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Bathroom lights just went out?

Postby Designated Oppressor » Tue Sep 20, 2016 7:54 pm

They were working completely fine the night before, but now I flip the switch and no light at all. Doesn't seem likely that all the bulbs burnt out at the same time. Yay showering in the dark, that was fun.

Should I call an electrician or is there anything I can do?
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Re: Bathroom lights just went out?

Postby mongolking » Tue Sep 20, 2016 8:05 pm

Have you checked your fuse box?

EDIT: If you're sure your bulbs haven't blown, next thing to check is the fuse box. It's usually a small cabinet on a wall somewhere, not much bigger than a foot square. It consists of a whole lot of fuses laid out in a row. If you're living in a reasonably modern place (ie the wiring is less than 40 years old) the fuses will have switches on them. The switch gets thrown automatically if there's too much current going through the circuit. This prevents your wiring from overheating and melting.

A common problem with lighting is that one bulb blows and creates a short-circuit. Another is that an insect gets in the switch, climbs between two points, gets fried, and it's charred body creates a short circuit.

Where I come from, a switch pointing upward means power is running through it - ie, that's what you want. Once you've located your fuse-box, and can see all the switches, look for any pointing in the opposite direction to all the rest. If you can see one like this, flip it the other way and see what happens.
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Re: Bathroom lights just went out?

Postby fester » Tue Sep 20, 2016 8:14 pm

Check the switch also.
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Re: Bathroom lights just went out?

Postby Eddie Willers » Tue Sep 20, 2016 9:07 pm

Make sure the neutral/return line is also tightly connected at the fixture and at any marrettes/connections.
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Re: Bathroom lights just went out?

Postby Morgu » Tue Sep 20, 2016 9:16 pm

Check other light fixtures that are on the same switch. It might be just these lights.

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Re: Bathroom lights just went out?

Postby Designated Oppressor » Tue Sep 20, 2016 10:24 pm

Thanks for the replies guys. I found the fuse box and everything's nice and labelled - one is "Bedroom 2 and Bath Lights." Bedroom 2 lights work fine but the bath lights don't. I'll have to look at it some more tomorrow with the daylight.
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Re: Bathroom lights just went out?

Postby hansmoleman » Tue Sep 20, 2016 10:30 pm

Designated Oppressor wrote:Thanks for the replies guys. I found the fuse box and everything's nice and labelled - one is "Bedroom 2 and Bath Lights." Bedroom 2 lights work fine but the bath lights don't. I'll have to look at it some more tomorrow with the daylight.


You need to head over to crappytire and buy a cheap digital multimeter tomorrow.
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Re: Bathroom lights just went out?

Postby EddieS » Tue Sep 20, 2016 10:31 pm

Designated Oppressor wrote:Thanks for the replies guys. I found the fuse box and everything's nice and labelled - one is "Bedroom 2 and Bath Lights." Bedroom 2 lights work fine but the bath lights don't. I'll have to look at it some more tomorrow with the daylight.



What kind of lights are they? Its possible a ceiling transformer has died, which has several low voltage lights running from it for the bathroom.

Its just a process of elimination to find the problem. Switch or transformer is my suspect if its not a fuse, and other lights on that circuit are working fine.
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Re: Bathroom lights just went out?

Postby DruidV » Wed Sep 21, 2016 2:42 pm

I'm also guessing it's the switch.

Get a multi meter, as suggested.

Switches are an easy fix.
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Re: Bathroom lights just went out?

Postby Pointerman » Wed Sep 21, 2016 4:29 pm

If it is in a bathroom and up to code, you need to check for a GFI being tripped. The breaker will stay on but the GFI will be tripped. Check any of the outlets and see if they have two little rectangles in between the outlets. Then push in one or the other and that resets the GFI.
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