Recessed Light Not Working


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Old 01-01-16, 09:16 AM
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Recessed Light Not Working

Hello. I moved into my home during the summer and noticed this recessed light not working. Haven't gotten to it until now. Any suggestions as to how to fix? The other lights on the circuit work. It's just this one. Thank you.

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Old 01-01-16, 09:44 AM
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How do I bypass it? Remove it and touch the bare wires to each other?
 
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Old 01-01-16, 09:50 AM
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I would not bypass the thermal protector switch as of yet as doing so would require cutting the wires. Check at the socket with a meter and see if you have 120 volts. You can check on the back side of the socket shown in the picture.

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If you do not have power there start working back towards the source. You have the can mostly out of the ceiling so it would be fairly easy to check for power at the junction box which is still above the ceiling in your pictures.

Next would be either at the switch, or at the last can that works.
 
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Old 01-01-16, 10:13 AM
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There is no power to the socket or wires in the junction box. Does that mean the connection on the other light may be loose?
 
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Old 01-01-16, 10:27 AM
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Are you checking with a meter?

Yes. If that lights is part of the other group of lights, then there might be a loose connection there.
 
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Old 01-01-16, 10:38 AM
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checked with a voltage tester
 
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Old 01-01-16, 11:47 AM
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Put a known good bulb in the socket the go to the next closest fixture and check the connections there,see if you can get the bulb to light,actually check the connections in the "J" box for that fixture
 
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Old 01-01-16, 01:06 PM
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Ok...any tips on how to get the bucket back in? Took off the one wing nut and getting it back on is nearly impossible!
 
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Old 01-01-16, 01:10 PM
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I don't see any holes for screws so I would suspect it is just a friction fit.
 
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Old 01-01-16, 01:13 PM
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Here's the other side of the bucket. The nut barely passes through the can!

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Old 01-01-16, 03:07 PM
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Normally there are three 1/4" hex head screws about 1" from the bottom of the can. The wing nut is usually for the mounting bracket to adjust the socket height. What brand of cans are they?
 
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Old 01-02-16, 11:55 AM
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Progress Lighting. There's only one hole to hold the wing nut. Are there clips to secure it to the ceiling instead of the wing nut?
 
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Old 01-02-16, 12:25 PM
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You took the can out of the ceiling correct? Looking at the housing in the pictures it should just slide up into the bracket with spring tension. If you are still having trouble, post a picture of the hole with the housing out of the ceiling.
 
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Old 01-02-16, 01:37 PM
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The only thing that was holding the can in the ceiling was the wing nut. There's no tension spring or any other mechanism holding it in the ceiling. Unfortunately, once I unscrewed the wing nut, I can't get it back on because there the amount of the screw that stick out into the the can is so small, the wing nut won't catch. Hope these pics clarify... thank you!

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Old 01-02-16, 03:56 PM
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Yes, that is quite helpful!

I have not seen that type of can in my area. Maybe you could put some tape on the back side of the bracket to hold the screw in place while trying to spin the wing nut on.

On the other hand, I noticed that there is a small opening in the slot of the bracket.

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Perhaps you could take the screw out of the bracket, attach the wingnut to the screw on the can, then slide the can into the hole and pop the screw head into the slot at the opening.
 
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Old 01-03-16, 11:39 AM
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Tape trick worked! Thank you for your help! The light still doesn't work, but at least I got the can back in the ceiling.
 
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Old 01-03-16, 02:51 PM
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Good to hear! Did you check the connections at the next closest can?
 
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Old 01-04-16, 02:05 PM
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Not yet. I'm trying to follow the wiring in the ceiling to trace the next can in line, which isn't necessarily the "closest" one. I stuck my phone camera in the ceiling to try to follow the wiring. We'll see what happens with the next one!
 
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Old 01-18-16, 11:29 AM
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I'm back I traced the line to the next ceiling box and it's not a recessed light, but a light fixture. I removed the fixture and have this ceiling box. I can't remove the ceiling box as it looks like there's a tab holding it up against the back side of the dry wall. I removed the 2 screws holding it into the ceiling (there must be a fixed metal box in the ceiling which it was screwed into). The only thing holding it in now appears to be the plastic tab(s). How can I remove the box without ripping the dry wall? Thank you.

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Old 01-18-16, 12:14 PM
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I removed the 2 screws holding it into the ceiling (there must be a fixed metal box in the ceiling which it was screwed into).
I have never heard of anything like that or maybe I'm not understanding you.

If the box in the picture is the one you meant by
traced the line to the next ceiling box
It only has two wires so it could not have supplied power to the recessed fixture and couldn't be your problem. It may have received power from the recessed light though. Did the fixture you removed work?
 
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Old 01-18-16, 01:01 PM
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The box closest to the recessed light that doesn't work is the ceiling box in the picture. The fixture does work. I'm assuming that the wire that is connected to the non working recessed light is (or should be) connected to this fixture. Yes, there are only 2 wires in this box, but I'm thinking the connection to the non-working light is hidden behind the ceiling box pictured. I removed 2 screws which were attaching the box to the ceiling. Here's an up close pic of the screw holes.

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Old 01-18-16, 06:54 PM
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Those type of boxes are not designed to be easily removed from the ceiling like a can is.

I do not believe that is what you are looking for. There is only one cable in the box and the light works so that would be either be the last one in the line or a light fixture that is switched separately from the can. I suggest looking the closest can light next.
 
 

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