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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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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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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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HELP ME! New fixture won't turn on, did I wire it wrong?

I'm trying to replace my living room ceiling light fixture. The new fixture only has black and white wires (no ground). The ceiling has red, black, white, and ground wires. When I took the old fixture ...
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Closet dome light, is the tinfoil necessary?

In taking the cover off my closet dome light to change a lightbulb, I noticed that behind the lightbulb there is peeling tinfoil which is revealing something that looks like insulation. The lightbulbs ...
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How to create dim cosy lighting

I am trying to create dim lighting at my lounge. The problem I am facing is lack of knowledge or understanding of the light positioning, intensity and light reflection. I made a few experiments but ...
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Does a painted side of a glass cover for a fluorescent light go towards or away from the light?

In my building, there are ceiling and wall fixtures that use fluorescent bulbs. The cover of them is just a sheet of glass and there is a large square in the middle that is painted white. My ...
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How to open ceiling light cover to replace bulb

I don't understand how to open it so that bulb can be replaced. It has no screws. Tried to move white dome anti-clockwise but does move at all.
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Did I make a mistake with this fluorescent light installation?

I bought a fluorescent light fixture with 2 light bulbs. I wanted to test if the light bulbs where good before mounting the fixture to the ceiling. So I simply plugged the cable to a 120V outlet. I ...
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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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Looking for an alternative lightswitch, push button maybe?

I am going to mount a slate chalkboard on this rail. The slate is 60" which is the length of the rail as you see it. As I get closer to the actual installation I am questioning my choice of dealing ...
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Does a fluorescent lamp that does not light up still draw power?

First of all, I am not a native English speaker, please forgive me. I recently rented the room I am currently living in. On the ceiling there are fluorescent fixtures like the picture below (I found ...
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How do I wire a new ceiling light from an existing fixture? [closed]

How do I extend electrical service to a new basement ceiling light fixture? I want to extend from a standard ceiling light that is wired as follows: two 14/3 gauge wires enter the box. Both black ...
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How to add dimmer to “one switch controls another switch” configuration

In my dining room, I currently have a switch configuration that functions as follows: Switch 1: when toggled, turns light on/off Switch 2: when toggled, turns Switch 1 on/off Can I have 2 dimmers ...
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Why is the light always on after replacing the light fitting?

I replaced the light fitting in our living room, which is controlled by a dimmable switch, and now the light is always on. When the dimmer is in the off position, the light is not very bright. When I ...
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How to run electrical wire in concrete ceilng?

I live in a condo with popcorn (a.k.a California) ceilings. Next week I'm having them scraped, spackled, and painted smooth. I also want to hang a ceiling light fixture (the dining area desperately ...
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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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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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Replacing an outdoor junction box - need some help

Last year we had a contractor come to our house to do a few jobs. In the process, he ended up saying he busted a light bulb on our security light, and said he would fix it. About a week later, we ...
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Did I use the ground wire right? (Light Fixture)

I took down an old ceiling fan in my home, and replaced it with a basic light fixture. When I took the fan down, I saw the normal white and black wires, but no ground coming out off the ceiling. The ...
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Is it safe to convert a candelabra base in my ceiling fan to a medium base for use with larger CFL's?

I have a ceiling fan with 3 candelabra sockets. The lighting from the incandescent bulbs is terrible. I have these 27 watt bulbs that fit a medium socket. I want to use this type of adapter. ...
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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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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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Is it safe to use a 100 watt LED bulb in a 3-way lamp that specifies using incandescent bulbs only?

I purchased a 100 watt LED and a 3 way lamp, but now that it is all assembled I have just read in the instructions: Lamp is rated for max 150 watt incandescent, Type A E-26, 3-way bulb. DO NOT USE ...
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How can I get my fluorescent light fixtures to work with an occupancy sensor?

I have a Leviton PR150-1LI occupancy sensor in my garage. I have two 4 foot T8 fluorescent fixtures (each has 2 bulbs). Neither fixture originally had rapid magnetic start ballasts. At this time, the ...
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What is an effective way to attach this plastic filter to aluminum without drilling?

I have an aluminum angle that is housing an LED strip. I need to attach a UV filter to stop LEDs fading whatever it lights. I ordered a plexi angle that will work as a filter, I just need to figure ...
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converting 110V chandelier to 220V

I have a Kathy Ireland chandelier bought in the US with 110V. Can I use this chandelier in the Philippines having 220V Electricity?
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Does this wiring look normal? If so, how can I connect a porch light to it?

I'm getting ready to (finally) connect a porch light for my outdoor office. The overall wiring looks like this: 1) A sub-panel outside feeds a circuit into the shed: 2) The line goes from the ...
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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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3 cables in one box wiring issue

My house was built in the 50's. In my master bedroom I need to replace the fan, so I disassembled it, bought the new fan and am looking at the wiring with a serious question here. There are three ...
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Is it safe to wire a plug-in sconce directly to the junction box?

There is a wall sconce that I would like to buy, but it is a plug-in variety and there is no power outlet nearby (only an existing light fixture). Is it safe to cut off the plug and wire it directly ...
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Why would lights plugged in to lamp holder outlet adapter be testing as live?

We bought an old pendant light for our flat, with a two prong plug. Rather than rewiring it in to the existing outlet, I just bought one of those $2 lamp holder outlet adapter. To be on the safe ...
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When I turn on my light switch, there is a delay before the light comes on

We have a ceiling fan light. One swith controls the fan, the other the light. When I turn on the light switch, there is a noticable delay (like a full second) before the light comes on. Is it a ...
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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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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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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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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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Is there such a thing as wall lights that you can plug into a power outlet?

There is a room in our house with a fluorescent bulbs from the dark ages and they've stopped working a while back. We've tried replacing the starter, it worked for a moment but stopped, maybe a loose ...
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Add electrical box to existing ceiling

As detailed in this question, I had a loose electrical box in my ceiling. I acquired a Saf-T-Brace, ripped the old box from the ceiling... and then discovered my beam spacing was too narrow for it. ...
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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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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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Can I run a T5HO ballast with significantly lower wattage T5NO bulbs?

I gather this is generally possible, as long as bulbs draw less power than the ballast can provide, but are there limits on how low you can go? I currently have an electronic ballast for 1 or 2 54W ...
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How to replace recessed halogen light from an eyeball fixture?

I have a fused halogen bulb in this eyeball fixture. It's fairly resistant to twisting and pulling. The previous tenants managed to damage a similar fixture in another room, and I don't want to end up ...
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Why does my fluorescent ceiling fixture trip the GFCI sometimes?

Every so often, roughly a 1/20 chance, flipping the light switch to my laundry room's fluorescent fixture will trip the nearby GFCI outlet. Why is this? Is it more likely to be the GFCI being faulty ...
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What is causing a replacement ceiling fan light to flicker?

I had a Hunter ceiling fan with a light kit attached. It started making a humming sound and then a loud pop. This caused the circuit breaker to trip. After resetting the circuit breaker, the fan ...
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How can I remove the wires from this lamp holder?

The wire on my lamp is too short, so I'm trying to replace it. The fitting/fixture (what's the correct term?) however doesn't play nice: I can't see the correct way to remove the old wire (and still ...
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How do I wire a new ceiling light with power to the ceiling and 3-way switches?

I'm trying to install a new light fixture in the front hall. Currently, the light is activated by 2 switches (on each end of hall). The NEW fixture has 1 black wire and 1 white wire. The ceiling wires ...
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How do I connect a lamp wire to an actual circuit?

I've got an old lamp that we want to use as an overhead light fixture, which has lamp wire coming out of it. Currently, that wire terminates in the outlet prongs, but I intend to cut those off. The ...
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Why does my GFCI periodically trip, especially after a few days' rain?

I have a GFCI in my living room bath that controls a couple of lights in the basement and bedroom upstairs (weird, thats what it seems to control). Now, every 2 or 3 weeks or so, it seems to trip and ...
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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 ...