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Attaching ceiling ground wire when fixture socket does not have the green screw for attaching grnd wire

Ceiling ground wire is available, but fixture socket does not have the ground wire screw for attaching same. Is there a way to "fake" it?
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What is the purpose of these removable “collars” on ceramic light fixtures

This fixture happens to be plastic, but all my ceiling juntion box mounted 600w rated light fixtures have a removable collar. I don't see the point in this extra part. Is there some sort of shade I ...
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Where can I purchase a light bulb housing for a DIY project? [on hold]

I'm trying to attach and Arduino Pro Mini with a 2.4ghz radio to an LED light bulb -- the problem is, I can't find anyone that sells just the housing of a bulb, preferably with a little space in the ...
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Old ceiling light connected between two red wires. Why? I'm trying to wire new fan/light

I'm trying to wire up a new ceiling fan that has built in lights where my old light fixture used to be but am a little confused with the wiring. In the electrical box (pic below) there are two black ...
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How do I remove this ceiling light fixture? [on hold]

I need to take this fixture down and I can't figure out how. There isn't anything else I can unscrew. I'm ready to smash the glass and just buy a new one! Also I can't see where I can attach my ...
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How can I control lights on a 3-way circuit with a timer?

I have a roommate who comes home at night and leaves the f@$%ing light in the hallway on, and I find it really annoying. She's not malicious, just a bit distracted, so I want to install some sort of ...
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How does one identify a type of ballast?

In a building how does one identify a type of ballast? We have lights all over this place, and I was recently recommended that replacing our ballast with LEDs would greatly save on our electricity ...
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LED fixture started going off and after 5 minutes i can turn it back onD

Fixture is under 1 year old, appears to be overheating . Blinks on and off with A/C unit when it goes off and on in economy mode. after about 20 minutes of use it just goes out, i turn off the switch ...
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replacing with A-19 Halogen bulbs

I am thinking to replace the regular CFL bulb on a light fixture to a 'Smart Guardian 42-Watt Halogen A-19 Clear 6-Hour Cycle Timer Light Bulb', but because its called 'Halogen', I am little concerned ...
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How do I connect a new fixture to a box with two black and two white wires?

I am attempting to change/update a chandelier in our dining room. I (mistakenly) disconnected the previous fixture without noting the connection first. When I attempted to connect the next ...
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Electric bathroom mirror lights fault

I have two electric bathroom mirrors each with 2 18 inch fluorescent tubes and built in shaver/toothbrush socket. Both units have developed the same fault ie when I turn them on both tubes light then ...
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How to get access to and change bulb in a hanging lantern

My task today was to change the light bulbs of a hanging lantern that we have on our porch. I simply cannot determine how to get to the actual light bulbs. I've tried turning the bottom finial, ...
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What to do with wires from old outdoor light?

I'm permanently removing an old stair light from a porch. I've disconnected the fixture but the wires come from the house through a hole in the wall. So now I have about 2 feet of wire hanging from ...
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Lowering wattage in an existing halogen system

I just moved into a house that has under-the-cabinet halogen G8 100 watt bulbs. There are 12 bulbs under 4 cabinets that all work off the same switch so it's lit up like a Christmas tree! I'd like ...
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Bathroom over sink lighting bar

I have a newer stainless three bulb light bar over my sink, and one of the lights single glass shades keeps loosening up and wants to fall off,only the bulb keeps it from doing so. The retaining ring ...
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How should this light fixture be connected?

Replacing kitchen light, house wiring to box: 2 white twisted together (neutral), 1 red (hot when switch is on), no ground. Fixture: 1 D shaped ridged wire, 1 smooth (round) wire, 1 ground wire. My ...
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Brand new 3-way lamps not working correctly

Ok so I'm at my wits end on this...I've bought two different 3-way lamps this week. Both are not cycling correctly through the three brightness settings. The first lamp was 'Better Homes' brand from ...
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Converting two three-way switches to a single dimmer

I recently replaced my kitchen lights to dimmable LEDs. Right now there are two 1 gang 3-way switches, so I can control the same lights from two switches. I wanted to replace one of the switches with ...
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I have 2 lights on one switch. only one bulb at a time works

I have 2 lights on 1 switch. I appear to have it wired correctly. However if I put both bulbs in only one works. If I take a bulb out the other works. Doesn't matter which one I put in. Both lamps ...
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Sockets burn out on light fixture

I have a ceiling fixture that uses three 40w candelabra-base bulbs. It was burning out bulbs frequently (about one per month). Over time, two sockets were not working (confirmed with a meter test) and ...
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Vapor resistant ceiling fixture installation

I am installing vapor barrier on a ceiling using poly, acoustic sealant, and a vapor-tight ceiling fixture (FN-426-C-V - pictured below). Note the ring of soft foam around the circumference of the ...
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How do I put a recessed light in a wet location, where the can itself will get wet?

I have an underdeck porch that has a ceiling made of metal roofing panels, that diverts deck drainage into a gutter. I would like to install recessed lighting in the ceiling. However, the cans will ...
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wired ceiling fan but lights are not working right

Need help with my install Fellas. I have red, white, black, bare wires coming out of the ceiling and blue, white, black, and green from the fan. I wire them up just how the old one was wired and the ...
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Which wire is the ground in this light box?

So I'm trying to fit a new light fixture that's got the usual black, white, and copper/green wires coming out from the light itself. However, when I took off the old light and looked at the wires in ...
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Patio Light Fixture To Electrical Socket

So we are putting up some string lights on our covered patio and want to use those instead of our patio light fixture right outside the door. I've removed the light fixture and there is an octagonal ...
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Identifying light socket in kitchen

I have 5 light sockets in the kitchen. Two of them are A19 style sockets and three of them are the following sockets: They fit a CFL type bulb in them. I would like to replace it with an A19 socket ...
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convert pendant ceiling box to recessed type light

I took down the kitchen island ceiling fixture - now there is just the 2" deep (or so) electrical box. I want to have a "pot" type light there - but there is not room above it for a can fixture. Is ...
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I need to replace the spring-loaded lighting cover for the light in the tub

Anyone know where I can get a trim kit for this basic round ceiling light? It has an outer edge/flange that seats against the ceiling and there is a plastic light cover inside the outer edge. It has ...
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Replace bathroom light fixture without replacing the fan?

I have a bathroom fan/light fixture. The fan and light both work well, but the light fixture looks very dated and the cover is broken. Replacing the entire fan fixture is a bigger project than I want ...
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Trouble with ceiling fan speed control

I recently installed a Minka Aire Java ceiling fan (F753-WHF) which came with a 3 speed remote controller, but which I installed with a Minka Aire hard-wired 4 speed wall control (WC105). The fan ...
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Help wiring new ceiling fan

I am replacing 2 light fixtures on screened porch I have wired them up to switch for light and one for fan( switches were already wired in house). I have 2 more switches by bedroom door also. Now ...
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Ceiling fan bulbs repeatedly fail

My Ceiling fan light in my bedroom keeps going out. I changed the bulb and it worked for a few days and went out again. I changed it again and days later it went out again. The ceiling fan itself ...
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Lamp not working

I have a lamp (see picture) that has stopped working. I replaced it with a new bulb and that did not help. Any guidance for a novice regarding next steps?
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Garden light connected to main lounge light stopped working

I have recently moved into a new property and all light fittings came with no shaders/were pretty basic. I have then proceeded to (safely) remove the light fitting of the living room, replaced it with ...
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How to mount an exterior light that doesn't cover the junction box [duplicate]

I'm trying to mount this light on the exterior of a house, but it doesn't cover the hole like the existing lights do. In some places there's an existing light that's mounted directly to a junction ...
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Retrofit a ceiling light with RGB LED tape/lights?

I have a ceiling fixture in the kitchen that I like and can't find a replacement electronic ballast (Tospo TP120-1/26UPL 26W). A replacement fixture has been hard to find and stupid expensive. I ...
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Installing Pendant light which came with 3 clear wires and 1 copper/bare wire

Pendant light: 3 Clear Wire and 1 copper/ground wire Ceiling: 1 Black, 1 white and 1 copper/ground wire I do notice that in one of the three clear wires in the pendant, there is some number ...
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How to change an untwistable (by design?) fluorescent tube light bulb in a fitting with no slot?

Every guide to changing a flourescent tube light I can find has the same basic two steps: twist, usually 90 degrees, then slip the two pins out through the slot. With this fitting,I have a fairly ...
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Should I use a halogen light transformer with a higher wattage rating?

I have a light fixture with 9 G4 20W halogen 12V light bulbs. It has Jindel 105W 120V to 12V transformer, which died. Please explain how 105W transformer can support 9 20W light bulbs? Should it be ...
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Is this ceiling box wiring correct and how can I reconnect an abandoned 3-way switch to it?

I have a house (Georgia, USA) and some kitchen renovations have revealed some prior electrical work and I am trying to figure it out. Originally, there was a ceiling box in the kitchen with a fan/...
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How to troubleshoot a florescent light.

I'd like to know if there is a way to troubleshoot a fixture with T8 or T12 working on a ballast that stopped working, if the problem is in the ballast or the bulbs, without having to buy new bulbs to ...
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I have a light fixture with a green a white and a black wire. What is the green for?

I have a light fixture with a green wire as well as white and black. Where does green go?
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Electronic ballast ratings

Hello I have a 4 bulb fixture that im working with. It currently is set up with one ballast for each bulb. I bought a philips EB-C 136 TL-D 220-240 ballast to go back. My bulbs are 18watts. The ...
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What could cause a 3-bulb fixture to blink when turned off?

Two new lightbulbs(energy efficient spiral) blink rapidly when I turn OFF the switch for the 3 bulb fixture in my kitchen. House built in 1912ish. My house but previously had tenants. They only had 1 ...
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switched socket and unswitched light fixture to switched light fixture and unswitched outlet

In several rooms I have a wall switch near the door that switches an outlet, and a light/fan fixture operated by a pull chain. I would like to be able to switch the light fixture from the door switch, ...
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dimmable led bulbs won't work in dimmable fixture

Our living room has 4 dimmable lights controlled by 1 switch and slider. Many years ago, we replaced the incandescent lights with fluorescent bulbs (we didn't know that fluorescent bulbs don't dim out ...
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Correct sockets to be used with 277v light bulbs

I am a project that requires 277v lighting. I have found medium based light bulbs that are rated to work on a 277v circuit but the not a medium base socket that is rated for usage above 250v. I have ...
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vanity lighting

I'm replacing an old hollywood bar light. I therefore have to install a box as there wasn't one before. I bought the box and connector. I'm concerned about grounding the box. How do I ground it and ...
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Replacing single pole light switch with dimmer

I'm trying to replace a single pole light switch with a Leviton 6674 dimmer. This dimmer has four wires including the ground wire and a wire which is tagged and used for three-way applications which I ...
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Is this ceiling pendant double insulated?

I bought this ceiling rose off Amazon (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Modern-Antique-Brass-Ceiling-Lighting/dp/B00CJ9GE9Q): It's not like others I've seen as it has a black input sheath to a connection ...