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Posted by deecee on November 25th, 2002 12:20 AM
In reply to Ha Ha by Drew on November 24th, 2002 10:41 PM [Go to top of thread]

So to be serious, the reason this happens is that your fixture has a photocell with a delay function. If you shut off the power to the fixture and then turn it on, the light should go on even if it's in the daylight and then go off after a bit, usually in a minute or so. The drop in voltage due to your microwave's magnetron kicking in is enough for the photocell to act as though the power had gone completely off. What I would check is to see if in fact the light has been tapped off the same circuit as the microwave as suggested by Jason. If so, move it to another circuit. The microwave should have its own dedicated circuit. I would also check to see if you have any loose connections, especially your neutral connections to see if that is contributing to the voltage drop. And make sure the length and wiring size of the circuit out to the shed are not such as would cause undue voltage drop. And one more thing, look at the service drop connection at your house, if an overhead service and observe it in the dark while someone starts the microwave...if you have a loose service connection, you should see minor arcing. Drop back by anytime Drew and let us know how you made out. Luck, Kizmet

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