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Hi, I have an odd problem; I am trying to replace some old recessed lighting in the basement. I have one light that is attached to one switch. I flip the switch to “ON” and when I test the circuit with a Circuit tester and NO socketed light attached the circuit shows full power needed (120V). But, when I attach a light socket with a fully functioning bulb in it, and flip the switch to “ON” it does not POWER THE LIGHT. I’m very puzzled by this. If there is plenty of power when I test the circuit why it wouldn’t be able to LIGHT UP THE BULB? I do know that somewhere in the ceiling (which is sheet-rocked) there is a junction box that is sending power to lights I am trying to get working, but I'm confused...Can you assist please?

Hi John,

It sounds like you have a bad neutral connection. This should be an easy fix for an electrician but it would be very difficult for a home owner. I would advise against it. The main issue is that connection could easily be loosing voltage and heating up. This could be a fire issue. I would keep the switch off until the problem is resolved.  
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