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Posted: 05†June†2013 at 7:24pm | IP Logged Quote paullong

Hi

I've been running X10 for a few years now and gave up on
upgrading bits and pieces a while ago as things became so
temperamental but I got to a point where everything was
doing pretty much what I wanted it to and the only
annoyance was changing batteries in the motion sensors.

Last week my wife complained that the bedside light kept
coming on while I was away in London. When I got home,
in the middle of the night, her bedside light came on. I
removed the fuse! I also noticed that the SS10E buttons
would only turn off lights and would not turn any lights
on.

Next night, other lights started to randomly turn on. I
unplugged the wireless receiver. This appeared to help
in the bedroom area, but then suddenly other lights
started to come on randomly and then one night all the
bedroom lights came on!

Next I unplugged the controller connected to the
computer. Same problem still occurring. I'm not
unplugging the Current Cost meter that measures how much
electricity we use.

We've racked our brains and we can't think of any new
devices that we might have plugged in to our mains
supply.

What do I do next? I've got about £1,000 worth of
equipment that's not working and some lights that I can't
turn on at all including the downstairs toilet that has
no windows and so is practically useless

Any ideas would be gratefully received before the wife
pushes me into a corner and makes me revert to plain
ordinary switches.

Thanks, Paul
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Posted: 05†June†2013 at 10:17pm | IP Logged Quote Rob Iles

Hi Paul,
Energy saving light bulbs are 'noisy' -
have you added any of these recently? Is
it possible that a neighbour has started
using X10 and is inadvertently controlling
your lights?

I'd try changing addresses (on the units,
not moving house ;)), and see if that
makes a difference. Failing that, it's
unplug everything and add them back one at
a time until the problem reoccurs,
highlighting the cause. N. B. If there are
multiple causes, this can be really hard
to isolate....

Perhaps try changing the addresses
1st,post back if you still have gremlins,
and we'll see where we go from there.

HTH,

Rob
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Posted: 03†July†2013 at 2:34pm | IP Logged Quote paullong

Hi Rob

No energy saving light bulbs - too expensive! I guessed it would be a case of disconnecting everything. The problem is though that the lighting circuit includes inline modules and so I can't unplug those. I'm wondering if one of those is causing problems. One failed several months ago and is stuck behind the light fitting waiting for me to remove it or replace it.

If I turn off the RCDs for the lighting circuit and then try X10 on the mains circuits, should it tell me whether the problem lies with the mains or lighting circuits or are they still all able to talk to each other even if the RCD is off?

Thanks, Paul
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Posted: 03†July†2013 at 3:18pm | IP Logged Quote Rob Iles

Hi Paul,
I'm not 100% certain, but tripping the RCD
*should* do the job, I think. Can you test
by switching lights on and off (to check
they respond), then flip the RCD, test
again, hopefully finding they don't work?

R.
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