Wall Outlet Didn't Work Until I Turned Second Light On

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Old 12-23-10, 12:01 PM
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Wall Outlet Didn't Work Until I Turned Second Light On

On either side of the bed headboard are outlets. The top outlet on each is controlled by a wall switch and the bottom one works without having to use the switch.

I have a lamp plugged in on one side, but have not turned it on in a while and the wall switch is off. Today, I plugged in a night light on the other side, top outlet, and it wouldn't turn on, even with the wall switch. I then turned on the lamp on the other side and when I went to turn on the night light it started working.

Why would this be?
 
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Old 12-23-10, 12:42 PM
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and when I went to turn on the night light it started working.
If it is not a full brightness this is a classic example of being miss-wired in series. Open both receptacles and tell us all the wiring and connections. Are the tabs between the brass screws removed?
 
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If it is not a full brightness this is a classic example of being miss-wired in series. Open both receptacles and tell us all the wiring and connections. Are the tabs between the brass screws removed?
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Thanks for the quick response. The brightness is fine. This is a small home we're renting and I won't be able to do what you just mentioned; I should have been clearer. Is this something that is hazardous? We don't want to bother the owner unless it's necessary.
 
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Old 12-23-10, 03:07 PM
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You need to call the landlord. As a matter of liability tenants should not do electrical work, local ordinances may even prohibit it.
 
 

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