I have a incandescent light in a recessed fixture in the basement that
doesn't come on instantly. When you flip the switch, nothing happens,
but if you leave the switch on the light comes on a few minutes later.
I have changed the light switch and it still takes some time to work.
What might the reason be for not coming on in an instant? That's me
with the fluorescent light problem in a previous post as well. I am
sure they are not related, but who knows. Thanks for your help.
If it's a low voltage fixture, there may be a slight delay but not minutes.
There is a thermal cutout wired into the junction box of the fixture, which
may be faulty. Other than that, only a loose connection would cause a delay.
If it's a loose connection, I would expect it to flicker on and off
I've had Capsule light do some very
strange things, so it could be the
bulb, especially if it's one of them. I
have a 50 watt unit right now in
my kitchen that, if it's left on for a
long period of time, you hear a click
and it goes out. After an apparent cool
down, it got back on.
As somebody else suggested, first just change the bulb making sure
it's an "ordinary" bulb. If it then works normally, you've found the
If the problem still occurs, you know there's a problem in the base
most likely. I'd start w/ taking the bulb out and checking voltage in
the socket (carefully!) w/ a VOM while somebody operates the switch
and see what that looks like. Are there other lights on the same
A common problem is in the center terminal of the lamp socket. The
plastic gets tired and allows the center terminal to sag, so the fix
is easy: turn off the circuit, take out the lamp and with needle nose
pliers or other handy tool, pull up the center contact a small amount
(be careful), reinstall lamp and all should be well. HTH
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