Basement overhead light not working


Old 02-18-17, 11:31 AM
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Unhappy Basement overhead light not working

Hey guys,
This must seem like a silly question. Basement light went out. It hanging on the ceiling wood, switch activated (no chain). Changed the light bulb but didn't work. Attached to the light fixture is a box for "5VA 10W Nutone Scovill 515-N." from google I found this seems to be a box for the front door doorbell which is still working fine. There is a thick black electrical wire attached to lighting fixture which, OMG, doesn't plug into anything but just goes up the wall. Not sure how to fix this. Any clue please? Txs- Shannon
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Old 02-18-17, 11:37 AM
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Check your bulb in a different lamp.
Old 02-18-17, 11:58 AM
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If light buld works in different lamp than we need to drop light fixture down leave wires attached. Be careful as wires to doorbell transformer will still be hot. Take pictures of wires and we will see what mat be wrong.
Old 02-18-17, 12:20 PM
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Turn off the breaker. bend up the tab in the bottom of the bulb holder, turn the breaker on, and try again. If the door bell stops working you have probably found the correct breaker but work on it as if it is hot.
Old 02-18-17, 12:44 PM
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That looks like a single piece of three wire cable.
It carries the always live and switched power to that box.

If not a problem with the light socket..... it could be a bad wall switch.
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