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Old 03-02-2013, 02:04 PM   #1
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I have 2 hall lights that are controlled by 3 light switches. One at the bottom of the stairs and 2 at the top of the stairs. If I use the light switch at the bottom of the stairs to turn on the light and then turn it off at the top of the stairs I can't turn it back on with the light switch at the bottom of the stairs or sometimes not the other one upstairs. There is no consistancy that I have found with the position of each of the switches either up or down. I have taken the face plates off the switches and there doesn't seem to be any damge or loose wires. The light bulbs are CFLs so no filiment intermittently coming in contact. I am at a loss of what could be wrong. I don't believe it is any of the switches. Any advice is appreciated.

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Old 03-02-2013, 02:20 PM   #2
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Is this a new issue?
Has any work been done to that circuit recently?
Have you tried a regular incandescent bulb to see if it changes anything?

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Old 03-02-2013, 02:37 PM   #3
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One or both of the switches are miswired. A traveler is transposed with a common.
Answers based on the National Electrical Code. Local amendments may apply. Check with your local building officials.
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