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Light switch doesn't operate light any more

Posted by Nancy Trainer on October 27th, 2002 05:02 PM

Here's a confusing problem: my husband and I replaced the stem on a chandelier in our dining room. When we turned the power back on and attempted to turn on the fixture, a bright light flashed in the light switch, and the fixture lit up.

Now the fixture simply won't turn off; it's like the switch is no longer part of the circuit operating our chandelier. The only way to turn off this light is to turn off the power from the circuit breaker. We've tried replacing the light switch (which is a standard dimmer, not a 3-way switch), and we had no luck. We've checked the amount of power heading into the switch with a volt meter and there's VERY little voltage on the part of the circuit that heads into the switch. The power is, of course, strong as an ox up at the chandelier itself.

What have we done? Do we need to completely rewire our dining room? Do we need to pay for an electrician at this point?

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