Help with Lutron switch wiring

just_julieSeptember 9, 2011

Last week, my husband tried to turn on the bathroom vanity light and he heard a popping sound, switch doesn't work.

I thought it was a faulty switch so I ordered another one and installed it exactly like the old one was installed. I should explain the switch, it's 2 in 1 box.

The top works the 3 vanity lights and is a dimmer. The bottom switch is NOT dimmable, just a regular on/off for a ceiling light that is rarely used.

The side of the switch is labeled DIMMER, SWITCH and LIVE. I have 3 wires, Yellow, Blue and Red. The were installed Yellow to dimmer, blue to switch and red to live. The thing worked fine for 14 months and was installed by a licensed electrician. I have no idea what the problem is, why the new switch doesn't work either. There doesn't seem to be anything else in the room that doesn't work.. will double check the GFCI outlets now.

Any input appreciated!

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all other light switches and outlets work.. in the bathroom and every room on the 2nd floor!

Could the issue be with the ceiling light, causing no power to get down to the switch? Grasping for straws, here... maybe replacement switch is bad too?

Forgot to add above that there are little indicator lights on the side of the switches, none of them are lit.

    Bookmark   September 9, 2011 at 2:44PM
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Depending on how old your house is, the GFCI that controls that circuit could be almost anywhere. I had a house where the bathroom circuit was controlled by a GFCI in the garage. At one point in time the code was much more lenient with GFCI usage and the devices were expensive.

Have you reset the breaker for the bathroom? Turn it fully off and then back on. Sometimes when breakers trip, they don't always give an obvious visual indication.

    Bookmark   September 10, 2011 at 7:30AM
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Hi mike. Yes, at one point I had most of the power off upstairs. I changed a ceiling fan in another bedroom after I changed the switch and because the breaker box isn't labeled clearly, I tend to go crazy turning things off.

I will turn off and on every single breaker to see if that does the trick. After reading what you said, I remembered that there is a weird breaker that controls an outlet in the kids' bathroom -and- an exterior outlet right outside the front door and I think the garage. Crazy, goofy house!

    Bookmark   September 12, 2011 at 10:22AM
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