No lights - Help


Old 01-30-00, 12:51 PM
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In my basement I have 4 incandescent lights that are controlled by one dimmer switch. Recently, one of the lights stopped working so I went to the local home depot and purchased a new one. When I was attempting to take the light bulb out of the fixture that wasn't working there was a bright flash, and all of a sudden none of the 4 lights are working. The dimmer switch that controls the four lights is a "lighted" dimmer, and the light on the dimmer switch is still working. I assume this means that the dimmer is still working. I removed the fixture that was broken and tested the wires with a multitester, and I get no reading. I have tried flipping the switches on the circuit panel, but this has done nothing. If anyone can help me figure out what my problem is, it would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 01-30-00, 09:59 PM
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hi craig,
your first mistake was working on a live circuit. there r several possabilitys here.
1. there could be a gfi in the circuit and u triped it removeing the bulb on a live curcuit. 2. your dimmer could have been a solid state dimmer and u blew the circuitery.
1 sure way to elimate the switch/dimmer is to shut off power to the circuit remove the dimmer and wirenut the 2 black wires together and then turn the circuit back on if your lights light then u have a bad switch/dimmer. if they dont light then start looking 4 a triped gfci. if these 2 dont fix your problem let me know and ill c what i can doi to help u out.
Old 01-31-00, 08:48 PM
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Thank you very much. It turned out that my dimmer switch blew. Once I replaced that, I was up and running again.

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