me how many cables are in the light and how many are in the switch box.

Have you tried a new switch? Do you have a volt meter? When the switch is on how many volts across the switch.? There should be 0 when it is on. Try removing the switch and connecting the wires direct. How does the light look when the breaker is turned on? How many volts across the light?
 
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Old 12-10-02, 08:16 AM
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Okay, I remembered something that could be the problem. When we moved in this summer there was a doorbell that had been cut off. One in the front and the back. What do you think about that? And if that's the problem, what needs to be done? Thank you for all of your time and patience. My father-in-law retired from the electric company so I've been picking his brain too.
 
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This is not related unless somebody had connected the light to the doorbell button wiring. And if somebody did that, the light wouldn't just be dim, it'd be producing almost imperceptable light.
 
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