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    Popping breaker with panel lights

    Everyone,

    I just got 5255M back from annual and did a little night flying over
    the weekend. When I adjusted the dimmer, there was very little light
    output for most of the travel, then the lights came up fairly suddenly
    and the breaker tripped. Repeat, same thing. I don't recall that I've
    ever adjusted the dimmer before.

    Before I spend several hours on my back with a voltmeter checking
    things out, are the dimmer switches suspect, or maybe a weak breaker?
    I would think that since the lights seemed dimmer (forcing me to fiddle
    with the dimmer) that the switch is most likely the culprit.

    Thoughts and suggestions are always appreciated.

    Tom Siler
    Sundowner N5255M
    Columbus, OH


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    Popping breaker with panel lights

    Lights came up then breaker popped? I'd be looking at the voltage
    output of the alternator. Otherwise, maybe a wire chaffed through the
    insulation and pops the breaker. Did they replace any lights, perhaps
    with the wrong voltage? If the voltage is good, not too high, Divide
    and conquer. Take 1 circuit at a time off of the breaker until you find
    which one pops, then start tracing that circuit. But, the first place
    to look, is where any electrical work was done, and also where any
    interior panel was removed and reinstalled. Sometimes a screw can be
    put into a wire bundle and puncture and short out a wire. Good luck.

    Joe

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