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The light fixture stopped working.

It's not the breaker. It's not the light fixture - we tried a new one.

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  • kbalter Feb 14, 2009

    The light switch worked for 2 times now it will only go off if light has been turned on from the hard wired light switch. I have already changed both switches - and we do not have rats. Also, breaker is fine

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Try installing a new switch if you haven't already. If you have make sure the wiring is correct and if all seems fine turn the breaker off and make sure its "hard" to reset, if not it's most likely the breaker... Unless you have a rat problem

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