The lights attached to a ceiling fan have gone dead. I tested the switches with a voltage tester, and they seem to be working fine. I'm going to recount the whole saga in the hopes that someone can spare me having to call in an electrician for what I suspect is a trivial fix.
- I replaced the halogen light bulbs (e11) with LEDs. They worked fine for weeks.
- I replaced the non-dimmer light switch with a Lutron Sunnata touch switch. This worked for a few days. Then the LEDs starting flickering and after a few days went dead entirely.
- I removed the Sunnata and put in the old dumb switch, but the light remained dead. The voltage tester seems to indicate that everything is working fine. The circuit completes when the switch is the ON position.
- Figuring the LEDs were fried, I put in a new halogen bulb. Still nothing. Incidentally, the voltage tester does not show any voltage in the light socket itself, regardless of switch position.
A final note: the ceiling fan has never worked (I moved in about a year ago).
My guess is that the switch and the wiring seem OK, and most likely the ceiling fan unit itself is dead and needs to be replaced. It seems weird that the thing died when I changed out the light switch, but that was either a coincidence or the new switch somehow pushed an ailing unit over the edge. Am I thinking about this correctly?