I have a GFCI outlet installed in one room, and it shares the circuit
with two other outlets and two closet lights. Both closet lights have
the same kind of fixture and use the same kind of CF bulbs.
When I switch on one of the closet lights, the GFCI trips and power is
cut to all outlets and lights on that circuit. However, if I switch
on the other light, the GFCI does nothing and the light turns on.
I've examined the wiring for each closet switch, and they both look
identical. I'm not an electrician, however, so I'm not really
familiar with how the wiring works. I see green wires (ground), white
wires, and black wires. The black wires are connected to the light
switches, and the white wires are connected to each other. Each light
switch has three of each color. I presume one set comes from the
previous outlet/switch, another set goes to the next outlet/switch,
and the third goes to the bulb itself.
So I presume that light fixture in the closet is mis-wired. Can
someone tell me what to look for?
black goes to the hot terminal, or the center terminal in the socket (if
it's an Edison base; I don't know about the new two-pin CFs.) White
goes to the neutral, or shell of the socket. Ground goes to the case.
Black and white should be touching nothing but what I mentioned above.
You *could* have a neutral fault to ground that wouldn't show up as
anything unusual to a circuit breaker, but would to a GFCI.
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Ackshooly, it's not clear that the lights, etc., are on the protected
side of the GFCI outlet.
OP, can you tell us exactly how this whole deal is wired? You say that
the GFCI outlet "shares the circuit" with two other outlets and two
lights. This could mean one of two things:
1. That it "shares the circuit" in that everything is connected to the
same circuit (i.e., connected to the same breaker in your service
panel), but that the two other outlets and lights are *not* protected by
the GFCI outlet.
2. That everything (the two extra outlets and two lights) are protected
by the GFCI.
How to tell? Simple: the GFCI has two sets of terminals, one labeled
"Line", the other "Load". If these other things (outlets and lights) are
connected to the "Load" terminals, then they're protected by the GFCI.
If not, then they're not.
This'll help a lot in diagnosing your problem.
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He's already said that one closet light trips the GFCI. That's not going to
happen if it's connected to the line side. The easiest layman test to see if
an outlet, etc. is protected by a GF device, is to hit the test button on
the device and see if it kills it
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