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Bathroom light doesnít always turn on and sometimes flickers

Bathroom light doesnít always turn on and sometimes flickers

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Old 08-27-20, 08:26 AM
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Bathroom light doesnít always turn on and sometimes flickers

House is 20 years old I am original owner. I replaced bathroom light about 10 years ago and Iím using 3 compact fluorescent bulbs instead of the incandescent.

a few days ago I noticed the light didnít go on when I flipped the switch, and sometimes flickered for a second. Eventually it would turn on, maybe after 4 or 5 tries. It would then stay on until I shut it off.

yesterday I removed the cover plate and checked switch connections. Seemed tight, however, electrician used the push-in connector. I was once told not to use those because they are more likely to fail as opposed using the screws.

i could just replace the switch and see if that works, or re connect using screws. Could possibly be the fixture but i want to rule out the easier fixed first.
 
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Old 08-27-20, 08:52 AM
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Move the wires from the push-in connections to the screw connections at the switch and light as a first attempt at correcting.
 
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I bet its those florescent bulbs, I would try an incandescent or LED and see if it starts instantly- if it does, you know whats wrong.
 
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Old 09-07-20, 07:20 AM
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You have either IMHO...
--Bad switch device.
--Bad wire connections ON the switch.
--Other bad wire connections inside the switch box.
--Bad connections to the light or within the light junction box
--Something feeding the switch, such as a GFCI outlet, has bad connections.

There are other possibilities also, but likely problem is at the switch.
 
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Old 10-26-20, 04:28 PM
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Sometimes reverse polarity can cause problems
 
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Old 10-26-20, 04:34 PM
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Sometimes reverse polarity can cause problems
Doubtful. It is alternating current (AC)
 
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Old 10-28-20, 03:23 PM
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Replace the switch, it's 20 years old and frequently used in a bathroom. A frequently used 15 amp residential switch will only last 20 to 25 years.
 
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Old 10-28-20, 03:37 PM
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Thought I posted update. I replaced switch and problem solved. Thanks!
 
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