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Two switches with two hallway lights-one delays going on.

I have two hallway lights that are connected to two separate switches. The second light was added years after the original and a new switch was installed too. When I turn either switch on, the original light turns on immediately, but the second light takes about one to two additional seconds to turn on (it is very noticeable). If I immediately turn both off and then immediately switch them on again, both light up at the same time with no delay. It's almost as though the second light has to warm up. Could there be a loose connection in the wiring between the light switch and the fixture? I am thinking I could just cut the power, go into the attic and reconnect the two by tightening the wire nuts. Because it happens from both light switches, I don't think the problem is with either switch directly.

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  • smajhood Jan 28, 2009

    I didn't even think of that. My house was rented for three years while I was overseas and I bet the bulb was replaced by the tenants. I'll check tomorrow and let you know. I sure hope it is this simple.

  • smajhood Jan 28, 2009

    It was that simple. I feel very dumb for not thinking about checking this first!


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What it sounds like to me is that the second light may have fluorescent bulbs - either the compact fluorescent type or maybe a circular bulb. The fact that when you turn off the switch and then immediately on and it works fine, also makes sense if that is the case.

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