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Old 07-18-2011, 01:41 PM   #1
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My vacuum acts like a switch to turn the lights on


When i plug my vacuum in the bedroom and i try to turn it on, instead of the vacuum to turn on the light on the room turns on and the vacuum reemains off. It seems the vacuum switch becomes the swittch for the ligh. any ideas why?

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The light that comes on, is it plugged into a wall receptacle or is it a ceiling light?

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Loose nuetral at the receptacle. Either at the one that your useing or a receptacle up stream.
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Did you do some wiring changes or additions of your own in the bedroom or nearby recently? A wiring mistake could cause this problem.
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My vacuum acts like a switch to turn the lights on


does the light come on at full brightness ?
Or is it dull ?

I would also think there is a bad connecttion somewhere,
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Or this could be BS. Let's see if the OP comes back with a followup.
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My vacuum acts like a switch to turn the lights on


Most common cause of this issue is someone trying to install a new receptacle below a light switch that is a switch loop.

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