Light bulb blew on a row of recessed lights


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Old 11-11-18, 01:14 PM
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Light bulb blew on a row of recessed lights

A light bulb blew on a row of recessed lights and now the lights dont turn on...
the row of lights is on 3 way switch with one being a dimmer.
nothing is tripped and the switches seem to be working fine other than a black wire not having current
I'm sure it's an quick fix for you vets
any help would be greatly appreciated
thanks
 
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The dimmer was probably destroyed by the surge of the bulb when it blew out so you replace the dimmer with another one or a standard on-off switch and that should fix the issue
 
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Old 11-11-18, 03:07 PM
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Thanks buddy
but I just tried replacing it with the same dimmer and still didnt turn on the lights... what else could it be?
 
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Old 11-11-18, 09:42 PM
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Do you have any sort of test equipment?
 
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Old 11-11-18, 10:29 PM
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And no a non contact tester won't work.
 
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Old 11-12-18, 07:09 AM
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I just have one of those pencil testers
 
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Old 11-12-18, 07:16 AM
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https://www.flickr.com/photos/161697.../shares/j53349


these are the switches

*they seem to be working as in toggling current to each traveler wire BUT the black wire on the bottom left of the dimmer switch does not give a reading... that must be the issue
 
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Old 11-12-18, 09:12 AM
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Dimmer is bad. Try a normal switch in its place.
 
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Old 11-12-18, 09:15 AM
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Ok. I'm hoping that's the issue but I swapped it for another that worked and it still didnt work...
but I prefer to have a dimmer on this switch
and I believe this switch works
so could the switch still work but the dimmers are damaged?
 
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Old 11-12-18, 10:27 AM
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Try a switch just as a test. Once you confirm everything is working as expected, you can replace it with a dimmer.

Sometimes when a bulb blows it creates a short-duration short, which can cause problems with the dimmer electronics. Of course, when it blew, it's possible that it created a direct short, which is continuing to cause problems for your dimmers. Unlikely, but possible.
 
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Old 11-12-18, 12:04 PM
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UPDATE! I swapped out the dimmer with a standard toggle switch... it didnt work at first but after 30 seconds and couple toggles later the lights came on!! Then I swapped back a new dimmer switch and it was also a 30 second delay but is working fine.
Thanks everyone
there is some humming- anything to be worried about? Does anyone know what causes this?
 
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Old 11-12-18, 08:30 PM
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What type of light is this? It sounds like the fixture might be fluorescent and has a ballast issue.
 
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Old 11-13-18, 08:57 AM
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That's probably accurate. The cheap contractor resused the original can lights
I have LEDs in em now
 
 

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