My wife recently bought a very nice light for our newly redone office.
This light requires only to be touched to be turned on and off - no manual
switch. We put a fluorescent bulb in it and it worked great.
The only problem is that when the ceiling fan is on and the light is off,
the light will flicker like a strobe. I also noticed that when I pull the
chain on the fain, I sometimes hear a loud pop in my computer speakers. We
ended up returning the light to the store, but that doesn't solve the
What wold cause this? Poor insolation between wires? A bad diy job from
Electric motors can place electric pulses or "noise" on your electric
lines. This can cause problems with electronic devices. (Your lamp had an
electronic "touch" control.) You can get a noise filter such as the
following for your plug-in stuff...
Or a noise filter for your ceiling fan...
"C" wrote in message
It's not likely to be anything to do with the wiring per-se.
"Touch buttons" are extremely sensitive devices (often very sensitive circuitry
trying to detect capacitance), and may misbehave in the presence/close proximity
of anything generating electrical noise (like a ceiling fan motor or ceiling fan
speed adjuster). Or even a dimmer. Over the wire, or radiated.
As the other poster suggested, an AC-filter on the lamp is likely to solve
the problem. But not guaranteed.
Using a fluorescent bulb in it may make the sensitivity worse - because
they're electrically noisy themselves (in certain ways). So, experiment if
you want to try again.
Chris Lewis, Una confibula non set est
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