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I have a combination GFCI outlet in the bathroom - it includes one three prong opening and one light switch. When the light switch is turned off, the GFCI outlet tester shows that the three pronged outlet is correctly wired -- two yellow lights. However, when I turn on the light switch, the outlet tester shows all three lights - the two yellow and the red.
A guy who did some electrical work at my house told me it was only important that it shows it is wired correctly when the light switch is off -- he tried to explain why I shouldn't worry about the red light turning on when the light switch is on, but I couldn't really understand the explanation. Does anyone know if this is really ok, and why?

thanks so much!!!
 

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It is a Sperry outlet tester. It does not say what it means when all three lights are on. When I "test" the gfci the light does NOT go on. But, I just made a very strange discovery: I plugged my hair dryer into the outlet when the light switch was in the Off position. when I pressed the button on my hair dryer to turn it on, not only did the hair dryer go on (which I had hoped and expected) but the lights in the bathroom went on! And when I turned my hair dryer off the lights went off! I assume this cannot be a good situation... but maybe this added info will help in figuring out the problem.
 

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Sorry - I meant off - when I test the gfci the lights do not turn off.
I do not know the model number for the receptacle...it just looks like a "standard" combination outlet & light switch - probably the cheapest and simplist and most generic one you'd find at home depot for whatever that is worth... Thanks for any thoughts and ideas. I'm hoping to be able to get an electrician in very soon. I obviously won't use the outlet but hopefully it's safe to use the light switch..
 

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Yes, when I switch the light on and off it turns the light on and off. And the hair dryer was able to turn the light on and off when the light switch was in the off position.
 

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I actually just found that myself a couple of minutes ago - so glad I'm not the first person who this has happened to! Although in my case an actual licensed electrician who came to me with good references did the work.
 
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