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Old 01-29-2013, 08:17 PM   #1
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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?

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Old 01-29-2013, 08:46 PM   #2
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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?

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Old 01-29-2013, 08:59 PM   #3
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Typical toggle switch. It is an overhead "dome" style light on the ceiling.
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Old 01-29-2013, 10:15 PM   #4
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1. loose connection at switch
2. loose connection at fixture
3. loose light bulb
4. Chinese light bulb
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1. loose connection at switch
2. loose connection at fixture
3. loose light bulb
4. Chinese light bulb
5. Bad switch.
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Is it a fluorescent light? I'm thinking circle-line lamp/ballast. (Round tube type fluorescent)
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Go a meter to check the switch?
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Ok. What's my plan of attack to fix the problem? Electrical is where I have the least experience.
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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.
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Chinese light bulb- God help us all
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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.
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Turn the power off and replace the switch for 69 cents.
If it doesn't work then, come back for more advice!
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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.
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See my post above. I did just replace the switch.
Missed that, sorry.
What kind of fixture?
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Missed that, sorry.
What kind of fixture?
It's an overhead "dome" type light in our walk in closet.

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