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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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Patio Light Fixture To Electrical Socket

So we are putting up some string lights on our covered patio and want to use those instead of our patio light fixture right outside the door. I've removed the light fixture and there is an octagonal ...
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Identifying light socket in kitchen

I have 5 light sockets in the kitchen. Two of them are A19 style sockets and three of them are the following sockets: They fit a CFL type bulb in them. I would like to replace it with an A19 socket ...
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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 fan/...
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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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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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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 ...
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Lens filter for recessed light

Our recessed lights are way too harsh. I was thinking that some sort of a lens or a filter would be the cheapest way to fix that, but I have no clue about what kind of recessed lighting we have (or ...
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Did I wire my light fixture correctly?

I'm replacing a light fixture in an old apartment where the ceiling wiring has two brown/red wires and one black wire. When I removed the old fixture it was wired with black to black, the white wire ...
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What's the best/easiest way to install and wire a wall light?

I would like to add a wall light to a wall, but I'm not sure the best way to go about doing this. I'm thinking it will be easiest to wire it up to a ceiling light (directly above proposed placement ...
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Outside Ceiling Fan Problems: Light But No Fan

Over the course of the winter, the ceiling fan on my screened-in deck stopped working. The attached light still functions properly, so it is definitely getting electricity, but the fan will not ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Replacing shower dome light bulb

I have this shower light, as shown here: There are two screws holding the plastic cage onto the fixture, which I removed. However, I am still unable to remove the cage (I tried twisting it and ...
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Oven Hood Light Fixture Borked - Help Please

Country: Canada I was replacing my oven hood light fixtures with LED bulbs. One of the LED bulbs swapped in no problem. The other LED bulb was having trouble getting contact and subsequently a ...
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Can I change the socket of a light fixture by simply cutting the old one off and re-wiring?

I currently have a wall light fixture that is only for small bulbs (I believe they are E14's): Currently, Philips Hue does not manufacturer bulbs of this type. As a result, I am wondering how I can ...
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Where can I find something similar to a fluorescent tube, with only one end for electrical contact

I want to redo the floor light in the front patio. My idea is to create a few light rods coming out of the floor and pointing toward the ceiling. For this purpose, it would be nice if the anode and ...
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Installing dual fluorescent tube ballast electrical

I had removed a couple years ago a double fluorescent round tube light fixture. I want to install it back but am unsure which cables connect to the wall socket. I am guessing the white neutral with ...
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Installing a PIR Motion Detector - Not working because it requires a neutral wire

This is going to make me sound daft but I am new to DIYing and by no means an electrician! But I am trying to install a motion sensor light switch on the ceiling where a pull cord switch used to be. ...
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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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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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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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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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Wiring a light fixture when no previous light fixture exists

My husband and I purchased a mobile home to fix up. The plugs, switches, and light fixtures were all missing. We have replaced all the plugs. We only have power to half of the house, assuming it's ...
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Minimum number of recessed lights for 29x13 room

I know the "standard rules" say one light every 4 to 6 feet... But what would be the minimum I can get away with using canned lights for a room that is about 29x13. I previously went my way with ...
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Rewire Metal Halide Security Light to Use Standard Bulb

I have a Utilitech AHR100-00 http://www.lowes.com/pd_319896-33229-AHR100-00_0__?productId=3435358&Ntt=utilitech+security+light&pl=1&currentURL=%3FNtt%3Dutilitech%2Bsecurity%2Blight&...
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How many 240 volt fluorescent fixtures can I connect to a 30 amp breaker?

How many 240 volt fluorescent (2 X 4 recessed, 4 tubes) fixtures can I connect to a 30 amp breaker using 4 mmsq cable?
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Can I replace a ceiling light fixture with a higher wattage one?

I am planning to order replacement ceiling fixtures for my 2 foyer lights. i want to make sure they will work first. measurement wise, the dimensions seem to fit the space well. the ones in there ...
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Can I use an LED bulb in a incandescent only fixture?

I'm considering buying this Home Easy ceiling rose, as my light switch is in awkward place and I'm unable to move it. I have an LED bulb in the correct socket, and this manual says you can't use ...
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How do I change light bulb in flush mounted fixture?

I just moved into a new house and don't know how to change this flush mounted light: I've tried removing the piece at the bottom and that didn't drop the light as I would have expected. The other ...
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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 ...