I have an outdoor light on the gate (two lights, one on the left pole
and one on the right pole). Wire comes to the left pole and then goes
to the right one. I was using low energy bulbs and was using automatic
Lights were working perfectly but all of sudden, the right pole stopped
working and then the left one. I changed the time/dimmer to a normal
switch but as soon as I turn on the switch, the left one turns on for
about a second then the breaker goes off. Does any body know what is
wrong and how can I fix this? Thanks in advance.
Sounds like you have a short. Disconnect everything outside above ground. At
the left pole, connect the hot from the house to the hot from the right
pole. Then do the same for the neutral. At the right pole, connect a
standard light bulb fixture with light. Turn on the breaker and the light
should come on. If the breaker trips, then you have a short underground. If
it doesn't trip, then the problem is in one of your fixtures.
I tried and still having the same problem, the breaker trips. The
question is: what casued this as this was working for almost 12 years.
I bought the house a year ago but the house is 12 years old. The other
question is, if the there is a short, how can I fix it as the wire is
There's still a possibility that the short is above ground. Some light poles
have receptacles built into them, and the ones that come pre-wired have
junctions at the base.
If possible remove both poles and connect the wires the same way, but
without the poles. If the breaker still trips, then disconnect the hot and
neutral at the left pole and connect your standard light bulb fixture to
that pole's wires. Turn on the breaker and if it doesn't trip, then you know
the short is underground below the gate area. Get a shovel and start
digging. If the breaker still trips, then the short is between the left post
and the house. You'll need 6 shovels, 5 friends, and 3 cases of beer.
I would try removing both fixtures, then turning the power on to see if one
of the fixtures is at fault. It the breaker still trips with fixtures
removed, separate the wiring from the left side to the right to try to
isolate where the problem is and either replace the bad fixture or the bad
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