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Zachary
New Chandelier is Tripping Breaker - Even when Light Switch is Off

Hello!

I've just installed a new chandelier in my dining room.  After wiring it up (positive, neutral, and ground) and turning the power back on at the breaker box, the breaker immediately tripped (multiple times).  I am extra confused by this, as the interior light switch for the chandelier is in the OFF position - it blew the breaker before I even turned the chandelier on.

I un-wired the ground wire from the chandelier, leaving only the positive and neutral, and flipped the breaker - works fine, no tripping.  But now it's not grounded and I'm concerned something is wrong with the interior wiring of the chandelier.

Any help / advice is greatly appreciated - thanks in advance!!

HandyAndyInMtAiry
Re: New Chandelier is Tripping Breaker - Even when Light...

Zachery,

Measure the resistance between the neutral and the other wires in the fixture. Measure resistance between each wire and the body of the fixture. If it measures, then you have a wire that is cut and touching the fixture body. Also, verify that the switch is wired correctly and is not a 3-way switch. 3-way circuits do not have an off position. Check the document that came with the fixture to ensure they wired the fixture using American standard colors. Current knows no color.

Andrew

Handy Andy In Mt Airy NC

Zachary
Re: New Chandelier is Tripping Breaker - Even when Light...

Thank you.  After following your advise and troubleshooting I was able to fix the lighting fixture.  Very appreciative of your expertise - thanks again!

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