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I have installed two new light fixtures that are on the same breaker; a hallway and bathroom vanity. I simply replaced the outdated ones.
The first one in the hallway worked fine.

Started working in the bathroom. Now, neither of them work Everything is connected like it should be. I made sure no connections came undone.

I disconnected the bathroom. The hallway doesn’t work.

I turn on the breaker there’s still no electricity being sent to the bathroom or hallway. Is there something I haven’t checked? Did I break my house?

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  • Make sure to check and reset any GFCI outlets that are in the area.
    – JACK
    May 24, 2020 at 22:36
  • I love that input! Unfortunately this bathroom doesn’t have a GFCI which I did buy to replace. However, I’m not sure I want to mess with anything yet anymore! 😂 May 24, 2020 at 22:44
  • Can you post photos of the insides of the boxes involved please? May 24, 2020 at 23:36
  • The GFCI could be in the hall, it could be anywhere.
    – JACK
    May 24, 2020 at 23:55

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The thing about GFCI

GFCI isn't a special kind of socket. It's a zone of protection. Inside that zone, the current going in and out is monitored. (electricity flows in loops, that's why every plug has at least 2 prongs). If the 2 sides of the loop are equal, all is well. If not, current is leaking and could be shocking someone.

Here's an example of a zone. Some GFCIs are circuit breakers. The GFCI breaker places the entire circuit in its zone of protection.

You're well familiar with the GFCI receptacle. Obviously, the GFCI socket places the sockets into its zone of protection, I mean duh :) But actually, on the back of the GFCI receptacle, covered up with a warning tape that says (very roughly) "For Wizards Only", are two special terminals marked LOAD. They have one purpose: extending the zone of protection to more of the circuit. (And they should never be used, ever, except for that one purpose - that's why the LINE screws take two wires).

So even a GFCI socket somewhere else can protect other stuff - lights, fans, and other sockets.

Think about it: That socket in the bathroom must get its power from somewhere, right? Very likely that place is itself some sort of GFCI device. That would explain why the bathroom doesn't have a GFCI receptacle if it's already under the protection of a GFCI device somewhere else, it wouldn't need one!

Anyway... I have a sneaking feeling that you changed these lights with the power turned on. And I have a feeling you touched a neutral wire to ground, or did something to cause imbalanced current to flow, and this tripped a GFCI somewhere.

So you need to go hunting for that GFCI recep, breaker or deadfront that has tripped.

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