I was disconnecting a light fixture, it slid down quickly the hot and nuetral wires touched and caused ceiling lights in three rooms to go out. One outlet is also not functioning.

I went to the panel to switch the breakers on and off. Still no ceiling lights in three rooms. All the outlets are working except for one. Please advise.

  • You had the power on while changing a fixture?
    – Mazura
    Jun 1, 2018 at 17:24

1 Answer 1


Are you sure you manipulated the breaker handle correctly? You need to turn a tripped breaker fully off before you can reset it.

If that isn't the issue, there's a weak connection somewhere in the circuit that failed due to the surge. You'll need to examine each device connection and splice for faults. Pay particular attention to "backstab" connections (rear-facing plunge clamps) on outlets and switches. They're known to fail. Use the screws with a proper wire loop instead.


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