Kitchen light puzzler

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Old 07-16-01, 06:01 PM
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I have a two bulb flouresent fixture as the main light of my kitchen. This fixture is approx. 3 years old (replaced an older 4 bulb flouresent with this one) and has been functioning perfectly for the past three years. Now the light will not come on. I have replaced the bulbs, ballast, and finally in desperation, a completely new fixture. The real puzzle part is, I hooked an incandesent (60 watt) test light up to the existing wiring....flipped the switch on and it works. This circuit is GFCI protected and I have tested it (functions perfectly). I have one other light on the same circuit (one bulb flouresent) that works just fine. This is a three wire system with a ground installed although I have learned that the original circuit was for 240 volts and was "split" into two circuits by an electrican. This circuit has worked fine for almost 30 years. Any clues?
 
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Old 07-16-01, 06:20 PM
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Is the new fixture grounded? If not, that could be the problem. It would be good if you had a multimeter with which to actually read the voltage.
 
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Old 07-16-01, 07:24 PM
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yes, the fixture is grounded. I have tried it both with and without the ground attached with no effect (I reattached the ground after testing). The only thing I can possibly even think of is maybe the line voltage is down....but then again, the incandesent bulb is burning bright
 
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Old 07-16-01, 07:46 PM
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See my second reply to donna viner.
 
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