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Posted: 2/19/2006 2:51:38 PM EDT
Today at Menards I purchased 2 Feit Electric Day light 100 replacement bulbs. I have 2 light fixtures on 2 3-way switches. The lights worked fine until I put the bulbs in. The first bulb I put in the other light went out. When I replaced the second bulb they turned into strobe lights. What could cause this? Any help is appreciated. I'm finishing a basement in a new house so all electric is only 1 year old.

Thanks
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 2:57:35 PM EDT

Originally Posted By blmff:
Today at Menards I purchased 2 Feit Electric Day light 100 replacement bulbs. I have 2 light fixtures on 2 3-way switches. The lights worked fine until I put the bulbs in. The first bulb I put in the other light went out. When I replaced the second bulb they turned into strobe lights. What could cause this? Any help is appreciated. I'm finishing a basement in a new house so all electric is only 1 year old.

Thanks




Q1. Are these bulbs fluorescent?

Q2. Are the 3W switches on a dimmer?

Link Posted: 2/19/2006 2:58:54 PM EDT
yes they are flourescent bulbs, but they are not on a dimmer.

Link Posted: 2/19/2006 3:09:22 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/19/2006 3:10:39 PM EDT by CARFan]
OK I guess not in your situation. A dimmer switch can be used to control incandescent lights but not fluorescent lights. I am not sure what is causing the "strobe effect?". Sorry I can't be of more help.
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 3:11:18 PM EDT
Thanks for trying.
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 3:23:00 PM EDT
I would guess that there is something wrong with the lamps. A faulty igniter possibly. Temperature could also be a factor. If the lamp is cold (less than 30F) it may not light.

They may not be rapid start lamps, tho this is highly unlikely. But if they are not it will take a few second to fully light them.

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