Sparking Switch


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Old 04-09-03, 05:08 AM
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Sparking Switch

I have a combination switch (2 switches in 1) where the upper switch sparks when turned off. Bottom switch is fine.
Its a new switch. Does this mean its defective, or is this fairly common? Safe?
This top switch controls some exterior house lights (4A total).
The bottom one controls a lamp post. Switch is rated at 15A.

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Old 04-09-03, 05:21 AM
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Just because it's new, doesn't necessarily mean it's good, I'd take the switch back and get another. It should not spark.
 
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Old 04-09-03, 06:39 AM
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All switches spark when flipped. The size of the spark depends on the quality of the switch and the number of amps being switched. Whether or not it's a problem depends on how big the spark is, how dark the room was before you noticed, and how closely you had to look to see it.
 
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Old 04-09-03, 11:09 AM
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I figure that they all spark to some degree.

this one emits a pretty blue spark, the whole width of the cutout in the switch cover plate (3/8"), and projects out from the cover plate approx 1/4".

The lighting in the room is adaquate to navigate around the room.

And I was able to see the spark at arms length.

The switch is an $8.00 Leviton, don't have the model #
and I'm drawing around 4 amps.
 
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Old 04-09-03, 11:44 AM
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4 amps on a good switch should not cause a visible spark. Sorry I left out the word visible on my original post.
 
 

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