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Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light switches not working, wire nuts, light switches
wire nuts, light switches, way switch: Hi. It sounds like there is a break somwhere in the wiring. You can buy a circuit analyzer (under $10 at a home center) to plug in the outlet to see whether it is a hot or neutral you are looking for. Look for wires that are pushed in the back of outlets...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light switches should be down when off, robert wilber, top of the stairs
robert wilber, top of the stairs, three way switches: Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * You want matching three way switches. Is it a bit compulsive? Maybe. So what? I always install my receptacles so the ground terminal is at the bottom. Did it occur...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light went out over table, broken wires, light pop
broken wires, light pop, pop sound: Hi. It sounds like there is a short somewhere. It may be in the light fixture, or it may be in the junction box above it. Look in the junction box for any black marks or broken wires. Check out the fixture and also look for any black marks or broken...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light tripping a breaker, circuit breaker trips, kitchen light
circuit breaker trips, kitchen light, neutral wire: Keith, I have to admit, this is a new one. The only possible explanation I can think of is that the kitchen light and the garage share a neutral wire. To find this out, we need to look at the wires in the breaker panel. Find which breaker...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light turning on outside when I turn on room fan., condo renting, floor fan
condo renting, floor fan, electrical fire: If this is only occuring in that one recepticle, the wiring is wrong. If it happens in any other recepticle in that room, the sensor is bad. If it happens when the owner is there....the fan is bad . Try an entension cord to another room and see if it works...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light turns off, breaker trips, switch box, insights
switch box, insights: Hi Dan, I am assuming there was a light there before and you are just swapping in a different one. How many wires are coming into the ceiling box and what color are they? What color are the wires in the switch box, how many of them are there, and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light Wiring, kitchen light, switches
kitchen light, switches, light wiring: Hi, Well, i m a little confused how you say you have 2 switches going to one light now. If your light only needs one of these switches. Then sure you can use the 2nd switch for your outside light. But you need a cable going from this switch to your...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light wiring, pig tail, dimmer switch
pig tail, dimmer switch, dimmers: If I understand correctly, this should explain it. You have one pair of wires coming in as the source. The black wire should be pigtailed to all three switches. Then from the switchs to all three blacks to the lights. The whites are all connected. Most...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light wiring, fixture wire, minor improvements
fixture wire, minor improvements, light switches: Hi. If there are only two wires in the switch box, then you can t wire it wrong. What is in the fixture box? You should have power coming in, you should have a wire going to the switch. You may also have wires going to other places. by code the lights...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light wiring, aluminum wiring, wire nut
aluminum wiring, wire nut, home depot: Roy, aluminum wiring of this size as you have seen has been discontiued for reasons of fire hazards. There are specific ways to connect aluminum wiring to prevent this, and one is a special wire nut connector to connect aluminum to copper. There is no problem...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light that won't turn off., wire house, way switch
wire house, way switch, 3 feet: When the painter trashed the light, how do we know what he did with pairings of wires? This will be a bit long, but I don t know how to give you a short answer. For a single circuit light, 2 black and 2 white and another white is more than is needed....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light that won't turn off, short answer, 17 years
short answer, 17 years, amount of time: YES, but we don t know what someone else did. Look at it this way. Hot should be witched. Once you have hot switched, as long as the other side of the light is neutral it will work. Aomeone has tied something into the circuit, like a white wire and used...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light won't turn off, hot wire, volt meter
hot wire, volt meter, hot one: Hi Todd. This will take a little work trying to identify your wiring. Use a volt meter. With all wiring seperated at the fixture, turn the breaker on. Using the meter, find your hot wire (120volts to neutral). it will probably be one of the blacks....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light, needle nose pliers, fuse panel
needle nose pliers, fuse panel, houseing: Hi Andrew, If you meant circuit breaker instead of fuse, turn that breaker off, wait 20 seconds and then turn it back on. If it is a fuse panel and not a breaker panel then the problem probably lies in the ceiling box above the light. Sometimes when...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lighted 3-way switch, bob osgood, leviton switches
bob osgood, leviton switches, 3 way switches: Hi Rick, Although I ve installed numerous Leviton switches (single poles, 3-ways, 4-ways)over the years...I ve yet to work with the illuminated 5503-LH 3-way.. I pulled the tech sheets on your model...but they didn t have a specific troubleshooting...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lighted Mirror Wiring, wire nuts, metal boxes
wire nuts, metal boxes, neutral wire: Hi. At the switch, the black wire coming in and the black wire going to the light each connect to a switch terminal. The two white wires connect together. The grounds connect to each other, to any green screws, and any metal boxes. I hope I answered...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lighted Switches, conductor wire, flood lights
conductor wire, flood lights, sorry bob: Hi. I am sorry, but I am not aware of any. For it to work on a 3 way switch you would need 5 conductor wire so that the light had a neutral and a hot. It works when it is off, because the light is in series the floodlights, and the power follows the least...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lighted switch dim, gfci receptacle, gfci protection
gfci receptacle, gfci protection, tripped breakers: Hi Darryl, Based on your description...it s hard to say for sure what is the root of the problem without detailed electrical examination and test results of the circuit(s) affected. However...you home very well may have been fully up to Electrical...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lightening strike 30 ft from home, west central georgia, garage door opener
west central georgia, garage door opener, floor outlets: Beverly, You have done a great job of taking down the needed data. It is impossible to say what lightning damage has occurred. I would only partially settle on the known damage. I see no reason they will make you sign off on everything being OK when...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Down Lighters, lighting load, amp breaker
lighting load, amp breaker, amp circuit: Arthur, How about that, I assumed it was a typo when you stated a 5 amp circuit. So, I am NOT assuming the 1.5mm is a type that should be 15 gauge. I would rethink this whole thing since I was out of phase with what you wrote and I don t want to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lighting, bob osgood, master electrician
bob osgood, master electrician, lighting master: Hi Ajay, My apologies for the delay Ajay.....we got called out to an electrical job down-state at the last minute..(and I didn t have the chance to mark myself as away at the website)...and have been out of the area all week...just getting back home...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lighting, heat sensors, amp breaker
heat sensors, amp breaker, hi doug: Hi Doug, The call between track lights and recess light really depends on what the basement is going to be used for. The advantages of track lights are: 1) You can aim then in different direction 2) You can always add another fixture to a track...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lighting, garage door opener, amp circuit
garage door opener, amp circuit, garage opener: Depends on whether the garage opener outlets are on a circuit by themselves, or are part of another circuit. If it s a dedicated circuit for just the openers, then no, add your lighting. If they share the circuit with other outlets, then you ll have to find...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Can Lighting, voltage spike, light bulbs
voltage spike, light bulbs, remodeling project: Jay, When bulbs start burning out quickly its usually an older fixture and the socket is shot from all the heat over the years. This recessed light is only 5 years old so either the socket is defective and needs to be replaced or the lamps you ve been putting...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lighting, swedish design, power strip
swedish design, power strip, ikea: I can t tell from the picture, but where is the transformer? There are no cord caps on the wires coming out of the fixtures? Are these wires meant to be connected to the transformer, and then IT will be connected to 120 volt supply? I see from the information...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lighting, curtain rods, christmas decorations
curtain rods, christmas decorations, question thanks: Hi. I also happen to be the Christmas expert too under misc. You can try using clear packing tape. It usually sticks pretty well, but you may have a residue to clean off afterwards. You could also get some lightweight lumber, such as moulding and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lighting, electrical sockets, home wiring
electrical sockets, home wiring, switch control: Hi. You can not run a wire to two outlets or lights and then end with a switch using 14/2. Either the switch has to be the first thing, or you need to use 14-3 between the first and second outlet. Let me know if you plan to move the switch, not use...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lighting, flourescent light, amp breaker
flourescent light, amp breaker, poor connections: Hi Brandon, So i was of no help to you this time.. :-). But i m glad your problem is solved. As far as parts like ballast, starter, ect. I usually find its cheaper with the cost of materials and labor to just replace the entire fixture....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lighting, loose wire, track lighting
loose wire, track lighting, headroom: Doug When you are running new wire for any circuits including track wiring you need to install a round junction box. This way you have something to attach the track light starter into. make sure you lay out the way you are running the track so it comes out...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lighting, Breaker Box, Basic Wiring, labling, girlfried
labling, girlfried, ceiling fixture: Hi Michael, Based on your description...this former ceiling light box was indeed used as a junction box for other circuits and locations....commonly done years ago...and a practice that still continues today (saves on extra boxes and wire lengths). ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lighting in a basement, ping pong table, table ping pong
ping pong table, table ping pong, heat sensors: Hi Jerrett, It s really a matter of personal preference and what the rec room will be used for. IF there will be a pool table, ping pong table etc.; things that will be used in the center of the room, then you would want to have lights in that area....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lighting:Changing 120 to 240, volt outlet, multitap
volt outlet, multitap, j cook: The 120 volt outlet in question will have to be the only thing on the circuit or other outlets will be powered at 240 volts. The breaker of this circuit will be a single pole since it is 120 volts. The breaker will have to be replaced with a double pole to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lighting:Changing 120 to 240, electrical appliances, multitap
electrical appliances, multitap, floodlight: This is outside my expertise, but I want to offer up general knowledge. For instance, in Europe and England, the voltage is 250 to 300 for single line. That is...not 110/220, but 300 volts. That means that USA electrical appliances will not work and vise...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lighting:Changing 120 to 240, outdoor light fixture, volt line
outdoor light fixture, volt line, volt supply: Hi John, Based on your ballast description...and the limited info available at the KP Electric web site link...it is hard to say if this flood light will even operate properly on U.S. power supply. Fortunately....my world wide power data tells me that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lighting circuit failure, lighting circuit, light bulb sockets
lighting circuit, light bulb sockets, circuit failure: If a whole circuit is acting up, I always suspect the breaker 1st. To test this, take the wire off of the breaker and swap it with another wire on a different breaker of the same amperage and see what takes place. Let me know and we ll from there. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lighting damage to electric transformer via underground wire, lighting bolt, invisible fence
lighting bolt, invisible fence, fence installation: They dont make a surge protection for lightning strikes. A freak occurance is not likely to happen again. The wire in the ground was the rod of choice for the lightning. The appliances attached are colateral damage. You may need to inspect your underground...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lighting dilemma in condo!!, volt stick, fixture wire
volt stick, fixture wire, permanent marker: Brian, you need to go to a home supply and pick up a tool called a volt stick. It is about the size of a permanent marker and the tip lights up or the tool makes a sound or both in the presence of voltage. With this tool you can determine which is the hot...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lighting electrical color compatibility hot and ground wiring, color compatibility, light fixture
color compatibility, light fixture, home lighting: Hi. Unfortunately, both red and blue are usually used as hot wires. I don t know why someone would make a fixture that is not properly color coded. Are these incandescent? If so, the wire that goes to the button on the bottom of the socket should be...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lighting Fixture, fixture plate, orange wire
fixture plate, orange wire, smooth side: Okay Cliff, You are welcome for the assistance. It looks like the orange wire in your ceiling box is the power from the switch. The white pigtail in the ceiling will be your neutral. And of course the green pigtail is for your ground. Ignore all...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lighting Fixture Problem, wire nuts, electrican
wire nuts, electrican, j box: Karen: Most recess can lights have 3 screws holding the can in place. Remove them, and pull down the can there will be a short flexable whip connected to the j-box in the ceiling. It will have a cover you can remove to get to the wires. Remove it, now look...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lighting Fixture short, voltage readings, ceiling fixture
voltage readings, ceiling fixture, volt meter: Hi Robb, From your description, red is the switched lead supplying power coming from the dimmer. Hopefully you had the breaker off before you started ANY of this work...one quick short with a dimmer in the circuit and 99% of the time...the dimmer is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lighting Fixture, pink wire, cable modem
pink wire, cable modem, lighting fixture: You are going to have to find out where the pink wire is coming from and then see if you can determine what it suppossed to be doing. It might be just a spare wire, and was probably red at one time. Good luck, sorry for the delay cable modem died. Jef...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lighting fixture troubleshooting, bob osgood, three way switches
bob osgood, three way switches, master electrician: Hi again Jack, Sorry just responding....have been straight out with electrical work the past few days (very busy electrical season here..)- trying hard to get caught up with the pile of questions in the order I ve received them....I appreciate your patience....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lighting fixture wiring problem, robert wilber, joey smith
robert wilber, joey smith, reply thanks: Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * Didn t trip the breaker before? Then it is something YOU did. Take it apart. Take the lights down again. If it doesn t trip THEN, reinstall the lights. Look for evidence...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lighting fixture, bob osgood, master electrician
bob osgood, master electrician, lighting fixture: Hi Joe, Sorry just responding....been an extremely busy week here - trying to get caught up. Your new fixture will connect exactly as the temporary light the previous owners left...based on your description, this ceiling box was used as a junction...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lighting fron the ceiling, new lighting, lighting fixture
new lighting, lighting fixture, track lighting: Obviously something wasn t done right. Check the voltage on the black wires and if there is 120 volts, attempt to determine which is the hot and which is the neutral. Checking these between hot and ground should do that. Then place some white tape on the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lighting load on 20a brkr, mechanic shop, amp circuit
mechanic shop, amp circuit, lighting load: Hi. Probably more than you could possible want or need. A 20 amp circuit will carry 2400 watts. If you leave all the lights on for a period, then you should use only 80% of the capacity. Fluoresecent lights use some power beyond the wattage of the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lighting problem, ceiling boxes, lighting problem
ceiling boxes, lighting problem, switch boxes: Paul, You have a loose connection some where along that circuit. Open the switch boxes of the effected lights first and check to see if the feed is looping from switch box to switch box. If not then you ll have to open the ceiling boxes and remove the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Can Lighting problems, lighting problems, 90w
lighting problems, 90w, light fixture: Hi. The can lights have thermal protectors that are supposed to turn them off when the wrong bulb, the wrong wattage, or if insulation is on the fixture that is not made for direct contact with insulation. I have a heat light fixture that has everything...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lighting question, light bulbs, zip cord
light bulbs, zip cord, spring type: G Evening Lee, Your fixture has an internal short. You can fix it by picking up some zip cord from a local hardware store and just re-wiring it. Pulling the old wire out and replacing it with the zip cord cable. You might also need to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lighting sensors, override switch, hallway lights
override switch, hallway lights, nighttime hours: The two actions do conflict for a single instrument. It maybe more possible to have the timer contol only half of the lights, and the motion sensor cover the other half. The timer will have an override switch, allowing to be turned on when off. Two switches...two...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lighting in series, electronic ballasts, flourescent fixtures
electronic ballasts, flourescent fixtures, incandescent lighting: Hi. The key is to make sure that the fixtures and splices are only in junction boxes, and that the junction box is covered either with a fixture or a blank plate. You can either run 4 separate wires out of the existing power supply, or run it from fixture...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lighting transformer, watt lighting system, greenhouse area
watt lighting system, greenhouse area, volt circuit: Hi Shawn, Dual voltage grow light systems are quite common....and are designed to operate at either voltage...depending on which taps are used on the transformer. The lights will operate equally well at either voltage...the difference being how much current...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lighting, amp breaker, fluorescent light fixtures
amp breaker, fluorescent light fixtures, volts: That would depend on the size of breaker the feed is landed on. You are allowed to load to 80% of the breakers rating, ie 12 amps for a 15 amp breaker and 16 amps for a 20 amp breaker. To find amp draw divide watts by volts, 50/120 in this case. Which gives...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lightning Damage, furnace transformers, arc fault
furnace transformers, arc fault, lightning damage: Hi Steve. My 1st thought was to tell you to try to find and reset your gfci outlets. I now have some concerns. Do your home show any signs of being hit by lightning? Usually, a close strike will cause a surge to homes close by, damaging tvs, refrigerators,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lightning protection, lightning protection system, electricity singapore
lightning protection system, electricity singapore, chemical refinery: Hi Mohan. No amount of protection will give you 100% protection. Depending on the type of lightning protection system, you can achieve close to 100%. I suggest you search the web for lightning protection associations, such as www.lightning.org or www.ulpa.org....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights, metal shell, table lamps
metal shell, table lamps, lamp socket: Hi Rich. Did either of these lamps work? If you only have one that trips the breaker, with it unplugged, look at the inside of the lamp socket. You will see the metal shell, and two contact points. Make sure there is no visable connection between any...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights are out, upstairs hall, wirings
upstairs hall, wirings, jbox: Hi John. It sounds like you may have some loose wiring, either in the panel, or in one of the 1st jbox in this circuit. How to find out? I would suggest you hire this done, as an electrician will have a little better knowledge about the layout of the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights, loose wire, track lighting
loose wire, track lighting, drywall: Your track lighting mounts exposed to the drywall, and at the end of the track is where you need to mount a junction box, to which you ll connect the track lighting, to get the power. It all depends on what lighting you buy, since some manufacturers allow...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights, light thanks, type sequence
light thanks, type sequence, dim lights: Jeff What you need to do is go from one switch with the hot wires to the other switch then from each switch go to each one of the lights. You can not go from the light to the other switch as you are shutting off the neutral and making the light work off a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights, table lamps, lowes
table lamps, lowes, breakers: Rich I think you ve answered your own question. If you can move the lamp to two different breakers, and the outcome is the same, the fault lies with your lamp. But you did mention lamp(S), as in more than one. Did the breaker blow when only one lamp was switched...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights, three way switches, table lamps
three way switches, table lamps, lowe s: Rich, the fact that your lamps have three way switches won t make a difference unless they are faulty. If the lamps trip the breakers when plugged into different outlets, the problem is almost certainly in the lamp/s. I d take them back to Lowe s and have...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights on a 30 amp circuit, amp breaker, amp circuit
amp breaker, amp circuit, recepticle: Hi Jeff. I recommend you change the wire to #10, and remove all other wiring except for the trailer plug. The wiring probably won t burn up, but it could cause problems when you have a 20amp outlet (or lights) protected by a 30 amp breaker. Good luck....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights, wattage bulb, three way switches
wattage bulb, three way switches, table lamps: Rich, I have never seen this either. I still suspect the switch in these lamps. I suspect that a wire is incorrect. With a single wattage bulb, it may be connecting more than one switch point at a time, in other words the three way switch may be connecting...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights, waterloo ontario canada, light sconces
waterloo ontario canada, light sconces, wall sconces: Hi Jason, Sorry just responding.....we worked a double shift yesterday...and will be working 12 s the rest of the week...very busy electrical season here. Based on your description...it sounds like the 2 sconces MAY be wired is series with the circuit...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights, elec co, fuse box
elec co, fuse box, ac unit: Well Ben, would this brightening and dimming be in relation to an AC unit turning on or off, or other major load starting or stopping, or is it random. Let me know what you discover, and we can go from there. My guess is, as always, a motor is drawing so...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights Out, wall switches, light switches
wall switches, light switches, upstairs: Hi. You probably knocked something loose in the box. Check the wires that are wirenutted together. They may look like they are connected, but are not making contact. It is also possible that the copper broke in a wire, but you can t see it because the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights, fan motor, fan switch
fan motor, fan switch, light switch: Hi Jason, I am assuming would control the fan motor with the pullchain on the fan. What you want to do, can be done iof a certain circumstance exists. Check the wiring in the wall box where the fan switch is located. Let me know how many sets of...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights brighten when other loads applied, electronic dimmers, close proximity
electronic dimmers, close proximity, incandescent lights: Hi Ron, This is not a cause for concern as the dimmers are probably causing the lites to act that way. Electronic dimmers are very sensitive and as you draw power to the saw the dimmers think the electricity is wavering down so they react by allowing more...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights burning out, watt lamps, medium base
watt lamps, medium base, center pin: Could be bad bulb quality (try a different brand), possibly a bad lot in manufacture, or maybe the center pin that delivers power to the bulb s base is not making a good, solid contact which would draw excessive current and shorten the life of the lamp. Since...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights Going On/Off on Ceiling Fan/Light, ceiling fan light, push button switch
ceiling fan light, push button switch, way over my head: Hi Deborah, I can t be much help in this area as the internal workings of fans/lites are way over my head. I can tell you that if the wall switch and pullchains on the lites work OK, the problem is not in your home electrical system, but rather in the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights out, not circuit breaker - HELP, circuit breakers, master bathroom
circuit breakers, master bathroom, circuit breaker: Hi, There are a few things you can try first: 1). Don t trust your eye with the circuit breakers, they can fool you. Turn each breaker off by hand and then back to on. 2). Turn off the main breaker and tighten all the screws that hold the wires in...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights on EVERY circuit dimming after rewire, loose wires, 1 of the 2
loose wires, 1 of the 2, loose wire: Hi Anthony, If you aren t tripping any of the breaker, then everything you wired is probably correct. Dimming of lights can be caused by loose wires, and since the whole home seems to be affected, the loose wire is probably 1 of the 2 hot feeds or...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights not coming on at the same time, bob osgood, master electrician
bob osgood, master electrician, dangerous problem: Good Morning Scott, Based on your description...I m unable to tell if this delay is related to an underlying electrical problem...or if you may have a setting adjustment on your motion sensor set incorrectly. It s impossible to tell without further test...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights not coming on, loose wire, heat sensor
loose wire, heat sensor, wall switch: It sounds like a loose wire. All 3 light connections would have to be checked. If these are recess lights, they are equipped a heat sensor. When the heat builds up from the bulb, it shuts off the light until it cools. You could get around this by putting...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights Dim, quick responce, don beck
quick responce, don beck, amp breaker: Don, I am assuming your office is a bedroom. These rooms are wired in #14 wire on a 15 amp breaker. With just the lights on in that room, a heater or printer should not cause them to dim. It would be common if you have other devices in use in that room;...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights Dim, brkr, central air conditioning
brkr, central air conditioning, split system: Lights dimming when a motor load comes on, is normal, up to a point. I d suspect your new unit has a motor than is tighter than your old one, and therefore draws more inrush current at startup, but if the dimming is more than a brief second, see if you can...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights and Dimmer switches, gu10 halogen bulbs, dimmer switches
gu10 halogen bulbs, dimmer switches, voltage dimmers: Hi Andrew. For your first question there are not many transformers that will accept a dimmer switch unless it states that it can be used with a dimmer as the coil windings etc that reduce the voltage cant be controlled by a dimmer. Your GU10 Halogen bulbs...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights Dimming, tight connections, meter panel
tight connections, meter panel, electrical company: Obviously, everything is up to code. Remember...the code is the minimum standard. Everything works....thats minimum. What is amounts to is an unbalance meter panel. It is not a problem...in that everything works. Just that unbalance leaves room for one...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights Dimming, amp circuit, intermitently
amp circuit, intermitently, incoming power: Hello Lou. Two things need to be tested by an electrician. The first, with the a/c and all other major appliances on, see what the actual voltage reading is between the two incoming power feed wires. If in fact there is a utility problem, it would be that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights Dimming from Compressor draw, bob osgood, master electrician
bob osgood, master electrician, cooper wire: Hi Bill, Sorry just responding...been downstate all day having some medical lab work done. A 7.5 HP motor will draw fairly close to 40 amps at 240 volts...so this compressor is definitely pushing the max of the #6 aluminum and the sub-panel...especially...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights Dimming - Hair Dryer/Room Heater, resistive elements, curling iron
resistive elements, curling iron, hair dryers: Hi Scott, Just getting in....another long day here... Based on your description....you may have an overloaded circuit...or a possible loose connection...or a combination of both. But...today s hair dryer s, curling iron s and electric heaters...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights Dimming, gauge wire, meter socket
gauge wire, meter socket, tv outlets: Hi Wanda. I m guessing here, but I think the tvs might be pulling alot of power when turned on, and if the recessed lights are on at the same time, the wiring may not handle the additional load well. I would go ahead and install a seperate circuit for...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights Don't Work, voltage tester, wiring connections
voltage tester, wiring connections, loose wire: Hi Cliff, Use you tester on the switch and make sure the power is coming in, and also leaving. If it is then check inside the switch box for white wires that are connected together. This connection may have come loose. If that isn t it, then check the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights dim when a/c turns on, don beck, electric meter
don beck, electric meter, hot lines: Hi Tom There is no danger and it is a common happening, but only in older homes that are underwired for todays modern appliances. It shouldn t be happening in a new home. There are a couple of things you can check yourself to possibly solve the problem....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights dim or flicker, robert wilber, leaf blower
robert wilber, leaf blower, neutrals: - * Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * Bad Neutral If this happens to your neighbor [on the same transformer] call the utility company If not, call an electrician. You are losing your neutral. It...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights dim when the fridge kicks on, lighting circuit, drawing power
lighting circuit, drawing power, apartment building: Hi Jan, In a building that old, the fridge is probably on the same fuse or breaker as the lighting circuit. Today, the outlets in the kitchen have to be own a different breaker than lighting. When the motor starts up, it is drawing power away from the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights dim but never used to . . ., volt circuit, lighting circuit
volt circuit, lighting circuit, neutral wire: Hi Ryan, Based on your description..there are several possible causes for dimming lights ( a service call we get quite often here)....and to cover them all here in detail would exceed the file size limitations of this website. I note you state the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights go dim, amp service, meter socket
amp service, meter socket, ac units: Hi Brad. You could ask the power company to check to see if the supply transformer is overloaded, which could cause your power to dip whenever a motor starts. You can t receive more amps than what your service can handle, but you can get a hardier supply...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights diming for no reason, new appliances, home weather
new appliances, home weather, frig: A brown out is usually a situation on the neighborhood circuit. Only if the brown is incidental to an appliance coming on...frig or dryer or such, then the reason is outside of your home. Weather can affect power supply froom your utility company...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights dimming, amp service, flourescent tube
amp service, flourescent tube, broken wires: By lights I assume you mean lights in your entire house...different fixtures, different rooms. This would indicate problems with your main service, such as loose or broken wires. They could be at that point where the power company attaches to your house,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights dimming/flickering in entire home, refrigerator compressor, christmas lights
refrigerator compressor, christmas lights, clothes dryer: Chris Dimming of lights indicates a big load being put on the service. It can also be from lose connections in the panel where the load comes on and the wires are loose, and it does not make good contact and can cause problem. Having the neighborhood add...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights dimming in house, buss one, hvac company
buss one, hvac company, hvac system: Your incoming service wires could have loose or corroded connections; the neutral wire is loose or corroded and not making good contact; check to see if the ground wire is tight at the panel and the rod; your main breaker could be defective or not making good...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights dimming, loosing power, meter socket, electrical meter
meter socket, electrical meter, loose wire: Hi Daniel. It sure sounds like you have a loose connection somewhere. You say you checked all the connections in the panel, but said nothing about in the meter socket, which you indicated had to be relocated. A loose wire here will show the same thing...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights dimming, digital alarm clock, amp circuit
digital alarm clock, amp circuit, bathroom lights: Jeff, your circuit is obviously overloaded. If the wiring is #12 you can increase the breaker to 20Amps. Sooner or later, if the circuit is not upgraded, the breaker will probably begin tripping. There are so many variables affecting costs, it s really...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights don't work in Master Ensuite, wattage bulb, lighting circuit
wattage bulb, lighting circuit, wiring connections: Hi Alex, Based on your description....it s highly possible that the washroom fixture wiring was heat damaged by the 100 watt bulb (...the main reason for the max rating is to help avoid overheating in behind the fixture...and possible fire) Hopefully....the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights don't work in Master Ensuite, wattage bulb, lighting circuit
wattage bulb, lighting circuit, site upload: REPEAT QUESTION - (hit the send button twice..?) I ve copied my previous answer below in case it was a site upload/download error: Hi Alex, Based on your description....it s highly possible that the washroom fixture wiring was heat damaged...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights don't work in Master Ensuite, gfci outlet, qualified electrician
gfci outlet, qualified electrician, don beck: Hi Alex, It seems as if you checked all the obvious places for the problem. I assume you pushed the test button on the GFCI outlet and then the reset. Sometimes when they trip, the outlet looks like it s OK, but it isn t. Try pushing the test, and then...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights don't work, robert wilber, light fixtures
robert wilber, light fixtures, bad luck: * Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * Three lights that stop working at different times? Either very bad luck with fixtures [bad thermal protectors] or a bad splice at one of the fixtures, which gradually...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights don't work in Master Ensuite, recepticle, gfci
recepticle, gfci, loose connection: My first thought is to look for another GFCI recepticle. That is the number 1 cause of problems. Next, the switches to make sure all connections are still good. If one had a loose connection, the wattage could have caused it to fail. Depending on the time...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights and Fan not working?, gfis, hot wire
gfis, hot wire, bed and bath: Just part of a circuit and not half the house? If so you probably have a loose or open neutral most likely, maybe a hot wire, somewhere in the circuit. First turn your breaker completely off then back on. Tighten the connection on the breaker. If you knew...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights Flicker When Waterpump on roof runs, professional attitude, helpful solutions
professional attitude, helpful solutions, waterpump: Hello Dino. If you read some of the other answers, it sounds you may have a similar problem. Either the panel is inbalanced, or the utility service voltage is dropping when the pump energizes. If you are not comfortable opening the panel, and if you have never...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights Flickering, electrical breaker box, thanks in advance
electrical breaker box, thanks in advance, flicker: Hello Tina, breakers have a set of contact points in them that the current passes through to complete a circuit. When it trips, it opens these contacts. A buzzing or arcing breaker is not completely closing the contacts and should be replaced. It is a potential...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights Flickering, electrical breaker box, burn marks
electrical breaker box, burn marks, thanks in advance: Go back inside of your panel and try tightening all of your white wires as well. And any green if you have them. It sounds like you have a loose conection, either in the wiring, or as a last resort, the breaker itself where it connects with the panel buss....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights Flickering, electrical breaker box, electrical fire
electrical breaker box, electrical fire, electrical contractor: You need to get this checked by a licensed, bonded and insured electrical contractor as soon as possible. There is a SLIM potential that this could lead to an electrical fire. I always error on the side of safety and again urge you to contact a local electrical...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights Flickering, electrical breaker box, aluminum wire
electrical breaker box, aluminum wire, thanks in advance: Hi. If this happened to me, and I couldn t fix it right away, I would call an electrician. Arcing is very dangerous and can cause a fire. The kitchen lights and outlets should not be on the same circuit. I know since at least the 1960 s this is the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights Flickering, electrical breaker box, loose connection
electrical breaker box, loose connection, thanks in advance: Hi Tina. From your discription of the problem, it sounds like you have a loose connection where the breaker attaches to the energized buss. With the breaker in the off position, carefully remove the breaker. Look at where it attaches to the buss. If...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights Flickering, washing machine dryer, qualified electrician
washing machine dryer, qualified electrician, loose connection: Tina, When you say strongly I m assuming you mean that the lights alternately get very bright then dim when things like the washing machine, dryer, etc are running. What this most likely means is that there is a loose connection on the (neutral connection)...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights Flickering, amp circuit, washer motor
amp circuit, washer motor, washing machine: You will need to put the washing machine on its own dedicated 20 amp circuit to meet the code. If it is already on its own circuit you will probably need someone to come look at it as the motor is drawing to many amps for some reason. Or, that side of the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights Flickering, electrical breaker box, don beck
electrical breaker box, don beck, thanks in advance: Hi Tina, It sounds as if the problem is in the breaker panel since you can hear the arching. The problem doesn t appear to be the black wire on the breaker, but with the breaker itself. Most breakers snap into place when installed. This may have loosened...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights flicker when air conditioning goes on, electrical contractor, multiple times
electrical contractor, multiple times, electrician: Hi Rob, That really is quite common when a motorized load kicks in, A/C, refrigerator, furnace, etc., and not a easy problem to get rid of. I would assume the electrical contractor checked all your connections to make sure they are tight. If it is real bad...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights flicker as ANY appliance turns on, coffee pots, amp service
coffee pots, amp service, gfci outlets: Hi. Some flickering is normal. If one appliance only causes flickering, it may be defective. However, excessive flickering is usually caused by a loose main neutral wire in the main panel box or in the meter box (or somewhere out in the street.) You...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights flicker when dryer starts, loose wire, loose connections
loose wire, loose connections, fryer: Hi Heather, It sounds like a loose wire. If the fryer is close to the breaker panel, then I would suggest tightening the screws in the panel, both on the breakers and the neutral bar. If the dryer is in a another location, check the outlets and switches...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights flicker electrician says change BKR, amp load, shock hazard
amp load, shock hazard, load source: Hi Jim, Been working back to back 14+ hour days...have had NO spare time as of late...sorry for the delay - totally out of my hands. The electrician SHOULD have checked these connections for you...your symptoms are typical of a loose main....or...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights flicker and go out in half of house, qualified electrician, amp circuit
qualified electrician, amp circuit, check connections: Hi Kerry, It does sound like 1 of the main power connections is loose. These places of connections are: 1) Where the power company hits your house with their lines. 2) Where the main power lines attach to the top of the meter. 3) Where the main...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights flickering, proper test equipment, bathroom vanity
proper test equipment, bathroom vanity, intermittent connection: Start looking at the main power box. Sounds like a intermittent connection on one a neutral connection. Because it is ALL lights, it is probably some kind of volt drop, through a high resistance connection. It is also affecting other appliances, but the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights flickering in 5 yr old house, ceiling fan light, halogen bulbs
ceiling fan light, halogen bulbs, amp circuit: I am not at all surprised about the flickering as a hair dryer is being used. I would bet that the bathroom is on a 15 amp circuit, which is legal, but very inefficient. A 1500 watt hair dryer pulls 12.5 amps. You do the math on a 15 amp circuit. If I could...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights flickering/breaker sparking, osram sylvania, circuit breakers
osram sylvania, circuit breakers, lighting division: Hi Jim, Sorry for the delay.....we had shut down our systems this evening while we added two new computers to the network. Just now getting everything back up and online. I m not sure what you mean when you refer to the breakers having side clips...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights flickering constant, tight connections, incoming lines
tight connections, incoming lines, breakers: Try turning off the breaker that controls these lights and see what else is on this circuit. It may be some device on the circuit causing the problem. When you see what else is on the circuit, unplug these devices and see if the light problem is cured. If...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights flickering in new home, electrician check, light fan
electrician check, light fan, computer speakers: Hi Scott, If the pole mount transformer says 25 ...it is more then likely a 25 kVA sized unit. Is this ample for 4 seperate houses..? Possibly...but that also depends on the loads the other houses have..and if they are also up there...then this transformer...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights flickering and some not working at all., household electricity, wall plugs
household electricity, wall plugs, stove top: Hmmm, interesting. I would start checking all the breakers to make sure you have 120 volts coming out of them. Just be very careful inside the panel. Really hard to say what could be the problem since the stove works, and that is usually 240 volts which...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights flickering, tight connections, loose connections
tight connections, loose connections, flicker: Hello Tina. There may either be some loose connections or this circuit is overloaded. If you do not know someone who is comfortable opening the breaker panel, and if someone has never done this and worked in a live panel I do not recommend it, but the panel...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights/garage door, garage doors, circuit breaker panel
garage doors, circuit breaker panel, breakers: Hi Sharon, It could be any number of things, so let s check them 1 at a time until we locate the problem. Check the breakers in the circuit breaker panel. Turn each 1 off, then back to on. This makes sure they are all operating as they should. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights in home go out, electricians, blackout
electricians, blackout, flicker: One whole minute, and not just a flicker? And I take it, it s just your house, and not your neighbors. If you have a transformer on the pole behind your house, you can visually verify if there s just one drop from it and not others; a pad mounted transformer...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Can Lights - Installation price in OH, wire staples, bells and whistles
wire staples, bells and whistles, s sports: A quick trip to a Home Depot will tell you that a typical can light is around $12. Installation is, or should be $20. You can spend up to $40 on custom cans with all the bells and whistles. If you take into consideration, the wire runs, holes to drill,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights mysteriously work again., garage door opener, garage area
garage door opener, garage area, motion sensor: Hi Darren, Somewhere in that circuit there is a wire that is loose and is not always making contact. Since this is the garage area, I suspect the wire may be a device that is located in the garage, a switch, lite or outlet and the something like the garage...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights in new kitchen, inch legs, lighting manufacturers
inch legs, lighting manufacturers, task lighting: Lets do the easy one first. If there is a way to run a circuit where the swing arm light is located, the cord can be shortened or removed and the light mounted and hard wired. For the lighting, a dimmable flourescent would be best for the inside cabinet lights,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights and outlets dead one day then ok again, fuse panel, gfi outlet
fuse panel, gfi outlet, voltage tester: Hi Al, we need to cover several things: Double check all the breakers. Don t just look as that can be deceiving,turn each breaker off, 1 at a time, wait a few seconds then it turn it back to on. Sometimes breakers appear to be on but they aren t and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: No Lights & outlets working - Not the Breaker, garbage disposals, financial outlay
garbage disposals, financial outlay, electrical concerns: Hi. Yes, sometimes the breaker will not respond fast enough, and the wiring becomes damaged. I have a standard reply on how to find it, but if you read my reply to her, you have probably already seen it. You can try to locate the problem. Garbage disposals...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights/outlets not working in one bath but ok in the other, outlet boxes, light boxes
outlet boxes, light boxes, happy hunting: Hi Sherri, To fix the problem is easy, to find it is the difficult part. I suspect there is a loose wire in one of the devices that quit working. You will need to open up each one and check the wires to make sure they are all connected tightly. These...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights and Recepticles Gone Dead, amp circuits, dining room lights
amp circuits, dining room lights, wirenuts: Hi. All an open neutral means is that a white wire is not connected somewhere. One common problem, is that the push in terminals (rather than screwing it on) on the outlets and switches frequently go bad. You may have a bad outlet somewhere. You should...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights randomly click when turned off, watt light bulbs, florescent bulbs
watt light bulbs, florescent bulbs, electrical engineer: Hi Craig, If the power source comes to the switch 1st, I would remove the switch and not connect the wires and see if this solves the problem. If it does, I d replace the switch as there may be a leakage thru the switch, just enough to try and get the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights start out dim, wire nut, neutral wire
wire nut, neutral wire, switch boxes: Hi Deborah, in one of the outlets or in one of the lights on that breaker thee is a loose neutral wire (white).It s an easy fix, but sometimes hard to find. Each device will need to be checked for this loose wire. If you outlets and switches are connected...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights still dim after electrical upgrade to 150amp - enough ?, hurricane wilma, fuse box
hurricane wilma, fuse box, light bulbs: I don t think a 200 amp service is called for. I d have the electrician tighten all your motor feeders and connections and rebalance your panel. A momentary flicker of lights is common, but sometimes cannot be totally eliminated, when a motor load kicks on....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights stopped working, gfci outlet, light bulbs
gfci outlet, light bulbs, loose wire: Hi. Garage and outside outlets are required to be on GFCIs. The lights are not required to be on GFCIs, but maybe they are anyway. Check all bathrooms, basement, garage and outside for an outlet that has a test and reset button. Push the reset button....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights thru out house flash when use electric saw, local power company, hot wire
local power company, hot wire, loose connection: Hi Maurice, Yes, it sounds like you have a loose connection. If your only finding low voltage and not high voltage, it is likely a hot wire in the panel but check them all. If you don t find one loose have your local power company check their connections....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights turn off and on by itself, halogen light, halogen lamp
halogen light, halogen lamp, visible issues: HJ, It sounds like you had a halogen lamp in there that exceeded the wattage output of the transformer thus making it overheat and trip its thermal device making the lights go on and off. If you look closely at the fixture it should say what the maximum...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights turn off and on by itself, halogen light, hologen
halogen light, hologen, visible issues: That would also make sense. A transformer has a heat sensitive switch built into it, the same as a ballast and when it overheats it will cut off, cool down and come back on. It was a defective transformer from the factory. Glad you were able to correct it....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights turning themselves on.., home improvement center, dining room chandelier
home improvement center, dining room chandelier, don beck: Hi Michael, The problem has to be in the dimmer switch. I would replace it. Sometimes when you turn the dimmer off, it just goes to a zero position and it can tend to drift back to the a low-on position. A good dimmer that will hold it s position can...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights/wiring, qualified electrician, meter box
qualified electrician, meter box, fridge: Louis, when lights brighten, it is indicative of a poor or ineffective neutral in your power supply. It could be in your breaker box, in the meter box or at the power company transformer. Call your power company and explain that your lights get brighter...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights won't TURN OFF, flood lamps, 3 way switches
flood lamps, 3 way switches, amp breaker: Leviton makes good products, but like everything else, there are Pinto s and there are Cadillac s. If you re pulling 520 watts on a 600 watt dimmer, I d expect the fins to get hot. Not so hot that you could nt touch them, or so hot that they d discolored the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights won't turn off, don beck, wall sconces
don beck, wall sconces, jbox: Hi Paul, If the old dimmer worked fine before giving out and taking the wires off the dimmer still kept the lights on; it indicates that the 2 wires that go onto the dimmer are touching each other somewhere. If both wires that go onto the dimmer are black...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights not working in 1 year old house, upstairs and downstairs, gfci
upstairs and downstairs, gfci, bonus room: In rare occasions, this circuit is put on a GFCI recepticle. It is not a good thing. If you can locate every recepticle in the house...you might find a GFCI recepticle that is tripped and it will turn on the lights. The worst case, is that a junction box...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights, wattage bulb, watt lamps
wattage bulb, watt lamps, continuity tester: Hi Rich, Thanks for following up... The light blew the breaker because most 3-way lamp sockets are intended ONLY for use with a 3 way bulb....the lamp shell on a 3-way bulb is designed to have multiple contact points when you screw it into the lamp...that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ligthing damage to transformer, lighting bolt, invisible fence
lighting bolt, invisible fence, fence installation: Hi Len, Based on your decription.....can I assume you are referring to an invisible fence designed to help retain pets..? If so - there is not a lot of call for one in my area....we have a mandatory leash law here within city limits (strongly enforced...you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Liguid tight cable repair, cable repair, integrety
cable repair, integrety, continuity: The metal jacket provides electricial continuity, mechanical as well, in this circuit and should be continuous, without breaks. I don t know the extent that the cable is damaged, or why you don t want to simply replace it, but might it be possible to bond...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: In Line Fan, fan location, wire nut
fan location, wire nut, hi chris: Hi Chris, These fans are designed to be hard wired, not plugged in. If you have attic access, you may be able to fish a wire down the wall from the fan location to the switch for the light, and change the switch to a dual single pole. It is 2 switches,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Line splice found in wall, accessibility issue, sore thumb
accessibility issue, sore thumb, condition thanks: Loren, It actually is for both reasons. 25% safety. If the wires should come apart and arc they could catch the surround wood or insulation on fire since the arc is exposed...(not really likely). 75% accessibility, should you ever need to work on the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Line voltage when circuit break off, voltage meter, recepticles
voltage meter, recepticles, line voltage: Hi Tony. When using a small voltmeter, you may see some residual or induced voltages. A better test to see if the circuit is dead is to hook up a load to it. The new grounding rules have nothing to do with this, however. I hope this has helped. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Line voltage thermostat wiring, line voltage thermostat, thermostat wiring
line voltage thermostat, thermostat wiring, electric baseboard: The L1, L2 to me mean your switch is 240 volt, and if I was to guess, I d hook up the incoming power wire to L1, the outgoing load wire to T1, and mate both my line and load nuetrals. The switch would become a simple switch. I don t believe you d want to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Line voltage thermostat, line voltage thermostat, oil furnace
line voltage thermostat, oil furnace, voltage wires: From what I gather off of LUX s web site, reversing the wires could leave you in a situation where power is supplied to the heater (or load) even with the switch off. The load could energize if a short or ground (such as a technician working on the unit) were...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Little Power at Receptacles, maximum amperage, christmas light
maximum amperage, christmas light, light strings: Hi Dave, I m wondering what the distance is of these lights from the panel. And also how many chains of lights you have. I think 4 chains is the limit on a 15A circuit. But this depends on how many bulbs, wattage of bulbs, ect. Well before...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Live Circuit but no power in a room, wiring switches, circuit breakers
wiring switches, circuit breakers, room shares: Holy cow...I m sorry I asked.. But, we ll try and work thru this. However, I need to take it slowly so I can keep a mental picture. You have a 3 gang box on the wall. 1 switch for the a fan lit, 1 switch for the fan and 1 switch for other lites. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Live, open switch box in drywall, bob osgood, master electrician
bob osgood, master electrician, wire nuts: Hi Ernie, You are absolutely correct...electrical boxes (other then low-voltage or signal/comm boxes ...such as cable or phone)are required to be enclosed on ALL 4 sides to protect the wiring and the user from accidental contact of live wiring. Based...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Live wire, ground wire, lightswitch, hot wire
lightswitch, hot wire, live wire: Hi. Both black wires have to connect to something. One is the power coming in, the other is the power going out to the light. The ground is just a safety device. If there are only two wires in the box plus the ground, then the black dimmer wire goes...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Living Room Lighting ?, living room lighting, lighting stores
living room lighting, lighting stores, watt bulbs: Hello Paul. That is really a totally preferential decision. It depends on how the room will be used, and the amount of light desired. A single light would be plenty of light for me, but I like low ambient lighting. I have 25 watt bulbs in two lamps on opposite...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Living room light switchs get hot, halogen light, light switches
halogen light, light switches, bulbs: Hi. Are these switches or dimmers? It is normal for dimmers to get warm, but not switches. The switches should be rated for 15 amps, so it should be overloaded. If they are dimmers be sure they are not overloaded. Usually if you use dimmers next to each...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: LOW VOLTAGE, aluminum wiring, wirenuts
aluminum wiring, wirenuts, voltage meters: Hi. In my opinion, voltage meters are useless in home wiring. You either have 110 or 220 volts. Any other reading is just feedback. Feedback happens when the electricity goes through an appliance or light but can not complete the entire circuit. I am...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Load center for attached garage, direct burial cable, amp breaker
direct burial cable, amp breaker, underground section: Hi Don. You can t use direct burial cable except when direcly buried. You could run it in your underground section, and run regular cable in the other locations. splice in an approved junction box, and protect where necessary. You could use single conductors...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Load center capacity, laundry loads, amp service
laundry loads, amp service, electrical loads: Hi Robert, Just getting back in... Yes...your correct in stating the 60 amp service panel is small...it s below the Code minimum size of 100 amps....despite the size of the dwelling. Today s electrical loads simply demand a minimum of 100 amp service....once...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Load center, amp breaker, frig
amp breaker, frig, gfci: I hope I can keep this simple enough for you. After learning the code book...I can get carried away. Your dryer requires a 30 amp breaker because it may pull just over 22 amps. (each leg) 110/110. The washer/microwave/frig are the other load. If you indeed...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Load centers, robert wilber, national electrical code
robert wilber, national electrical code, neutral conductor: - * Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * I believe what you are describing [20/20, 20/30, 20/24] is the number of circuits the loadcenter is rated to contain. The leading 20, in all cases, would indicate...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Load limits, amp breaker, amp circuit
amp breaker, amp circuit, light switch: Hi Steve. To find out what the load will be, just add up the watts. 70 +70+70+70+160= 440watts. 440 / 120 = 3.67 amps. A 15 amp breaker will handle 1800 watts (if used less than 3 hours, if more, derate that by 80%, or 1800 X .8 = 1440 watts. For...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Loading 200amp service panels, breakes, breakers
breakes, breakers, amp: Hi Kathi. Yes you can any number of breakers, regardless of breaker amp total. The code has a limit of 42 breakers in a panel, so you can t go over this number, and some manufacturers make it impossible to install more that that, by requiring that you use...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Loading on a 20amp 120V circuit, 3 way switches, convenience outlets
3 way switches, convenience outlets, amp circuit: Hi Brian. For residences, there is no limit placed on this type of circuit. For commercial you are limited to 180va per device. If you were to use this figure, then 10 devices (4+4+2) times 180va = 1800va. A 20amp breaker will handle 80% (or 16amp) for...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Local Electrical Codes, local city, electrical wiring
local city, electrical wiring, electrician: Hi Randy. Some areas do allow homeowners to pull their own permit, and do the wiring. usually there is some type of form to fill out, and possibly a test to show how handy a person is in electricity. check with the local inspector to see what they will...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Locating a break in residential wiring, grass valley ca, circuit tracers
grass valley ca, circuit tracers, aluminum wire: Good show Roger..........by the way you can have two separate 2 wire circuits share a common neutral. In other words if you had two 14-2 cables you could connect them both to a 14-3 cable where the white wires from all 3 cables would be joined together. This...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Location Of Switch, zing ear, radio shack
zing ear, radio shack, sitches: Robert, Not knowing Hampton Bay, I have limited specific information. Is this the pull chain switch? If it is the pull chain type ratchet switch, I would think that any switch with multi position pull chain would work. Or there is a retro kit on...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Location of switches/outlets, gas cooktop, garbage disposal
gas cooktop, garbage disposal, 2 steps: Afternoon Mike, Sorry, no code protects you on either issue. Its mainly common sense. I would mention these issues to your electrician and have him correct them for you. Hopefully your still in the rough in phase. If your...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Long delay in switching on light to light turning on, bathroom lights, fire hazard
bathroom lights, fire hazard, electrician: Hi Jan, I doubt that it s a fire hazard and if she is at all handy probably doesn t need an electrician. It sounds like the mechanical part of the switch is giving out. Purchase and install a new single pole switch and I m fairly certain the problem...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Long Electrical Run, irrigation controller, feeder cable
irrigation controller, feeder cable, guage wire: Do utilize the FULL 20 amps, you d need 8 guage wire. Probably UF (underground feeder) cable if you re directly burying it, THHN/THWN if you re putting it in pipe. Does your irrigation controller really need 20 amps? There should be a nameplate amp rating...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Long run to our RV unit, rv unit, voltage drop
rv unit, voltage drop, volts: Hi Susan, The electric code requires #10 CU for a 30A circuit, however for that length I would use at least #8 CU or #6 AL at 30A this will give you about a 6-7 volt loss which should fall with-in limits of most equipment you would be using. If you go to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Long service run to an outbuilding, overhead wire, outbuilding
overhead wire, outbuilding, traffic areas: Joel How far away are you from the well power?First of all if you run that wire make sure you run 240 volts you can reduce the wire size better than 120 volts.In some case you can buy overhead wire cheaper than under ground you would have to set a few poles...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Looking to disconnect unused switch, electrician, feeder
electrician, feeder: You will have to trace the feeder wire to the switch and disconnect it where it is receiving power. You can turn off one breaker at a time if you do not know which circuit it is controlled by and note the devices that each breaker cuts off and check these...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Looking for fatal flaw feedback, bench grinder, amp breaker
bench grinder, amp breaker, aluminum wire: Hi Jeff, * # 2 ga wire is bigger than needed, not a code viloltion. * Neutral coming from main panel goes onto the neutral bar that does NOT have the bonding screws * Another ground bar needs to be installed in the sub panel and the ground wires to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Loose electrical outlet, screw hole, trade tip
screw hole, trade tip, j box: Feryal: I ll Give you my trick of the trade tip . Go to the hardware store and buy a plastic 3/8 dia. water supply tube about 1 foot long or better. They about 2 dollars. Remove the outlet, take the small end and touch the j-box were the screw hole is the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Loose electrical outlets, arc fault circuit interrupters, arc fault breakers
arc fault circuit interrupters, arc fault breakers, loose boxes: Hi Heidi, Loose wall boxes or outlets are just, that loose. Once they are tightened up there should be no problem and being loose will not cause a problem with a breaker not working properly. If the outlets were a problem, the breaker would trip. Replacing...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Loose Neutral?, circuit breakers, recepticles
circuit breakers, recepticles, frig: Check all your circuit breakers. Resetting them sometimes helps. Some do go bad and will only put out limited voltage. Dont assume...verify. Get a cheap voltmeter and test each breaker. Test all recepticles..for low voltage. It can be a bad connection,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Loose Neutral Problem cause of electrical ?, sympatico ca, true rms
sympatico ca, true rms, wire nuts: Hi. I still believe that the problem is caused by a loose neutral. You should either try to find it, or get an electrician. These are not easy to find, and an electrician has better testing equipment and more experience to find the problem. I hope...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Loose neutral ?, electrical supplier, light bulbs
electrical supplier, light bulbs, oven control: It does sound like a bad joint on your neutral, and I d have a look at how the circuit is run from main panel to your kitchen subpanel. Four wires? All wires tight on thier respective terminals? Short of tightening all your joints, I d let another contractor...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Loose or poor fitting receptacle, face plate, receptacle
face plate, receptacle, drywall: Hi Anthony, It sounds like the ears located on the top and bottom of outlet are missing. These ears are designed to go up against the drywall as you tighten down the outlet and this makes the outlet set up firmly. You may need to replace the outlet...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Loose receptacle, light fixture, receptacle
light fixture, receptacle, guess: ahhhh, my guess is it s a metal junction box, if you can take the box out of the wall you can replace the junction box with one that can screw into sorrounding material, if the box is palstic i would simpliy set a screw from the side of the box inside...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Loose wiring connection somewhere in wall, digital multimeter, wire splice
digital multimeter, wire splice, junction boxes: Just so you know....I have done remodel work where there was a wire splice...in a wall...not in a box. That said, the law requires all splices and junctions to be in an accessible box. If you havent done so...take all switches and all receptacles out and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Loosing power one side of our house, circuit breakers, loose wires
circuit breakers, loose wires, gfci: Hi. Outside outlets not working are almost always cused by a tripped GFCI. One GFCI can control outlets throughout the house, so look in the garage, basement, outside, and all bathrooms. Look for an outlet with a test and reset button. If you lost...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Losing power on three different circuits, kitchen pantry, circuit breakers
kitchen pantry, circuit breakers, wall outlets: Ken, you re on the right track. These breakers all have something in common. The problem is almost certainly in the breaker box. While I ve never encountered a cracked neutral bus, it s possible I suppose and would create the same kind of situation. Check...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Loss of 110V, wirenuts, wiggy
wirenuts, wiggy, receptacles: Hi. Yes, it sounds like you lost your neutral. One problem is the push in holes in the back of the outlets. If the wires are pushed in, you should screw them into the sides. Don t forget to check the ones that are working, because it could be the wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Loss of Electric in part of mobile home, gfci receptacle, volt service
gfci receptacle, volt service, logical pattern: Hi Paula, Just getting back in....been one LONG day... Based on your description...and without detailed electrical testing...there are several possible causes for your scenario.. 1). You may have lost one leg of your incoming 240 volt service...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Loss of electrical circuit, neutral wire, electrical circuit
neutral wire, electrical circuit, gfci: Hi Steve, How are you measuring the 120V reading you are getting? If any of the lights or receptacles on the circuit are working, check the connections in the last one that works and the first one that doesn t work. If you have a GFCI on the circuit check...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Loss of partial power to outlets, gfci outlet, wire nuts
gfci outlet, wire nuts, blow dryer: The problem sounds like a loose connection. When current flows through a wire, it generates heat. Heat causes expansion. A loose connection will expand to the point where it s making little, or no contact. Once everything cools down, the connection re-establishes...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Loss of power in a circuit, wire nuts, faulty circuit
wire nuts, faulty circuit, strange readings: Hi. Strange readings are usually caused by feedback. Feedback is usually caused by a disconnected neutral (white) wire. These things can be hard to track down. Somewhere in the circuit, there is a break. It could even be at a device that is working,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Loss of power in detached gaage, tripped breakers, neutral wire
tripped breakers, neutral wire, loose wire: Hi Paul, If everything is dead in the garage, then it s 1 of two things: 1) Even though you checked the breakers, try it again. Sometimes when breakers trip, they look like they are on, but aren t. so, shut off the breaker that feeds the sub panel,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Loss of power in one home circuit, don beck, curling iron
don beck, curling iron, gfi outlet: Hi Randy, My best guess is that somewhere in this circuit there is a GFI outlet that has tripped. These outlets look like regular outlets except they have 2 tabs in the center. These tabs act like a circuit breaker. To reset, push in the tab. GFI outlets...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lost Electric in just one room, wire nuts, fuses
wire nuts, fuses, switches: Hi. These things can be hard to track down. Somewhere in the circuit, there is a break. It could even be at a device that is working, because it could be the wire leaving the working device that is not working. Check all outlets, switches, and lights....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lost Neutral, multi tester, neutral wire
multi tester, neutral wire, hot wire: You definitely seem to have a loose neutral wire somewhere. where the bad connection may be is the million dollar question. I would start with opening up the non working plugs and inspecting the wiring and looking for any burned or loose connections. then...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lost Power to Half the House, local power company, fuse box
local power company, fuse box, loose connection: Hi Scott, Sounds like you may have a loose connection, either in your fuse box or outside. If you don t see any problems in your fuse box or the outside disconnect I would recommend you call your local power company and have them check their connections....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lost Power in Two Rooms, circuit breakers, wores
circuit breakers, wores, apparent damage: First guess would be a bad breaker. With all breakers off remove the panel cover. Turn on only the MAIN and the breakers in question and with a voltmeter see if you have 120 volts out. If so your going to have to check each connection and see if you kind...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lost Power, fuse box, circuit breakers
fuse box, circuit breakers, voltage tester: With tester, make sure this power on every wire that is connected to all the fuses. With the fuse backed out of the circuit that controls the switches you replaced, mark down everything that is no off, lights outlets etc. so we know every device that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lost power to ceiling lights, finished room, volt meter
finished room, volt meter, ceiling lights: Randall, Check the switch again, if you put the prods of the volt meter on both screws of the switch you wouldn t necessarily get a reading if the power was on and the switch was in the ON position. If it was in the OFF position with power present...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lost power in my Living Room..., fuse panel, fuse box
fuse panel, fuse box, wire nut: Hi Tom, That price sounds pretty high to me, but I am not familiar with the cost of labor and materials in your area. would get at least 2 more estimates from electrical contractors and see if they are all in the same range. For 250.00 more, I...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lost power in my living room, circuit breakers, neutral wire
circuit breakers, neutral wire, reset buttons: Hi Again, Then 1st thing to look for is a tripped breaker. This is important because a breaker can be tripped, but it doesn t look like it a when it trips, it goes to a neutral position, not to an off position. To reset a breaker that has tripped, you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lost power in parts of the house, bathrooms and kitchens, digital multimeter
bathrooms and kitchens, digital multimeter, circuit breakers: The ones with 8 volts, hot-ground, indicate a loose/broken neutral connection, but it s what s supplying the receptacle that is the culprit. Now, this could either be a breakdown in a good receptacle that is working properly but not letting voltage leave to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lost power in room, wire nuts, wire bundles
wire nuts, wire bundles, neutral wire: Hi Bo, You have a loose neutral wire (white) somewhere in the circuit. It could be in any of the switches or outlets, even the ones that are working that are on that circuit. If the connections in the devices are the stab in type, that go into the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lost power in one room, gfci receptacle, professional electrician
gfci receptacle, professional electrician, room 2d: First I would report this person to your local building commission as he is gonna get someone killed. Then hire a professional electrician to come in and fix then damage he has done. After that sue him for all of the money he has cost you to have it done...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: "Lost" Receptacle, stud finder, electrical boxes
stud finder, electrical boxes, phone jacks: Check the other phone jacks and tv jacks in the home. Measure there height from the floor. We can assume they were installed at the height. you stud finder can locate the the nails in the studs that hold the drywall. so with this info, you will get...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Loud buzzing sound, home security alarm, gfci receptacles
home security alarm, gfci receptacles, power losses: Hi Maria This sound may be coming from a light switch dimmer, if you have one. It may be time to change it out to a new one. Or, it could be coming from any of the GFCI receptacles you have in your home. These are the type with a test and reset button...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Loud click sometimes when turning on switch, compact flourescent lamps, transient problem
compact flourescent lamps, transient problem, switch boxes: Hi Jay, The sound could be a mechanical thing in a switch where the spring is getting hung and snapping into position, annoying, but not a danger. It could also be a sign of arching. which could be a hazard. It would pay to make it a family project and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Low A/C voltage at home/garage outlet, loose connection, home garage
loose connection, home garage, voltage drop: If this is a dedicated outlet, I d suggest looking at tightening the connections on the breaker, the neutral buss and the outlet itself. Never heard of this, but maybe changing the outlet too. A loose connection is causing a voltage drop once current starts...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Low generator output, c bs, speed engine
c bs, speed engine, voltage regulator: It started having issues with higher loads, higher than before or just not doing what it used to do? Make sure the higher loads are not trying be energized with smaller loads that may have been added. Or are there mechanical binds in the driven higher...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Low Line Voltage at Service Panel, bob osgood, master electrician
bob osgood, master electrician, 220v appliances: Hi Rusty, Just getting back in from a family trip... Yes...based on your voltage findings...I agree this does sound like a utility problem....especially where you say you get this low voltage reading on one of the legs at the main panel incoming...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Low power to switch, new chandelier, pig tail
new chandelier, pig tail, thanksgiving dinner: Diane, The cable going down instead of up just means that when the wiring was originally installed they just brought that particular cable into the bottom of the box probably because the openings on top of the box were already filled or there was some other...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Low Volatge Wiring of Condensate Pump, voltage connections, voltage source
voltage connections, voltage source, c unit: I m born and bread hear, ( Spelling intentional ) so be careful. There is no such thing as a stupid question. As far as I am concerned, Bill Gates is just a man just as we are, he just had a good idea and was at the right place at the perfect time. The reason...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Low Voltage, lighting fixture, incoming power
lighting fixture, incoming power, wire terminal: Hi Andres, Based on your description...you could have several possible causes for the readings and light fixture operation....or depending on where you took these readings...the readings may actually be normal. It sounds like you are referring to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Low Voltage, amp service, ceiling lights
amp service, ceiling lights, electric stove: Hi Mike, The good news is, it should be a simple fix. The bad news is, I would not attempt the fix yourself. It sounds as if the problem is in the main power lines and it could be anywhere between the power companies transformer and the main entry...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Low Voltage on 3 Way Switch, 3 way switches, zero volts
3 way switches, zero volts, lighting company: Well, heck. Bleed through is so common these days I don t know of any other thing other than to completely do away with the 3 way and go to regular switches. Those shouldn t have any bleed through. Perhaps contacting the switch manufacturer directly will...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Low Voltage damage, voltage converters, voltage sensors
voltage converters, voltage sensors, heat coil: I used motors as a quick example and NO LOW VOLTAGE DOES NOT MEAN THEY WILL SIMPLY NOT RUN. Motors are all different, but when voltage is applied, magnetic fields are created, the magnetic fields don t they are electrical. The magnets are going to oppose...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Low Voltage exterior lights, kva transformer, amp battery
kva transformer, amp battery, gauge wire: It will not affect the lighting system. I have had a 100 kva transformer for the controls of a building for over 15 years. There are four thermostats and several relays that together do not need more than 35 kva, but this transformer was left over from the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Low Voltage Home Electrical System, low voltage system, amp service
low voltage system, amp service, new appliances: Hi. I was only 3 when the house was built, and I have never seen the low voltage system. However, it is my understanding that it was a relay system. In any case, the voltage and other ratings of appliances and bulbs have not changed over the years,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Low Voltage house home system, low voltage system, robert wilber
low voltage system, robert wilber, extension chords: * Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * Gee, Ed Whole-house low voltage control system I bet they HAVEN T seen anything like this before! Err .... you didn t happen to be clever enough to make a diagram...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Low Voltage inside Home, amp circuits, amp service
amp circuits, amp service, decent load: Hi Chris, From what you have told me, your home must be fairly new. This being the case, I m sure it is wired according to the electrical code. I agree with you, in that the power feeding your home isn t what it should be. The power company probably...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Low Voltage Lighting, low voltage lighting, continuity test
low voltage lighting, continuity test, lighting load: Hi Danny, Just getting back in...long day here. As I m sure your aware....your 120 run creates substantial voltage drop...and as voltage drops - current rises...increasing overall wattage absorbed by the circuit significantly. You didn t state...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Low Voltage on Neutral Conductor, neutral conductor, txstate edu
neutral conductor, txstate edu, feed source: Well I d have to say you probably have a wire loose somewhere, and you just changed the switch for the experience. Lights and switch operating in the morning, but not in the afternoon, I d check your fixtures and see if something didn t come loose, or burn...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Low Voltage Outdoor Lighting Design, outdoor lighting system, low voltage outdoor lighting
outdoor lighting system, low voltage outdoor lighting, handbook article: Hi Ron. You might try the website of the manufacturer of the equipment you have. I recently saw an episode on the DIY channel about this type of work, so you might try the DIY channel website. You might also try www.selfhelpandmore.com to see if they...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Low Voltage Readings effecting equipment, voltage readings, computer failure
voltage readings, computer failure, insurance purposes: Howard, 95 to 96 volts on a 115/120 residential or commercial circuit is too low. I can t say it created any kin of problem unless I looked at the failed component, but more than likely it did. Way to low for a computer. Is this at all times of...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Low Voltage (sag) & Appliance Damage, gage wire, premature failure
gage wire, premature failure, major appliances: Hi Geno A 30 amp feed for the whole house is extremely underwired. Your major appliances will be affected by this, over time.(Refg, A/C etc). A minimum of 100 amps should be available in all homes, and this is still pretty borderline for all the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Low Voltage timer (for walkway lights) question, e mail address, lead metal
e mail address, lead metal, metal wires: Hello again Andy, As far as detemining how hot something can get.. the only way to get a value for that would be to follow the manu. specs. I mean if you got a unit rated at 300w and your load is say 250w. Then you are well within range. This transformer...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Low Voltage Under Cabinet Puck Lights, low voltage puck lights, loose connection
low voltage puck lights, loose connection, few days: As inexpensive as a transformer is, I would try this first as it could very well cause this problem. If the transformer does not repair it, look for a loose connection. A connection may be heating up after energizing and not making a good circuit. Thanks ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Low Voltage Undercabinets, switch box, wall switch
switch box, wall switch, power source: Hi David, This will work, but getting the wire to the switch my be somewhat of a problem. If you can get the wire into the switch box AND the switch box contains 2 black wires attached to the switch, and 2 white wires connected to each other, that box...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Low-Voltage Walkway Lights (timer question), watt unit, tpws
watt unit, tpws, lead metal: First off, the transformer is a maximum of 300 watt output. It will power one bulb just fine. It is sending a maximum voltage and that is what the bulb cares about. Yes #12 wires is the recommended wire for the low volt systems. It is a standard for compliance....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Low Voltage Wire Size, nec manual, coil resistance
nec manual, coil resistance, size questions: Hello George. First, there must be a site with a wire chart, but I have never researched it as I have my NEC manual. You do not say how many conductors you need to run this distance, but the simplest thing would be to visit an a/c supply outlet and purchase...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Low Voltage Wiring / Connection, low voltage cable, low voltage wiring
low voltage cable, low voltage wiring, copper connection: Hi Bill, there are wire splice kits available at your home center. Just spice a wire between the the wires that are there. In these types of lights, there is no color coding. Either light wire can go to either power wire. It doesn t make any difference....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Low Voltage Wiring, low voltage wiring, location id
low voltage wiring, location id, single box: The first thing to determine is what voltage the old system was operating this light at. Most systems utilize a circuit board with a transformer that changes the voltage to a DC current. Once this is determined, you can apply this voltage to the light to see...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Low Voltage, electrical switches, loose connection
electrical switches, loose connection, power wires: Is the dryer 120 or 240? If it s 240, then I d suspect you have a problem in one half of your service..i.e., one phase of power is going out becasue of a loose connection somewhere, or a bad device not letting the power through. But you indicated only one...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Low volt to outlet, amp fuse, loose connection
amp fuse, loose connection, volts: Hello Andrew. This will be somewhat of a time consuming problem, but you will have to start at the breaker for this circuit. Be sure you have 120 volts leaving the breaker and that the wire connection on the breaker is tight, and that the corrosponding neutral...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Can Low voltage affect my television, acceptable voltage, tv tube
acceptable voltage, tv tube, voltage drop: It is on the low end, but almost every electric device is designed for a voltage tolorance, high and low. I have seen 110 - 142 volts. You may be able to check with the manufacturer to see what is the lowest acceptable voltage and to protect other equipment,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Low voltage on one circuit, terminal screws, wire nut
terminal screws, wire nut, loose wire: Hello Kevin, this usually is an indication of a broken neutral somewhere in the circuit. I would start at the panel, be sure the neutral for this circuit is tight in the panel, check the voltage at this point between the outlet of the breaker and this neutral....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Low voltage connection, vdc, low voltage
vdc, low voltage, amps: No it should do no harm and the modem should run at the 10 vdc, unless it is a modem that is rated right on the very edge. Most have room either direction up or down, and the 900 versus 800 is only capacity no effect on the actual amps, the load [modem in...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Low voltage dimmers, low voltage system, voltage switches
low voltage system, voltage switches, lighting store: Switches and dimmers are rated for the appliance they are used for. It may require taking some light fixtures to a lighting store to get a matching assembly. That is the trouble with Low volt changeouts. You leave conventional behind....everything is special...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Low voltage flickering, white paint, exact type
white paint, exact type, j cook: Kevin, I am sorry but I am not familiar with this particular switch. I would suggest contacting the manufacturer and explain the exact type of lighting you are controlling with this switch, and they should have tech support that can assist. Sorry I could not...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Low voltage landscape lighting, malibu landscape lighting, photoelectric sensor
malibu landscape lighting, photoelectric sensor, ac voltage: My only comment is that it would be more expensive to switch the DC voltage on your lights, than it would be to switch the AC voltage from the source. A regular light switch is only rated for AC voltage, so you d need a more expensive switch rated for the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Low voltage light, low voltage system, accent lighting
low voltage system, accent lighting, watt bulbs: Yes, this is an excellent choice for the lighting you are proposing. One thing to keep in mind is the total wattageg. Amperage is determined by a formula of watts divided by volts = amps. Seven 30 watt bulbs will overload a 15 amp circuit. 7 x 30 = 210 Divided...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Low voltage lights-what gauge wire?, awg 14, halogen lamps
awg 14, halogen lamps, low voltage lights: There is a formula for determining this: Total Watts, divided by volts = amps. Conductors are based on amp draw. Total Watts = 7x20 = 140 Watts Divided by 12 volts = 11.67 11.67 amps and a #14 wire must be fused at no more than 15 amps, so the first installer...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Low voltage / neutral missing?, wire nuts, neutral wire
wire nuts, neutral wire, volt meter: Hi. Most likely you have a broken white (neutral) wire somewhere in the circuit. Check everything on the circuit. Sometimes when the wires are pushed into the backs of the outlets, the springs fail, so either use a tester or just move the wires to the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Low voltage at outlets, recepticle, low voltage
recepticle, low voltage, volts: Try to trace out the entire circuit. If you can find the first box the circuit enters from the breaker, then trace the circuit, box, by box, you will find the answer. A loose connnection, a bad recepticle/switch, broken wire. It normally relates to a bad...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Low voltage reading in middle of run switch, ceiling fan light, replacing a ceiling fan
ceiling fan light, replacing a ceiling fan, ground wires: Mike, Let me make sure I understand your situation.. You had a fan/lite in the ceiling. The fan was controlled by pullchain only, and the light was controlled by the wall switch...correct? According to your description, the ceiling box would have...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Low voltage on one receptacle, robert wilber, loose screw
robert wilber, loose screw, little holes: Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * LIFE SAFETY WARNING! [disclaimer] Electricity is dangerous! You can be injured or killed! Improper installations can cause fire, injury and death! Should you be doing...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Low voltage, digital meter, tone generator
digital meter, tone generator, low voltage: More likely you have an open not a short . The main culprit would be a broken wire. Are you measuring at the terminals at the back of the outlet, or in the front of the outlet? You could have a bad outlet. The lack of tone could be interference...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lamp cord requirement for 6 bulb chandelier, new chandelier, gauge wire
new chandelier, gauge wire, chainlinks: Hi. You should be Ok with 18 gauge wire. My only concern is that when you rewire the light, it may lose its UL certification. You are definitely OK wattage-wise. You also have to be aware of heat from the bulbs damaging the wiring, so make sure it does...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lamp repair, thay, salvage
thay, salvage, nuts: Hi Kim, Almost every lamp is different in it s construction. I have found that the best way to salvage a lamp thay has loose parts, is to take the whoe thing apart. Some have a hollow rod that goes from the base of the lamp all the way to the bulb...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lamp rewiring, bob osgood, correct polarity
bob osgood, correct polarity, silver screw: Hi Melanie, Just getting back in...long day at work.. Based on your description...and the fact you mentioned polarized plugs....I take it you re rewiring lamps..? With most light fixtures - and especially those that use standard incandescent...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lamp trips circuit breaker, wattage bulb, wire connections
wattage bulb, wire connections, loose wire: Hi Carl, plugging a lamp in when it is turned on should not give you a spark unless the lamp has several bulbs or a high wattage bulb. I suspect there is a loose wire in the outlet. Shutdown the breaker for the outlet and take a look at the wire connections...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lamp wires, lamp wires, lamp cord
lamp wires, lamp cord, standard lamp: Hi. I ve seen it both ways. If you can look where the wire enters the socket, the wire that goes to the bottom contact of the socket is the black, the wire that goes to the side contact is white. If you can t tell, then you can possibly use a continuity...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lamppost wire gauge, long run, direct burial cable, gauge wire
direct burial cable, gauge wire, wire gauge: If at all possible, the wire size should be the same, but you have to do what you have to do, and some things just can t be done. The most important thing, since the main feed wire is 14 gauge, is to make sure this system is on a 15 amp breaker. Don...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: larger a/c unit thru wall, guage wire, amp plug
guage wire, amp plug, c unit: Hi Gary, The amps while running is well within range, but it is the startup that may be too much for the breaker. The unit will draw a lot more amps when first turned on then when it is running. I would think if they manufacturer out a 30 amp plug...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: leakage voltages?, zero volts, 240v mains
zero volts, 240v mains, volt light: Derek, Is this a 240 volt light? Check voltage across the light fixture with the wire disconnected at the switch. Do you get a voltage reading? If this is a 240 volt light and you get 30 volts reading across this usually means that you have a partially...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: One leg on 3-wire service down intermittently, voltage readings, intermittent problem
voltage readings, intermittent problem, 3v: Hi Dan, Stopped by the shop for lunch...saw your follow-up. Yes....your readings indicate a strong possibilty of a loose connection at the main - either at the load side of the meter (going into the house) or at the main breaker of the panel...or...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: One leg in panel dead, panel meter, circuit breaker
panel meter, circuit breaker, volts: Scott: Let me make it simple, Your power coming from the meter do 1 of 2 things. Depending on the distance the meter is located from the main panel. Meter close to panel(10 or less): Usually the panel will have a main (breaker or fuses) that when pulled...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lengthening a 3 wire cord, continuity tester, flat blades
continuity tester, flat blades, ground wires: Mike, the color coding of your pump cord is not standard. If the pump is 120volt, I d be surprised if it has a UL label. I would assume that the yellow/green wire is the ground. To make sure, use an ohm meter or continuity tester to see if that wire is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lengthening a 3 wire cord, bob osgood, master electrician
bob osgood, master electrician, gfci breaker: Hi Mike, Sorry just responding - stayed down state last night finishing up a job - we were too tired to commute back home. Based on your description...you are trying to extend a cord feeding a water pump....by splicing a standard color coded cord...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lengthening a wire, romex, best bet
romex, best bet, splices: Hi Brian, No legal way to do that as all splices must me within a junction box. Probably the best bet is move the wires into the attic and junction them there, then run new wires from the junction to the switches. Be sure to mark each wire as how...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: leviton 6124H programmable switch, programmable switch, work thanks
programmable switch, work thanks, switch box: Owen Take the green wire to the green wire Take the white to white take the blue wire and hook it up to the wire that goes to the light then the black wire will go to the incoming wire that has voltage on it. If there are only 3 wires total in the switch...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: licensing an electrition, electritians, electrition
electritians, electrition, i am sam: Your local building inspector can tell you what the requirements are to be licensed. I am just north of you and each city can have its own requirements and testing and fees. Most of the time to be licensed you have to have field experience of around 4 years...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: on and off light, high hats, jbox
high hats, jbox, thermal overload: Steve In this order: 1.Check the insulation in the attic. The thermal overload could be doing its job and shutting off when the can gets too hot. 2.If that is not the problem, there is a bad connection somewhere. It could be the tap in the socket has been...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light, hi bob, hair dryer
hi bob, hair dryer, bough: Hi. That sounds like a power company problem. I would contact them. It could also be caused by a loose neutral. That could be your problem or the power company s problem. But I would start with them, since they are free. I hope this helps. Bo...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: getting more light out a 60 watt ceiling fixture, compact flourescent lamps, bob osgood
compact flourescent lamps, bob osgood, lumen output: Hi Jim, Based on your description...you have CFL s (compact flourescent lamps - highly energy efficient and MUCH cooler running then standard higher wattage incandescent bulbs - with the same [or better}] light output)... The 60 watt warning is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light ballast, light ballast, electrical fires
light ballast, electrical fires, foul smell: Tim If a ballast goes bad especially if it is a older type they will give off a bad smell. This is due to the PCB S in the ballast a tar like substance that keeps the ballast cool while working. When the ballast shorts out it will cause the overheating and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light in bedroom, fixture wire, hot wire
fixture wire, hot wire, fan light: Hi. When you replace a light, always wire it the same way that the old one was wired. One of the wires is a switch loop. The black power in goes to the cable going to the switch. The wire coming back from the switch goes to the black fixture wire....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light bulb, light bulb, pliers
light bulb, pliers, neighbour: Hi. I would turn the power off to be safe. But if you use an insulated pair of pliers without touching the metal part, you should be OK too. Turning the switch off SHOULD make it safe, but people don t always wire things the way they should. I hope...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light bulb burning out, voltage surges, bulb burns
voltage surges, bulb burns, plastic spoon: On the lamp package it should tell you how many hours the light should last on an average. Figure out how many hours the light is on, and that should tell you approximately how many days it should last. Other factors affecting how long a lamp, lasts, is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light bulb exploded, pin hole, light bulb
pin hole, light bulb, crack: hi Emira, The bulb may have developed a pin hole or small crack that let air in when you turned it on, or you may have got a surge in the line at the same time you turned it on. It doesn t happen a lot, but it does happen, I wouldn t worry about it unless...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light bulb type, flourescent bulbs, flood lights
flourescent bulbs, flood lights, electrical usage: Hi Scott. Yes, this is a safe setup. The electrical usage is only 26 watts, which is alot less than the 75watt rating of the fixture. The statement about being comparable to a 100watt lamp has to do with the light output, which is measured in lumens....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light bulb wattage for a floor lamp, light bulb wattage, way switch
light bulb wattage, way switch, question deals: Hi Scott, Sorry just responding...had back to back service calls all week-end. More then likely....the 50-200-250 is oversized for the 3 way fixture - they typically spec a maximum of a 40-60-100 or similiar. The maximum size allowable bulb is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light bulb, types of light bulbs, thermal sensor
types of light bulbs, thermal sensor, light fixture: Is this an incadescent or a florescent fixture? If it is a florescent fixture, the ballast is probably going bad. If it is an incadescent fixture it might be the thermal sensor is going bad. In either case it is cheaper to replace the fixture than replace...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light bulbs blowing/three way switch, 3 way switches, light bulbs
3 way switches, light bulbs, way switch: Hi. If you connected the lights to two hot wires on different circuits that are on different phases, you may have 220 volts. They make testers that tell the difference between 220 and 110 volts. If that is the problem, it would take someone looking...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light bulbs buring out rapidly, quality lamps, light bulbs
quality lamps, light bulbs, bathroom light: Hi Nycole. I would suggest you try some higher quality lamps, for a starter. Then look at the areas of the fixtures. Is the a possible source of vibration, such as a floor above where people are walking around. I hope this helps. Rick Miel...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light bulbs fall apart in recessed fixtures, compact florescent bulbs, robert wilber
compact florescent bulbs, robert wilber, watt socket: - * Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * You are right, it isn t the switch ... I can only think of two probable causes. 1] you have purchased a number of lamps that were manufactured using a defective...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light bulbs shatter in yard lamp, light bulbs, electrical problem
light bulbs, electrical problem, lamp light: Hi Bill, I don t think it s an electrical problem causing this. My guesses are, the bulbs aren t designed for outdoor use and the temperature changes is causing the bulbs to breaker down. Most bulb are made in China and the quality control isn t very...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light bulbs, light bulbs, disaster zone
light bulbs, disaster zone, metal boxes: Alot of times this will be the case with newer houses. Especially for hollywood lights in bathrooms etc. Usually what they will do is run the wiring through the back of the fixture and tie it in that way. As for your lights blowing, you will have to look...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light circuit in crawlspace, switches, quick reply, question thanks
quick reply, question thanks, electric cable: My typo, sorry. what I meant to say was 14/3 wire, not 14/2. You can leave the wire you already have installed, and add another 14/2, and use the black wire in this new wire as a red wire.(the white wire in this run won t be used, just capped. That...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light dimming in old house, coffee pot, light switches
coffee pot, light switches, brown outs: Normally it is called voltage drop. You have several possibilities. You can have faulty breakers or fuses. You can have faulty light switches. You can have bad wire connections (minor arching) You could have too many appliances on a single circuit. You...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light dimming when using an outlet, meter box, ceiling fan
meter box, ceiling fan, toaster: Hi. The lighting in the kitchen should never be on the same circuit as the outlets. If it is, someone should take the lights off of the circuit. If the lights are on a separate circuit, some dimming may be normal. If they dim excessively, then there...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light/fan humming, ceiling fan light, dim the light
ceiling fan light, dim the light, light fan: The dimmer for the light is probably operating OK, as they are pretty basic. Some fan motors require a special dimmer that is designed for motors, as a regular light dimmer won t work correctly. This is 1 possibility. The other possibility, the fan...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light/fan, gfci outlet, light fan
gfci outlet, light fan, test button: Hi Sue. Make sure that you don t have a tripped GFCI outlet somewhere. This is the type of outlet that has a test and a reset button on it s face. They are usually installed in bathrooms, garages, kitchens, and some other locations. Press the test...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light fixture, light bulbs, chandalier
light bulbs, chandalier, light fixture: Hi Jen. If there will not be vibration, then you should not have any worries about the screws coming loose. The insulation is to prevent the heat that builds up around the light bulbs, from going up into the box, and possibly damaging the wires. If...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light fixture, wire nut, bare wire
wire nut, bare wire, light fixture: Evening Pam, Don t be alarmed by the silver colored wire coming from the light, it s no problem. I need more details on the old fixture, i m wondering why it would have 2 whites? Fixtures have multiple hots.. for like fans or something.....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light fixture, ceiling light fixture, wire nuts
ceiling light fixture, wire nuts, loose wire: Hi. Check the switches, and replace them. (They are pretty cheap.) If that does not work, you probably have a loose wire somewhere. These things can be hard to track down. Somewhere in the circuit, there is a break. It could even be at a device that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light fixture, wire nuts, wire nut
wire nuts, wire nut, copper wire: Hi. It sounds like one of the wires is loose in the box. This can either be under the wire nut, or the copper wire may be broken. About all you can do us look at each wire and make sure it is not broken, and make sure the wires and wire nuts are attached...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light fixture, reverse polarity, wire nuts
reverse polarity, wire nuts, recepticles: The outlet that isn t work could be fed by an outlet that is working, only 1 of the stab ins in the working outlet is loose so the power is coming into the working outlet, but not leaving it. Changing the connections to the screws may solve the problem....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light fixture, bob osgood, master electrician
bob osgood, master electrician, chandalier: Hi Jen, Just getting back into my office...saw your follow-up come in... With out being able to see it...I m not sure which installation piece this guy said was unnecessary...most light fixtures come with a variety of installation kits...and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light fixture, don beck, chandalier
don beck, chandalier, dim the light: Hi Jen, I m glad to hear it is the ceiling box that is supporting the new fixture. If it is a dining room light, I think 60 watts is plenty big. You may find that a dimmer switch might be useful to dim the light down, even more, if you are having a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light fixture, electrical boxes, electrical plumbing
electrical boxes, electrical plumbing, chandalier: No, it does not sound right. Electrical boxes are weight rated for specific devices and a standard box will not support a ceiling fan or a large light fixture. A word of advice for future reference, be sure anyone working on the electrical, plumbing, or heat...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light fixture, watt bulbs, chandalier
watt bulbs, chandalier, light fixture: If the box was already there, that still doesn t answer the question Is it strong enough? , especially when you said, he said, check it every so often to make sure its in good , but as for your bulb question, (2) 75 watt bulbs would be the maximum you should...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light fixture, compact flourescent lamp, bob osgood
compact flourescent lamp, bob osgood, wattage bulb: Hi Jon, Most (if not all) recessed lighting fixtures are UL and Code required to have a thermal cut-out that is designed to shut down power to the fixture in the event the can assembly hits a preset temperature...to prevent potential fire....and this...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light fixture cover, lowe s, light fixture
lowe s, light fixture, last resort: Hi Tracy, I ve run across that before, it seems each plastic cover is made a little differently. It should push a bit on 1 end and the plastic should bend enough to get the other end out, or 1 side out. If the end pushing doesn t work, try pushing...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light fixture - exterior, light fixture, light fixtures
light fixture, light fixtures, hookup: John, If the breaker or fuseing is not tripping when the lights are connected in this manner than I see no issue but whoever wired these lights did something different that is for sure. The breaker will let you know if you have a problem, so if a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light fixture installation, light sockets, yellow wires
light sockets, yellow wires, fixture installation: Hi. Are you in the United States? Yellow wires are very rare. If you are not in the United States, then I really can t help since other countries are very different. Judging by what you say, it would seem that the yellow wire is the switched hot...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light fixture installation, fixture installation, lowe s
fixture installation, lowe s, tube light: Hi. If you can t use the wire clamp in the new fixture, and you don t have an outlet box above the old fixture, then you can install one pretty easily. There is a plastic round one made by Carlon that is for old work. It has ears that clamp onto the drywall....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light fixture installation, fixture installation, size hole
fixture installation, size hole, light bulbs: Patti, That is a pretty good sign that there may not be a box up there. But you won t know for sure until the light is down. Since we already covered what to do if there is a box, we will talk about what to do if there is no box. The location of the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light fixture installation, plastic ears, ceiling boxes
plastic ears, ceiling boxes, fixture installation: Hi Patti, A box should be installed. There are boxes that are made for this type of work. They metal or plastic ears on the sides that spring open when the box is inserted into the ceiling holding the box in place. If the new fixture is going to be supported...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light fixture installation, fixture installation, tube light
fixture installation, tube light, light fixture: If there is no box, that is not good, but correctable. You can buy an old work cut in box for ceiling lights. It is a plastic electrical box that has wings that rotate outward to grab the sheetrock. If you carefully cut a hole for this box to fit, watching...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light fixture installation, toggle bolts, screw holes
toggle bolts, screw holes, romex wire: Patti If the light is mounted on the ceiling there should be a box above it for the wires, if not they should have had a romex wire there. Either way if it is wired you can do it yourself. Use Toggle bolts 1/4x 20 3-1/2 inches long if there are no studs by...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light fixture installation, light sockets, fixture installation
light sockets, fixture installation, copper wire: You re replacing the ceiling fan for a light fixture? Or adding a light fixture to the ceiling fan?? From your wiring description, the blacks in your ceiling box are hot, the whites are your neutrals. The yellow wire is the switched wire that becomes hot...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light fixture with an outlet, ground wires, light fixture
ground wires, light fixture, test light: Derek No problem ok here we go if you have wires in the light box and if there are 2 sets of wires (black & white) find the set that goes down to the switch. and then find the hot wires coming in. Now take the black hot wire and hook it up to the white wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light fixture problem, contactor, light fixture
contactor, light fixture, contactors: A sizzly light usually means the connector at the base of the bulb is not in full contact with the bulb. Many times, the bulb gets screwed in too far, forcing the contactor to be pushed almost too far away to make contact with the next bulb. With the light...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light fixture problem, bathroom light fixture, hallway lighting
bathroom light fixture, hallway lighting, ceiling light fixture: Somewhere there is a loose connection or the hallway switch is controlling both. Pull the hallway switch and see what color of wires are going to it. Turn the power off before you do that. Then pull the hallway light and see if there is a wire you missed....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light fixture replacment, ceiling light fixture, watt bulbs
ceiling light fixture, watt bulbs, don beck: Hi Chuck, The first thing to check is, make sure the bulbs are good. Take the one that lights OK and put it in the other socket. If it doesn t light up, then check your wire connections. Take the wire nuts off and put them back on again, Sometimes these...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light fixture just stopped working, top of the stairs, copper bar
top of the stairs, copper bar, climbing to the top: It sounds to me that your fixture had developed a short, and then cleared itself. I m afraid that you re going to have to open it up and check the wiring from that in the ceiling box, right down to where it makes contact on the lamp bases, to see if you can...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light fixture/switch problem, ceiling light fixture, light combination
ceiling light fixture, light combination, switch problem: Hi. About the only advice I can give is to connect the red from the box to the black from the light, and all the whites together. Perhaps the red wire is not connected to the switch. Or the switch is defective. At the switch box, the black wire should...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light fixture / switch problem, robert wilber, sheckels
robert wilber, sheckels, switch setup: Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * You have a headache. That is a three way switch, so there is another switch somewhere that also controls that light. The fact that there are two white wires connected...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light fixture troubleshooting, light fixture, ballast
light fixture, ballast, ballasts: Jack, if all four tubes went out at the same time the problem is probably ahead of the ballasts. Normally in this kind of fixture the two inside tubes are on one ballast and the two outside tubes are on the other. If only two tubes are out it could be the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light fixture wiring, cooper lighting, balck and white
cooper lighting, balck and white, light fixture: There s something here you re leaving out. If you have a black/white/ gold which is your bare ground wire, in your junction box, black is hot (or switched), white neutral and gold ground. Hooking up a fixture with a black and white to black and white within...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light fixture wiring, hot wire, light fixture
hot wire, light fixture, black out: Hi Gene, One set of wires is probably the power coming into the light, the other is a switch leg to the switch and back. You need a tester to determine which is the power in, then hook the black (hot wire) from there to the white wire on the other set, then...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light fixture wiring, light fixture, screws
light fixture, screws, ground wire: Take the two black wires and connect them to the black wire of your new fixture with a wirenut. Take the two white wires and connect them to the white wire of your new fixture with a wirenut. Connect the ground wire to the metal box. Hope that helps...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light fixture wiring, ground wire? snapped, copper wire, light switches
copper wire, light switches, light fixture: Hi Elye. I m not following your question very well. Are you saying that you had some dead outlets after this wire broke? If so, you may have tripped a breaker. To repair the ground wire, you can twist it together and then install a wirenut on the connection....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light fixture wiring, light socket, cieling
light socket, cieling, light fixture: To make this up wirenut all the black together, all the whites together and all the grounds together. As far as the 90*C rating it means that the wires supplying the light should be rated for 90*C. Almost any house built after 1970 has 90*C wire. Earler...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: one light fixture not working, qualified electrician, porch light
qualified electrician, porch light, gfci outlet: The only way to troubleshoot this problem will be to get a voltage tester. Most home centers sell them for around $5-10. If you are uncomfortable with testing live wires (and I wouldn t blame you) then you will need to get a qualified electrician to take...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light fixture, wire hook, bare wire
wire hook, bare wire, pull switch: Darayl, if the new pullchain and light are all one piece (factory assembled as a unit) and there is just one black and one white wire coming from it, connect the white from the light to the white coming from the ceiling. Then connect the black from the fixture...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light fixtures quit working, red hot wire, voltage tester
red hot wire, voltage tester, light fixture: Hi Rebecca, It sounds like you have some sort of voltage tester, and that makes finding the problem much easier. Something is not quite right in the bath fixture as the white wire should not be hot, so may may have to deal with this later. I am...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Two light fixtures on one switch, light fixture, circuit breaker
light fixture, circuit breaker, light fixtures: Hi. Do you plan to run the second light from the first light or the switch? If you are running the light from the switch, just run the wires from the same places that the first light connects. The black wire goes the switch termminal that goes to the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Two light fixtures on one switch, light fixture, extension cord
light fixture, extension cord, light fixtures: This should be quite simple, connect additional wire to the same wires that currently connect to the light, as it would be an extension cord to the new light. For wire size..14/2 is sufficient, however, it is best to use the same size wire that is currently...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Two light fixtures on one switch, amp breaker, light fixture
amp breaker, light fixture, light fixtures: Hello Paul, the wire size is determined by the size of the breaker for the circuit. If this circuit is on a 15 amp breaker, #14 is good, if it is on a 20 amp breaker, you will have to use #12. To add a second light, you need to feed from the first light and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Two light fixtures on one switch, light fixture, voltmeter
light fixture, voltmeter, light fixtures: At your existing fixture, just extend the black/white and ground wire to your new location. Use 12/2 with ground Romex. Your switch will now control both fixtures. Or, if you are coming off of the switch, and not the existing light fixture, connect your...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Two light fixtures on one switch, amp fuse, amp breaker
amp fuse, amp breaker, light fixture: 12/2 if on a 20 amp fuse/breaker 14/2 if on a 15 amp breaker. You would just wire the new black wire to the black wire on the old fixture leaving the present connection there as it is just add the new black wire to it. Then do the same with the white and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light fixtures, copper wire, ligth
copper wire, ligth, light fixtures: Hi Shawn. The bare copper wire will be your ground wire, which will connect to the hanger bar that supports the fixture, or to the the supply ground, if there is one. The black wire will connect to the incoming black, and the white will connect to the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light flickering, bob osgood, entrance doorway
bob osgood, entrance doorway, light pulses: Hi Larry, This site was down last night and this morning...could not log-in...they finally got their server problem fixed I see... Clearly there is a problem in this 3 way switching set-up...but whether it is directly because of the the switch...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light installation, conduit pipe, lamp cord
conduit pipe, lamp cord, wiremold: Hi Stephen, The main idea is to get a wire from the switched outlet to the ceiling light. Depending on how close the light will be to the outlet, this can be a tricky undertaking and there are 3 ways to do it. 1) If you can get above the ceiling(an...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light kit, wall switch, ceiling fan
wall switch, ceiling fan, canopy: Hi. Most likely whoever wired the fan did not wire the light kit wire to the house wiring, since there was no light kit. If you open the canopy above the fan, you will probably find the other end of the wire for the light kit. Connect it to the same...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: How to light a living room?, lighting stores, wall areas
lighting stores, wall areas, electrical devices: Hi Paul, A living room usually requires more light than,say, a bedroom as the living room is used for entertaining and sometimes requires a lot of light. With 1 light in the center of the room, the outside wall areas would be a little dark. This would...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light mirror, hot source, light bulbs
hot source, light bulbs, screw: You d wire them in parallel, that is, each black would tie to others, and each white to other whites. Black from your hot source to one screw on your switch (to turn them on and off), then another black from the other screw on the switch to the black on...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: One light goes out when other is turned on, kitchen light, happy holidays
kitchen light, happy holidays, fire hazard: Hard to say whether this is a potential fire hazard or not but it is something that needs checked into by a qualified licensed electrician as soon as possible. To the best of your ability I would refrain from using this circuit until it is diagnosed and corrected....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light and outlets wont work, gfci outlet, vaccum cleaner
gfci outlet, vaccum cleaner, loose wires: Hi. If the outlet is in a bathroom, kitchen, basement or garage, it may be connected to a GFCI outlet. So check all the outlets in these rooms for one with a test/reset button and reset it. If that is not it, then you should open up the outlets and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light post, digging up the ground, outlet boxes
digging up the ground, outlet boxes, hunting expedition: Colleen, If the pose is fed from an outlet, that outlet could still work and the wire leaving the outlet could be loose or damaged. Is there enough wire going to the post where you can read what it written on it? If it is not a wire designed for underground...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light sensitive flood light on garage, home improvement centers, don beck
home improvement centers, don beck, flood light: Hi Rosalie, I do suspect that the sensor has died. There a very inexpensive ones now available at most home improvement centers and they are simple to install. You just screw it into the light bulb socket, and then screw the bulb into the sensor. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light socket eating bulbs, ace hardware store, ceramic socket
ace hardware store, ceramic socket, loose wires: Hi Kenneth, The lamp holder could be loose where it is riveted to the terminals creating heat and burning the bulbs out. Replacing it may help, you might also try buying 130V bulbs instead of 120V bulbs, If Ace doesn t have them they should be able to order...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light sockets/extension cords, light sockets, amp breaker
light sockets, amp breaker, flood lights: 20 years isn t that old, you can remove the light if you no longer want it or come out of the back of the switch box with another wire set [black, white, ground] to an outside GFCI. Just get a remodel cutin box, and run the wire to it. If you get on the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light stays on, top of the stairs, basement stairs
top of the stairs, basement stairs, wire nut: Hi Bob. Most likely the common wire you found in the lower switch was not the switch leg to the existing light, but the hot to the switches. It will stay hot all the time, no matter what position the switches are in. You will need to come from the existing...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch, handy randy, wire cables
handy randy, wire cables, screw driver: Hi Handy Randy, Sorry for just responding....we ve been working down State most of the week..(with very limited computer access and spare time)....just returning home late last night. Based on your wiring description....you are describing the connections...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch, metal screw, light switches
metal screw, light switches, light switch: Hi Rebecca, 9V isn t really enough to hurt you, but I would be concerned about the cause, it could at some point get worse. I would shut the circuit breaker off and determine everything on the circuit. Then turn the circuit back on, turn everything on the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch, brass screw, brass screws
brass screw, brass screws, wire nut: Alan, Take a look at the side of the outlet where the red wire is attached, you will see a small tab that runs between both of the brass screws. Break off this tab. Attach the 2 black wires that are connected together to the remaining brass screw. Break...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch, double light switch, basic electricity
double light switch, basic electricity, proper connections: Ken, this is one of the most complex circuit to attempt to explain in writing and I have no way to ssnd a diagram. The best solution is to go to a home supply. Look in the self help manuals for one titled Basic Electricity . It has many different circuits...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch, dip switches, fan light
dip switches, fan light, fan works: There are several possibilites. The fan wiring is corrupt. The There is a remote in the switching. The dip switches may be inharmonious. Take the switch out and tie the wires together with out it. If the fan works...but not the lights...it is a defective...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch, green pot, way switch
green pot, way switch, light switch: Hi. It sounds like a 3 way switch. Are there two switches controlling the outlet? If so, you can t connect the lights there. It would have to be either at the outlet, or where the outlet connects to the switch. I hope this helps. Feel free to ask any...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch, friction springs, wire cables
friction springs, wire cables, handy randy: Hi Randy, I don t have a very good mental pitcure of what you are telling me, however, the general rule here is: Whatever wires you remove from the switch you are changing, go onto the new switch in the same screw locations. The wire that seems to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch, new chandelier, mile hike
new chandelier, mile hike, problem thanks: Don t you just hate it when you know nothing you have done can possibly cause another problem, but there it is. I did all necessary preventive maintenance this spring on my mower and the first time I used it the battery died to the point it cut off leaving...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch, silver screw, terminal screws
silver screw, terminal screws, brass screw: That was correct Ed, the switch only breaks the hot leg. In order to install a receptacle in this box, you will have to determine which of the black wires on the switch is the hot wire and the other will be going to the device that is switched. When you identify...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch, porcelain insulators, fuse panels
porcelain insulators, fuse panels, lighting circuit: Hi Christy, Sorry for any delay...just finishing up an electrical job downstate.. Based on your description...this is probably an early to mid 1900 s vintage home....and unless the wiring has been updated over the years...could be full of outdated...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch, plastic connector, loose connection
plastic connector, loose connection, light switch: Hi Sam, If the foyer switch works OK it means that there is power to the wall box. There should be a black wire coming into the wall box that runs to both switches.There should also be white wires that are connected together. The solution to your problem...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch, sensible reason, loose wire
sensible reason, loose wire, switch plate: Hi Teri, The plastic switch plate is glowing? I have never run across that before. If the plate isn t hot or warm I can t think of any sensible reason for it to glow. IS the switch warm or hot to the touch? If so, that could be caused by a loose wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch, wire nut, hot wire
wire nut, hot wire, 3 pieces: Chris What you need to do is make a pigtail out of the one hot wire that comes in to the switch box. This is how it is done get 3 pieces of wire around 4-5 inches long the same color as the hot leg. Strip off about 1/2 to 3/4 of a inch off the ends. Take...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch, wall switch, human contact
wall switch, human contact, light switch: Hi Dan, Ya, most of the older ones don t. I wouldn t worry about it. With the plastic toggle and plastic wall plate. A switch really doesn t need a ground since the only human contact points are non conductive. A wall switch without a ground...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch box, wits end, switch box
wits end, switch box, light switch: Hi. If you put a tester at that outlet from black to white and it does not work, but black to ground and it does work, then the problem is the white wire. The white wire is probably in the back of the box wirenutted with other white wires. It may have...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch/celing fan wiring, switch legs, wall switches
switch legs, wall switches, light switches: Josh, I think so, the red sounds like it was for the light. So your power is coming from the wall? Black and white on right? Or is that a switch leg that starts the fan? You can do all you want to do with two wires. You have five, two start the fan,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch combo, switch one, wall switch
switch one, wall switch, switch box: Hi Rob, I m assuming your connections are in a switch box, correct? I don t know if your light has a wall switch or if its keyed (a pull chain). What you basically wanna do here is have power (your black wire) go to the outlet and the light...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch/ electrical plug-in replacement, light switches, voltage tester
light switches, voltage tester, loose wire: You will need a tester to check for voltage. The 1st place to check is the breaker panel. With the breaker on, see if you get a voltage reading on the wire that is attached to the breaker. If not, replace the breaker. If you do get a reading, that means...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch getting hot to the touch, watt bulbs, light switches
watt bulbs, light switches, burn your house down: Andy, You should sign up for this site, what else is there? It is obvious that hot swithes are overloaded, a fire hazard, the wiring dictates the breaker and switch sizes. If someone is determined to put 500 watt floods in there lamp, something will...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch issue, floor joists, light switch
floor joists, light switch, ceilings: Hi Derek, The problem lies between lite 1 and lite 2. The hot feed from the panel needed to by pass lite 1 and go lite # 2 where it gets connected to the white wire to the switch, which electrically speaking, the black wire from the panel goes directly...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch, mobile home, don beck, wire nut
don beck, wire nut, cuss word: Hi Debbie, Yes, it s just a matter of getting the wires on the switch on the correct screws. One of the wires coming into the switch box is hot 1 of the wires is the switch for the light, and the others are hot going to feed the bedroom and bathroom....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch part2, message receipt, laundry room
message receipt, laundry room, sorry for the confusion: In the outlet: Let s assume 1 pr is hot in 1 pr is hot feed to the garage 1 pr is a hot feed to the switch Look at the laundry switch box and let me know what color wires come into the box and how many of each color is there? We re getting...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch for pool light, pool light, curcuit breaker
pool light, curcuit breaker, test buttons: Hi Susan, the pool lite shouldn t be too big for the circuit, the problem, I think, lies elsewhere. reference the breaker with the white button. When this button is pushed, it shuts the breaker down. To reset, you must shut the breaker off by hand,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch quit working (no modifications involved), 3way switch, light switches
3way switch, light switches, 3way switches: Kami: It really sounds like the switch to me also. Kill the power. Unscrew the switches, pull them out but do not disconnect the wires yet, wait untill you have the new switches. Count the screws on the side of the switches 2 would be a single pole switch,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch and recepticals, wire nut, receptical
wire nut, receptical, wall plugs: Hi. Unfortunately knowing the number of wires and the color really doesn t tell me where they should connect. Just remember that the wire going to the switch should go directly to the terminal on the outlet that you want controlled by that switch. The...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch replacement problem, hot wire, open hole
hot wire, open hole, old couple: I dont think anything went wrong. You are dealing with a power source wire and two branch wires and the neutral return wire. Now, if I thought I could give a clear description of how to connect them....I would surprise myself. I hope that you can connect...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch snafu, continuity tester, alligator clips
continuity tester, alligator clips, voltage tester: Hi. All the wires on a switch are hot. It does not matter which wire goes on which terminal, if it is a single pole switch. However, all the wires that should be on all the time need to go together on one terminal. The other terminal should have...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch voltage not correct, measurement points, correct question
measurement points, correct question, question thanks: I thought it was in the fixture. The problem is all the neutrals and other parallel circuits, when you go to find something like that. Sometimes they bleed to ground just a bit, sometimes it is intermittent, it can be a challenge. Nice job. glad you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch wiring, light switch wiring, programmable switch
light switch wiring, programmable switch, way switch: Sorry but I don t have enough information to help. Does the old switch have 2 terminals or 3? 3 terminals would suggest a 3 way switch [ie 2 locations] and 2 terminals would suggest a single switch. Never seen a switch marked 1 way. Please provide more...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch wiring, light switch wiring, programmable switch
light switch wiring, programmable switch, best guess: Hi Tom, It s pretty hard to give you an exact answer, as almost all the makes are different. If you could describe the wiring diagram that came with the new switch, I may be able to of more help. I can, however, give you a best guess . That would...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch wiring, light switch wiring, programmable switch
light switch wiring, programmable switch, medical work: Hi Tom, Sorry just responding....have been downstate having medical work done at the lab. The marking for your switches are most unsual...and not common for switches used in the US (is this question from a country outside the US..?) I m...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch wiring, light switch wiring, programmable switch
light switch wiring, programmable switch, educated guess: Tom, the configuration you describe is unorthodox for the U.S. But an educated guess, would be the following: Connect the two red wires that are together on the conventional switch to the live terminal on the new switch. Connect the red from the 1 way...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch wiring, light switch wiring, copper wire
light switch wiring, copper wire, light switches: Gregory: One older trailers I have seen what you described. What has happen is that someone in the past had problem with the circuits and instead of fixing it correctly they have use the ground wire for a conductor to make the circuit work. You NEED TO HAVE...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch wiring, light switch wiring, robert wilber
light switch wiring, robert wilber, electrician: Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * Insufficient info Too many questions raised Simply replace an existing switch? Install anything else new? Problem a product of new wiring install and first activation?...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch wiring, light switch wiring, porch light
light switch wiring, porch light, hot wire: Hi. This is hard to answer without seeing it, and may be hard to figure out even I did see it. If the neutral and ground are properly attached at the panel and make a complete circuit, you should not get shocked and you should not get any feedback. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch wiring, light switch wiring, wire nut
light switch wiring, wire nut, loose wires: Hi. The ground would not affect things not working. It is there for safety. If you got a shock, then you could blame the missing ground wire. Assuming you do not have a GFCI which tripped, most likely a wire is loose somewhere. Probably under a wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch wiring, light switch wiring, touch dimmer
light switch wiring, touch dimmer, loose connections: Hi Kevin, A warm to the touch dimmer is normal, but hot to the touch is not. Check for loose connections which may be causing arcing and the heating up of the switch. The switch may be going bad and not making good contact, but check for the loose...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch wiring, light switch wiring, programmable switch
light switch wiring, programmable switch, low voltage: Hello Tom, this sounds like possibly a low voltage item that I am not familiar with. There should be a wiring diagram supplied with the new switch, if not you may have to check with the manufacturer, I would not want to give you incorrect information, but...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch not working properly, wire tester, neutral wire
wire tester, neutral wire, light assembly: Bob......if you are putting the leads of the tester across the two terminals on the switch when it is off then the tester is in series with the light and will not burn as bright as it would if it were connected directly to the hot and neutral wire (white)which...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch works when it wants, motion sensors, dip switches
motion sensors, dip switches, emergency mode: Pat, A motion sensor behind your house. On what? A pole or on your house over a door? Can you get to the unit easily? Many of these units have settings, that set sensitivity, time the unit is on, test mode and so on depending. Some are designed,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch, light switch, switch box
light switch, switch box, receptacle: Hello Johnny. If you are wanting to feed from this switch to a receptacle, the wires connected to the switch will both be hot wires. There would have to be another set of wires in the switch box that pass through without connecting anywhere on the switch to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switches, light cable, light switches
light cable, light switches, box bottom: Hi Sue, I didn t forget about you, I was up all night so I slept in this A.M. until noon. I m not getting a good mental image of the wires, colors, and their locations, so can I have them 1 at at time as I m drawing a wiring diagram. To save time,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switches, fixture wire, light switches
fixture wire, light switches, continuous energy: Hi. Have you tried the red wire to the black fixture wire? Or hold a test light between the red and ground to see if it lights when the switch is on? Here are the basics of a 3 way switch wiring, no matter where the power comes in and the lay out of...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switches, programming capabilities, wire nut
programming capabilities, wire nut, light switches: Joan, We can t have that! The black wire that fed switch # 1 and then jumped to switch # 2 should be the hot feed coming into the box. This wire still has to feed switch # 1 and jump over to the new timer so it can feed both devices. The other black...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switches, porch light, light switches
porch light, light switches, intermittent problem: If you still have any of the bad switches, try one in a different location and see if it operates. If not, something is causing these switches to burn out. This could be an easy fix, but difficult to locate. Let me know how the old switch works in a different...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switches in bedroom, light switches, fan switch
light switches, fan switch, test light: Hi. The first thing would be to put a test light on the switch, to make sure the switch is working. (test light should light only when the switch is on, on one of the sides) If so, then look at the fan and see where the fan wire is hooked to. If the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switches and wall plugs, light switches, wall plugs
light switches, wall plugs, screws: Hi. Most plugs have tabs that can be broken off. These are located between the two screws on both sides. You should not break off these tabs. If you didn t break off any tabs, then look to see if perhaps someone broke the tab off before you bought it....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switches not working, arc fault, light switches
arc fault, light switches, reset buttons: There is a good chance that there is either a tripped arc fault or ground fault receptacle. Look at all receptacles and make sure none with the reset buttons are tripped. If all breakers are on, this is the only item that can interrupt power. Thanks, ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switches, professional electrician, 3 way switches
professional electrician, 3 way switches, brass poles: Whenever you remove the switches from 3 way switches unless you do each wire individually, off from the old, and onto the same location on the new switch. You are probably going to have to do a lot of trial and error with the wiring to get it right. That...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light swith becomes hot, bob osgood, candelabra base
bob osgood, candelabra base, master electrician: Good Morning Mike, Based on your description...you may be stressing the wattage limitations of the dimmer...if you have a standard dimmer on this chandelier (most standard dimmers - whether toggle, slider or rotary - are rated at 600 watt maximum load...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light toggle issue turning on power to outlet, light switches, ground wires
light switches, ground wires, neutrals: I may need further information regarding how the circuit runs, but I will assume since the switches controlled the receptacles, the circuit goes through the switch first. In the switch junction box if this is correct, there are two white neutrals and two black...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light wiring, double reds, double light switch
double reds, double light switch, don beck: Gail, If I have the situation down correctly, there are 2 red wires are joined together with a wire nut, but are not connected to the switch. If this is correct, do the following; if it isn t correct, get back to me and straighten me out... on the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light wiring, hot wire, power supply
hot wire, power supply, light wiring: Hi. The color of the wires do not matter as much as where the wires go to. Do you have any white wires in the box? It makes no sense that there would not be any. Most likely the black wire from fixture goes to the red wire and the white wire from...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light wiring, two blacks, reds
two blacks, reds, light wiring: I m afraid I don t understand your question. Single fitting ? Is this a fixture? Out of the roof ? Is this an outlet box with wires in it? Two blacks and two reds? No white or bare? And describe this fitting with the e and L please. Can you take a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light wiring, light cable, incoming power
light cable, incoming power, grounding wire: Black and Red should be hot [power] wires, white should be neutral and the bare one is the ground. As for how it is wired i can only guess. It usually is black is incoming power to a switch and red is outgoing from the switch. But if all you have is the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: a light that won't turn off at all, radio light, overhead light
radio light, overhead light, gas leak: You shut down the main breaker and a light is still on? If so go get a lamp or radio or something you know works and is on. Shut everything down again. Plug the test radio light or whatever in some outlets. Note which ones. Call an Electra regardless...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: One light won't work, light switches, april one
light switches, april one, kitchen light: Hi April, One of the wires that attache to the light have worked loose. This is not uncommon and is caused by normal house vibrations. The other possibility is, inside the shell where the bulb screws in, you ll see a tab at the bottom. Sometimes this...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light, electrician
electrician: Hi Jen. It sounds like your husband may have miswired the new fixture. Have him double check all connections, and verify that he is using the correct wires for the fixture. If he can t find anything out of the ordinary, you had better call in a licensed...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lightbulb broke in socket, hanging lamp, haa
hanging lamp, haa, pliers: Hi Kathy, The potato will work in mist cases, if there is enough glass left in the socket for it to grab onto. If this doesn t work, you can remove the canopy at the ceiling and disconnect the black wires from each other. This will ensure that there...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lightbulbs blowing out, florescent lamps, lamp holder
florescent lamps, lamp holder, dimmers: Hi Sheryl, Since it is only a couple fixtures it is unlikely a problem with your electrical system. The fixtures may be getting old and the lamp holder is wearing out, you might want to replace the fixtures. You might also consider installing dimmers on the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighted switches, thermostat switch, 3 way switches
thermostat switch, 3 way switches, flood light: Hi The problem with wiring them so that they are on at the same time, is that they would need a neutral. Also, only at the final switch, does the power work properly. In other words, at the switches before the end, turning on the end switch would have...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighted three way switch, three way switch, hi doug
three way switch, hi doug, time don: Hi Doug, How many wires are on the switch, and do you still have the wiring diagram for it? If so, could you describe what the diagram looks like as far as color of wires and how they are connected? I m leaning toward it may be a defective switch,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighted wall switches, robert wilber, national electrical code
robert wilber, national electrical code, screw head: Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * LIFE SAFETY WARNING! [disclaimer] Electricity is dangerous! You can be injured or killed! Improper installations can cause fire, injury and death! Are you qualified...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighting, bob osgood, master electrician
bob osgood, master electrician, back ups: Hi Dave, Sorry I couldn t get to you sooner...the situation was out of my control. We have since powered back up our systems using an external fan to keep the CPU and equipment from over-heating again...crude set-up but it gets us back up and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighting, little luck, light fixture
little luck, light fixture, wht: Oooops. I will assume that the ceiling box is a junction box for the circuit and then I can say that of the 3 pairs of wires...only 2 pairs will be blk/blk and wht/wht but of the remaining pair, one should connect to either the blk or the white while the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighting, how to wire a light switch, attic ladder
how to wire a light switch, attic ladder, wirenuts: Find a power source, preferably a receptacle, near this area. With the power to this off, the black wirenuts to the black with a short piece going back to the receptacle. Do the same with the whites. Take this new wire to the switch location. Take a new...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighting, acoustical tile, sprinkler heads
acoustical tile, sprinkler heads, light fixture: I don t know of any restrictions other than the distance between sprinkler heads and walls, fuurdowns or any other obstruction that would impede the flow of the water. I see heads one foot away (center of the next acoustical tile) from 2x4 s all the time...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighting, live feed, recess
live feed, recess, stairs: Hi Stuart, There are several possibilities, so lets try to narrow our search. Does the light just go out or does a breaker trip? What type of light is it?(flors, recess, track, etc.) Is the light controlled by a switch or a pullchain? How...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighting, bathroom light fixtures, s system
bathroom light fixtures, s system, circuit breaker: Hi. Turn off all the breakers and see if they go off. If not, either the breaker is bad, or if you live in a condo, perhaps they were wired into your neighbor s system. perhaps you have a sub panel. But turning off all the breakers in the main should...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighting, 3 way switches, lighting circuits
3 way switches, lighting circuits, fuse box: Hi Jack, The 14-3 between the 3-ways is fine. 14 ga is usually plenty for lighting circuits. # 14 will safely carry 1800 watts on each circuit. Thats alot of light Jack. As far as running 12 for a fan? A fan does not pull that much amperage....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighting, switch services, kitchen light
switch services, kitchen light, main switch: Hi. Hopefully you have a little knockout to place it. It is a place about half inch in diameter that will push out easily. You can buy a pull chain at any home center. To wire it, turn the breaker off. Then disconnect the black wire going to fixture....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighting, lighting circuits, electrical field
lighting circuits, electrical field, basic questions: Hi Ted. This is a calculation that is one of the more basic questions, one that everyone involved with the electrical field should know. Use the examples in the NEC (Annex D, page 717 of the 2005 NEC), which give you several examples of this calculation....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighting, light bulbs, wattage
light bulbs, wattage, light fixtures: Hi Garth, A couple of things could be the problem; Your light bulbs are the wrong type, Your light bulbs are the wrong wattage, If your can is not rated to touch insulation you may have insulation surrounding it in the attic. These are the things...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: can lighting, volt circuit, 220 volt
volt circuit, 220 volt, crazy house: Hi. Most likely it is coincidence. The only thing that can cause an incandescent bulb to burn out prematurely is heat, vibration and over voltage. We can rule out heat since can lights have thermal protectors. Most likely there is no vibration. As long...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighting, single light, light fixture
single light, light fixture, light bulb: David, How old is the fixture........if its 10 to 20 years old the socket is most likly worn out or if it is a new fixture the socket may be defective. The voltage you measured is correct, thats what it should be. And make sure the bulbs your using are...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighting, power source, screws
power source, screws, lighting: Stephen Go from one light to the other light then down to the switch make sure the wires in the switch are fed from a power source then you hook up the whites and the grounds together. Now take the remaining black wires and place them on the switch screws....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighting, romex, electrical cord
romex, electrical cord, extension cord: Karen, There are two ways to do this: Run romex from the ceiling (in the attic) down the wall to the switch. or, Run wire on the outside of drywall (in the office) from the ceiling to the switch AND incase the wire in a metal raceway. It looks better...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighting, lighting store, flush mount lighting
lighting store, flush mount lighting, light fixtures: Debra, Supposing that the lights are all in acceptable areas, there are lights that fit right over existing can lights. You do not have to remove the can lights with these type of fixtures. Of course weight will have to be considered. Recessed lights...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighting, amp breaker, watt bulbs
amp breaker, watt bulbs, dimmer switches: The wire size is okay (14 gauge = 15 amps), but your breaker is too large. You will need to change it to a 15 amp breaker. Dimmer switches are known for generating heat. A dimmer switch is technically a resistive load. It reduces the voltage to the lights...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighting, loose wire, culprit
loose wire, culprit, screws: Hi Joey, It s not a short or that would trip the breaker. It sounds like you have a loose wire somewhere in the circuit. Shut off the breaker for this circuit and make note of everything that shuts down. then starting at the breaker itself, test for voltage...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighting, intuition, watts
intuition, watts, ivan: well i may suggest using 8 fluorescent fixtures. it depends on how much light you want and how much you want to spend. maybe you want to just space about 2 to 6 of them out. just use your intuition on laying them out and figure about 1-3 watts per square...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighting, lowes home, strobe effect
lowes home, strobe effect, watt tungsten: Bob, You could get good light level s and coverage using 6 recessed lights that will handle the PAR 38 size halogen flood light. This is the largest size recessed light available at such places as Home depot or Lowes. Home Depot carries Halo brand recessed...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighting, electrical pvc, don beck
electrical pvc, don beck, pvc pipe: Hi John, A 14/2 with ground romex is the proper size. I would, however, put this wire inside a 1/2 pvc pipe wherever it may be exposed...like attic or above rafters in the garage etc. Use the gray electrical PVC pipe and not the white which is used for...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Can lighting, fifteen minutes, can lighting
fifteen minutes, can lighting, insulation: Can lights are thermally protected. Is the insulation touching the can? Is there any air movement available for the can? Are they rated I C in contact. This is quite a common occurance. Many people do their own...not knowing the consequences...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighting, shock hazards, motor loads
shock hazards, motor loads, electrical demand: Hi Kendall, Based on your description...you find yourself among a large group. The majority of A/C s (and most large motor loads) pull a substantial amount of power when they first kick-in....known as in-rush current. Depending on the overall size of...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighting, maych, assisstance
maych, assisstance, physicaly: Hi Dave, It sounds as if you have tried everything. Inside the cover you mentioned something that looks like a capacitor. This could be the starter you were searching for. From what you describe, it does sound like a bad starter. The other item inside...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighting, electrician check, qualified electrician
electrician check, qualified electrician, flood lights: On first impression it sounds like it is getting a power surge. Have a qualified electrician check voltage over a period of time, with various appliances running. That should indicate wherein the problem lies. Good luck, if I can be of further assistance...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighting in added on room, compact florescent bulbs, dimmers
compact florescent bulbs, dimmers, dimmer switch: Hi John, if I read everything correctly you will be using 800 watts. Most dimmers are 600 or 700 watts, so you should go with a 1000 watt dimmer. Or, you can spilt the lights into 2 banks and use to 600 watt dimmers. You could even use 2 dimmers and have...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighting circuit issue, lighting circuit, voltage sensor
lighting circuit, voltage sensor, wire nut: Hi. You may have a loose connection in a wire nut, or you may have a borken wire. You may want to get a circuit analyzer to tell you if you have an open hot or an open neutral. The best place to start is in the breaker box. Either get a neon tester,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighting control, lighting circuit, photocell
lighting circuit, photocell, photo cell: Jack You can not use a Photo cell on that because the photo cell will take over the circuit until it gets dark.the timer will turn the circuit on from 8 am to 10 PM but your photo cell will keep the power off until it gets dark. unless you live in the South...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighting/fan separation, bob osgood, master electrician
bob osgood, master electrician, wall fixture: Hi Joanna, Due to a cooling fan malfunction on our main computer system - we are temporarily down until the new fan arrives next week. (I m on a remote system). I will not be able to log-in and answer any questions until the network computer is back...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighting fixture, hot wire, lighting fixture
hot wire, lighting fixture, wall switch: Hi Joseph, Your math is perfect...it would be 50-50 to be correct and the hot wire is the one that should be interrupted by the switch. If there is no difference in the wire markings and you can see where they go, the one that goes to the center of...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighting fixture trouble, circuit breakers, copper wire
circuit breakers, copper wire, overhead light: Hi. Your friend is correct in how to wire it. Perhaps the switch is bad. Wire it correctly, and if it does not shut off, remove the switch. (make sure the power is off when you do this and make sure the wires from the switch aren t touching anything....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighting fixture trouble, circuit breakers, copper wire
circuit breakers, copper wire, switch wiring: Hi Chris. The way your friend said to wire it is the usual way to do it. You will need to open up the switch box and verify that the cable you think is from the switch is indeed the right cable. You may have to remove the switch and replace it to get...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighting fixture trouble, circuit breakers, copper wire
circuit breakers, copper wire, overhead light: If you read my introductory thing, I have no faith it ever worked. You have to remember that from the switch you are just opening and closing one wire, a hot wire. http://www.hometips.com/content/wallswitch_intro.html Take a look at the above address...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighting fixture, bob osgood, master electrician
bob osgood, master electrician, switch boxes: Good Morning Raul, Based on your description....it sounds like you may possibly have a 12/2 black/white power in, a 12/2 black/white power out (perhaps going to a receptacle outlet - such as a possible GFCI, exhaust fan or other area)....and a run of...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighting and heating in the bathroom, light fan, fan unit
light fan, fan unit, time switch: Hi Narinder. Without actually looking at and going into your parents bungalow i could not say either to your first or second question how easy or how expensive it would be to accomplish what you require. I suggest that you instruct an electrician to survey...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighting/hvac fan, cieling fan, hvac unit
cieling fan, hvac unit, front porch: I have just recently seen a similar situation. Some other electrician pulled a circuit off a stove circuit in the attic...It powered the front porch and bathroom lights by backfeeding from the stove circuit. It was hard to find and fix....but removing it...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighting and outlet failures, power surges, faulty connections
power surges, faulty connections, flourescent tube: I think I would start with a cheap (so so) volt meter. Pull the recepticles and switches out to get to the terminals. Check each for similar voltage. Anything from 108v to 122 volts. If the meter shows less...you have some faulty connections somewhere....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighting quest, bathroom lights, recepticles
bathroom lights, recepticles, exhaust fans: Normally the recepticles and lights are different circuits. Your problem is else where. It will take a different research to locate the origin of the circuit to your lights. Check for any other lights that dont work. It may require opening up other light...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighting question, halogen lamps, commercial premises
halogen lamps, commercial premises, downlighters: Hi Nick. Firstly you should have used 1.5mm cable for lighting 1mm cable is no longer used for fire regulations especially in commercial premises. Secondly i would have left the 2 switches controlling the groups of 5 and added another switch for the extras...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighting receptacle, tracklight, light fixture
tracklight, light fixture, receptacle: You re correct except for one thing...you shouldn t have any left over blacks, capped, in the light receptacle. If you do, something isn t working. Black is continually hot and red is only hot when the switch is on, and passing current, like you have it...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighting in series, moses series, next box
moses series, next box, black white: HI Moses, Series really isn t recommended. You will probably run into power problems since a normal feed won t work. And if one light fails, they all go out. But the connections are black in to black in on light white out on light to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighting swithches in the hall and stairs, top of the stairs, 3 way switches
top of the stairs, 3 way switches, fixture wire: Hi. Unfortunately, I can t tell you where the wires in your house go, and there is no standard color coding for 3 way switches because there are so many different combinations of switches, lights and power entering. About all I can do is tell you the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighting system bottom andtop of stairs, downstairs hall, light boxes
downstairs hall, light boxes, system bottom: Hi Sue, It sounds as if 1 wire is connected wrong. You ll need to open up both switch boxes and let me know hoe many wires are present, what color they are and how are they connected in each box. You ll need to do the same with both ceiling light...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighting wiring, dimmer switches, main switch
dimmer switches, main switch, ceiling lights: There is a way to have a main switch turn the power off to all of the individual dimmers and then turn power back on to them. But note that we would only be restoring power to the dimmer switches. It would be the up to the dimmers to turn on and turn off...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighting not working, aluminum wiring, wire nuts
aluminum wiring, wire nuts, loose wire: Hi. The switches may have worn out, or perhaps you have a loose wire somewhere. If your house was built in the 1970 s, you may have aluminum wiring. This is known to come loose, and is also a fire hazard. It also requires special devices. If you have...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighting, neutral wire, toggle switch
neutral wire, toggle switch, receptacle: Thanks for asking Michael. You would connect the powered black wire to the new switch. Connect the black going toward the light to the other side of the switch. This breaks the circuit feeding the light. Then you have a white and ground left going toward the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lightning arrestor, electrican, meter base
electrican, meter base, portable generator: Hi again Dennis, Although I remember us writing some time back - I couldn t recall your last question...so I looked back thru a huge pile of questions and found it from back in May....about the 6/3 and grounding with the spa. Your right - that s...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights on 1 circuit, in multiple rooms, stopped working, street vibrations, overhead lighting
street vibrations, overhead lighting, wire bundle: Hi Brian, You neighbors assumption of a bad or loose neutral wire is correct. The problem may be in the wall box that contains the switches, or upstream from there. The first thing to try is remove the wire nut from the group of white wires,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights, low voltage wiring, max volts
low voltage wiring, max volts, don beck: Al, I couldn t respond to your question as low voltage wiring is not my expertise. However, after thinking about it for a bit, there are some basics that apply whether low voltage or standard voltage. The onat applies here is: Whatever the device...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights, garbage disposal, unbalanced load
garbage disposal, unbalanced load, electrical load: I am getting alot of complaints along this line. Most of the time it is an unbalanced load center. Most electricians dont know how to balance an electrical load for a residence. You have two bars in the electrical panel. Each bar is 120 volts..both bars...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights, garbage disposal, looseness
garbage disposal, looseness, terminations: Hi Eric. I suspect that you have a loose(or non-existant) neutral. This is a hazard, so get an electrician to come in to check out your service equipment. He will check terminations for looseness, or damage. If he can t find anything on your equipment,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights out, gfi receptacles, electrical socket
gfi receptacles, electrical socket, vaccum cleaner: Check to be sure in the restrooms, kitchen and any outdoor receptacles that there are no tripped GFI receptacles with a reset button. If not, I would begin with the receptacle you plugged the vacuum into to see if it damaged a connection. It may require starting...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: no lights, merry christmas and a happy new year, trip meter
merry christmas and a happy new year, trip meter, happy new year: No idea on the cost of the repair. It could be as simple as replacing the receptacle that you initially plugged the vacuum into. Could be as complex as rewiring that entire circuit. I would turn the power to this circuit off, remove the receptacle, check...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights come on at will, don beck, dimmer switch
don beck, dimmer switch, light rain: Hi William, I would think the problem lies in the dimmer switch. They tend to go bad after a few years of use and it s not uncommon. They sometimes get warm, cold, or dusty and any of these will cause the dimmer to act up over time. It is a simple matter...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: no lights, multimeter, circuit breaker
multimeter, circuit breaker, receptacles: Hi. I suspect the neutral is disconnected somewhere. Sometimes the meters give false reading because of feedback. I would put a tester between the black wire coming in and the ground at the switches to see if you really hve power there. If you do,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: some lights out, robert wilber, google
robert wilber, google, lightbulb: - * Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * You most likely tripped a breaker, and it didn t flip over turn your breakers off and back on-firmly. You will probably find one that is kind of loose After...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights, work evening, kitchen area
work evening, kitchen area, light bulb: Evening Noeleen, There could be several causes for this. But i m thinking most likely you have a poor connection on the neutral leg, the white wire on this circuit. Go to the panel and check each box on this circuit leading from the panel till...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights, flourescent lights, florescent
flourescent lights, florescent, different things: Hi Dan, Do you have access to the wiring? Can you tell me how these are wired? Are they all in parallel? Or is the incandescent parallel to the florescent and the florescent are in series? It could be different things.. but if you can tell...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights out, fuse box, circuit breaker
fuse box, circuit breaker, thanks in advance: Hi Paul, the breaker panel is the 1st place to start. Shut off the breaker, wait about 1 minute to give it time to reset and cool down, then turn it back on. If it doesn t help. move the wire from this breaker to another breaker and see if everything...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights, max volts, voltage ratings
max volts, voltage ratings, max voltage: Al, Max operating voltage is important. You must adhere to the max voltage ratings or you ll burn out the LED s. The only way you could apply 30 volts to 10 leds rated at 3 volts each would be if you had them connected in series VS parallel which of...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights, max volts, 3v supply
max volts, 3v supply, watt lamps: Amperage (mA in your case) is determined by the load in a circuit. Your device won t put out amperage, but rather that is the rated amperage, or the maximum that the device will handle. Here s an example...say you have ten 60 watt lamps. They are all...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights, bob osgood, max volts
bob osgood, max volts, volts and amps: Hi Al, It sounds as if you are talking about either the extreme low WATTAGE (still draw 120 volts like anything else that plugs into a house receptacle..) neon or indigo night lights. These babies only draw as little as 1/4 of a watt !! Extremely efficient...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights, feeder lines, garbage disposal
feeder lines, garbage disposal, incoming service: Hello Eric. There could be a couple things. One, the panel is imbalanced. The main panel has two main feeder lines, each 120 volts. There could be more of the load on one line than the other, this causes an imbalance and the results are often things you have...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights, amp service, garbage disposal
amp service, garbage disposal, neutral wire: Hi. It depends on how dim. Starting any motor will cause the lights to dim momentarily. Just like flushing the toliet will cause the water pressure to drop. I have 200 amp service, and the washer especially causes the lights to dim. If the lights stay...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights, don beck, amp meter
don beck, amp meter, garbage disposal: Hi Eric, There are 2 common causes for this. 1) The wires between where the power company attaches to your house and where the come into your main panel may be not be tightened down all the way. Sometimes they work loose due to normal house and street...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights in bathroom, amp breaker, electrical code
amp breaker, electrical code, bulbs: Hi Terry, The 15 amp would probably handle it all, but the outlets should be on their own 20 amp breaker.(12/2 wire) and they should be GFI protected to get this up to the electrical code. So, I d suggest you bring 2 circuits to the bathroom, or use...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights blinking/flickering, loose ground, real hazard
loose ground, real hazard, electrical devices: David, It very well could be the same thing. You have a condition were there is either a loose ground, or power drop or surges, or something not right. It is also very bad on the appliances, and when the strain from a an appliance starting is what you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights are blinking a little all over the house, loose connections, beth ann
loose connections, beth ann, electrician: Beth Ann: If the blinking occurs at the same time all through the house, then the problem will most likely be a loose main neutral or main hot feeder connection. If it only occurs in the rooms at separate times then it will be a hunt and search type job starting...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights blowing in motorhome, definite possibility, light switch
definite possibility, light switch, receptacles: Charles, Did the circuit blow before you put the new switch back in the box or after ? In other words its possible that after you put the new switch back in the box you accidentally pinched a wire in doing so. The only other possibility is you grabbed...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: no lights - breaker OK, wire nuts, correct voltage
wire nuts, correct voltage, wiggy: Hi. The problem is much more likely to be in a junction box, and not between them. These things can be hard to track down. Somewhere in the circuit, there is a break. It could even be at a device that is working, because it could be the wire leaving the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights go bright and dim, bedroom light, wire termination
bedroom light, wire termination, light dims: Mark: The reason the lights dim is due to a voltage drop, a voltage drop is cause by resistance, resistance can be in the form of a bad wire termination, or a loose connection which now is cooking and when the light dims it is arking like a tiny ark welder....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights get brighter, desperate person, voltage drop
desperate person, voltage drop, volts: Obviously you have a wiring problem on these 2 circuits or the lamps are defective. Something is causing this voltage drop and it is way more than allowed by the code of 3%. You are going to have to track the wire from the breaker to the lights and see if...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: No lights in certain rooms, qualified electrician, daughters room
qualified electrician, daughters room, loose wire: Scott, Yes. When the lights go out, you have lost 1/2 the power coming into the house, while the other 1/2 is still running. You should get this checked as a loose wire can cause arcing and could be a fire hazard, and could damage the main breaker....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights changing in intensity, lighting fixtures, home wiring
lighting fixtures, home wiring, water pressure: Hi. It sounds like that it is the power company. Flickering could be caused by home wiring. It sounds like you learned about possible causes from what you have told me. But your lights are not flickering. Voltage is just a measure of pressure. It...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights going off then coming back on, volt circuit, incoming lines
volt circuit, incoming lines, meter box: Hello Dan. Since the stove is on a 240 volt circuit, and the other lights are on a 120 volt circuit and they will all be out at the same time, I suspect a loose connection either in the panel where the main feeders attach, or in the meter box. These would...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights come on after delay, timing delay, question thanks
timing delay, question thanks, ceiling lights: I totally agree Fred. I am sorry we could not pin point it closer, but some circuit problems require testing the entire circuit, and I am afraid for safety this is one of them. Let me know what is found and I hope I can assist in the future. Thanks, ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights come on after delay, timing delay, time delay
timing delay, time delay, circuit breaker: You dont want to hear this, that increasing delay is worrying me. That tells me that something really wrong is getting wronger. If it is not the bulb, not the switch, then it is a wire or a connector that may be arching in bad place and could be a fire waiting...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights come on after delay, light switches, ceiling lights
light switches, ceiling lights, time delay: Hi Fred, Let s take the simple approach first. I suspect the switches are not making good internal contact. To test this, remove the wires from both switches, touch the 2 wires that were on switch 1 together then the 2 wires that were on switch 2 and see...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights dim when h2o pump activates, amperage, first thought
amperage, first thought, flicker: My first thought is the start up on the pump is drawing the maximum current for the breaker and short term overloading the breaker. Since is only causes a flicker, the load is not great enough to trip the breaker. I would think the wire size for the pump...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights dim intermitently, center screw, amp circuit
center screw, amp circuit, light bulbs: Dave, if a breaker is at fault, the most common problem is one of overheating. If the contact point between the breaker and the bus bar is pitted or corroded, heat is the consequence. Usually a visual inspection will reveal such a problem. Pitting of the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights dim when laser heat circuit comes on, amp breaker, laser heat
amp breaker, laser heat, printers laser: Jeff, It doesn t surprise me that the lights are dimming. You ve got a lot on that circuit and its probably borderline over loaded when the lazer printer(s) are operating. So don t be surprised if the breaker starts tripping at some point in the future....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Why do some lights dim while others grow brighter when.., neutral connections, fuse box
neutral connections, fuse box, neutral center: Hi Mike, Check the neutral connections in your main panel and outside disconnect if you have one. If they are all tight call your utility company and have them check their connections. The different phases is what gives you your 250V, each phase is 125V,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights dim/not working when kettle plugged in, using a digital multimeter, fuse panel
using a digital multimeter, fuse panel, electric clocks: Hi Richard, It sounds like 1 of your main wires coming into the fuse panel is loose or broken. It could be in the power company lines that come to the house, or in the lines from where they tie into the power company wires, go to the meter, and then to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights dimming, upright deep freezer, gauge wires
upright deep freezer, gauge wires, amp service: The electrical code requires 2/0 copper or 4/0 aluminum for 200 amp service. That is probably the problem. Also make sure all the lugs are tight. The 3/0 is fine, its the 1/0 that is probably causing the problem. Replace it with 2/0 or 3/0 and all should...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights dimming, e mail notification, upright deep freezer
e mail notification, upright deep freezer, gauge wires: Hi Byron, Never received a prior e-mail notification of your question...just now found it while going thru the pile of questions I had tonight (the site must be having problems...)...sorry for the delay. Based on your description...your voltage reading...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights dimming, coffee pot, exhaust fan
coffee pot, exhaust fan, voltage drop: I think having the microwave on is taxing the circuit and therefore the lights dim. It could cause a voltage drop, and your lights will burn out faster than normal, although I don t think there s any risk of fire, but the original exhaust fan circuit...was...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights dimming, hurricane katrina, junction boxes
hurricane katrina, junction boxes, garbage disposal: With NO pun intended....with Katrina...everything is possible. I think your fixture is going bad, and it could be caused and related to a bad junction box affected by a wet condition. If debris was washed into a junction box, the cause can develope slowly...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights dimming, light switches, limited power
light switches, limited power, sockets: It is not as hard to believe as you might think, one of your circuits is now wired through an appliance, making the appliance a switch. As more load is involve, the appliance is causing more drain on the circuit and dimming more of the house. It will require...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights dimming and brightening, utility engineer, amp meter
utility engineer, amp meter, garbage disposal: The electrical contractor needs to put a 24 hour line register on aa many of the obvious breakers there are. He should also be taking several amp meter readins with appliances starting and stopping even this means convincing some things to start, ie having...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights dimming, buzz in breaker box, electric consumption, household needs
electric consumption, household needs, electric appliances: Hi Terry, Sorry just responding...been away down-state on a remote job... Based on your description....your symptoms sound as if you are having brief power dips ...and where it only happens during the warmer summer months...it may all be related...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights dimming when other loads start, coffee pot, incoming power
coffee pot, incoming power, neutral wire: Your symptoms all point to either low voltage, too many loads on one circuit, or a loose neutral or hot. All of these result in a large voltage drop when heavy loads are being used. Normally a residential home does not get 3-phase, but it is possible...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights dimming, upright deep freezer, gauge wires
upright deep freezer, gauge wires, copper wire: Byron, your wire sizes are correct and the length is not a problem. Your symptoms strongly suggest a faulty neutral at the power company transformer. Describe the problem to them, particularly the fact that the voltage goes up on one leg and correspondingly...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: two lights one double switch, conductor cables, conductor cable
conductor cables, conductor cable, double switch: Originally one switch for one light, so I m guessing you had two, 2 conductor cables in the box...one was the feed or source of power, and the other ran to the fixture. Both blacks should have been on the switch, and both whites should have been mated together....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: No lights unless the dryer is running...then dim, plumbing components, doors and windows
plumbing components, doors and windows, bad situation: Somebody some how tapped into the dryer circuit or wiring to get to the light circuit. It could be a very simple fix, or it was their way of correcting a really bad situation. Put a contingency in your offer that all electrical components must be working...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights in the first floor, floor question, junction boxes
floor question, junction boxes, neutral wire: It only takes one bad connection to end the supply. One way to verify, use the ground lug of any recepticle and test the hot/ground connection. If you can get voltage from hot to ground, the neutral is disconnected somewhere. It is a pain to trace it down,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights flicker, go out, come back on, untrained person, flicker
untrained person, flicker, electrician: You need to have the electric utility check from the meter to the pole. You also should have a qualified, licensed electrician check the breakers and the wiring. There are too many possibilities for an untrained person to look for in this instance. It could...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights flicker &/or burn out, wall receptacles, neutral wire
wall receptacles, neutral wire, light intensity: Hi. I would say that you have a neutral not making contact somewhere. The reading you are getting is probably feedback, or a problem relating to a shared neutral problem. If your light fixture got brighter than it should, then it sounds like it may be...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights flicker on one circuit only, aluminum wiring, wire nuts
aluminum wiring, wire nuts, loose wire: Hi. It could be anywhere. Once place is when the electricians push the wires in the back of the outlet rather than screwing it to the sides. Under wire nuts is another possible place. Yes, it would make sense to start at the breaker. If everything...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights flicker, motor circuits, clothes washer
motor circuits, clothes washer, rare possibility: This is becoming a very common occurance. Your panel load is unbalanced. You have too many motor circuits on one side of the two legs. If the lights and washer are on the same side it will affect the circuit and cause a minor brown out during a peak...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights flickering, incoming service, incoming lines
incoming service, incoming lines, refrigerator: Either the incoming service is not large enough, the panel is not balanced, or there is too much of a load on some of the circuits. If you take an amp reading of the incoming lines in the panel, the left side should be very close to the amp draw on the other...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights flickering, neutral connections, power wires
neutral connections, power wires, electrical panel: When a motor load comes on, such as your refrigerator, it draws a lot of current (amperage) at start-up, then settles down to what it needs to run normally. This large draw, causes a temporary voltage drop, and your lights will dim for an instance, hence the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights flickering, washing machine, laundry
washing machine, laundry, amp: You need to check the laundry circuit amp draw. If this is just happening with a older machine the motor is probably starting to go bad, and drawing more current. Probably be a good idea to have it checked. If it checks ok, I would replace the breaker and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights flickering, flickering lights, fan speeds
flickering lights, fan speeds, loose connection: Flickering lights would be caused by a loose connection. It can be dangerous because of the overheating that could develop. Since this sounds a little complicated to fix, I d suggest you call a contractor. Or you could just take the time to open up every device...