Does This Sound Like a Wiring Problem?

@worldwise1 (14887)
United States
February 26, 2008 10:25am CST
I have suspected that I have a problem with the wiring in my bedroom for some time now. Recent events have onle served to strengthen that belief. I keep a globe lamp on my nightstand(the touch kind), next to my radio, which I usually leave on all night. Several times I have awakened in the morning to my lamp shining brightly when I know that I turned it off before going to bed. Also, my living room entertainment center is opposite my bedside table in the next room and I can not play my radio when the TV is on in the living room. So, can some of you electricians help me out with this?
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@filmbuff (2909)
• United States
27 Feb 08
I am no electrician, but judging from what your original post and many of your replies it does indeed sound like an electrical problem. It sounds to me like there is a problem on the that circuit, most likely it is not grounded, or has high voltage running through it. Higher than it's supposed to that is. I would definetly pressure your landlord to have a licensed electrician come out and figure out what is going on before there is a fire, or your appliances start shorting out.
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
28 Feb 08
Thanks, filmbuff. I have already done that, and hopefully, I will have an answer soon.
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@filmbuff (2909)
• United States
28 Feb 08
Thanks for the best response. I had some similar stuff happen when a tree sawed through the ground wire going to the house from the pole. Hope it gets solved for you quickly.
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@GardenGerty (115769)
• United States
3 Mar 08
I cannot keep a programmable thermostat in my house, there is some kind of surge that fries it. Same thing, I think. A friend did put some shielding in that helped for awhile.
@JoyfulOne (6242)
• United States
26 Feb 08
It's not necessarily a wiring problem. If your touch lamp is like mine, it has 3 levels of light...touch it once and it's a low light, again and it gets brighter, and again and it's at it's full level of light. One of the reasons that I don't keep mine on my nightstand anymore is because any small vibration will make the level of light change. My bed touches the nightstand, so if I moved or bumped it, the vibration would turn it on. It drove me absolutely nuts lol. I know mine wasn't having any wiring problems, just it was over sensitive to little bumps. It is possible that when you leave the music on, that the vibration from the bass notes are sometimes booming enough to vibrate it on. Try moving your radio to a different spot in the room for a night and see if that changes anything. I ended up moving my touch light to a different table and it never goes on anymore unless I want it to.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
26 Feb 08
Thanks for the advice, JoyfulOne, but the touch lamp isn't the only problem. I have had problems with other appliances in this particular location also.
@carolbee (16231)
• United States
26 Feb 08
I would definitely have it checked out with a qualified electrician. If lights are brighter when you wake up, that tells me something isn't right. Could be a short in the circuit somewhere. Sounds like something is pulling too much power maybe from the same circuit. Does this light come on brighter after you turn off your computer or does the computer stay on all night? Be careful, be safe and have it checked out.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
26 Feb 08
I never leave my computer on at night, carolbee, and the light is turned completely off when I go to bed. I think I will have maintenance check into this though.
@carolbee (16231)
• United States
26 Feb 08
It sure won't hurt to have maintenance check into the issue. Stay safe.
@GardenGerty (115769)
• United States
28 Feb 08
Some of it may be wiring in your home, but I would bet the light coming on in the middle of the night is actually from someone driving by and using a cell phone or other electronic gadget, or a garage door opener (more likely) going to or from a shift. We had that happen often when our bedroom was at the front of the house facing Main Street. It was always at the same time, too. The light that would come on was on a remote, one we got from an electronics store a long time ago. We changed and plugged it in at an outlet away from the front of the house and it completely quit happening.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
28 Feb 08
I might consider that if it happened at any other time, GG, but it only happens during the time when I'm sleeping. My radio is at a very low volume without music.
@mummymo (23707)
28 Feb 08
If it were just the lamp i would suggest that perhaps you touched it when you moved in your sleep or that the vibrations from your radio moved it into the lamp but the tv thing really does sound like it is something to do with wiring! i wish I knew how to help but I am afraid I don't have enough electrical knowledge - hope someone else does! xxx
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
28 Feb 08
I have placed it into the hands of maintenance, mummymo, so they will have to deal with it now.
• United States
26 Feb 08
Do you keep popping your breakers or does it just not work? It is really hard to troubleshoot this sort of thing without actually being there. Also unless you have some sort of knowledge of electric I would not suggest that you mess with any wiring and probly should call someone who does. It is just that with electicity you have alot of risks. From shock to possibly burning down the house. I know this is not much help, but it's all I got right now.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
26 Feb 08
I live in a large apartment building, jesse, and the breakers are just fine. It's only the problem with electronics that I use with this particular outlet.
• United States
28 Feb 08
It could be that a connection in the elec. junction box is not well connected and is heating and cooling causing voltage fluctuations. this could account for the radio not working when the TV is on. This connection could either be the hot or the neutral. In a lot of cases it is corrosion that has built up through electrolysis. If the wiring in the place you live is aluminum that is probably your culprit.