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Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by Michael Graham, Aug 18, 2003.

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  1. Hi all

    I am posting this message, as I have a touch lamp that comes on by
    itself and I can not figure out why.

    This lamp was purchased at a local discount store here in town, so
    after deciding that I was not going crazy I took it back to the store
    and exchanged it for another one. That did not do the trick.

    As exchanging the lamp did not work I even went as far as to change
    out the AC outlet it was plugged into. That also did not work.

    I have plugged this lamp into other outlets in the house and it does
    not do this at all.

    I was hoping that someone out there could help me with this problem. I
    bought this lamp for its looks and I would prefer not to have to
    replace it.

    Thanks in advance
    M. Graham
     
  2. I would look for an inductive load on the same circuit. Refrigerator maybe
    ??
     
  3. Impmon

    Impmon Guest

    I had similiar problem with the touch lamp as well, it used to come on
    automatically whenever the water pump kicks in. Since the water pump is
    in the basement directly below the outlet the lamp's plugged in and the
    line runs in parallel to the breaker, I tried a different outlet and
    solved the problem.

    I'd check and see if there's anything (vaccum cleaner, fan,
    refrigerator, etc) before blaming for miswired outlet.
     
  4. Baphomet

    Baphomet Guest

    I would guess that since the lamp only operates incorrectly in this one
    outlet, and works correctly in your other outlets, this outlet must be
    mis-wired. They sell outlet testers in hardware stores that check for
    incorrect outlet wiring. You would then have to correctly wire the bad
    outlet.
     
  5. Hi all once again

    Just wondering if there is a way to turn my touch lamp into a regular
    lamp with a simple on/off switch?

    M. Graham
     
  6. You should be able to yank or bypass the electronics and replace the bulb
    holder with one that has a switch on it.

    Bob Monsen
     
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