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babalina 10-12-2009 07:12 PM

Two Ceiling Light Fixture switches suddenly acting flakey!!!
ok, I have two ceiling fixtures in the dining and kitchen. One is a chandelier, one is a floruescent tube, ( I think). Both fixtures were working like champs when we bought the house, there are TWO separate switches for each of the lights in TWO locations (so four switches in all). Now: All of a sudden, the switches, are acking really flaky...Sometimes the switches don't work, sometimes they do if I change positions, now one switch will turn ON the chandelier, and when I turn off the chandelier, it turns ON the kitchen light. it is not supposed to do this!! What gives?

Red Squirrel 10-12-2009 07:17 PM

Hard to see the exact issue with just this info and without knowing how it's wired, but I am guessing these are two way circuits (any switch can turn on or turn off the light at any time) and a wire somewhere got loose.

Turn off power and unscrew each switch and carefully pull it out to see if there's anything that seems loose. 3 way circuits can do interesting stuff if misswired, or a wire gets loose.

300zx 10-12-2009 07:19 PM

You say you didn't mess with the switches maybe put new ones in ? For what you are talking about is average for people who chanmhge out there rec and lights.

joed 10-12-2009 07:20 PM

If they have worked perfect and you have not done any work on the electrical then probably a loose or open connection somewhere. I don't think a flaky switch could do this.

babalina 10-12-2009 07:34 PM

that is correct, I didn't touch a thing, all of a sudden it was acting weird.

I bet there is a loose wire or two wires touching or something, I better call the electrician....

rselectric1 10-12-2009 07:52 PM

Definately call a licensed electrician if you have not made any changes. You either have a neutral problem, or one of the travellers is touching a hot somewhere.

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