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Lights go out

When switching from bright lights to dim, my lights will totally turn off, sometimes if I switch back to bright then to dim again, they will work. Sometimes if I wait a second or two they will come on by themselves.

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Dimmer switch is going bad. If you rapid fire the switch they will switch from bright to dim or dim to bright. replace the colum switch.

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