Welcome. My name is XXXXX XXXXX would be glad to assist.
Lets recap and verify the information.
Sounds like you have 6 light fixtures total. They are split into 3 sets of 2 to work with their own switch?
so, 2 lights per switch?
ok, what wire is between the 2 lights?
i used the same wire on everything and that is a 12/3 mc cable
so, you have one 12/3 from each set to the switches and also a 12/3 from the power source to the switches?
at the switches, you joined all the whites from all cables together with a wire nut?
and all the black wires from the 3 - 12/3 cables connect to their respective switches?
yes - does it matter if the power (black is on the bottom or top of the switch?
no, doesnt matter
so, you took the black wire from the power cable and connected 3 short black wires to it and used those to connect to the other screw on the switches?
ok, when you say 12/3, is it just a black,white and ground?
ok, so we are on the same page, that is 12/2 cable with ground. Actual 12/3 has a red wire also
okay - i'm sorry about that. it is black, white and a ground
that is fine, not a problem, just verifying so I know the wires we have
all of these lights are fluorescent fixtures, correct? And you connect black to black and white to white on the ballasts?
yes- the type of lights that I have came with a male/female connector where you could place the stripped wire into it to make the connection.
at the power source, this is a GFCI receptacle or breaker?
ok, how many wires were in the receptacle before adding this new cable?
when troubleshooting this I used a male plug with a cord that I cut off of an outlet strip and wire nutted that to the power side of the circuit
so you put a male cord end and attached to the wires in the mc cable?
yes to the end that would eventually be connected to the panel
you connected color to color, yes?
and the GFCI resets after you unplug the cable?
Are all the switches mounted in the box? or hanging?
right now they are mounted
First thing to do: Pull all the switches out of the box and let them hang to be sure no wires are touching each other. Then try the GFCI for power. Second: If it still trips, then disconnect the black wire from the 3 pigtails and try again.
i had taken all of the switches out and tried to troubleshoot one circuit at a time. When doing so I got all of the lights to work (after cutting a factory connector off and wiring direct to the ballast
okay that is what I was going to do next. do you recommend using black tape around the wire nuts?
ok, so you had them working?
yes - i connected power to each line separately and they worked
how did you do it separately?
using the same wire that i used to connect to power
ok, so you connected the power cable to each light cable at the switch box and tested them one at a time?
do you think that there is too much amp draw on that cord?
GFCI do not work like a breaker, no
was my previous question correct?
the cord is connected to an extension cord that is plugged into a GFCI outlet
so you connected the power cable to each light cable at the switch box and tested them one at a time?
I have to leave my office to run an error - do you have any other ideas?
Pull all the switches out of the box and let them hang to be sure no wires are touching each other. Then try the GFCI for power. Second: If it still trips, then disconnect the black wire from the 3 pigtails and try again., If it still trips, there is something wrong in the MC cable, possibly a wire was knicked when cut (it happens often with the hacksaw). If it doesnt trip, add one switch at a time to see which run is tripping the GFCI. Again, may have a knicked wire and touching inside the meatl sheath.
It is easy to have a small knick in the MC cable at the end and it only touches when you move it around, we see this often
I'll give that a try - thank you
you conenctions are perfect with the wiring
nothing to do with your wiring format, something else is happening
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