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Ilsa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-03-06 11:25 PM
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Okay, DU science folk, help me understand this phenomena with
my night light: I have an electric night light that I plugged into my bathroom because my husband is gone tonight (he doesn't like them so i normally don't use one), and I plug it in, and as my hand moves away from the receptacle, the light dims and goes out. As my hand moves towards it, it brightens. I can "pulse" the light my moving my hand closer and then away in a rhythmic motion. Why is this happening?
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RevolutionaryActs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-03-06 11:27 PM
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1. You have THE POWER!
:o
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Rabrrrrrr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-03-06 11:29 PM
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2. It's obviously light sensitive
It comes on when the room gets dark, and turns off when it's light.

My house is filled with them - they make environmental sense, and they're a lot easier than having to plug the damn thing in every time you want to use it.
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Ilsa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-03-06 11:35 PM
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6. But I'm not turning off any lights, nor am I blocking ambient light.
Edited on Fri Mar-03-06 11:37 PM by Ilsa
The room has an overhead light and my hand was below the fixture. It has dimmed as I've walked away and the light was turned out.

It's come on after leaving the room. I guess it doesn't pay to be so drunk that I can type but not deduce anything. I don't remember anything on the packaging about it being "sensitive" like this.

Thanks anyway/

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Rabrrrrrr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-03-06 11:38 PM
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7. Read my note when you aren't drunk.
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radwriter0555 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 01:20 AM
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12. that was my favorite reply.
Edited on Sat Mar-04-06 01:22 AM by radwriter0555
Thank you.

*snarf*

On edit, I'm not entirely sure that me, sitting here alone, laughing my ass off in an empty house is "healthy", if you know what I mean.

Now I'm not sure if I appreciate your contribution to my deep seated fears of impending lunacy.
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Rabrrrrrr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 07:49 AM
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13. Ah, I laugh out loud a lot at home alone.
Edited on Sat Mar-04-06 07:50 AM by Rabrrrrrr
Don't worry!


Doesn't mean you are loony.




Or does it? :P
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radwriter0555 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 11:00 AM
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20. Think she figured out it's a light sensor yet?
*cough*

And I do mean that in the KINDEST, most empathetic way.....
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Ilsa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 09:42 AM
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18. It was defective. Still on with bright sunlight and then
overhead light flooding the room. It probably got bounced around the house by my boys just enough to spoil the sensor.
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Omphaloskepsis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-03-06 11:30 PM
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3. It can sense ambient light.
Most TV's dim as the room gets darker. Your night-light does the oppisite. Your night-light is having its own light focused on it as your hand moves away. So it thinks it is the daytime and it dims. I'm drunk. The concept is sound.
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eppur_se_muova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-03-06 11:30 PM
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4. You have fallen into a little-known region of the space-time continuum.
Seriously, I can't think of anything. Unless really, really bad wiring of some kind.
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Crazy Guggenheim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-03-06 11:33 PM
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5. It's the boogie man.
Edited on Fri Mar-03-06 11:40 PM by Crazy Guggenheim
:popcorn: :popcorn:
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swag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-03-06 11:42 PM
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8. "Phenomenon" is singular. "Phenomena" is plural.
Hope this helps.
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XemaSab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 12:13 AM
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10. Word.
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billyskank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 09:39 AM
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15. You are more pedantic than I am!
Edited on Sat Mar-04-06 09:40 AM by billyskank
:loveya:

Edit: corrected grammar :rofl:
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Ilsa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 09:39 AM
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16. Thanks. Took care of two sick kids all week, more meds for one of them,
and I finally settled in with a half bottle of wine. I tend to have more difficulties accessing the verbal center of my brain with this level of exhaustion, but your correction is appreciated.

Turns out to be a defective device.
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swag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 11:12 AM
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21. Me, I've had a week of misplaced
and poorly composed posting.

I hope to have many more to come.

Kind regards,

s
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pokerfan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-03-06 11:51 PM
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9. Is it an incandescent light?
Or one of the energy efficient technologies like elctroluminescent?

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goodboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 12:21 AM
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11. You're an Indigo....metagifted
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Ilsa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 09:36 AM
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14. Naw, it's just a defective light.
It stays on in the light when it should be powering down, but sometimes fades even if nothing else is happening around it. I guess the light sensor is shot.

I think my two kiddos have tendencies like "indigo".
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billyskank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 09:41 AM
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17. Can you change channels by pointing at the TV?
:D
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Ilsa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 09:43 AM
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19. My husband thinks he can. Sometimes I hide the remote
and play tricks on him.
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