Best Answer

I really need more detailed information to answer your question. How many lights were added and what wattage bulbs are being used? For a 15-amp breaker, the maximum wattage it would handle would be around 1650 watts. This would be about 16 100-watt bulbs. Does your breaker trip immediately when you turn the light switch on? If you have an ohmmeter you can check the tripped breaker. Put one lead on the black "hot" wire coming from the breaker. Remember, the breaker must be off. Then put the other lead on the ground bar. If the ohm reading is very low, close to 2 ohms, then you have a direct short to ground somewhere in your wiring.

User Avatar

Wiki User

โˆ™ 2005-01-28 16:58:43
This answer is:
User Avatar

Add your answer:

Earn +5 pts
Q: Why would the breaker kick off when adding a run of lights with a switch at the end of the lights?
Write your answer...

Related Questions

Why don't the head lights work on my 1966 mustang all other lights work?

I would guess the headlight dimmer switch on the floor board is bad or has a loose wire. Possibly the head light switch is bad. The headlight switch has a separate circuit breaker for just the head lights.

Why would Chevy Suburban dash lights running lights and high beams not work even though the fuses are good?

The headlight switch may be bad. Try replacing. Its the Headlight switch. The switch has a built in Circuit Breaker that self resets. It has become bad and will eventually give it up.

Why would the headlights on a Chrysler Fifth Avenue not come on but all other running lights do?

The headlights run on a different fuse from all other lights. Locate and check this fuse. Also the headlight switch may have a circuit breaker inside and after time it will get weak and not reset. Check for power to the switch and if you have power to the switch and then the switch has gone bad and should be replaced.

Where is the Switch to turn fog lights on in a 2004 Kia Sedona?

There are no fog lights if there is no switch. it would be labelled.

Is a switch a circuit breaker?

No. A circuit breaker is a switch, but a switch is not necessarily a circuit breaker. A "circuit breaker" is a device that will open the circuit when more current than it is designed for flows through the circuit. This is an automatic function, and does not require manual manipulation (such as a person physically moving an on/off switch). Resetting is often a manual function. <<>> If taken in the context of a switch opening a circuit or making a break in the circuit then the question, Is a switch a circuit breaker, then the answer would be, yes, as the switch does break the circuit.

How do you fix the brake lights on a 1966 mustang?

How the brake lights work on a 66 Mustang is very simple. Power goes from the headlight switch to the brake light switch, then through the turn signal switch and back to the brake lights. There is no fuse in that system. There is a self resetting circuit breaker in the headlight switch, but, if that was tripped, none of the lights on the car would work. The first thing to check is the brake light switch itself by bypassing it. Unplug the connector from the switch and run a jumper from from one slot in the connector to the other. If the brake lights come on, replace the brake light switch. If they don't, the problem is either a wire has lost continuity or there is a problem in the turn signal switch.

What is a switch that automatically opens if the current is to high?

That would be a circuit breaker.

Why could your headlights in your 94 Bonneville not be working and theres no fuse?

Bad circuit breaker. Bad headlight switch. Bad dimmer switch. Broken wire. Burned out bulbs. Get a volt meter. Check the headlight switch. See if you have voltage going into it and coming out of it. Can you turn on your tail lights and not your headlights? Can you turn on your parking lights? Do your dashboard lights go on? Can you hit the switch for your bright lights to go on when nothing else goes on? You should have a wiring diagram. Your headlights should have a circuit breaker that goes on and off if there is a bad circuit. It should make them flash so that you have a little light. Still, both bulbs should not be burned out at the same time. The first thing that I would do is see if anything happens if I pull out the headlight switch. If the dash lights do not go on, it is probably the switch. Still, I would check the wiring diagram. Then I would open the hood and look for a broken wire. Then I would look under the dash and look for a broken wire. Then I would get out my volt meter and would follow the headlight wire until I had voltage. Then I would know where the problem was.

How do you fix pot lights when one of four seems to have shorted out and now none work and it's not the breaker?

Pot lights? I will guess recessed ceiling lights? I would look at the one that shorted to see if it is the first one in the series and lost the connection. The switch may also be the problem.

What would cause you to have tail lights but no brake lights?

Check the switch on the brake pedal

Would the ignition switch control the dash lights?

With most vehicles you can turn on the parking lights or the headlights and the dash illumination lights light up without turning on the ignition switch.

Why would brake lights work intermittently?

brake switch ???

What alteration would occur if a single pole switch is reconnected to become a master switch?

If a single pole switch is wired to be a master switch, the switch would have to be in the on position for any other control devices to operate. Turning the master switch off would eliminate power to all devices (and/or loads) which it was serving. For example, some homes have a switch to control their outside light. If the outside light has a photo eye (the light will only come on at night), the switch is the master switch. Another example would be the breakers in an electrical panel. Each breaker would be the "master switch" for the circuit it protects. The main breaker in the panel would be the "master switch" for the entire home.

What would cause brake lights and running lights not to work you have power to the brake switch?

fuse, bulbs

Why would your driving lights blink on a 1993 Accord?

The headlight switch has a built in circuit breaker. It is to protect the system in case of a short. Also the voltage regulator is built into the alternator. Or, you could just have a bad ground somewhere.

Would the brake light switch affect interior lights?

no it will not, because they're not connected with the same switch

98 Tahoe no brake lights changed the brake switch still no brake lights and now the hazered lights not working at a lost on what to do?

If the fuses and bulbs are okay I would blame the signal switch assembly. They call it a multi-function switch these days.

Why would a circuit breaker switch spark?

the circuit breaker spark when it comes an over load, loss contact,but the probable cause is loss contact...and also the circuit breaker is going to be damage or destroyed.

Can you use a Circuit breaker as a switch?

Answer for USA, Canada and countries running a 60 Hertz supply service.Yes a circuit breaker can be used as a switch. In big warehouse complexes it is done all the time. The breaker that is used is designed for this job to take the daily on off operations. Answer for countries in Europe and other world areas running a 50 Hz supply service.Whilst operating the circuit breaker would certainly work as a switch this would not comply with safety codes in many areas. The main concerns would be:The breaker may not be in a suitable place near the appliance.The breaker might not disconnect both (or all) conductors so would not function as an isolator.The breaker may not be designed to be used frequently.

Headlight issue 1996 metro Headlight switch off day time running lights work. Parking light switch on headlights and parking lights work headlight switch on no lights work. Anyone have ideas?

I would start with replacing the head light switch

Why would my brake lights work but tail lights and dash lights do not - Jeep Wrangler 1999?

Check fuses or headlight switch

Why would you have no brake lights but all the other lights work?

Blown fuse or bad brake light switch?

In an open open circuit will the lights be on or off?

In an open circuit the lights would be off. Closing the switch turns them on.

Why wont the tail lights go off on your 95 Nissan truck?

Those tail lights could be the brake lights you are seeing and that would be a faulty brake light switch or the brake light switch is out of adjustment.

What do you call a push button switch that you push on when power supply shut down you have to push it on again?

That would be a breaker, as in circuit breaker. Just like the ones on your house.