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Old 06-09-2018, 04:58 PM   #1
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Default Troubleshooting Outdoor Flood Light

Thank you for reading.

We bought a house last October and I'm having an issue with my back porch floodlight not operating.

It is switched from the inside and had an occupancy/daylight combo unit on the fixture itself. I have replaced the bulbs, and taken the fixture down to make sure everything was connected and it was.

It was an older fixture so I bought a new fixture (only switched). I wired up the new fixture and it was not working when switched on/off.

Upon further investigation I used a Southwire Non-contact AC voltage detector to troubleshoot. When the switch is off, the hot wire is OFF at the fixture. When I place the detector at the switch, of course it beeps for ON, which tells me there is voltage at the switch. When I turn the switch ON, the voltage detector beeps at the fixture - where I then assume that it's hot and ready to go.

However, when I wire it up and flip the switch on/off, nothing happens. I am at a loss. Please help! Looking forward to it. Thanks!
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Old 06-09-2018, 06:07 PM   #2
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Sounds like an open neutral. Or, a bad bulb. Or, a defective fixture.
NCVT's play games, don't trust them. Or, trust, but verify.
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Old 06-09-2018, 07:13 PM   #3
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You have a neutral fault.
That's why the power stick says the line is hot
But the light does not work

Because the power has no where to go !

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