help removing touch-sensor from lamp

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Old 10-27-11, 08:45 PM
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Question help removing touch-sensor from lamp

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I have a touch-sensor desk lamp in which the sensor has broken. I want to remove the sensor and replace it with a regular on/off switch. I opened up the base and am confused by the wiring! There are 4 wires coming down from the light (2 red & 2 yellow). The 2 red connect to 2 blue wires that go into the sensor, and the 2 yellow wires connect to 2 white wires going into the sensor. On the other end of the sensor are 3 wires coming out - a yellow wire to ground, a black wire, and a white wire, these 2 going out to the plug.

All I want to do is remove the sensor and connect the wires (I'll add a switch to the wire, thats a no-brainer) but I'm not sure what to do with the odd mismatch of wire colors & number that will occur, any suggestions? Also it uses a special full-spectrum CFL bulb if that matters. Any help is appreciated, thanks!
 
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Old 10-27-11, 10:58 PM
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There are 4 wires coming down from the light (2 red & 2 yellow).
Are there two lamp holders? Are these regular screw in bulbs?
 
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Old 10-29-11, 10:03 AM
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Thanks ray2047...There is only one bulb, it's a special CFL bulb, "Lights of America FML-27W", it has 4 small prongs on it and plugs into a small ballast (I think).
 
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Old 10-29-11, 10:12 AM
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The ballast may be combined into the touch switch. If the ballast was in the base of the bulb or part of the socket there would be only two wires coming down not four. Best guess is you can't do it with out replacing the whole control unit. Both the touch sensor and ballast are probably on the same circuit board.
 
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Would some pics help?

Here is a pic of the bulb socket which I was assuming was a ballast.


This is the wires coming into the bottom going in and out of a lttle black box that I was assuming was the sensor...


And this is the black box, I popped it open...
 
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Old 10-29-11, 01:54 PM
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My guess is the same. If the ballast was in the bulb socket it would need only two wires. likely a black and white.
 
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I would replace the entire works, including the lamp socket, and use a screw-in CFL or LED bulb.
 
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thanks guys, I think I'll try replacing everything...
 
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