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Old 04-14-2012, 04:46 PM   #1
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twin lamp sockets w/3 way switch.(for florescent bulbs),
Can I buy a lamp fixture w/2 bulb sockets that work on a 3-way switch which on the 1st click lights one bulb, on the 2nd click lights only the other bulb, on the 3rd click lights both bulbs, on the 4th click turns off the lamp?


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Old 04-14-2012, 05:59 PM   #2
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twin lamp sockets w/3 way switch.(for florescent bulbs),
Can I buy a lamp fixture w/2 bulb sockets that work on a 3-way switch which on the 1st click lights one bulb, on the 2nd click lights only the other bulb, on the 3rd click lights both bulbs, on the 4th click turns off the lamp?
Well, I have no idea what kind of fixture you're talking about this can be done. You may find something that is setup this way, or you can also add a 3-way switch to almost any fixture.

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I think you are looking for something like this:
http://www.antiquelampsupply.com/pro...-rotary-switch
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twin lamp sockets w/3 way switch.(for florescent bulbs),
Can I buy a lamp fixture w/2 bulb sockets that work on a 3-way switch
It is possible to have a lamp fixture wired like that but I have not seen one. The logic of a classic three way switch with an incandescent 3-way bulb is:
  1. Lower Filament
  2. Higher Filament
  3. Both Filaments
  4. Neither Filament
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Typically it would be the ballast that would control this

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The reason for this is to use the new swirly type florescent bulbs (very inexpensive) instead of the 3-way swirly type florescent bulbs (very expensive). I stayed in a Best Western Motel in PA which used this type of fixture in their lamps. Very smart.

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A 3 way cfl costs between 8-12 dollars. Not very expensive imo

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