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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 ...
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This light won't turn on

So, I was around my partners house the other day and they have a light on the landing that does not work - I don't think it has ever worked since they moved into the house and being an electronic ...
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How can I add a new light fixture off of a ceiling fan wired to two switches?

I have an existing ceiling fan rough in that is wired with 3 conductor wire to two switches, allowing the light and fan to be controlled independently. The fan that I installed however uses a ...
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Has this light earthed itself?

After accidentally earthing the live wire going to the outside light whilst putting a faceplate back on (patched up now), the light has stopped working. I've just been out with a multimeter to see if ...
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Newly installed 4" halo can lights have a slight odor when on

I just installed 6 new 4" halo can lights. When they are on I can smell a slight odor coming from them in the attic. Is this normal? I felt the light housing in the attic and is just warm. I also felt ...
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Plastic cage around LED GU10 socket

We bought a new house in the UK in 2011. Most of the lighting is GU10 LED bulbs although a couple of rooms have GU10 halgens, which I'm happily replacing with LEDs as they burn out. A couple of the ...
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Why doesn't my replacement lighting work after my old fixture died?

I live in a pretty old condo in MA, and the living room track lighting stopped working. New bulbs didn't help, but the second set of lights on the same outlet worked fine. Replacing the bulbs and ...
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Can I attach a metal box for a vanity light to a wood cross?

I am redoing a new bathroom. I have a metal electrical box that I want to replace (because it is an odd size from the 50s). The current one is simply screwed to a wood cross (2x4) running ...
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Fix intermittent connection problem in a monorail low voltage light fixture

I have a WAC low-voltage monorail (probably a SOLORAIL model) that is about 7 years old. The rail is about 12 ft long and has four fixtures attached. For the past 2 years, one of the fixtures has ...
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How do I wire a light fixture with two white wires to a ceiling box with three white wires?

I am trying to install a new light fixture. The ceiling mount has three white wires and one black one. The problem is that the fixture has two white wires and one black wire. They do not match up. ...
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Why does my ceiling fan light turn off by itself?

I have a remote-controlled ceiling fan and light. I don't run the fan, but when I turn the light on sometimes it will stay on for a long time then just go off by itself. I have tried both kinds of ...
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What can be used to fill holes on top of a lamp fixture?

I'm trying to provide a solution for a restaurant I frequent. They always seem to get flies inside their light fixtures. We discovered after examining the fixture that there are 3 or 4 small holes on ...
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Wiring a fluorescent T8 fixture to a standard plug

I am looking to connect a T8 fluorescent light fixture (that holds 4 bulbs) to a cord with a plug at the end so I can plug the fixture directly into a standard wall socket (or in my case a light ...
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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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“Walk/Don't Walk” street sign wired into bathroom light

I have a game room type area that has it's own bathroom. Above the door to the bathroom I would like to place one of those "Walk/Don't Walk" street signs. I would like the "Don't Walk" to be wired ...
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Light fixture emits a high pitch sound with no bulb

I have a light fixture that hangs from the ceiling which no longer works with new bulbs. It uses Dulux D/E 18 watt compact fluorescent bulbs. I'm ok with it not working but when I turn on the light ...
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Why does my new light fixture trip the circuit breaker?

I have a ceiling light fixture that trips the circuit breaker every time the single pole switch is flipped. It has three white wires and three black wires. Before installing this light fixture, which ...
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What could cause a recessed light to come on when removing the neighboring bulb?

I just installed a row of five recessed lights in my basement. All of a sudden, I have one light that shuts off. When I remove the bulb next to it, it turns back on. This row is daisy chained on the ...
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New Light Fixture Has Long Ground Wire

I've recently placed a new light fixture in a room. The metal box from the wall had a black, white, and ground wire, along with a metal plate. The light fixture came with the same wires and I've ...
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Light won't turn off [closed]

I had a remote ceiling fan that went bad. I replaced it with a plain light fixture. I have five wires coming out of the ceiling: 2 white, 2 black and 1 red. I hooked up the wires to the new light ...
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Where do I attach the grounding conductor to my bedroom light fixture?

I have a problem, I broke the center piece that holds the glass part on my light fixture in my room. I purchased a replacement and removed the two screws holding my fixture on to the ceiling. Now I ...
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How can I hide the wires to a self-made ceiling light fixture?

I have a simple self-made ceiling light fixture, but it currently lacks two things: some kind of a pipe to hide the wire. a cover to hide the ceiling junction box. I'd like to use something ...
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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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Upgrading to LED Bulbs

So I've been doing a lot of research recently regarding LED lighting, and attempting to do an overhaul of our entire house. But I've run into a few issues, and I really don't want to go back and forth ...
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Energy efficient bulb takes a long time to get bright

Ive recently moved into a newly built house (im in the UK). When I turn my bedroom light on it takes a long time to get up to full brightness which is quite annoying. Ive unscrewed the lightbulb to ...
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How would I go about wiring a new light fixture where there are more wires than expected?

There was a cap in the middle of the ceiling in my living room that I had always assumed was hiding an old light fixture or something. There is a also a light switch that doesn't do anything in the ...
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How Safe is this 5-way ceiling lighting DIY install

I've installed a 5-way ceiling light in a relatives house yesterday and whilst I've been more than careful in all it's prepartion and install, and being over caustious (without big paranoid!) I'm a ...
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How do I use a Stanley IntelliSensor to locate the joists/crosspieces in my ceiling?

Six months ago I posted a question about fixing a circular light fitting to my plasterboard ceiling and thank you to bib for a really detailed answer. Returning to the problem I have borrowed the ...
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Are there lightbulb base adapters available?

I've got an intermediate screw base light bulb that I want to replace (as it's burned out). However, going around to local stores they only have the correct size & wattage of bulb available in ...
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How to replace a single light switch with an electric dimmer switch

This is a very similar question to one I asked yesterday, which Ryan Walkowski kindly helped out with. This time, I'm looking for a some assistance in fitting a a single electric dimmer unit. I am ...
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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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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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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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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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Why would my ceiling light only work half the time?

My bathroom ceiling light doesn't work right after it has been turned off. After a period of time it works again. What's happening?
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Will many weak bulbs be more luminous than one bright one?

I'm getting a floor lamp for my small apartment and want to get the best lighting I can from a single fixture. I basically have two choices: A reading lamp: a single 100W bulb directed towards the ...
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Installing a ceiling light with screw holes that don't match the ceiling bracket

I want to install an IKEA Calypso ceiling light. The screw holes in my ceiling measure 7 cm across. The screw holes on the light differ - they measure 9 cm across. How would I screw in the light if ...
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light stays on even after disconnecting switch

Have a light that's been working fine for years. Two switches control the light on opposite sides of the room. All of the sudden light will not turn off. Disconnected both switches and light stays on. ...
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Why doesn't the light in my ceiling fan work after changing a light bulb?

I had to change a light bulb in my ceiling fan. When I was screwing it in, it popped and the light bulb blew. Now the remote won't turn off the light, but it's still able to control the fan blades ...
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Can I use these replacement ballast even though the yellow wires are on the opposite end?

I am trying to replace a ballast for my garage lighting. I removed the old one but there are absolutely no markings, numbers, diagrams or anything on it. It is a 2 lamp 120V fixture with 40W T12 ...
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How do I remove this stubborn ceiling light fixture?

Please check the photograph of the light fixture. All the bulbs have gone out and I cannot get the glass out to replace them. I unscrewed the decorative thing at the bottom. After that I unscrewed ...
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Can I wire LED light fixtures in parallel?

I have 4 120 V 20 watt LEDs. I want to put them over my desk. They are the Lusa Lighting Model #33000 (If you want to see the PDF). They come with plugs so you can plug them in separately. I want 1 ...