posted by Popular Ethics at 9:15 PM on September 7, 2006 . In addition, there are dimmer sockets that plug into the wall. I’ve used an extension cord on outlets on different breaker. $34.99 - $39.99. $44.99. If you are confident with soldering and general electrical work, this CAN be fixed, provided the electronic unit that contains this part is not sealed with a potting compound. Light has three brightness levels that are controlled simply by touching the base. This is how my switch works exactly. When I put in a new bulb the touch feature no longer works. Light connected to Dimmer switch keeps turning on and off. How to Repair a Touch Lamp. And it only happens when at night and when Im in the room. I found that the wire between and RF choke and the input to the IC chip needs to be as short as possible. The other strange part is that I can sit in the living room after dark for two or three hours and neither lamp will turn itself on. On at least two occasions they have switched themselves on during the night when no human touch or anything else … A touch lamp can also interfere with other electronic items, such as a radio or TV, changing the picture on a TV. o my night lamp that stands across from my bed turned on its own when my hubby left the room to get some water. We called it the poltergeist switch. 133 +2 options. Ask Your Own Electrical Question. Every once in a while it will power itself on and off repeatedly over the period of a few minutes, even though it isn't being touched. Those things are just twitchy. A touch lamp utilizes a sensor that lets you turn the lamp on or off with the touch of your hand. what kind of electrical issue would cause a touch lamp and a TV to turn on by itself? If heat is the problem, then try and have a cooling arrangement. 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. Finally, touch the lamp to turn it on and be sure it is working. Just spent two hours fixing interference to a touch lamp--it was fine at 75 watts, but 80 to 100 watts on 80M would occasionally turn on the lamp. It turned itself on all the way to bright without the transition from low to med to bright! You don't have ghosts. Answered in 5 minutes by: 7/11/2014. 4.2 out of 5 stars with 5 reviews. The word "capacitance" has as its root the word "capacity" -- capacitance is the capacity an object has to hold electrons. Sin Verguenza BigTFromTheGroupHome. Fix a touch lamp by following this straight forward guide. ELI5: Why does my touch lamp sometimes turn itself on and off? I have a lamp with that in my living room, and it used to constantly turn on spontaneously. 38,627 1,035. The lamp would turn itself on by itself. Ghost Touch Lamps switch on during the night. 40% off Pillowfort. SATCO 90/2428 Low-Med-Hi-Off Touch Switch Plastic Outer Shell. Can you touch the floor lamp and turn on the bedside lamp? Unplug the lamp. You know the lamps where you touch the metal and it turns on. I have multiple z-wave dimmers around the house all connected to a SmartThings 2.0 Linear WD500Z Z-Wave Dimmers. Show More. 5. This never happened at the other house in which we lived for over a year. If not, It's the lamp. For the light switch, you can either press the light button to turn on/off, or else you can keep your finger on the light button to have it go from dim to bright and vice-versa. There is no direct solution to the problem of the LED lamp turning itself OFF. We turn on the LED light and after a while it turns off and then goes back on and th... Stack Exchange Network. Ore International. Anyway, we have no pets that might touch or bump the lamps. Stack Exchange network consists of 176 Q&A communities including Stack Overflow, the largest, most trusted online community for developers to learn, share their knowledge, and build their careers. Ideally, one would use a small RF choke instead of the large PI wound one I found in my junk box. This change causes an electronic switch to activate, turning on the lamp. Touch Sensitive Switch Turning Itself On Showing 1-11 of 11 messages. Lamp switches can be kind of a pain—either you can't reach them comfortably, they break within a few months, or they just take a lot of force. If you have power surges (spikes) in your AC power in your house, this could trigger the electronic switch to think that someone is touching it, turning on the lamp. Store technician came out and said there’s an issue with our outlet. Furniture store actually replaced the entire cabinet. Discussion in 'Electricians' Talk' started by pappyon, Nov 3, 2006. pappyon New Member. Turned Table Lamp Touch Control - Pillowfort™ Pillowfort only at target ¬ 4 out of 5 stars with 133 reviews. I had a pair of touch-on table lamps that would either turn on or turn off everytime my cordless phone rang. A touch control lamp can sometimes turn on by itself. AssuredElectrical, Master Electrician. Mar 21, 2006 Ratings: +149,731 / 2,406 / -752. mine did it one time I promptly gathered my shit and went to sleep in the living room I didn't go back in my room for about a week Thanks x 2; May 23, 2010 #7. They have three different settings low moderate and high and back to off. The LED light bulbs are designed and made to last for a long time. Devices & Integrations. Glass and iron. x 13 3/4"H. One 40-watt bulb required (not incl.). A touch lamp operates seemingly by magic; simply touch any piece of metal on the lamp, and the lamp comes on. Show Less. Something in the base station's transmitter caused the lights to cycle. Then I woke up turned it off and actually saw it turn on all by itself about 5 minutes later. If it turns on, vacate the premises. That did not do the trick. 7.9) Touch lamps and RF interference. Brighten up your décor with this unique lamp that features beautiful blue butterflies and flowers. Unfortunately, I don't have my multimeter here right now so I can't measure the voltage directly at the sensor circuit board, but since the lamp gets current, I'm quite sure there is a problem with the sensor board. Touch Sensitive Switch Turning Itself On: RonB: 5/5/11 6:19 PM: About five years ago I built a curio cabinet for my wife with two internal puck lamps. A good powerbar with surge protection is recommended to prevent power surges/overheating and interference. While many people swear by touch lamps, nearly as many swear at them since in addition to frequent failures (bulb burn-outs killing the triac, for example), they can also be tempermental, cycling through their brightness settings and/or turning on or off due to static electricity, power line transients causing RFI, and stray pickup from the local ham rig. You can do it by following these steps. You can also use dimmer sockets that screw into the lamp's light bulb socket. Visit Stack Exchange. The lamp, when standing by itself on a table, has a certain capacitance. I solved my problem by getting a different type of cordless phone. Touch switch that came with new cabinet behaves exactly the same. They only turn themselves on at night. Hi All, I had a weird thing happen last night and it freaked my wife out a bit. Electrician: AssuredElectrical, Master Electrician replied 5 years ago. It even turns … Thanks x 3; May 23, 2010 #6. So I had to remove it from that lamp. If it stays at your bedside or the process works in reverse you may have a slight wiring connection problem. It can be more difficult to repair a touch lamp because you must disassemble it befor replacing any parts. I've had touch-on lights cycle on/off when using the vacuum cleaner or a paper shredder. It worked for a few weeks but then that bulb blew. bahree (Amit Bahree) January 10, 2017, 10:20pm #1. No switches..... Im sleeping and I keep noticing that its turning on by itself. They are usually just a 2 part plastic box, that unclips to reveal a small circuit board, with a small chip, and the THYRISTOR on it. 17.25" Modern Metal Table Lamp with Touch Sensor White - Ore International. The other solution is to isolate the LED lamps from the main circuit so that any spikes or drops in the voltage do not affect these bulbs. Share this conversation. Weird issue we got this morning - we have a set of ceiling lights that are connected to a dimmer (GE Zwave) - and this morning even when the switch is off, one light keeps switching on and off - as if it was pulsating - off and on, off and on. When it turns itself on it goes straight on and stays there - the brightness isn’t adjusted in any way. How is this happening???? Touch-sensitive lamps almost always use a fourth property of the human body -- its capacitance. The lamp, when standing by itself on a table, has a certain capacitance. If the problem follows the module you have a module problem. This means that if a circuit tried to charge the lamp with electrons, it would take a certain number to “fill it.” When you touch the lamp, your body adds to its capacity. Category: Electrical. My little sister's bedside touch light used to turn on every time we got a phone call. The lamp has 3 settings (low,medium and bright ) and in order to get to the bright you need to tap it three times and you can see how it changes from very dim to dim to bright. Sometimes will stay off for a while, and then turns itself back on. It was 5.55 am. Alternative Methods There are workarounds to repairing a lamp in the above manner. Category: Electrical. I have a bedside lamp that you can turn on and off by touching the metal base. Once you have screwed in the socket, you can add a light bulb. Could it be caused by faulty wiring in my house shorting out???? Again, the socket no longer works at all. So I swapped the first socket with the poltergeist socket. Submitted: 5 years ago. Sometimes it will just stay off once it turns itself off. I am posting this message, as I have a touch lamp that comes on by itself and I can not figure out why. If not you may have slightly defective module at the bedside table. 9 1/4"Dia. Choose options. 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