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Kevin, Licensed Electrical Contractor
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Experience:  30 years Licensed Electrical Contractor in Illinois, Adjunct College Electrical Instructor, Former Electrical Inspector, Diploma: Digital Electronics, FCC Technician License
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My name is ***** ***** I have an issue with my ceiling fan

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Customer: Hi, my name is ***** ***** I have an issue with my ceiling fan light
JA: Thanks. Can you give me any more details about your issue?
Customer: Sure. I have a ceiling fan with a light fixture. LIght fixture is on a wall switch, fan is not. The other day, I flipped the wall switch to turn on the light, and the 2 bulbs did not go on in the light - heard a pop. I bought a new light fixture, wired it correctly, but still, light fixture is not working. I have a voltage tester. Power is going to the wall switch fine and going down the black wire from the fan to the light fixture
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Electrical
Expert:  Kevin replied 1 year ago.

Hello and welcome to Just Answer. My name is ***** ***** I will be happy to assist you with your electrical question.

1) What type of voltage tester are you using? A non-contact tester or a 2 wire lead AC voltage tester (contact type) or an AC voltmeter?

2) How many house wires and the wire colors at the ceiling box?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
1. The voltage tester looks like a pen that lights up when you touch a wire if there is power.2. Coming from the fan to the light fixture, there are 2 wires - blue and white. I hooked up the new light fixture (blue to black and white to white). I touched the blue/black wire with the voltage tester and it turned red.
Expert:  Kevin replied 1 year ago.

Thanks for the replies.

1) Your tester is a non-contact tester and those testers are useless in this application. You need a contact type of tester (a 2 wire lead or better yet, an AC voltmeter) to confirm voltage leaving the switch and getting to the ceiling box on the switched loop conductor. Perhaps you can borrow a meter from a neighbor or a friend? If not, you can purchase a good AC voltmeter at any Home Depot or Lowe's for $25 or less.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Expert:  Kevin replied 1 year ago.

No problem, just come back here to this same question and we can take it from there..........Thanks.............Kevin:)

Expert:  Kevin replied 1 year ago.

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