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Old 07-24-2014, 10:49 AM   #1
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Any electricians around?

I have a fixture above a set of stairs with two light sockets. One is empty and one has a CFL light in it. Last night my daughter noticed that the CFL light was flickering. Only problem is that the light switch was OFF! We tried another light bulb with the same result. I tried using the empty socket, same thing. When I used a regular light bulb there was no flickering. My landlord took off the cover to the light switch and said that if there was a short, there would be some arcing and he didn't see that so everything was fine. If it was fine, the light wouldn't be flickering genius. So, is it really ok that it flickers when it is off or is it something that needs to be fixed or should I just leave a regular bulb in it and say good enough?
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Old 07-24-2014, 11:52 AM   #2
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No electrician, but, I think a new switch should be installed.
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Old 07-24-2014, 11:57 AM   #3
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Are either attached to a dimmer?
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Old 07-24-2014, 12:11 PM   #4
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No, it's not a dimmer switch. Just a standard on/off.
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Old 07-24-2014, 12:52 PM   #5
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Replace the switch.
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Old 07-24-2014, 12:57 PM   #6
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The switch is bad - wont necessarily see it arc (you probably won't)

New switch is easily replaced & will cost about $2.00
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Old 07-24-2014, 01:25 PM   #7
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Thank you for the advice
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