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Old 06-04-2013, 01:50 PM   #1
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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.

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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.

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

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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.

"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????
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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?
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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?
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Is one of the switches a dimmer?
Is one of the switches a rythmic flasher


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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.
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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.
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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...?
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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 ?

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