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I replaced a flood light lightbulb in recessed light fixture, thinking the previous bulb had burned out, but that new bulb isn't working either. I've tried a regular lamp bulb to ensure my new floodlight bulb was actually "good" and I checked the fuse board to make sure that outlet hadn't been tripped. What other reasons would the light not turn on? the house is only 10 years old and there's no evident damage or anything wrong with the wiring in the recessed lighting.

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Is the switch on? Does the new bulb work in a different fixture? Are there any other lights controlled by the same switch? Do the other lights work? –  Tester101 May 19 at 10:18
    
The power runs from the breaker panel (you say fuse - is it screw in fuse or a switch breaker?) to the switch, then from the switch to the light. The points of failure are the breaker switch (or fuse), the switch itself, the light housing, or the wiring. Over time, screws that hold the wires to the switch and housing can back out, especially if there is a strain on the wire. You can take the switch cover off easily and take a peek at the switch, and with the fuse pulled or breaker off for that circuit (verify, as you can't use the light on/off to tell!), verify they're attached. –  mikegreen May 19 at 14:37
    
thank you, yes, i meant fuse panel. the switch is on, the light bulb works in different fixtures. There is only one fixture for this particular switch. –  user21594 May 19 at 23:48

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Test the switch. If you don't have a meter, bypass the switch (line to load). If that doesn't work, you might have a short in a box.

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How do you test a switch? What meter? Why would you expect a short, if the OP didn't report a tripped breaker or blown fuse? –  Tester101 May 20 at 11:33

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