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Why Do My New Light Fixtures Trip The Circuit Breaker Off?
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Remove each fixture and look for a pinched wire. Free the wire and inspect for damage. If the wire has caused a burnt area then you may need to …
Electrical Question from Joe about New Light Fixtures Tripping The Circuit Breaker
Background: Joe, a Homeowner from Seekonk, MA
Question: I just replaced 2 of my old outside wall mounted lights with 2 new ones I hooked them up Identical to the old ones but every time I turn on the switch it trips the circuit breaker. Can you please help me and give me some tips as to why this is happening thanks Joe
Thanks for your electrical question Joe. Remove each fixture and look for a pinched wire. Free the wire and inspect for damage. If the wire has caused a burnt area then you may need to cut off the damaged area and remake the connection. If the wire was a direct short then most likely there is no burnt wire damage however you will need to wrap the wire with electrical tape over the pinched area. Position the wire into a clear area and remount the light fixture. If this is not the problem then one of the fixtures may have a wiring problem from the factory. Discover which fixture has the problem by removing one at a time and re-energizing the circuit breaker.
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