Confusing circuit break

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Old 07-08-19, 12:26 PM
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Confusing circuit break

I have a single circuit the is broken and can't sort it out. It's just the lighting in a bathroom and the hallway outside of it. The exhaust fan and bathroom receptacle are functional, seperate circuit. No switches on the panel are broken and I tested them. Seems odd, the fixtures that stopped working aren't even similar. Pot light, vanity bar, etc.
am I missing something?
 
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Old 07-08-19, 01:13 PM
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You have a single circuit with just two lights on it ?
That would be rare.

You've identified that circuit and nothing else is on it ?
If that is correct.... you'd need to check at the switches and lights that are on the circuit.
A meter would be most helpful for checking for voltage.
 
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Old 07-08-19, 01:39 PM
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It's more than 2 lights, but it is a light load circuit. This is in an in-law suite. Just didn't know if there was something obvious I'm forgetting before I start getting into it.
 
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Old 07-08-19, 04:39 PM
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Nothing obvious. I get calls as an electrician for this problem routinely.

You need to identify everything on the circuit. Then determine what is working and what is not. The problem will be at the last working device or the closest non working device. Typically those two points will be the closest to each other.

Obvious problem causes are using the back stabbed (push-in) wiring connections on the back of switches and receptacles. If you have connections like that..... move them to the screw terminals.
 
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OP, can you expand on this quote from an earlier post. "No switches on the panel are broken and I tested them."
 
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Update, for anyone interested: the bathroom and hallway lighting in that area of the house is on the same circuit as an outdoor GFI, which had been tripped. Almost broke my head figuring it out, time to make a formal project out of labelling this breaker box.
 
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Old 07-14-19, 01:16 PM
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time to make a formal project out of labeling this breaker box.
That's something that all homeowners should have done. Especially before it's needed.
 
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