Any electricians in here?

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Dan Whalen, Nov 17, 2002.

  1. Dan Whalen

    Dan Whalen Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2001
    Messages:
    104
    Likes Received:
    0
    I've got a problem with the ceiling fan/light in our living room. A few weeks ago I flipped the switch off, but the light stayed on. I flipped it on and off about six times before it finally went off. It only did it occasionally. Then it started doing it when I tried to turn the light on (not comming on unless I flipped it a few times). Now the light won't come on at all. What would be the most likely culprit; the switch, the wiring, or the light? I don't know if this has anything to do with it, but a couple of months ago, we had a really (and I mean REALLY) close lightning strike. It made everything in the house flicker, then come back on. The light never did this before the lightning. Any thoughts?

    Dan
     
  2. GeorgeTW

    GeorgeTW Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Nov 16, 2002
    Messages:
    119
    Likes Received:
    0
  3. Glenn Overholt

    Glenn Overholt Producer

    Joined:
    Mar 24, 1999
    Messages:
    4,203
    Likes Received:
    0
    I'd replace it with a known good bulb first, and if that doesn't work, go out and buy a new switch. It probably just went bad on you. They are easy to change, BUT DON'T FORGET TO CUT THE JUICE FIRST!

    Not doing that could result in a very shocking experience!
    Glenn
     
  4. Tim Kilbride

    Tim Kilbride Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2001
    Messages:
    217
    Likes Received:
    0
    It seems that the switch would be the first place I would look...

    TimK
     
  5. Kevin P

    Kevin P Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Jan 18, 1999
    Messages:
    1,439
    Likes Received:
    0
    Is it a regular (mechanical) light switch or an electronic and/or dimmer switch? If it's electronic it's probably going bad. If it's a regular mechanical switch, I'm stumped as these usually either work or they don't (as in the light won't go on at all). But faulty wiring or a short somewhere could cause problems like you describe.

    Also, is it a 3 way switch (two switches controlling the same light)?

    KJP
     
  6. Blake R

    Blake R Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Feb 26, 2002
    Messages:
    77
    Likes Received:
    0
    I would shut off the breaker feeding that branch circuit and then bypass the switch/fan control by nutting together the hot and the switchleg in the outlet box containing the fan control. Turn your breaker back on and see if the fan is operating normally. Toggle the breaker several times and observe the fan operation. Or just replace the switch and conduct the same experiment by toggling the switch instead of the breaker. If it's still flakey your fan wiring may be bad.

    Be careful.
     
  7. Jeff Ulmer

    Jeff Ulmer Producer

    Joined:
    Aug 23, 1998
    Messages:
    5,584
    Likes Received:
    0
    Sounds like a defective switch to me.
     

Share This Page