I have an led light in the ceiling fan in a bedroom that turns on at will. I thought it was the bulb needing replacing but I’ve replaced the bulb and still middle of the night the light turns on by itself. Any idea how I can stop this?

  • How is the fan and light switched? Wall switches? Remote? Some sort of "smart" doohickey? Sep 4, 2018 at 22:50
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    I'm betting it's a dimmer... Some dimmers "leak" a very small amount of current and because some LEDs can be excited at very low energies, they "glow" dimly even if the dimmer seems to be Off.
    – JRaef
    Sep 4, 2018 at 23:47
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It could be one of a few things. As has been noted by @JRaefield, it could be a leaking dimmer or touch switch. Many dimmers designed for incandescent bulbs do leak a little current which is imperceptible in incandescents but this current is enough to occasionally cause LED bulbs to glow. I've read (don't have references, sorry) that some old "smarter" touch switches and dimmers actually work on a the principle that they leak a small residual current while "off" in order to power themselves. This only becomes a problem when your LED bulbs require comparatively little current to start lighting up.

Another possibility if you don't have a dimmer is a capacitive loop where the switch is located on the neutral instead of active. See this answer for details. Basically the wire from the (open) switch to the LED lamp is one plate of a large capacitor, and earth is the other plate. A small amount of AC traverses the "capacitor" completing the circuit. Getting the switch re-wired may help.

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