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#423369 - 12/28/07 11:21 AM lights flicker & go out, but breaker doesn't trip
nickg Offline
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Registered: 06/03/04
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bedroom light and bathroom light and outlets both rooms. When both lights are on, on this 20 amp circuit, they'll flicker, go dimm, and eventually off. The only outlet that works, both the bottom and top outlet are hot. This outlet surely feeds something else in that area. Is the breaker bad?

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#423370 - 12/28/07 11:59 AM Re: lights flicker & go out, but breaker doesn't trip [Re: nickg]
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The breaker is not bad. There is a loos econnection on the circuit. It could be in one of the lights or in the receptacle. By the receptacle is hot do you mean it has power or is warm to touch? If it is warm then that could be the loose connection area.
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#423371 - 12/28/07 11:59 AM Re: lights flicker & go out, but breaker doesn't trip [Re: nickg]
MCA Offline
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If there is only one receptacle on that circuit that works, there is probably a loose connection on the outgoing side of that receptacle. Push-in connections may be the problem. If part of the circuit works the breaker is probably good, but be sure you have #12 (thicker than #14) wire on that circuit, since most bedroom/lighting circuits are wired with #14 and then must have a 15 amp breaker.

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#423372 - 12/29/07 10:47 AM Re: lights flicker & go out, but breaker doesn't trip [Re: 3phase]
nickg Offline
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Registered: 06/03/04
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Quote:

The breaker is not bad. There is a loos econnection on the circuit. It could be in one of the lights or in the receptacle. By the receptacle is hot do you mean it has power or is warm to touch? If it is warm then that could be the loose connection area.




yes, by hot, I meant getting power from both.

the breaker on that circuit is a 20 amp.

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