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What ells is on that switch?
If nothing ells on it then hard wire the lights and see what happens
In my 40 year career never encounter this
The only other thing comes to mind is you have a streak of bad switches.
You don't need a heavy duty switch
2 bulbs per fixture 40 Watts per bulb 5 fixtures total supplied voltage is 120 A=(40 X 2 X 5)/120 = 3.3A
I am assuming you have one switch here
One more thing did the switch melted or stop working?
I will be on the road for the next 2 hours if you have more questions I will try to converse with my smart phone
Let me ask more questions because I am not there to look at the wiring and the fact that nothing so far is pointing to anything to me.
Was the wires inserted on the back of the switch'
Was the wires looped around the screws on the side and was any indication of arcing.
Is a number of hot wires tied together with a wire nut in the switch box make sure their not loose.
Is a number of white wires tied together with a wire nut if it is make sure their not loose.
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