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Old 06-27-02, 10:33 PM
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New Laser Printer Causing my room lights to blink

I just got a new Xerox Workcenter 385. It's a laser all in one. I just got it installed, and it's working fine (printing / faxing / etc.), but it causes the lights in my room to dim slighlty about every 5-10 seconds. Note: when its in power save mode, this does not happen.

I currently have it plugged right into the wall (I know, I need a second power strip, which I will get tomorrow). Do you think that running this new unit through the surge surpressor will alleviate the lights dimming problem. Or is this a serious defect / fire hazard, and I should return the printer / take other action?

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Laser printers draw a lot of juice. The wall plug the printer is on is probably on the same circuit as the lights. The printer maintains itself when not in power save mode and this includes charging up the transfer corona wires, thus the dimming.

A power strip is probably not going to help. I would suggest trying a different outlet until you find one on a different circuit.

I don't think it's much of a hazzard though...but if your house burns down...don't blame me
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You are overloading your outlet. Try to balance the all the equipments to varies outlets if you have that option.
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jus start playing rave or disco music on your comp while you print, this way you can have a fun time printing....
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A laser printer, espically a home unit should not draw anywhere near the amount of current to dim your lights unless something else is wrong.
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Lasers don't draw it all the time, but they draw big current spikes while printing. My HP draws 11 amp pulses, which is about what a room a/c draws (but not for as long). My UPS specifically recommends against using it to power laser printers because of the spikes. I suspect this is normal for your printer.

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