Question about Cooper Lighting Lighted Switch
When My CFL has been burning and I turn off the switch the CFL flickers every six seconds. It does not come on completely but just flashes almost like a strobe. When the circuit breaker is turned off the flickering stops. I had the breaker off last night and when i turned it on NO flickering, I then turned the switch on and back off...flickering again! After about 15 minutes it will stop. Is the illuminated switch drawing a current from the capacitor in the CFL and making it flicker/ i have the switch that has green illumination around the switch handle. my guess is that there is a diode inside the switch. Can you help me with this problem? It freaks the wife out and she is afraid that the house will burn down.
You could be getting power from the source in the switch ... does this flickering occur with a non illuminated switch? Have you tried the CFL in other sockets? Have you checked the socket in question for proper polarity? (Hot wire should be broken by the switch and that hot wire should be connected the bottom of the CFL in the socket). Does your switch have a white wire for the neutral connection or are you using the ground wire to illuminate the switch ... or is there a different lind of light in the switch and/or do you know?
Normally ... let me say again ... normally, (in a traditional sense) an illuminated switch should have a neutral connection, a ground lug and the expected 'in' and 'out' for the switch leg. Normally, I would expect the switch leg to use a black from the power source (normally found in the box where the socket is mounted) and a white from the 'off' side of the switch to the socket.
I tried to draw you a diagram ... but it didnt work out and you probably already get the picture.
If everything checks out ... and it still flickers, replace the switch with a non-illuminated switch or use a incadescent light until they are no longer available.
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Posted on Jun 21, 2010
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I am having the same problem , new CFL was used , new 2 wire switch was used , fixture was replaced ,,,,,still CFL flickes when switch off !!!!
Electrician used the CFL on a fixture at different room , no problem with CFL
Posted on Mar 12, 2012
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