Kitchen recessed lighting problem


Old 07-13-14, 04:38 PM
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Kitchen recessed lighting problem

I apologize if this is too long, but I'm trying to explain things clearly enough that hopefully someone will know what I'm talking about.

I have recessed lights in the kitchen which have two switches. One used to be on a dimmer, but my husband hated it, so he switched the dimmer to just a light switch. This is the main switch we have used all the time, but there is another switch in another part of the room. The lights worked perfectly for several months after he replaced the dimmer.

One day he flipped the switch we never use (the one that was never a dimmer switch) - he heard a pop, the lights all went out, and they won't come back on. He checked the breaker and it was fine. We have all tried every option of on/off between the two switches, and nothing works. He has a tester to see if wires are getting any power or not, and there is power to the switch.

What else should we be checking? We are at a loss as to what could have happened and just aren't sure what to do next at this point. Any ideas of what could have caused this and/or what else we need to check?

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Old 07-13-14, 04:50 PM
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Welcome to the forums! One of two things happened. Your breaker DID trip and just doesn't look like it, or a wire came loose when the "pop" occurred. Three way switches utilize a Line/Load screw and traveler screws. Your power in, Line, on one switch should be on the black screw. Your Load out, or the lights black wire should be on the black screw. The white and red wires are travelers and can be placed at random on the other screws. NOW, if your switches lack that set up, remove the power at the panel and make the adjustments and re power the circuit. Let us know what happens.
Old 07-13-14, 05:19 PM
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Just a note: Red and white may not always be travelers. Travelers are whatever is on the two like colored (usually brass) screws.
Old 07-14-14, 05:16 AM
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Is it just the 2 lights that are not working? Make sure to turn the circuit breakers off then back on.
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