[Changed Light Doesn't Work] Fml


Old 05-07-16, 12:50 PM
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[Changed Light Doesn't Work] Fml

Ok so I am not the best DIY'er. It seems like every project goes south. Today is no different. I am trying to replace a light fixture in our kitchen. It is a fluorescent fixture. The light works fine but we wanted to update it. I got the old fixture down, no problem. I installed the new one again no issue. I install the bulbs and test the light and nothing. I detach the wiring expecting to see that a wire came loose. I am not that lucky. I then put a meter to the connection-nothing. I check the breaker box to see if anything tripped. All good. I check the switch and find no power. I check other outlets in the kitchen and everything is fine. I check the bathroom wall outlet which is on the other side of the wall from the light switch and nothing. This outlet is GFI. I hit reset. Nothing. I put the meter to it to see if there is any juice nothing.

I have no idea how I got here. Nothing popped. I have never had any issues with the power to anywhere in the house.

Here is the fixture-

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Here is the switch-

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Here is the outlet on the opposite side of the wall-

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Everything else seems to be working. How do I figure out what the issue is?

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Old 05-07-16, 01:11 PM
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Light Fixture

Lighting circuits and receptacle circuits are usually on separate breakers. Check other light fixtures on the same circuit as the new fixture.

Breakers can be tripped but have the appearance of being not tripped. Once you identify the correct breaker, switch it to "off" and back to "on".
Old 05-07-16, 01:13 PM
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So you are saying the non GFCI receptacle gets power from the GFCI?

I'm not sure why the light doesn't work but I do see non code compliant wiring issues. I'd start with wiring to code.
  • Assuming the two wires shown in the picture are connected to the line side of the GFCI receptacle the non GFCI receptacle should be connected to the load side of the GFCI receptacle in the picture.
  • The neutral and hot in to the switch box for the light should come from the line side of the GFCI receptacle.
  • I see no white wires in your switch box. There should be white wires.

Here is what I'd expect to see:

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Old 05-07-16, 07:09 PM
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What are you testing for power with? How did you check for power at the switch?

Was there only one cable at the fixture?
Old 05-07-16, 07:51 PM
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You have a fairly long piece of NM cable with sheath entering the fixture. Surely that cable wasn't already in the ceiling box and attached to the old fixture. Did you splice that piece of cable in the box to enter the fixture?

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