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How To Fix Exterior Lighting
How to Identify and Repair Problems with Outdoor Light Fixtures: I have an outdoor light that is not working right, Light Fixture Repair Check List.
Outdoor Light Fixture Problems
- First I wired a single pole switch to the light box and this is correct because I verified the wiring using another light fixture and it works just fine.
- I replaced the light with new fixture and it will not work.
- I know that the new light fixture works hard wired to an outlet, so the fixture works.
- So as you can tell I am frustrated and would appreciate some assistance.
Any help would be great!
Additional Comments: I love what I see here, I have been looking for an hour for advise, this is where I stopped.
Thanks for your electric wiring question Mike.
Background: Mike, a Handyman from Princeton, Minnesota.
Repair Exterior Outdoor Light Problems
Application: Troubleshooting a Problem with an Outside Light Fixture Circuit.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – Best performed by a Licensed Electrician.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools and Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with hand tools and electrical troubleshooting skills.
Precaution: Identify the lighting circuit, turn it OFF and then Tag it with a Note before performing any wiring or inspections.
How to Identify and Repair Problems with Outdoor Light Fixtures
- Check List to Repair Exterior Light Fixtures
- Physically inspect the light fixture for damage and replace the light fixture if necessary.
- Double check all the wiring connections and make sure wiring splices are made correctly using the right connector.
- Make sure the light bulb(s) are good and the correct for the specific light fixture.
- Check the controlling switch to make sure it is good, replace if necessary.
- Locate the circuit breaker which provides power to the light switch and make sure it is not tripped.
- If the circuit is tripped locate the problem within the circuit wiring.
- Make the correction, repair and damaged wire, or clear the fault.
- Reset the circuit breaker.
- Test the light fixture.
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- Sometimes the wire filament inside the light bulb may be broken but when it is in certain positions it will make contact and light up.
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