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#1 rookie1ja

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Posted 30 March 2007 - 04:35 PM

Bulbs - Back to the Logic Puzzles
There are three switches downstairs. Each corresponds to one of the three light bulbs in the attic. You can turn the switches on and off and leave them in any position.
How would you identify which switch corresponds to which light bulb, if you are only allowed one trip upstairs?


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Posted 19 April 2007 - 08:05 PM

I don't think LED bulbs get discernibly warm.
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Posted 24 April 2007 - 02:38 AM

Turn on all the switches and you'll know what color all the bulbs are.
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Posted 25 April 2007 - 04:03 AM

You only need to turn on 1 switch as each switch belongs to one bulb. That one bulb will come on no matter which switch you turn on.

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Posted 28 April 2007 - 02:14 PM

Assuming that there is some sort of doorway/passageway between the rooms, and that the rooms are next to each other (and also assuming that the bulbs are not arranged in a straight line as observed from that doorway).....then you can tell which bulb is on by simply observing the shadow is being cast through the doorway by the bulb. Maybe this is personal...but walking into the room and touching a HOT bulb that has just been turned off does not sound like much fun to me.
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Posted 28 April 2007 - 09:08 PM

Maybe this is personal...but walking into the room and touching a HOT bulb that has just been turned off does not sound like much fun to me.


that is not personal...
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Posted 02 May 2007 - 09:10 PM

Alternatively:
-1 switch off = bulb off
-1 switch on = bulb on
-1 switch halfway (yes you can do this) = bulb dim & flickering
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Posted 03 May 2007 - 09:11 PM

You could also walk into the room and have someone else turn on/off each switch. It never said you couldn't recruit help.
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Posted 05 May 2007 - 03:02 AM

There is a little problem in the way that the puzzle is introduced.

You say that this is one of your favorite "logic" puzzles.
But the minute I read "logic" and your "favorite" it brought out the big guns. I worked on a purely logical solution for almost 2 weeks and obviously there isn't one because the solution is a prctical solution not a "logical" one.

Now, I know that all puzzles are logic testers but to label a puzzle a "logic" puzzle is to suggest that the solution is not worldly.

I want my 2 weeks back. lol
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Posted 07 May 2007 - 06:10 PM

Walk into the other room and remove all bulbs. Now you know that none of the switches is connected to any bulb.
Alternately, you could disconnect the switches, put batteries of specific voltages on each wire, then test each socket to see which one is connected to which battery.

I agree that "logic puzzle" and "touch the warm bulb" seem a little not synonymous, but I want to thank you for this, because I used this trick to troubleshoot my brake lights (it's hard to view the bulb while sitting in the car pressing the brake pedal). I could have wedged something between the brake pedal and the seat, but I figured this would be easy enough, and it worked.
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