1 of 3 pot lights work - need help


  #1  
Old 04-29-21, 05:40 PM
R
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: May 2019
Posts: 26
Upvotes: 0
Received 0 Upvotes on 0 Posts
1 of 3 pot lights work - need help

1 of 3 pot lights work. Itís on a 3 way switch, but I donít think that should matter.

I removed the old light fixture in the center of my hall and installed 3 lights down the hall.

the center is where the power is. This is the only one that works. I used push in connecters on all 3.

I used a non contact tester with the switch on and there is power going to all 3.

I simply connected the power from the breaker box (from the old fixture) to the center pot light, then connected wire to the first and last of the pot lights to the center one.

the connections seem solid and theyíre the right colors/wires.

do note, when I wired everything up, I tested them before closing everything off and putting them in the ceiling and they all lit up.

i also switched around the actual pot lights to the center one and they all work off the center one, so itís not the actual light.

any ideas what I did wrong?


 
  #2  
Old 04-29-21, 05:48 PM
PJmax's Avatar
Group Moderator
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Jersey
Posts: 62,035
Received 3,415 Upvotes on 3,063 Posts
Since your non contact tester is showing power...... you are missing the neutral/white wire.
 
  #3  
Old 04-29-21, 08:12 PM
R
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: May 2019
Posts: 26
Upvotes: 0
Received 0 Upvotes on 0 Posts
I still canít get it to work.

I un hooked everything from the center one. Then, connected the far one with wire nuts and the power/neutral (cables coming out the center) with wire nuts.

Still doesnít work. Maybe something is wrong inside the boxes for both?

odd that 2 of them would go out like that (theyre brand new)
 
  #4  
Old 04-30-21, 08:37 AM
R
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: May 2019
Posts: 26
Upvotes: 0
Received 0 Upvotes on 0 Posts
It was the boxes for the lights. 2 of them didnít work. Tested it out by switching them around.

bought new lights from HD and returning the crap ones to amazon.

thanks again Pj.


 
  #5  
Old 04-30-21, 08:58 AM
PJmax's Avatar
Group Moderator
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Jersey
Posts: 62,035
Received 3,415 Upvotes on 3,063 Posts
Those are the power supplies or drivers. Not usually bad out of the box.
 
  #6  
Old 04-30-21, 09:07 AM
R
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: May 2019
Posts: 26
Upvotes: 0
Received 0 Upvotes on 0 Posts
Yeah they worked initially when I tested them all before putting the boxes and lights into the ceiling.

and of course after I put them in, the 2 didnít work.

maybe I blew them or something? Not sure how though.

anyhow, the HD ones seem nicer (though more expensive), theyíre all metal for the most part (box and lights). The amazon ones were plastic and seemed cheap.
 
 

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