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Guacamolay
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2009 3:22 pm    Post subject: Lamp switch malfunction. Reply with quote

Hi,
This is probably a really basic question next to some of the others in this forum.
Yesterday my lamp blew. I replaced the bulb but that didn't help, so I figured it must be the fuse. Now I've only been living independently for a year so I don't have much experience with home electronic repair skills etc., but anyway, the point is I put a 13amp fuse in a 3amp socket: this blew the new bulb and tripped the mains switch in the basement..
I replaced the bulb again and pinched a 3amp fuse from another socket. The lamp is now alit but I can't turn it off at it's switch. I have to turn it off at the mains.
How would you recommend I go about fixing this?
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2009 3:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No offense but it definitely sounds like you need to ask a professional or someone who knows something about electricity. Trying to save money is not worth causing more damage, getting electrocuted or even worse start a fire!
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2009 4:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Starting a fire is worse than getting electrocuted?? Shocked
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2009 7:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Okay, but it would be very difficult to electrocute myself if the thing I'm working on isn't plugged in. Equally, if a fire started I'm right there to put it out.
Vtech: to ask someone who "knows something about electricity" is why I am on this forum.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2009 8:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

May be a bad switch.
Unplug the lamp.

With a ohm meter or continuity tester, measure across the Lamp's mains plug (NOT wall outlet Smile ) while operating the lamp's switch. You should see "infinity" when switch is open and "continuity" (just bulb's filament resistance) when switch is closed.
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minnie



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2009 11:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What's the model?
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