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Old 04-04-2013, 06:17 PM   #1
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I have a circuit that has been having trouble with switches burning out. The switches operate light fixtures. What could be causing the problem?

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Loose nutral, voltage spikes, cheap switches, back stabbed instead of using the screws,

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Is it the switch to these lights?

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How many light fixtures are we talking about?
Do you ever notice anything unusual on this circuit besides switches going bad?
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I have a circuit that has been having trouble with switches burning out. The switches operate light fixtures. What could be causing the problem?
Are the switches rated for 125V?

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I have a circuit that has been having trouble with switches burning out. The switches operate light fixtures. What could be causing the problem?
What is the system voltage ?

What kind of luminaire ( light fixure ) you have in there.

Once you answer that question plus other guy's comments then we will go from there.

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I have a circuit that has been having trouble with switches burning out. The switches operate light fixtures. What could be causing the problem?
We need to know more about

1 - The size of the load, IE how many amps ?
2 - The nature of the load, IE what type of lights ?
discharge ? floro ? halogens ? incandesant ? CFL ? led ?

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