Light Bulbs


You are in a room that has 3 switches and a closed door. The switches control 3 light bulbs on the other side of the door. Once you open the door, you may never touch the switches again.

How can you definitively tell which switch is connected to each of the light bulbs?

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    Turn on the first 2 switches.

    Leave them on for 5 minutes.

    Once 5 minutes has passed, turn off the second switch, leaving one switch on.

    Now go through the door.

    The light that is still on is connected to the first switch,
    whichever of the other two is warm to the touch is connected to the second switch.
    The bulb that is cold is connected to the switch that was never turned on i.e. the third switch!!

    pnikam Expert Answered on 17th August 2015.
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