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Ott Lite quit working, replaced bulb, examined

Ott Light quit working, replaced bulb, examined for wire breaks, switch functions well, still does not light up. OTT Lite W9437T. Thanks

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  • Anonymous Mar 26, 2009

    my trouble is the ott light will go on for 4-5 minutes then goes off for 15-20 minutes and will come back on . all seems well in cord what is it

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