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What does the light mean on a GFCI outlet?

The light on a GFCI outlet tells you the level of ground fault protection at a glance. The color is a unique message: A green light indicates that the device has exceeded the auto-test and is providing energy, while a red light means the device needs attention.

Decoding a Red Light

If the light on your GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) outlet is red, this means that during an auto-test, the GFCI detected a potential problem. In this case, just press the TEST and RESET buttons to restore the GFCI; the light should turn green, in which case you are in the clear. If the light doesn’t change colors, then there’s likely a larger issue that calls for replacing your device.

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