Switch making spakes

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Old 09-22-04, 05:20 AM
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Switch making spakes

Hi,

In my basement, there are two neons (4 feet long) connected on a single switch. Sometime it make spakes, we can see green light in the switch when we turn it ON.

What do you think? Should I replace the switch? Is it normal to control two neons with only one switch?


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Old 09-22-04, 05:43 AM
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Every switch sparks when you turn it on or off, when there is a load present. You usually don't see the spark when turning the switch off because it is masked by the light being on. You probably see this spark because it is your basement (usually dark) and because the neon lamps take a few seconds to come on.

Some switches are better than others and all switches eventually wear out. If you are concernee about the sparks, or if they seem excessive in any way then I would replace the switch.
 
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