Light fixture killed entire breaker?

Reply

  #1  
Old 12-13-18, 12:54 AM
E
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Dec 2018
Posts: 2
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
Light fixture killed entire breaker?

Ok so 1 am I'm laying in bed watching tv all the sudden power in the room goes off? Check the breaker nope not tripped. I didn't recall that the fixture in the bathroom has been humming for the last week I had chalked it up to light bulbs about to go out itap the fixture and Wallah all the power comes back on I didn't notice a little glow behind the fixture so I immediately kill the breaker and remove the fixture this is a very old fixture probably original to the house built in the late 50s so anyway once the pictures off I kept the wires and turn on the breaker but now everything on that breaker has no power the breaker never tripped and there are no GFI seems like it's possibly a bad breaker but just seems kind of unlikely the way it happened any other explanations? Thanks in advance
 
Sponsored Links
  #2  
Old 12-13-18, 05:42 AM
Geochurchi's Avatar
Member
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: USA
Posts: 4,620
Received 57 Votes on 53 Posts
Hi, did you break any splices when you removed the fixture?
Geo
 
  #3  
Old 12-13-18, 10:16 AM
J
Member
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: welland ontario
Posts: 7,442
Received 210 Votes on 186 Posts
There was a loose connection in the fixture. When you removed it you also disconnected the feed through to the next room.
 
  #4  
Old 12-13-18, 07:16 PM
E
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Dec 2018
Posts: 2
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
Now it's a real problem

So today I replaced the breaker and still no power
I even tried shifting the load to a workibg breaker and still no power I didn't disconnect any spices when removing the old fixture
the old fixture had a small mark on it where it seemed to be grounding out

I'm stumped any ideas
 
  #5  
Old 12-13-18, 08:46 PM
J
Member
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: welland ontario
Posts: 7,442
Received 210 Votes on 186 Posts
Open connection somewhere. Since the whole circuit is out start at the nearest devices to the panel. It could be in a switch or light fixture or any other junction box you find on the circuit.
 
  #6  
Old 12-15-18, 08:48 AM
D
Member
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Maryland
Posts: 415
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
Most likely the problem is where the light fixture was. If you have a meter, check to see that you have hot , neutral and ground coming to the fixture ( if there actually is a ground). In your exploring, you will need to figure out if the power comes in at the light fixture or the light switch. Then check to see if the end of a wire has broke off inside a wire nut. There could even be a broken wire and the shield is covering the break. When you move the wire it will make and break contact.
Be sure to be careful, the breaker is still on so there should be power there somewhere.
 
Reply
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread
 
Ask a Question
Question Title:
Description:
Your question will be posted in: