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Question about this DIY light fixture and grounding

http://www.mysimplysimple.com/lighting-diy-office/ I was looking into the above light fixture project, and I noticed that it has no ground wire. Most of the videos I have looked into about replacing ...
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Loose electrical box for ceiling light

I have a ceiling light which is held up by am electrical box. The box is hanging down at an angle. I opened the box and found that one side of it is secured to what I hope is a cross brace. The ...
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How to loosen glass bulb cover from metal base?

I need to replace one of the lightbulbs in my bathroom's lightbulb fixture. The bulb itself is a halopin bulb that inserts with a metal hook, but its covered by a glass cage/receptacle that should ...
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Electrical engineering background, can I do electrical work on my house

OK Folks, some introduction. I wasn't born in the US, I come from the underdeveloped world, where due to lack of resources it was usual to have a pair of bare wires acting as a light switch ...
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Okay to install “HT” type track lighting without grounding it?

I'm hoping to install some "H" type track for track lighting in my house. I understand the H style is designed for a ground (it has three contacts), but our house doesn't have many grounded outlets or ...
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How to fix this bathroom light?

This is my bathroom's light, which is both a light and a bathroom fan. The light is much dimmer now, so I guess that one of the fluorescents (or lightbulbs) is out. The fan seems to be working well. ...
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Is there such thing as a bowl shaped “ceiling bounce” lamp?

I'd like a lamp that acts like an IKEA floor lamp but without the long stick. Ideally it's bown shaped to not limit much of the light output to a tiny circle on the ceiling. I'd place a LIFX bulb in ...
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Ok to have junction box hidden behind recessed lighting?

The ballast went out on one of my recessed ceiling fluorescents. I'd like to replace all 3 of the fluorescents with remodel Halo cans then put in some LED retrofits. The existing wiring isn't long ...
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Ceiling fixture install(multiple wires)

I am currently trying to install a new ceiling fixture in my hallways, with black, white, and ground wires. When I removed old ceiling fixture I found 4 what appear to be white wires, 2 black, and 3 ...
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Electrical box - What are all these wires?

I want to install a light fixture on a box that's in the ceiling. I opened it up and I saw WAY MORE wires than I expected. I expected just a green, black and yellow wire. Here are two photos of the ...
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How can/should I mount this porch light?

I want to mount a porch light on my outdoor shed/office. I recently had an electrician place interior wiring however I elected to do the fixtures myself. Uh oh. Here's what the back of the porch ...
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LED lights delayed when turned on

I had my house built last year and after moving in noticed that in our living room (6 led downlights) when we turn our lights on 5 turns on at once and the 6th one will be delayed ranging from 1/2 sec ...
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4' double fluorescent lights fixture

I want to mount 4 feet double fluorescent light fixture in my room celling. The celling is made of drywall, my question : is it safe to use drywall anchor in celling which is rated for 75 lbs to mount ...
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Do they still make attachments for this track lighting?

. This light fixture is a track to which things attach. It came with spots; I've been asked to see if I can't 'shed more light,' so I'd like to go see if I can acquire alternative things. Can anyone ...
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Trying to understand why a light would be wired this way?

Just moved in to an older home with fiancé and WAS planning to change out a light fixture with a new ceiling fan. However after turning off light switch and breaker and proceeding to remove light ...
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Light sconces tripping circuit breaker

I recently installed two sconces in our kitchen to replace some old halogen lights with LED bulbs. The boxes had three (?!) White wires twisted together, two black wires twisted, and one red. I ...
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How do I fix a light switch timer?

I have some auto-light switches in my home. The one in the image below has nothing in the LCD display and is non-operational. How do I fix that? Manual operation does not work either. Below the ...
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Base of light bulb turning brown

One of my lightbulbs went out a few days ago and I was replacing it today. I found to my surprise that the base was yellowing for no apparent reason. I found this article online: ...
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Ceiling fan works, lights do not

I will try to give as much information as I can. I have no experience with wiring so I imagine some of the things I did were incorrect and probably stupid. I purchased a Hampton Bay ceiling fan, and ...
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What could have caused the chock block terminal to melt?

I installed a new light fitting approximately a year ago, which had a long flex. I shortened the flex by cutting both wires, and rejoining them with chock blocks which are contained within the ceiling ...
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Old Wiring to New Light Fixture With Switch

I bought a new light fixture to replace an old outdated light-bar the bathroom of my apartment. The building was constructed in 1926 so everything is super old. When I took the old fixture down, I ...
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Electrical - converting 3-way to single pole for multiple fixtures

My kitchen has 4 ceiling lights that are all on a 3-way switch (one switch at each end of the room). I would like to separate them and put 2 lights on one switch (single pole) and 2 lights on the ...
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How do I remove this so I can change the lightbulb?

This is a lot more complicated than I thought. I unscrewed the nipple, thinking the cover would slide right out, but no — nothing. Any ideas? I can't get a very good vantage point and am really hoping ...
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One rail of my three rail track lighting fixture isn't working

Problem I have a 12V low-voltage track lighting fixture in my kitchen. One of the rails isn't working. If I move the bulb fixtures from the bad rail to the other rails, they light up History A few ...
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What is this strange, linear light bulb?

Thanks to previous occupants of my house, one of the bathrooms is lit with a pair of lights that are unlike anything I've seen. The bulb is a narrow cylinder, about 3 inches long and maybe 1/4 inch in ...
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Can I put the junction box for an exterior wall fixture inside my garage?

I have an exterior, wall-mounted light fixture that I want to attach to my new garage. It looks like this: Here's a PVC board the contractor left to mount it. There appears to be OSB sheathing ...
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How do I replace a strip light with wiring that doesn't match the old light?

I'm replacing a strip light, but the wiring on the light I'm putting up does not match that of the strip I'm taking out. Coming out of the ceiling there are two cables. The larger white cable ...
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Did four LED light bulbs break my light fixture?

I have a bathroom light fixture with 4 light bulbs. Until yesterday, those light bulbs were the classic incandescent light bulbs from GE. That light fixture has been working for the last 7 years with ...
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How do I add a light fixture to an existing 3 way circuit when the existing one is powered directly?

I am trying to add another light fixture to an existing 3 way circuit. The power source feeds to the ceiling light fixture which is connected to the first three way switch using a 2 wire cable. That ...
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How can I rewire my bathroom fan (with light and heat), light, and receptacle?

I currently have a 3-gang box that houses a ceiling light, fan (with heat and light), and an outlet. I would like to move the outlet and ceiling light switch to one wall in a 2 gang box and leave the ...
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Light socket adapters - are they safe?

I'm in the process of building a little grow cupboard for herbs and vegetables and want to make a row of 24-30W CFL's (compact flourecent lights) and have found these plug adapters: ...
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How can I replace a recessed light with a ceiling fan?

I've installed a few ceiling fans before and found them to be pretty easy so I'm trying to add them to each room in my house, I don't have great knowledge of electrical work but I can install a ...
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Hissing noise coming from the lights in my bedroom

I have a ballast in my bedroom with three 60 watt led lights in it. The switch they are connected to is a brand new Lutron dimmer specifically made to work with led lights. The hissing is constant ...
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Can I use a CFL or LED bulb with a higher lumen output as long as I stay under the maximum wattage listed on the fixture? [duplicate]

I have a light fixture that lists the maximum bulb wattage as 60W. Right now, I have a standard incandescent bulb in place. Since there is only one light in the room, a single bulb is not bright ...
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Can I put 42W CFL bulbs into a fixture marked as “R20 Halogen bulbs up to 50W max”?

Both the fixture and the bulbs are E26 standard medium socket; so they definitely fit. And I'm pretty sure the wattage is fine (42w < 50w). I'm just worried about causing a safety hazard... Would ...
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Correct gauge of wire to power 2 ceiling lightnings

I was attempting a simple home improvement project that has slowly become a bigger job than I expected. So my aunt had a light bulb hanging from the ceiling in the corridor and wanted it replaced ...
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Is it possible to fry a lamp's internal wiring if I put the wrong bulb in?

I went to the hardware store pulled a bunch of LED bulbs off the shelf. One of the bulbs found its way into the wrong box and had a significantly smaller screw base than your typical light bulb base. ...
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Lighting to simulate skylights

I was in a friend's home, and admired their skylight. They have one of those tubes that goes through the roof to bring natural light inside. The ceiling had a diffused circular lens to help disperse ...
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Does a fluorescent light fixture use more energy than an incandescent?

Help me save a friend's marriage! :-) They have 2 light fixtures in their bathroom. One is incandescent with 6 75W bulbs, and the other is a fluorescent fixture with a 22W bulb that looks like it ...
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Using a Light Bulb Socket Switch to Control a Buzzer

I am currently using a turn knob switch for light bulbs to enable and disable a buzzer. I think the buzzer runs at 12 volts and draws a few amps. Is this safe? Unless I'm told otherwise my basic ...
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Will this non Contact voltage detector be adequate for my use case?

Read somewhere that if I want to be super safe I should not only cut the breaker, but also use a voltage detector to be 100% sure there really is no current. Looking on ebay they are real cheap: ...
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Installing a dimmer to control multiple lights

I recently asked a question about installing a dimmer and got a great reply. Now I want to install another dimmer, but this one might be tricky. In our hallway there are three lights that are all ...
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How can I change the bulb in this three-clawed, ceiling-mounted dome light fixture?

I am having trouble retrieving the light bulb in this fixture: I tried bending the claws to release the dome, but that did not work. I tried twisting the whole fixture many times in either ...
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How do I remove a double-ended T3 R7S bulb that isn't spring loaded?

A fixture using this type of bulb burned out of me. All of my searching seems to indicate that these are often spring-loaded but I applied significant force to both sides with no give. I feel so ...
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How do I add a light fixture to an existing 3 way circuit?

Existing basement with 2 simple pull chain light fixtures. We want to add 1 more on the end of the room where the junction box for the circuit is. Can someone provide me a sketch?
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black, white and green wires from box, but only black and white on fixture

My wiring coming out of the electrical box are white, black and green. How do I connect the light fixture that only has black and white? Is there another way to connect the ground (green) wire to ...
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Rewiring screw less lamp socket, how do I remove wires?

I bought a light kit from World Market to replace my current set up and opened the socket to rewire to find no easy way to remove the wires from the socket... How do I get them out? There is no ...
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Is my CL dimmer compatible with my light switch fixture?

Bought a Lutron CL dimmer after googling around and seeing how easy it is to install a dimmer, but when I got home and took a look at my light switch I'm not sure its compatible? The dimmer has 4 ...
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Fluorescent light shuts off

I am having a problem with a tube fluorescent light that turns on and works fine for a while then shuts off. Sometimes if I turn off the switch and wait a few minutes, it will come back on when ...
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How to improve lighting in work room?

I was reading quite a lot recently about lighting a room with computer properly and i am getting mixed tips.. some say "Your computer screen should be parallel to your lighting" and others say "your ...