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Stcrosby 06-04-2013 12:50 PM

High Hats Flashing
 
Does this sound familiar to any electricians??
When I turn on one 3 way switch ALL of the lights flash in perfect rythm.

I just installed 2 sets of high hats in my basement. Both sets are on the same circuit. Both sets are on 3 ways switches(total 4 switches). It has been inspected and it has been working fine for the last few weeks. One set had low watt non-dim cfl's and th other set had LEDs. The set with the LEDs I replaced all but one bulb with the cfls. So yes I had 4 cfls and 1 Led. This is when the OTHER set began flashing. I removed the led so now both sets only have cfls and the problems continues. Again this only happens when using one of the 2 3way switches. The lights work like normal when I use the other switch.

Anybody??

MTN REMODEL LLC 06-04-2013 01:46 PM

Boy...I don't know... sorta sounds like a bad travelor... but then it should be affecting the other switch also when they are on a different throw.:huh:

"ALL of the lights flash in perfect rythm".... Any chance your place is an old disco?..LOL

Stcrosby 06-04-2013 01:54 PM

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Originally Posted by MTN REMODEL LLC (Post 1195118)
Boy...I don't know... sorta sounds like a bad travelor... but then it should be affecting the other switch also when they are on a different throw.:huh:

"ALL of the lights flash in perfect rythm".... Any chance your place is an old disco?..LOL

LOL There was orange and brown carpet over the old panel walls so who knows....

Ive confirmed power. Im going to try and swap out the switch.
What really puzzles me is that this just started happening after working correctly????

joed 06-04-2013 01:58 PM

From your description of only happening from one switch it sure sounds like a bad switch.
What happens if you turn the flashing off from the other switch and turn it back on from the original switch that made the flashing?

HouseHelper 06-04-2013 06:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Stcrosby
Does this sound familiar to any electricians??
When I turn on one 3 way switch ALL of the lights flash in perfect rythm.

I just installed 2 sets of high hats in my basement. Both sets are on the same circuit. Both sets are on 3 ways switches(total 4 switches). It has been inspected and it has been working fine for the last few weeks. One set had low watt non-dim cfl's and th other set had LEDs. The set with the LEDs I replaced all but one bulb with the cfls. So yes I had 4 cfls and 1 Led. This is when the OTHER set began flashing. I removed the led so now both sets only have cfls and the problems continues. Again this only happens when using one of the 2 3way switches. The lights work like normal when I use the other switch.

Anybody??

Is one of the switches a dimmer?

MTN REMODEL LLC 06-04-2013 07:28 PM

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Originally Posted by HouseHelper (Post 1195292)
Is one of the switches a dimmer?

Is one of the switches a rythmic flasher:thumbup:


Soory... Just hada couple of cocktails after a good time

Stcrosby 06-04-2013 08:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by joed (Post 1195125)
From your description of only happening from one switch it sure sounds like a bad switch.
What happens if you turn the flashing off from the other switch and turn it back on from the original switch that made the flashing?

Flashing again, But the other switch controls as normal.

Stcrosby 06-04-2013 08:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HouseHelper (Post 1195292)
Is one of the switches a dimmer?

Each set of 3 ways has a one dimmer and one non dimmer. And Yes it is the dimmer that is causing the flashing. I will swap it out in the am and report back.

MTN REMODEL LLC 06-04-2013 10:09 PM

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Originally Posted by Stcrosby (Post 1195373)
Each set of 3 ways has a one dimmer and one non dimmer. And Yes it is the dimmer that is causing the flashing. I will swap it out in the am and report back.

House helper... My apologies for doubting your question.... I kinda assumed that Stcrosby might have mentioned that in his original post post.

What is your opinion... does he not have a three way dimmer...?

frenchelectrican 06-05-2013 12:18 AM

What kind of dimmer switch and how you ran the switches in what fashion ?

I think you should try swap the traveller first to see if that clear up if not then you have a misconnection on the dimmer itself.

And where this dimmer is located in the first part of switch circuit or on the end of switch circuit ?

Merci,
Marc

HouseHelper 06-05-2013 09:09 AM

Non-dimmable CFLs + dimmer = flashing.
You need dimmable CFLs and a dimmer that is compatable.

joed 06-05-2013 01:22 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HouseHelper (Post 1195597)
Non-dimmable CFLs + dimmer = flashing.
You need dimmable CFLs and a dimmer that is compatable.

Exactly.

Stcrosby 06-05-2013 04:28 PM

The cfl's were thrown in to light the basement until I pony'd up for the LED's(since I have not heard of any dimmable cfl's worth a damn, any suggestions??) I knew the cfl's were not dimmable but I did not ecpext them to start going banannas, I just figured they would not dim.

And Im still curious as to why after a few weeks of working fine, then this occurred??

Anyway, I swapped out the switch with a non dimmer 3way and they are working fine.

joed 06-05-2013 07:49 PM

Is the dimmer turn up to full? If the dimmer was on full before and someone adjusted it down to a dimming position that could account for it.

kbsparky 06-05-2013 08:14 PM

Even set at "full" most dimmers are still dimming a little bit.

You can't use standard dimmers on most CFL and LED applications.


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