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    Question Recessed lighting won't work

    We have 20 recessed lights in our kitchen ceiling in the 1920s spanish bungalow we moved into last September. They have worked beautifully. Two days ago, for no reason, they refused to come on. We checked the circuit breakers and they are fine.

    Any ideas on what we should do?

    Thanks very much.

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    Default Re: Recessed lighting won't work

    I assume all the lights do not work?Some times a breaker trips and you can not see that it is tripped. Turn the breaker in question off and then back on. Are they low voltage and have a transformer connected to them? If you give us more information if the above does not work we can try again. like is it a dimmer or are they all on one switch?
    Harry

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    Default Re: Recessed lighting won't work

    Dear Harry:

    THanks very much for your response. We have already played with the breakers and it doesn't bring the lights back on. So let me give you more information:

    10 recessed floodlights, not 20
    All of them are 65 watt
    THere are 3 dimmer switches that operate the lights

    I hope this helps.

    Thank you very much!

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    Default Re: Recessed lighting won't work

    Quote Originally Posted by vdurivage View Post
    Dear Harry:

    THanks very much for your response. We have already played with the breakers and it doesn't bring the lights back on. So let me give you more information:

    10 recessed floodlights, not 20
    All of them are 65 watt
    THere are 3 dimmer switches that operate the lights

    I hope this helps.

    Thank you very much!
    I would again try turning the breaker on and off a few times since it is common to all the lights. If that does not work have you resently installed the dimmers? It could be the feed to all the dimmers. Are they on three way switches? Most residential dimmers are rated for 300 watts do you have to many on a dimmer? More info please
    Harry

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    Wink Re: Recessed lighting won't work

    You have a power supply problem: check or have a qualified workman
    check the wires to the circuit breaker; pull switch covers and pull the switches out of the housing check wires to switches and check
    any wires that are capped; check wires to dimmers (closes to supply
    line first)because you most likely have a loose wire. The colored
    wire carries the power and the white is neutral and both must be
    properly connected to supply the fixtures. Fixtures wired in series
    can all go out if there is a loose or broken wire. It's a bit
    time consuming but checking the wires is necessary. If everything
    is properly attached replace the switches first then the breaker
    as these can wear out especially switches that are warm to the touch. Hope this helps.

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    Default Re: Recessed lighting won't work

    Or many a dimmer dimmed its last light.
    The ones now made in china are just plain garbage, IMHO.

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    Default Re: Recessed lighting won't work

    not electrician just a wife fixing up our 3rd old home.
    if all three control light one would have to be 4-way master and the other two special 3-way slaves to dimmer I think.
    switches are rated for watts are you sure they all can handle 650 watts or more cuz the regular ones are usually around 300 I think.

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