When a compact fluorescent light bulb is being controlled by an illuminated wall switch, sometimes the CFL bulb will flash when the switch is off. This flashing is very noticeable when it's dark (a bedroom at night for example).
If you have a CFL bulb installed in an illuminated wall switch (these are switches that are lit when in the off position), this instructable can help stop the flashing.
First, why does the CFL bulb flash? Many times this is due to the circuit inside the CFL charging up, even when the bulb is off. This happens many times when the CFL bulb is being controlled by an illuminated wall switch, because the wall switch uses the CFL bulb itself as neutral. When the wall switch is on, the CFL bulb gets full line voltage. When the wall switch is off, the CFL bulb is the neutral for the light of the wall switch, causing a tiny current to flow through the CFL bulb.
This tiny current charges up the capacitor in the CFL bulb, until it releases it's energy. This cycle can repeat once every few seconds.
Materials you will need are a high quality soldering iron, and high quality tweezers. Also, solder is needed, and two 0805 sized (or similarly sized) resistors. A dremel tool or similar tool is needed also. You should be familiar with soldering. Keep in mind that anytime you work with electricity, care needs to be taken! Though not required, if you do not have experience with electrical wiring, do not attempt this instructable. If in doubt, talk to an expert (for example, an electrician).
To solve this flashing, what you want to do is put a bleeder resistor inbetween the two contacts of the light bulb. What this resistor does is cause the tiny current to pass through it, when the wall switch (or whatever causes the tiny current) is off, instead of charging the capacitor of the CFL and causing it to flash. This only works if the current is really small. If the bulb is flashing every second, the current may be too large for this to work effectively. In my case, the CFL bulb was flashing every 16 seconds, and 240k Ohms of resistance solved the flashing.