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So dont know what is going on, went to turn on bathroom light this morning it flickered then went off so i checked all light switches none worked but all plug outlets did. About 5 mins later lights came back on only to do it one more time. The lights did come back on a few mins later and have not gone off again but have flickered a few times. Any ideas why this is happening.
 
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Old 01-06-14, 03:05 PM
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Welcome to the forums. Generally lighting and receptacles are on separate circuits for convenience. No rules. I would remove the power from the lighting circuit, pull the switches again, and if the installer used the stab backs on the switch, remove rhe wires to the corresponding screw. They won't be difficult to remove with a little pressure and a twist.

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May be as simple as a bad switch also.
Need an ohm meter to test it.
 
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You don't need anohm meter to test a (SPST) switch. Just turn the breaker off, remove the two wires from the switch, wire nut them together, and turn tjhe breaker on. If the light lights it is the switch. Of course if the wires on the switch or back stabbed first move the wires to the screws and test. Backstabs are unreliable over time.

You used lights plural a couple of times and light singular also. Is this multiple lights in multiple rooms?
 
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All light fixtures one in each room would not come on but plug outlets in all rooms worked except one where stove is plugged in
 
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Can I ask this we are in south texas and dont get alot real cold weather here but last 2 days have been near freezing temps would that possibly have something to do with it?
 
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Are the receptacles and lights on the same breaker?
 
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Yes they are all on the same breaker
 
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they are all on the same breaker
Then it isn't a switch. It is probably a loose connection somewhere. It could be in a switch box or a receptacle box or at a light. Any backstabed wires need to be moved to the screws. All wire nuts need to be removed, inspected inside for corrosion or a broken spring then the connection redone. The problem could be at a working device or fixture that feeds the first non working device or fixture or at the first non working device or fixture. Also see: http://www.doityourself.com/forum/el...ther-info.html
 
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Old 01-07-14, 10:11 AM
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Can I ask this we are in south texas and dont get alot real cold weather here but last 2 days have been near freezing temps would that possibly have something to do with it?
No, electrical systems work without flickering in Alaska and Siberia.

This might have something to do with it:
All light fixtures one in each room would not come on but plug outlets in all rooms worked except one where stove is plugged in
Is that receptacle on the same circuit as the non-working lights?

It sounds like you have a loose connection somewhere. If so, it needs to be corrected a.s.a.p. See Troubleshooting a dead receptacle or light, Basic Terminology & Other info
 
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