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Old 01-27-2009, 12:11 AM   #1
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When I turned off our basement light earlier, I swear I saw a flash of light behind the panel ( in the wall). I just passed it off as nothing. Now when I go to turn off the light switch, it felt pretty damn hot. now I am scared to go to sleep, as I hae a 4 and 8 year old in the house. The longer I have left the switch off, the cooler it gets .. however, I am still worried .. anyone w/ any ideas??!!

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When I turned off our basement light earlier, I swear I saw a flash of light behind the panel ( in the wall). I just passed it off as nothing. Now when I go to turn off the light switch, it felt pretty damn hot. now I am scared to go to sleep, as I hae a 4 and 8 year old in the house. The longer I have left the switch off, the cooler it gets .. however, I am still worried .. anyone w/ any ideas??!!
When you say panel do you mean the main electrical panel or the switch cover plate?

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Old 01-27-2009, 12:24 AM   #4
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Switches do arc somewhat when turned on and off.....but a hot feeling switch.....if you have no electrical knowledge at all or any testing equipment, if it is possible, I would turn on the light (so you know you have the right breaker) and then find and turn off the breaker until someone with more experience can take a look at this for you.
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done deal!!! thank you for the help!!!!! have a great night!!!
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Old 01-27-2009, 12:33 AM   #6
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You too. Be safe.
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Old 01-27-2009, 07:37 AM   #7
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It sounds like the switch is wearing out. When they wear out, the contacts inside may not make a good connection, and could heat up.

I would replace the switch ASAP.
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Old 01-27-2009, 07:44 AM   #8
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If you found the correct breaker and it killed the power to the light you can replace the switch your self.
If there is more than two wires draw a diagram of how they hook up. If you control the light from two different locations you will need a 3way switch.
It is an easy task if the power is off.
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Kill power. Replace switch. Drink two beers. Done. Sleep!
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Old 01-28-2009, 11:29 AM   #10
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It sounds like the switch is wearing out. When they wear out, the contacts inside may not make a good connection, and could heat up.

I would replace the switch ASAP.
Maybe it's just that the screw terminals are loose.

A good switch dissipates less than 1/2W at 15A; you wouldn't notice this temp. rise. Yours might be cooking itself with a few watts.


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