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Posted by Jim -ATS on April 4th, 2000 04:51 PM
In reply to is it bad wiring? by Michele on April 4th, 2000 09:59 AM [Go to top of thread]

If your bulbs burn dimly, there is a bad connection somewhere in the circuit. This is a potential problem because a bad connection tends to generate a lot of heat when current is drawn across it. Because you say it is your outside lighting, it is likely that there is a bad connection in the fixture, or in the box behind the fixture. I would start by replacing the fixture, and go from there. Your wiring is NOT a likely cause, as much as it is more likely to be a switch, or fixture which shares the circuit. It is also possible to have a miswired or badly worn recepticle in the circuit, so you might try replacing any of those that share this circuit. You can identify them by turning on the offending fixture, and then popping breakers on your panel one by one until it turns off. Then with only that one breaker off, check to see which outlets near that light are not working. These are your potential bad eggs. It is likely that the light will share a circuit with an outdoor recepticle, which is also a likely candidate for a bad connection.

If these suggestions don't get you there, call an electrician. A few bucks spent on a pro beats the deductable on your homeowner's insurance...

Be Safe!

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