lights fine with load, dim without


Old 09-07-05, 07:31 PM
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lights fine with load, dim without

I am having an issue with residential electrical. All lights in the house are fine as long as all are on together, or several on at the same time. If only one or two lights are on, they are all dim.
Any idea what the problem could be?
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Old 09-07-05, 09:31 PM
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This affects every single light in the house?!? And nobody has made any changes recently?!?
Old 09-07-05, 10:09 PM
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Fill in some details. Are all the lights in the whole house affected or just one room? Are any lights on dimmers? Are any lights on 3-way switches?

This is an unusual symptom, so we need lots of info.
Old 09-08-05, 01:14 PM
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Sounds like an open neutral or loose When all lights are on they are fine if you start turning off switches one by one you may be able to locate the area that is creating this problem
Old 09-08-05, 02:59 PM
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I agree could be an open neutral. Since all the light seem to be affected it could be the main neutral to the house.

After thinking about this I changed my opinion. This could be an open hot not an open neutral.

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Old 09-08-05, 03:22 PM
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Maybe they're wired in series?

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