Lighted Rectangular Vanity Mirror
December 6, 2012
There is an interference between the Fluorescent light (Anchorn) electronic converter (e-ballast) and an illuminated (neon) wall switch (Leviton # 5631-C0W) such that the leakage current from the neon light causes the converter to drive the fluorescent bulbs to "flash" about every 5 seconds. I have an EE background, so I "fixed" the problem with a 1.0 microfarad, 250 vac mylar capacitor across the AC line at the line feed point to the converter. This kept the leakage current from activating the converter and stopped the flashing.
Pros:Integrated lighting in the mirror - would prefer LED lights.
Cons:A problem with the "e-ballast" working with an
illuminated wall switch. This resulted in a "flash" from the fluorescent tubes about every 5 seconds when the switch is in the OFF position and the neon wall switch light is ON.