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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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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 should I run outdoor wiring under my second-story deck?

I have a light on one side of the space under my deck, and I'd like to add another. My plan is to add an extension box between the existing fixture and the house (using appropriate gaskets as ...
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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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Removing the cover for this light fixture

There are three prongs that hold a dome shape cover together. One of the prong is spring loaded. Normally, you would push the cover to the direction of the spring loaded prong, then the spring would ...
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Multiple weak light bulbs vs one strong light bulb

I currently have a small room with a single CFL bulb at the center of its ceiling. The bulb lights up the whole room well enough. I encounter the problem though that when standing in front of the ...
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How can I replace pull switch lights with wireless remote receivers / switches?

does anyone have experience with the Lightning Switch or Illumra or recommend any other remote switches for replacing the pull switch light fixtures without having to rewire the house. The tech looks ...
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What kind of light bulb is this?

The only engraving on the bulb I can see says "NRJ8EE" but Google searching that brings up nothing. Also, if we can't identify the bulb, is anyone able to tell if the fixture would be able to ...
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Wiring a rocker switch with pilot light so light is on when switch is off

I have a single switch with a pilot light next to a two-function switch in a double gang box. They are both used to control a three function fan/light/night light in a bathroom. Everything is working ...
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How can I troubleshoot a ceiling fan light kit Issue?

I have an issue with my ceiling fan light; the light is on, then eventually over time it starts flickering off and on, eventually over time shutting off. I'll switch the light off, and then switch it ...
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new mini CFLs don't seem to fit/work in fixtures?

In our bathroom we have a 6 light bar over the sink, it has 6 standard edison style screw in sockets in brass plated cups, and no shades, just bare bulbs. It's very similar to this light. Not long ...
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Voltage detected on ceiling light no matter the switch is on or off

I just moved into a new apartment and I would like to install simple ceiling light. As shown in the picture, there are two wires outside the ceiling, a blue one and a red one. The light switch ...
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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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Can hook up this light fixture to a cord?

Is it possible that this light fixture could have a power cord connected to it? For home use... The tag says: Caution (Please read below): Factory wiring is for all "on" operation For switching ...
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How can I extend an old ceiling box to fit a SmartHome relay?

I have an old ceiling fixture box, the kind with the stud/hickey in the center that looks like this: I want to add a fixture to this box (currently it's unused.) I also want to use a SmartHome ...
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How can I fabricate a custom one-off plastic part?

Here's some background: I just moved into a house and am in the process of fixing up the bathroom. I want to keep the two florescent lights that frame the medicine cabinet but the plastic covers are ...
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How do I fix this light fixture now unstuck from the ceiling?

Right now it's hanging by electrical cords, believe there was some adhesive that came undone. I am not an electrician so don't want to mess with it. What is that adhesive called?
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Am I missing some obvious way to change this lightbulb?

I thought I'd be able to lift the plastic shade and angle it out of the trim, but it doesn't lift at all. It slides side-to-side a bit, but the flanges are large enough to keep it firmly behind the ...
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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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How should I remove this bulb?

My bathroom bulb died and I am trying to replace it, but before I can figure out what sort of bulb to buy I want to remove it so I can take it with me to the store and get an exact one. However I've ...
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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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Recessed LED lighting orange connectors

Installing 12 recessed light cans in the basement. Figured I'd go LED, so I purchased a dozen HALO LED housings (H750T). Then I spotted a deal on Philips LED lights and ordered a dozen from HD online. ...
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Why is this light fixture with 3 bulbs giving me so much trouble?

I have a light bulb fixture on the ceiling in one room of my house that holds 3 bulbs. The previous owner installed it to make the room extra bright, for certain work and tasks to be done here, ...
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Ceilling light wont switch off after a new installation

I have bought a new ceiling light to replace an old-fashioned one. I have 3 grey cables hanging from the ceiling: 3 red wires connected together and 3 green wires connected together and 3 black but ...
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How do I to choose a new light fixture for the bathroom?

I've got a bathroom that has a single 75 watt bulb light fixture. It's wall mounted. Unfortunately, it's old and there isn't enough light. I'd like to replace it with a sconce that has 2 or 3 bulbs. ...
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Fluorescent Light In Garage - Mounting Issues

In our garage, I'm trying to mount a flourencent light fixture that is 4 foot long. The problem is, I don't know how to mount it. I'm assuming that I would want to drill the screws into the ceiling ...
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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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How to unstick my light switch?

I was messing around trying to change a light fixture and the circuit breaker for the house tripped open. I reset the circuit breaker, fixed it correctly and everything else is working. But the light ...
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How to wire two light bulb sockets inside a ceiling fixture?

I purchased a flush-mount ceiling light with 2 light bulbs. The wiring is a simple 1 black, 1 white, and 1 ground to the ceiling box, but there were also wires connecting one bulb to the other. ...
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How do I change lights bulbs that are 20 feet off the ground and pointing up (in a vanity fixture)?

How do I change light bulbs that are 20 feet off the ground and pointing up (in a vanity fixture)? Does anyone know of a bulb changing kit that has some kind of arm attachment that will allow me to ...
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How can I replace a glass shade on my bathroom vanity?

I was cleaning and caught my duster on my bathroom vanity light fixture. I must have pulled a bit too hard to release the duster because I managed to pull one of the frosted glass shades off the ...
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What is the difference between GU-4 and G-4 bulbs?

I plugged a G-4 bulb into a GU-4 slot and it burned up the unit yesterday. What does that U mean?
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Metal junction box shows 5V relative to ground when circuit powered. Why?

I have a small, octagonal junction box in my basement with one 2-wire-no-ground cable going in and a standard porcelain lightbulb fixture attached to the bottom. In the process of investigating an ...
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One specific light fixture seems to be killing my LED bulbs

I have all LED bulbs in my house, the nice CREE models that look like this. They've all been great, except for the ones I put in my bathroom's four-bulb fixture. One by one, all the bulbs in this ...
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How do I fix this fluorescent light?

I have a fluorescent light in a 30-year old fitting. The light has recently stopped working, though it is trying to light at each end. Replacing the tube has had no effect. However there is a ...
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How do I rewire an old light fixture?

I have an old pendant light fixture with a ceramic bulb socket that needs new wiring (the old cloth covered wires are falling apart). There is a copper colored screw and a silver colored screw in the ...
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How can I fix this chandelier socket?

I have a nice chandelier that I'd like to keep, however the light sockets are deteriorating and the light bulbs don't always connect properly which causes flickering. Any ideas on how to replace ...
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How to fit a pendant light hook?

I'm a complete amateur, so please bare with me. I have a pendant ceiling light that requires a hook. I'm guessing that simply screwing a hook into the ceiling is a bad idea (electricity and all that)...
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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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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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Tried to replace light switch but circuit breaker flipped with new switch, so put old one back and that flips the breaker too??

I'm renovating a bedroom in our house and went to replace the light switch after doing all the electrical outlets. The old light switch was a 2 wire, a black and a brownish colour. On the new switch ...
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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: http://www....
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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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Using LED light bulbs in a dimmer

I have this light fixture: that used halogen light bulbs (philips ecovantage, 500 lumens, 120v, PAR FLOOD25) - ll failed during the same week but one: I wanted to replace them with those LED ...
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How do I deal with a loose lightbulb socket on our ceiling fan?

When my wife and I bought our house, there were two ceiling fans with multiple light fixtures (4 inside a plastic enclosure and 4 "exposed" within glass lampshades. On one of the fans, one of the ...
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Fitting an ornate ceiling rose

I've got to fit a ceiling rose. I'd assumed that the centre would be clear so that I could fit a ceiling rose hook for the chandelier. However, it's decorative all the way to the centre like this : ...
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How do I install this flush mount ceiling light fixture?

I bought a new flushmount ceiling light fixture but no instructions came with it and I have never done this before, so I need some guidance please. First of all here are all the pieces that came with ...
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How can I remove a stuck overhead light fixture?

I recently decided that it's time to install some less hideous lighting in my apartment. Since it's an apartment, my options are limited because I must be able to restore whatever is there now if I ...
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How can I replace a single bulb light with a fluorescent fixture?

I would like to replace a single light bulb light in the closet with a fluorescent fixture. The bulb is wired with two black hots to the light bulb fixture and the white neutrals are wired together. ...