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A freaking beacon in my hotel

A freaking beacon in my hotel


Here I was sleeping at a hotel in Denton, Texas. In the middle of the night. I found my self awaken to this CFL beacon strobing away. It was cause being on a dimmer charging up a capacitor til a voltage reach. Then it discharges causing a flash. And dimmer all the way off! So i had to unscrew the CFL out of it socket to stop this process.

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Oct 31, 2015 at 06:31 AM Author: streetlight98
LOL wow!

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Oct 31, 2015 at 09:47 AM Author: dor123
Is the CFL flashes when the power is off?

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Oct 31, 2015 at 10:37 AM Author: Solanaceae
Maybe the neutral is switched instead of the line.

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Oct 31, 2015 at 04:22 PM Author: funkybulb
No it not a switch neutral, it on a dimmer cause there is a small leakasge current going though the CFL enough to charge up the cap cause it to start operating. Then that flash discharge the cap. The cycle repeats it self

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Oct 31, 2015 at 07:31 PM Author: streetlight98
That occurs with two-wire photocells too, which is why some PCs say "not for fluorescent of LED loads", or something to that effect.

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Nov 01, 2015 at 05:06 AM Author: dor123
What if this CFL isn't suitable for dimming?
If the CFL is on a dimmer switch, it can distroy it also when the CFL is always on the maximum, since the dimmer changes the current waveform, and it isn't a pure sine wave current on a diimer switch.

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Nov 01, 2015 at 07:25 PM Author: Silverliner
Yep its the cap discharging. After a while it stops.

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