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I have a slide dimmer switch The orange light on the switch plate is flickering, when slid down in the off position?

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  • Anonymous Feb 28, 2009

    Thanks for the response, The dimmer was installed approx. 1 yr ago. The little orange light on the plate flickers and just want to make sure it won't affect the actual wire connections and cause a short... hopefully, if it burns out, it won't harm anything?

  • Dan Todd May 11, 2010

    Do you have it connected to a fluorescent bulb?

  • Terry Lee
    Terry Lee May 11, 2010

    How long have you been using this dimmer before the problem occurs? Or is this a new dimmer? If it is an old dimmer, the dimmer coil could be leaking and need a change.

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This is caused by the neon bulb that is used in most slide dimmer switches, it is normal and doesn't mean anything is wrong with your dimmer. The flickering is because the neon bulb doesn't have the usual filament, but used neon gas to cause the light to glow.

The bulb is used as a locater light for nightime so you can more easily find the switch in the dark. When the light switch is turned on, the neon bulb typically isn't lit.

Hope you find this Very Helpful and best regards!

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