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asbury park 01-29-2013 08:17 PM

Light switch/light not working
 
We have one switch in our house that has been acting funny. It is in our walk in closet and sometimes it will turn the light on and sometimes it won't. Any thoughts here?

Stubbie 01-29-2013 08:46 PM

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Originally Posted by asbury park (Post 1105198)
We have one switch in our house that has been acting funny. It is in our walk in closet and sometimes it will turn the light on and sometimes it won't. Any thoughts here?

What kind of switch .. door jam switch or a typical toggle type light switch?

What kind of light fixture?

asbury park 01-29-2013 08:59 PM

Typical toggle switch. It is an overhead "dome" style light on the ceiling.

kreemoweet 01-29-2013 10:15 PM

1. loose connection at switch
2. loose connection at fixture
3. loose light bulb
4. Chinese light bulb

kbsparky 01-29-2013 11:09 PM

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Originally Posted by kreemoweet (Post 1105286)
1. loose connection at switch
2. loose connection at fixture
3. loose light bulb
4. Chinese light bulb

5. Bad switch.

k_buz 01-29-2013 11:14 PM

Is it a fluorescent light? I'm thinking circle-line lamp/ballast. (Round tube type fluorescent)

joecaption 01-30-2013 02:19 AM

Go a meter to check the switch?

asbury park 01-30-2013 04:47 AM

Ok. What's my plan of attack to fix the problem? Electrical is where I have the least experience.

joecaption 01-30-2013 09:38 AM

Kill the breaker to that circut.
Remove the switch cover and check the switch with a Volt OHM meter set to OHMs.
Just flip the switch on and and off, wiggle the switch when it in the on position.
You do not have to disconnect the wires to try this.

paintdrying 01-30-2013 03:36 PM

Chinese light bulb- God help us all

asbury park 02-10-2013 12:30 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by joecaption
Kill the breaker to that circut.
Remove the switch cover and check the switch with a Volt OHM meter set to OHMs.
Just flip the switch on and and off, wiggle the switch when it in the on position.
You do not have to disconnect the wires to try this.


I don't have a Volt meter. Only a voltage detector. Took the switch cover off. Checked the connections and they were ok. So went ahead and replaced the switch and still no luck.

jbfan 02-10-2013 12:34 PM

Turn the power off and replace the switch for 69 cents.
If it doesn't work then, come back for more advice!

asbury park 02-10-2013 12:37 PM

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Originally Posted by jbfan
Turn the power off and replace the switch for 69 cents.
If it doesn't work then, come back for more advice!

See my post above. I did just replace the switch.

jbfan 02-10-2013 12:42 PM

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Originally Posted by asbury park (Post 1113983)
See my post above. I did just replace the switch.

Missed that, sorry.
What kind of fixture?

asbury park 02-10-2013 12:47 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jbfan

Missed that, sorry.
What kind of fixture?

It's an overhead "dome" type light in our walk in closet.


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