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Old 04-26-2014, 12:56 PM   #1
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Got everything almost done. Were having the new floor installed this week. One minor issue is the florescent light over the couch doesn't light. Bulbs are good so I took the fixture down and tested the power, thinking I have a bad switch, but no. There is no power which is strange because the light over the dining table works. Don't know where to go from here. Any suggestions?
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A fluorescent light needs a ballast to give enough voltage to light the tube. it's located under the white metal shield in the center of the fixture. Sounds like your ballast is bad if you are sure 12 v is getting to the fixture. Take the light down and take it to a electric supply or RV parts store.
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I am hopeing by "I took it down" you mean you removed the fixture and measured the 12 V behind it.

Often there is a 2nd switch or two hidden somewhere.. On my RV I hve 4 Florcesents on the ceiling in the step wall (And in the "Hall main control panel" there are a pair of 3-way switches marked "Ceiling Lights" that control power to these 3 fixtures.. The fixtures also have switches of their own... If the switches are set so they are OFF, the lights do not work.
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" I am hopeing by "I took it down" you mean you removed the fixture and measured the 12 V behind it."
Yup! No voltage to the fixture. I'll check the panel again.
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Take the mounting screws out and remove the fixture, then gently pull on the wires in the ceiling. You will probably find a loose connection where they are joined.
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There might be a switch for this light as you come up the entry stairs.....to your left.

Maybe...........
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hydro, I did remove the fixture however, tugging on the wires doesn't help, its all enclosed
Scooter, there is a switch but it operates another light
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If dining room table light is on same circuit, remove it and check the connection or wire tap at that point.
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You should check each wire individually. Check 12 v (+) and ground wire. Then use jumper wires and test the light fixture. Also check all other 12 v lights in RV to be sure it's isolated to the one fixture.
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I didn't have time to remove the other light in the dining area but I will when she gets back from having new flooring installed
And yes, I've checked all the other lights but this is the only one
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I think you'll need to determine what other 12 v powered things are on that circuit. (Turn on all lights, then pull fuses, one by one) If the dining light is on the same circuit and seems to be in line with fuse box and dead fixture, then check the wiring behind dining light. I've seen wire nuts or the pinch scotch brand type splices that can loosen over time.
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Thanks Bob that's exactly what I plan on doing when we get her back
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