Light fixture suddenly won't turn off

Old 03-09-15, 10:16 AM
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Light fixture suddenly won't turn off

We have an existing fluorescent fixture in the kitchen (perhaps 10 years old now?) that has had no problems. It's controlled by 2 wall switches - one at one entry to the kitchen, the other at the other entry to the kitchen.

Today I attempted to turn off the fixture at one switch and while it slightly flickered for a few seconds, it did not turn off. I flicked the switch up and down a few times with the same result. I went over to the other switch and did the same, with the same result. I stood around for a minute looking at it, went back to the first switch I'd tried and it finally turned off.

Could this be a wiring problem of some sort or do we just need to go ahead and replace the fixture?
Old 03-09-15, 10:55 AM
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Sounds like it could be a switch. I'd suggest replacing both switches. Be sure to mark which wire is on the common* before removing the old switch.

*Common: The odd colored screw, (not green) usually dark gray.

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