Why are lights staying dim on one circuit?

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Old 11-04-06, 04:57 PM
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Why are lights staying dim on one circuit?

I replaced all plugs and switches in a house. On one circuit, the plugs work fine; however, all the lights are dim. When you turn on more than one light each light gets dimmer. What is causing this problem??
 
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Old 11-04-06, 05:12 PM
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Are thes lights on a dimmer switch?

Did you wire them in series? Remove 1 light bulb, do the others stay on?
 
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Old 11-04-06, 07:50 PM
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Sounds like you have them wired in series somehow. You will need to give us more details on what you did. Go back and recheck all your connenctions on that circuit.
 
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Old 11-05-06, 04:50 PM
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Originally Posted by lectriclee
Are thes lights on a dimmer switch?

Did you wire them in series? Remove 1 light bulb, do the others stay on?
The lights are not on a dimmer switch. I do not believe they are wired in a series. I removed one light bulb and the others stayed on. The remaining bulbs burned slightly brighter when one bulb was removed.
 
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Old 11-05-06, 05:00 PM
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So these are all different lamps/fixtures?
They all worked well before you "Fixed" them?

If yes. Then you must retrace your steps (with the power OFF)

Appears to be human error.
A Loose or poorly made connection could also do this.
And cause great trouble. Don't let it wait 'till you get a chance.
 
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Old 11-05-06, 05:30 PM
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Sounds like a poor neutral connection somewhere causing in actuality an unintended series circuit evidenced by the fact that when you add additional load to the circuit, the original load seems to recieve lower voltage (evidenced by the dimming light level).

As others have recommended, go back and recheck your connections. It would be in what you did since it worked before.
 
 

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