Circuit Breaker issue

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.
Any ideas?
Thanks, JP
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Jay Pique wrote:

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 contacts open.
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.
HTH,
Jeff
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Jeff Wisnia wrote:

It *is* new. I'll have to check on the arc-fault detecting feature.

That could be it.

I'm going to try a different switch. I tried a new switch of the same make/model, but I haven't tried another type.

I'll let you know.
JP
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wrote:

Try a new switch
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snipped-for-privacy@aol.com wrote:

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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