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  • Electrical Question....

    With the slowdown in business, I've really been attacking the Honey Do list with vigor. Most recently, I repainted the up stairs master bedroom and hallway. Up next on the list is replacing all of the interior door hardware and resetting all of the strike plates in the jambs.

    So, the Mrs decides that the hall ceiling light fixture just HAS to be replaced so the trim ring matches all the new door hardware. :no clue: So, like a good little soldier I replace it and while doing so, install those newfangled energy saving compact flourescent lights.

    Now, the house was built back in the late '50s or early '60's. There is no ground running in the house wiring. The new fixture of course had a ground wire which I attached to the grounding screw on the mounting bar and hooked up the hot and neutral wires as they were supposed to be.

    What's wierd (to me anyway), is even with the power to the light fixture off, the compact flourescents have "flickers" of light running through them off an on.... off an on. And by "on" I mean the "flicker" of light. I switched back to incadescent bulbs and nothing.

    Do I have a problem in the wiring or is this "normal".... any ideas???

    Thanks in advance....

    EDIT: Just to add.... not that this matters, but I changed out the light switches when I painted. I installed two new three way switches and cover plates. I installed the new switches EXACTLY like the old ones. The only difference being the new ones are "lighted" switches. But that shouldn't really matter though I wouldn't think. But then again, I'm no electrician.
    John W.
    Indy

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    I think the switch is the problem. Here's some google goodness.

    http://willnicholes.com/cflswitches.htm
    I could do a lot of things if I had some money.

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    • #3
      Dang.... thanks for the reply. I appreciate it. What the article describes is EXACTLY what happens. The flickering has slowed down to being almost non existant. So, I guess it's up to the Mrs on which she wants more.... CFL's or the lighted switches.
      John W.
      Indy

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      • #4
        Originally posted by nwbnd
        I think the switch is the problem. Here's some google goodness.

        http://willnicholes.com/cflswitches.htm
        Beat me to it! We had a customer with the same problem just recently...

        BTW Quad...what brand of CFLs are you using?? I have found a great discrepancy in the life quality & light "color" of the bulbs...

        We sell GE at the hardware store...I wish we would pick up Westinghouse too...

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        • #5
          Originally posted by rumonkey2
          Beat me to it! We had a customer with the same problem just recently...

          BTW Quad...what brand of CFLs are you using?? I have found a great discrepancy in the life quality & light "color" of the bulbs...

          We sell GE at the hardware store...I wish we would pick up Westinghouse too...
          I just picked up a three pack of 13 watt SYLVANIA "Super Mini" 60 watt replacement bulbs like these (except the link shows the 11 watt/40 watt replacement bulbs)....

          http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?actio...767&lpage=none

          With this being an interior hall, it's pretty dark. So, the Mrs really wants to keep the lighted switches. This is a two bulb fixture and frankly, the two 60 watt incandescents WERE pretty darned bright. I guess I could back them off to 40 watts or even less if I can find the right base on a lower watt incandescent bulb.

          I guess I didn't realize there was much difference in the bulbs.... But, in retrospect, that DOES make sense. Do you think a higher quality bulb would help? I'm sure these are about as cheap as can be since they were from Lowes and in a three pack.
          John W.
          Indy

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          • #6
            While I'm pro CFL (despite disposal headaches) I think you can rationalize using incandescents in a hallway. At least at my house they won't get nearly the use as the lights in the kitchen or living room. If you really want to have some fun and the layout allows it put in motion sensors.
            I could do a lot of things if I had some money.

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            • #7
              What happened to me

              Ok,

              I did the same thing replacing the switch with a lighted switch. In my case the switch turned on 4 recessed cans. Now go figure only one flickered. I found out that the 3 pack were dimmable CFL's and the single I grabbed was not.

              As stated all CFL's are not created equally. If you have a dimmable bulb laying around it may be worth a try.

              Lance
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              • #8
                Yeah, I was going to suggest trying dimmable CFLs too. They'll handle lower current without flickering, up to a point. I'm assuming the current when the lighted switch is off falls below the threshold.

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