Very strange simple lighting issue


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Old 02-11-19, 01:10 PM
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Very strange simple lighting issue

Hi there. I'm having a strange issue with a simple household light fixture for workshop. The fixture is controlled by a single pole switch. Power for the switch comes from a duplex receptacle about 6 inches beneath switch. The duplex receptacle is operational and tests correctly with plug in tester with the 3 lights. It says it is wired correctly. The power then runs through the 6 inch long wire into the switch Box. There is power at the hot to ground, AND power at the switch when switched ON. Power is also at the light fixture. So everything appears proper and should be operational.... But wrong! When I checked fixture there is no power between hot and neutral. No power between hot and neutral at switch either.....yet the power the comes into the bloody switch from a plug 6 inches beneath it works perfectly and tests correctly!! What the hell ??? Thanks for any and all input on this.
 
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Old 02-11-19, 02:09 PM
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Welcome to the forums.

You need to use a meter to determine where the power is lost.
A non contact detector just tests for hot..... not neutral.

Are you sure you have neutral at the receptacle ?
 
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Old 02-11-19, 03:39 PM
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Check the neutral connection in the receptacle. If the wires are plugged in the back stab connections move them to the screws. Back stabs are a very common source no power.
 
 

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