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Old 10-12-2009, 08:12 PM   #1
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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?

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Old 10-12-2009, 08:17 PM   #2
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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.

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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.
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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.
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Old 10-12-2009, 08:34 PM   #5
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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....
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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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