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  1. #1
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    Default Help - Outdoor Light Post

    My outdoor light post recently stopped working. New bulb didn't fix it, no tripped breaker, indoor switch is good, and checked/reset all of the known GFCIs.

    My source wiring includes a black, white, red, and green wire. The original connection to the fixture was the black (hot) + white (neutral) and the red wire was capped off.

    My multi-meter test results are as follows with the switch in the ON position:

    black (hot) + white (neutral) = 0 to maybe 2V
    black (hot) + green (ground) = 100-115V
    white (neutral) + green (ground) = 100-115V
    red (2nd hot?) + white (neutral) = 100-115V

    Tried connecting the red + white to the fixture but no luck.

    No recent landscaping work, etc was done so I don't suspect a severed wire.

    Scoured the internet for suggestions but all recommended tests were exhausted and failed, and I get the standard "time to call an electrician".

    Any ideas or suggested additional tests?

    Thanks in advance for your help!

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    black (hot) + white (neutral) = 0 to maybe 2V
    black (hot) + green (ground) = 100-115V
    white (neutral) + green (ground) = 100-115V
    This tells me the white is open somewhere.
    Operation Overlord.

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    Thanks Chris, that was it. There was a burnt outlet further down the circuit and the neutral wires had been severed. Reconnected them and the light post works again.

    Appreciate the help!

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    Good news. Thanks for letting us know the results.
    Operation Overlord.

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    Quote Originally Posted by timod14 View Post
    My outdoor led light strips post recently stopped working. New bulb didn't fix it, no tripped breaker, indoor switch is good, and checked/reset all of the known GFCIs.

    My source wiring includes a black, white, red, and green wire. The original connection to the fixture was the black (hot) + white (neutral) and the red wire was capped off.

    My multi-meter test results are as follows with the switch in the ON position:

    black (hot) + white (neutral) = 0 to maybe 2V
    black (hot) + green (ground) = 100-115V
    white (neutral) + green (ground) = 100-115V
    red (2nd hot?) + white (neutral) = 100-115V

    Tried connecting the red + white to the fixture but no luck.

    No recent landscaping work, etc was done so I don't suspect a severed wire.

    Scoured the internet for suggestions but all recommended tests were exhausted and failed, and I get the standard "time to call an electrician".

    Any ideas or suggested additional tests?

    Thanks in advance for your help!
    Hi
    I need a few more details on your strip would help. Are they surface mounted? Are they weather exposed? Are they removable from the surface?
    Last edited by saira10; 04-13-2017 at 01:09 PM.

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