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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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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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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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How to install new outdoor motion sensing light [closed]

I have a new home which does not have any sort of outdoor lights for now. I want to install motion sensing lights on 2 of the exterior walls. I got a quote from an electrical contractor but he is ...
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How can I wire two closets from one power source?

We have two closets side by side. Ran black/white/green wires from power source to closet 1 light, then closet 1 switch, then to the closet 2 light, then closet 2 switch. Whoops. Obviously now the ...
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Is switching my flourescent light fixures to LED fixures a DIY project?

My house has a fluorescent light fixture that includes a ballast. I saw instructions here for changing it to a regular light fixture that I can use for LED bulbs instead. Is this a project that I ...
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Back lighted mirror

I would like to know how I could get a mirror like this: Does it need to be custom made If it need to be custom made, by who? Glass store or light store? thanks a lot.
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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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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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Is my outbuilding wired correctly?

I have a 3-wire source power wire (red/hot, black/hot, white/neutral and bare copper/ground) leading into an outbuilding to a light switch and GFCI outlet 4x4 metal box. This 3 wire provides power to ...
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Can I install false LED light bulbs in a chandelier to reduce the total light output?

I have a chandelier that holds 18 lights bulbs. The bulbs I have are non-dimmable 4 watt LED bulbs. I really only need 12 bulbs working at a time. Would it cause any harm only using 12 and hollowing ...
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Installed Ceiling Fan, Now Light Switch Not Working Properly

Last night I switched a ceiling light fixture with a Ceiling Fan. Before it was just a light fixture and it was controlled from a switch on the wall; one of two switches on the same switch plate/panel ...
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Moving a light switch without moving it

I live in a rented house, and there is a lightswitch which is unconventionally not next to the door in one of the rooms. Is there a way to move the lightswitch so it's next to the door. I am currently ...
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How to wire a ceiling rose?

I have bought a new ceiling rose for a light. The wires in it are UK pre-2004. There's one black, two red, one yellow, one blue, and two green and yellow earth. Where do all these go on the ceiling ...
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Light fixture buzzing sound

Today I replaced our dining room's old 70s chandelier. When I opened it up I noticed pretty quick the rubber shielding on the lamps cords had been melting a bit towards the tips as it got all over my ...
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How do I add an outlet to the end of a circuit that terminates with a recessed light fixture?

I have a closet with a light switch and a recessed light. I want to add an outlet to the ceiling of the closet. I have really good attic access to the recessed light, so actually placing the ...