Pendant light only works with energy saving bulb..

12 Mar 2010
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United Kingdom

I've just had a new ceiling pendant fitted with a dimmer switch. For some reason the light doesn't seem to work with a standard bulb (bayonet fitting) but when I put in a energy saving bulb it does light up (although flickering as its on a dimmer) so the pendant is obviously wired OK?

Any ideas as to what the problem may be? (The standard bulbs I've tried are from other working lights so are not the problem).

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Try replacing the dimmer with a stndard switch then try both lamps again. If that does not change things, you'll need a two-pole detector to help with fault-finding.
Or possibly it is wired up incorrectly but the energy saver is picking up capacitance in the wires?

edit to ask - you did check the standard bulb in another know working fitting?

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