My ceiling light won't turn off. There are 2 separate switches to choose from to use. Neither will turn the light off. One makes the light flicker a bit, but not off the other doesn't seem to be working at all. This is a recent problem, has worked since room built 8 years ago.

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    Did both switches work the light before this? If not, it sounds like a failed switch. If this WAS a three-way circuit, I can't think of a way for that to happen other than a short circuit -- have you modified any wiring recently?
    – keshlam
    Dec 10, 2014 at 4:55
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    Or the travellers short circuited (maybe by a nail going through them) Dec 10, 2014 at 9:09
  • I am experiencing the same problem. Did you ever find a solution, and if so, could you share it please?
    – user39215
    Jul 7, 2015 at 19:10

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If you've modified any wiring recently, you may have accidentally connected two separate circuits. Otherwise, the only thing I can think of that could cause this is a short-circuit.

Either case is (very) potentially dangerous. If you don't feel comfortable tracking down electrical issues yourself, I would call a licensed electrician right away.

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