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sandeep kumar

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what may be the possible causes of dim light and what should be done if a consumer complains of dim light?what is the advantages of tow pin socket over three pin?why fluctuation of light takes place?


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Hi sandeep kumar,
What type of lights are you having trouble with? Automobile lights?
If the problem is with automobile lights then normally the cause is corrosion in and around the light socket and the base of the bulb.

More information would help.

Thanks, Tony


Undervoltage in your mains (causing dim lights) could be caused by being a long distance from the local substation, or by inadequate wiring within your house (ie, cable diameter is too small). Lights can also dim when large motors are started (if you live near a factory etc).

Also, you can get a "brownout", when the local transformer blows a high voltage fuse, then 2 of the low voltage phases are at 50% of their normal voltage.

Regarding 2 and 3-pin sockets, the third pin (earth) has no function under normal conditions. What it does do, is provide a safe path for current to flow, if there is a fault in the appliance (eg, if an active/hot wire comes loose and touches the case). Without the earth, the case would become 'live', and anyone who touches the case risks being electrocuted. With the earth, the fuse would blow if this happened.
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