Power out in room after installing CFL


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Old 05-07-14, 09:08 AM
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I have a Hunter ceiling fan/light that I recently installed two CFL light bulbs in. The receptacles and light / fan in the room do not work. The breaker is not tripped. I turned on the light, the CFLs glowed very brightly for 1/2 a second and then went out. Prior to this, everything worked fine. We turned off all the breakers and then turned them back on.
 
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Old 05-07-14, 10:38 AM
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Tell us about all the wires at the switch and the connections at the switch? Do you have a timer or electronic switch? Is the light on a dimmer? Were these Edison base 120 volt LEDs?
 
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Old 05-07-14, 11:41 AM
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Tell us about all the wires at the switch and the connections at the switch? Do you have a timer or electronic switch? Is the light on a dimmer?
The fan / light is not hooked up to a dimmer or timer. It is a standard SPST switch.
I will have to check the switch wires. Wouldn't that be a huge coincidence that the switch
shorted out the moment I put the CFLs in.
Were these Edison base 120 volt LEDs?
They are just standard 12 watt CFLs. Do you think the CFL could have shorted out the light kit? The fan/ light combo is approx 5 years old and has never given us an issue in the past.
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Old 05-07-14, 12:43 PM
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Wouldn't that be a huge coincidence that the switch
shorted out the moment I put the CFLs in.
If the switch "shorted" the lights would be on. I'm thinking more of an open connection.
The receptacles and light / fan in the room do not work
Maybe power comes to the switch box first then goes to the receptacles or if a very old house receptacles spider out from the ceiling box. Either case a loose connection there could affect all.
 
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Old 05-07-14, 01:53 PM
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If the switch "shorted" the lights would be on. I'm thinking more of an open connection.
Could the light kit have a short?

Maybe power comes to the switch box first then goes to the receptacles or if a very old house receptacles spider out from the ceiling box. Either case a loose connection there could affect all.
Our house was built in the 1970's, is that "very old"?
 
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Old 05-07-14, 03:59 PM
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Could the light kit have a short?
That would trip a breaker.
Our house was built in the 1970's, is that "very old"?
Not for me. Spidering from the ceiling box is usually pre '60s. Only solution is opening boxes and checking with a multimeter (preferably analog).
 
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That would trip a breaker.
We have had a breaker trip before and not show up by turning red or flipping. We have gone and turned all the breakers off and then on. We have removed the light kit and the fan still does not work. Then the receptacles started working but the fan does still not work.
 
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We have had a breaker trip before and not show up by turning red or flipping.
Breakers trip internally. The handle may not show tripped. You can't just look. You must turn the breaker all the way off then on. As I previously wrote:
Only solution is opening boxes and checking with a multimeter (preferably analog).
And as I wrote before open the switch box. Check the connections there. Don't just look redo any wire nuts, move back stabbed wires (if any) to the screws and check the screws are tight.
 
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Old 05-11-14, 03:19 PM
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Switch box is fine, even changed out the switch.
And as I wrote before open the switch box. Check the connections there. Don't just look redo any wire nuts, move back stabbed wires (if any) to the screws and check the screws are tight.
Also 3\4 of the receptacles on the circuit do not work. Have opened boxes. All screws are tight. Removed the fan and no power to ceiling box. (Yes i turned on the switch and breaker)
 
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Please tell us all the wires and connections in the switch box. Also if possible pictures of all the switch wiring with the switch pulled out so we can clearly see all the connections.
 
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Old 05-17-14, 11:31 AM
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Please tell us all the wires and connections in the switch box. Also if possible pictures of all the switch wiring with the switch pulled out so we can clearly see all the connections.
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It has low power (see pic with night light)
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There is one more outlet but it is behinh a bookcase full of books.
 

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