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Upstairs: I just replaced some halogen track lights with LEDs. The switches were double pole and are illuminated when the lights are off. This caused the LEDs to have a dim light even when they were turned off.

So, I decided to switch out both switches for some non-illuminated double pole switches that I had downstairs. Everything seemed fine, but after switching the breakers back on, two things changed:

  1. One fixture (which shared a panel with one of the downstair switches) switched "direction". I'm almost positive that up used to be on, but now it's off when it's up. As far as I know, this is not a double pole switch.

  2. A downstairs ceiling lamp with a pull switch quit working.

I'm more worried about fixing #2, but thought it was worth mentioning #1 in case it's related.

  • Is the fixture in #1 on a three-way switch? Also, is the fixture on #2 on an always live circuit? – ThreePhaseEel Jan 9 '16 at 22:12
  • @ThreePhaseEel - For #1, I'm not sure, but I don't think so. There definitely isn't another switch. I don't know what an always live circuit is, so I can't answer your other question :) – Jeremy Jan 10 '16 at 0:58
  • "always live" means there's no other switch :) – ThreePhaseEel Jan 10 '16 at 1:57
  • Also, on #1 -- I take it the switch that controls that fixture was unfastened from the box? – ThreePhaseEel Jan 10 '16 at 1:58
  • For #1 - it was never unfastened. I totally left both #1 and #2 alone. #2 is always live - there's only the pull switch. It's a light in the laundry room. As another wrinkle to the situation - #2 came on for a little bit today, and then quit working again. No idea why. Should I get an electrician out? – Jeremy Jan 10 '16 at 2:08
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FYI, the electrician came out and solved the problem - I had a loose wire in the upstairs switch which was breaking the circuit downstairs.

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