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twinkle241
Fluorescent lights turning on by themselves

A few times over the past month (or few months?) the fluorescent lights are on when I swear I've turned them off. When I returned home from work today, they were on. I definitely turned them off. Left for an hour or so, returned and they were on again. So now I know for certain that they are turning on by themselves.

They are fluorescent lights built into the ceiling that are connected to two different light switches. House was built in the late 1950s. Not sure how old the fixtures are. I've been here 4 years. It's possible this has been happening for longer than a month or two, but I didn't notice because I would have just assumed the other people living here left the light on. (It's now just me here.)

I have no idea what it could possibly be. Any ideas? Do I need a pro to investigate?

HandyAndyInMtAiry
Re: Fluorescent lights turning on by themselves

Most likely you have a 3-way switch that has gone bad. Replace both switches. I cannot answer that question, I have no idea what your skill level is.

Andrew

Handy Andy in Mt Airy NC

JLMCDANIEL
Re: Fluorescent lights turning on by themselves

The question is, did you turn them off or did they turn off due to a thermal switch in the light? Are they standard switches or smart switches?

Jack

Todd82TA
Re: Fluorescent lights turning on by themselves

Time to call a priest!

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