Help Lights In Garage Not Working Homes Gardens

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Help Lights In Garage Not Working Homes Gardens

When lights suddenly won’t work, GFCI outlets are the usual suspects

Outdoor electrical post lights are pretty basic, but there are two different types that you first need to identify. Is the light 120-volt or is it a low-voltage light?

If there is a switch to turn the light on and off, be certain that the switch is working correctly. A simple electrical tester will allow you to see if it is. If the switch is fine, or if there isn’t a switch, take the tester and touch one wire to the sides of the socket where the bulb goes in, and the other wire of the tester to the small tab at the bottom of the socket. If you are getting a good connection, then it could be that the bulb isn’t making good contact with the bottom tab. If you turn the appropriate circuit breaker off, you can then take a regular slotted screwdriver and gently pry up that small tab in the bottom of the socket, so that it will make better contact with the bulb.

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A 120-volt light would use your standard wiring and be connected to your circuit panel box. Another way you can determine if it’s a 120-volt is by looking at the light bulb. Normally, this type of post light would have a regular light bulb. It could have a smaller base, such as a candelabra, but the bulb is a normal incandescent light bulb.

If you still don’t see one tripped, then begin by turning off the 15 and 20 amp breakers. Be sure to turn off any computers or TVs first. Just flip the breaker to the “off” position, wait one or two seconds, then turn it back on. Continue through the breakers, then go and check your lights.

By Steve Cloninger • Special to the Post-Dispatch Jun 24, 2012 (…)

Begin by going to any known GFCI in your home; you can find them in the kitchen, bathroom, garage, basement, even outside. Push the reset button in. If it clicks as you push it, this is likely the problem. Go see whether your lights now work. If not, continue attempting to reset any other GFCIs by pushing the reset button.

If you have a good connection there, then you may have to get a new lamp post head, usually available through the hardware or lighting stores. If you don’t have a good connection there, there could be a break in the line running into the house. For this, call an electrician.

If this still hasn’t solved the problem, then it’s time to call an electrician.

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If the light is low-voltage, there will be a small bulb (which is more like a bulb you would replace in your car). You will also have a low-voltage wire running underground into the house and this wire will be attached to a transformer, which will be plugged in to a regular household outlet. The transformer is usually a small black box, which looks similar to the end of a cell phone charger that gets plugged in. This transformer may be bad, but you’ll need a low-voltage tester to find out. This can get tricky, so you may want to consider calling the electrician.

Whether your post light is 120-volt, or low-voltage, most lights have a dusk-to-dawn sensor in the post (a small round “eye”). Many times, this can go bad, causing the light to stay on or off, regardless of the time of day. A sensor for a 120-volt is easily replaced and available at hardware stores. The sensor for a low-voltage light is harder to find, but try some electrical supply stores for availability. Both types of sensors can be changed easily and should come with specific instructions.

Q • I have several lights that went out at the same time. None of the circuit breakers appears stripped. Any ideas? — K.W., St. Charles

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I can’t tell you how many times someone has described exactly the situation you have. I also can’t tell you how many times we’ve been able to fix the problem over the phone. So, for our readers, pay attention, and you may not even have to make the call.

If you have any GFCI (ground-fault circuit interrupter) outlets in your home, this is most likely the problem. A GFCI outlet is one that has two buttons between the receptacles. One says “test” and the other says “reset.”

Q • I have an outdoor light pole that doesn’t work. I have tried new light bulbs and no luck. Any ideas on how to fix? — J.S., Des Peres

By Steve Cloninger • Special to the Post-Dispatch Jun 10, 2012 (…)

If your tester didn’t show a good connection, there is usually a small plate on the pole that you can remove. Inside, you will usually see where the wires come up from the ground and connect to the wires from the head of the lamp post. Try your tester with these wires as well.

Steve Cloninger is the owner of Get It Done Home Repairs & Maintenance. Visit his website at getitdoneinc.com.

If you have checked all of them, check again. Look behind couches and beds. If you can’t find any more, then go to the circuit panel. Look to see if any circuit breaker is even slightly moved from the “on” position. Sometimes when a circuit breaker trips, it doesn’t move all the way over to the “off” position.

• Consider any new outdoor projects you’d like to have done for the summer.

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