I've got a light that will turn on ok, but when I turn it off it flips
the breaker. I reset the breaker, turn the light on again and it goes
on a stays on. Then I shut it off and it triggers the breaker again.
Is the breaker by perchance one of the newer arc-fault detecting ones?
I've read that some of them can be too damn sensitive and react to
things they really shouldn't, like a small arc occuring when a switch's
If it is one of those kind of breakers, about all I can think of is
first replacing the switch, particularly if it's one of the "silent"
kind, change it to a snap actio., If that doesn't do it, change the
breaker to one from a different manufacturer.
If it ISN'T on of those arc-fault detecting types, then I'm flummoxed,
but would sure like to hear what it turns out to be.
It was a new lamp and a new problem. The lamp had never been used with
the original switch. The breaker may have been too sensitive for the
switch. At someone's suggestion a different type of switch was used
(it "clicks", as they recommended) and the problem hasn't again arisen.
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