1. When you loose power to receptacles in kitchens, bathrooms, basements or outdoors,
resetting a GFCI will most often solve the problem.
2. When you loose power to lights with or without receptacles,
resetting a circuit breaker will most often solve the problem.
3. Unless it specifically states on the packaging, CFL and LED light bulbs will not work with dimmers. CFL bulbs do not work correctly with most night time and motion sensors.
2. Resetting a circuit breaker that has turned itself off
As the picture to the left illustrates, when a circuit breaker turns itself off, the switch is not in the on or the off position but actually somewhere in the middle. It needs to be pushed all the way over to the off position before it can be turned back on. If you try this and the breaker does not stay on, unplug all the power cords from the receptacles that are controlled by that circuit breaker (you will know which receptacles it controls because they will have no power), then try turning the breaker on again. If the breaker stays on, plug all the cords back in, one at a time, and if any of the cords cause the breaker to turn off when you plug it in, that cord or what is connected to it, is faulty. If you have tried everything and the breaker will not stay on, you need an electrician please call 828-775-1040 or click the Contact Us link.