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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 ...
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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 ...
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How can I replace a ceiling fan plus light with just a light?

I have a ceiling fan with separate fan speed control and switch on the wall. I would like to replace it with a plain light fixture if it is not too hard to get the wiring into a safe configuration. ...
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Fluorescent fixture won't stay lit

I have a two-bulb F28T5 light fixture that went out and replacing the bulbs with new ones did not fix it. So I replaced the ballast with a new one. The lights come on but go out within a second or ...
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How do I label fluorescent fixtures converted to LED?

I am going to replace some regular fluorescent tubes that are about to burn out with LED ones and would like to add a sticker inside the fixture to advise a future owner to not install regular ...
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Round hole, rectangular junction box

I am installing a new light fixture into ceiling. There is a round hole there right now (from a recessed light that I removed). The problem is this round hole is just short in diameter of standard ...
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Can I replace a recessed lighting track without replacing the fixture housing?

I have 20 year old track lights that I would like to replace. They are Lightolier brand which is now owned by Philips. The track heads have transformers in them that buzz loudly. New track heads ...
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LED issues in high bay applications

I have a linear high bay that is 240 watts putting out about 27,000 lumens, we have added a bi-level sensor to the fixture and what's happening is that when the fixture times out the fixture goes off ...
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How to improve light quality from a bathroom exhaust fan?

I have an interior bathroom with no windows. In the ceiling is a NuTone 763RLN exhaust fan with light bulb fixture. This unit was built in 2003, so the only light bulb specification provided is "100 ...
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How do I replace a broken light fixture?

One of the claws on my 3-clawed light fixture, sheared clean off while I tried to pry it open to remove the dome in order to replace a light bulb. Do I need to replace the whole fixture? If so how do ...
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How do I change light bulb on this type of ceiling fan?

I am having trouble changing light bulbs of my ceiling fan pictured below. I took these images to home depot and no one could help me! I showed the fan to two handymen in-person and they couldn't ...
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Ever Heard of 4/0 Lights?

An electrician I recently got a bid from made a number of recommendations involving installing what he called "Four-Oh" lights. I wasn't sure I was hearing him right, so had him spell it out. He ...
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How to deal with a thick wire in a mounting nipples for a chandelier?

I have a chandelier that came with a very thick insulation on the wires which were intended for use as a plugged in lamp. I am installing it as a chandelier, and it came with the mounting hardware, ...
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What wire is needed for a double 3-way switch on fan/light

My house is 60+ years old, with original cloth wrapped 2-wire 12 ga wires throughout the house, and an updated 200A breaker box. I wish to replace a 3-way switch setup on a ceiling fan/light with a ...
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Changed an old Led light to pendant and it keeps shorting

I recently just replaced an old LED ceiling light with a simple pendant and as soon as I switch it on it shorts. I've made sure that I kept everything in place but as soon as I switch it on, POP it ...
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Default setting for dimmable light bulb on a non-dimmable lamp

I have a brand new dimmable light bulb, but a floor lamp that doesn't have a dimmer. Is the light bulb going to be working on full power out of the box i.e. it's not going to be dimmed?
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Ceiling fan & lights turn on automatically

I couldn't find someone with the same problem so here goes: I've replaced a ceiling fan (the old one had some parts missing), but as soon as I put the power back, the light and fan turn themselves on ...
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open light socket on string lights safe to use?

I have string lights in my room and my sister accidentally broke one of the bulbs. The lights are my main source of light in my room so I was wondering if I just removed the broken bulb it would all ...
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ceiling surface mount fluorescent light question

I just picked up a great deal on some 4' fluorescent ceiling mount lights for my garage. Looking at the docs from the manufacturer, they state: MOUNTING Ceiling surface mount (HO and VHO units ...
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How to wire switched light fixture in place of ceiling fan

I removed a ceiling fan that had four wires. I have installed a normal ceiling light that remains on regardless of the position of the switch. The switch worked with the ceiling fan light. How can I ...
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Adding a new electrical outlet to lighting circuit

My house was built in the mid 70s, MBWC everywhere. Many lighting circuits are also connected to the outlets. What I want to do is connect a receptacle upto the switch for the pantry so that when ...
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Can I test an unwired light fixture with multimeter?

I’m looking at a light fixture on Craigslist, but I’d like to see if it works first. I have a multimeter that I needed for another project. Can I use the multimeter to test the light fixture before ...
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How to connect my new light fixture that has 2 (+ground) wires to the ceiling box that has many?

I have lots of wires coming from my ceiling box. I guess because of two wall switches that turned on old fixture. Check the image below. Analog voltage detector "beeps" on black wire in the middle ...
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Why have my LED bulbs started flashing when I turn them off?

I have six LED bulbs in my flat. They’re all the same model (LE 10W A60, bayonet fitting), and they were all purchased at the same time – September 2014. I bought them as a set of five and a single, ...
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Jack and Jill bathroom light sensing door locks

I have an interior Jack and Jill bathroom that is connected to two bedrooms. I'm trying to solve the problem of someone locking the other door when using the bathroom and then forgetting to unlock it ...
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Adding Light Fixture to a Ceiling Fan

I have a ceiling fan that looks like the below: I noticed that there's a round cap in the middle of the fan. Can I take the cap off, get a light fixture from my local Home Depot, and install it ...
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Different light fixture quit working after changing switch

Upstairs: I just replaced some halogen track lights with LEDs. The switches were double pole and are illuminated when the lights are off. This caused the LEDs to have a dim light even when they were ...
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Why should I replace the starter every time I replace a fluorescent tube?

Many fluorescent tube guides recommend replacing the bimetallic strip starter every time the tube is replaced; however, no one seems to provide a specific reason why it needs replacing. Presumably you ...
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Electrical current leaking from light fixture when off [duplicate]

I recently migrated from Incandescent to LED light bulbs. I changed my old dimmer switches to LED compatible dimmer switches (all 3-ways). When on, the lights work fine, but when turned off, I noticed ...
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How can I prevent a ceiling fan light kit from wobbling?

I have a ceiling fan with a single light bulb attachment below the fan. This light bulb socket is loose and wiggles on the unit. Sometimes I can get the light bulb inserted in the socket in a ...
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Should light fixture with outlet be grounded to metal box?

I'm replacing an old ceiling light with chain with a light with outlet attachment in a grounded metal box. Do I need to ground the fixture since I have a 3 prong outlet, or since box is grounded I ...
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How can I replace broken CFL bulb in a recessed light fixture?

I tried to replace a plug-in 4 pin CFL and ended up having the socket stuck inside the can. How I can get it out? There are two clips at both sides in the can fixture - can I push these to get the ...
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Thermal protection switch replacement in recessed incandescent can lights

I find very little discussion of this issue on the net. My son has a Nutone Scovil 60 watt max incandescent recessed can light, damp location rated, in a shower with a high ceiling. Its thermal ...
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Need some assistance on replacing a light fixture

I am attempting to replace my light fixture. This is a basic question but am I mounting the crossbar correctly? I always thought the little holes were for the fixture to attach to. Is that wrong? ...
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Do fluorescent fixtures rated for “Through Wiring” exist?

I'd like to span a lighting circuit and an appliance circuit across a steel I-beam in a low ceiling garage using a fluorescent fixture: Lighting + Appliance Circuit ------\ I /-------- Appliance ...