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wutamess 11-20-2012 08:37 PM

Electricians: Chandelier went out but it's getting current
Couple of months ago our family room chandelier went out cold turkey. I'm just now getting time to get to it.

I originally thought it was the switch as I bought one of those non contact voltmeters and it went crazy at t he chandelier. Took off the dimmer and it went crazy inside of the switch box also.

Replaced the switch at Lowes and NOTHING. It still went crazy at the chandelier.

Thought, "that's odd." replaced one bulb and nothing. Tried the same bulb in another room's chandelier and it worked. Any ideas? I'm hurting here for suggestions.

Dayze 11-20-2012 08:39 PM

Replace the antifreeze in the fuse

.....I got nothing. Well, unless you'd like to accidentally electrocute yourself. I pretty sure I could do that

Chief Pote 11-20-2012 08:55 PM


Dayze 11-20-2012 08:57 PM

you're absolutely sure it has current? you could hire an electrician but he'd probably charge you.

Bugeater 11-20-2012 09:07 PM

I've had those non-contact deals indicate power when there isn't any before. Put a real voltmeter on it. With that said, other than the switch, there isn't really much that can go wrong with a light fixture.

Toadkiller 11-20-2012 09:15 PM

Lick it, like a nine volt battery. See if it is good or not.

UberSparky 11-20-2012 09:17 PM

Lost the neutral.

mikeyis4dcats. 11-20-2012 09:18 PM


Originally Posted by UberSparky (Post 9138004)
Lost the neutral.

thats what I was gonna say, broken wire somewhere along the neutral.

UberSparky 11-20-2012 09:21 PM

Non contact voltage testers are actually inductance testers they can give a false reading due to inductance.

A Salt Weapon 11-20-2012 09:22 PM

Yeah check voltage with a meter. Are the bulbs in series? Rare, but If so one out would cause all of them to not work. Check your switch for continuity ( remove voltage first). Bad wire in the chandelier itself, you could test the wires for continuity as well. Run a cord from the chandelier wires to an outlet and see if that lights it up.
Be careful, it's only 110 but if you fall off a ledger( eta stupid autocorrect: ladder) that could hurt you.

UberSparky 11-20-2012 09:23 PM

Get a real meter, a cheap one will work. Check hot to ground, then hot to neutral. Should get 120 both ways.

UberSparky 11-20-2012 09:24 PM

Bulbs won't be in series.

Saul Good 11-20-2012 09:26 PM


Originally Posted by A Salt Weapon (Post 9138019)
Yeah check voltage with a meter. Are the bulbs in series?

This is most common in chandeliers that are made out of cheap strands of Christmas lights.

UberSparky 11-20-2012 09:31 PM

I am a licensed master electrician. Get a ladder pull down fixture enough to see wirenuts pay particular attention to white wires. Sounds like loose wire. Nonelectricians don't twist wires I make plenty of money off of this very problem.

UberSparky 11-20-2012 09:36 PM

Going to sleep. I can walk you through all the steps in troubleshooting this problem. I will check this board in morning.

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