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Old 04-13-2014, 10:49 AM   #1
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Flickering LED Lights

Every now and again we get flickering interior LED lights. Some have a faint flicker and some look like strobe lights. Normally we just swap them out and return the bad units. (I think they just send them back to me)

Found out the other day that if you pull the LED plate out of the light fixture, use a knife blade to lightly scrape the 2 silver contacts clean...no more flicker.

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Old 04-13-2014, 10:54 AM   #2
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Thanks Reace, that's good to know. You already replaced one of mine. Hope I remember this when/if it comes up again.
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Old 04-13-2014, 05:30 PM   #3
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I don't know how many times that I've taken out a circuit board, simply to reseat it to resolve a problem. If that didn't work, many times cleaning the contact with a knife, or sandpaper on both sides of the contact would do the trick. Make sure power is off to the device before doing this.
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Old 04-13-2014, 09:05 PM   #4
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Personally, I would never use a knife or sandpaper on the contacts. Have lightly used a pencil eraser on many circuit card contacts with great success.
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Might be easier to use a disposable (paper) finger nail file; they can easily be trimed to size and could be inserted into the base of light fixture while still in place. A finer grit would be all you need.
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Might be easier to use a disposable (paper) finger nail file; they can easily be trimed to size and could be inserted into the base of light fixture while still in place. A finer grit would be all you need.
Just make sure the light is off…..
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Old 04-14-2014, 08:33 PM   #7
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These are the contacts I was referring to. Scraping a wee bit of the silver makes for a clean contact...with a knife blade or sand paper...or what have you.

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The tools that you use are personal preference and can be wide and diverse. For years I've always carried a small pocket Swiss Army knife, but changed over to a pocket leatherman. Both work well, but the leatherman had a small pliers which I find very useful.

Rease, what is the part/model number of these lights? I've never seen anything like it. Looking at the pic, it looks like the LED side of the circuit board faces down providing light 180 degrees and is housed in a low profile fixture of some sort. I had asked Tammy about the LED lighting option and she, or Kim weren't sure of the type. Looks cool.
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Old 04-14-2014, 09:02 PM   #9
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I hope Reace as gone home to relax. There's this post about these particular LEDs: LED lights
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I've always used an eraser when cleaning contacts, but it has to be an ink eraser, no other will do. Follow that up with 91% Isopropyl alcohol so you leave very little residue, and you're golden.
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