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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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Converting 120v wiring to low voltage

I have four 120v spot lights in front of my house, they are connected to two light sensors (2 on each sensor) I would like to convert these to low voltage LED's. What do I need to make 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 switch with 9 wires

I tried to install a dimmer today in the dining area and found my switch is very over complicated. The switch only controls one ceiling light but has nine wires inside. The 3 white wires are all ...
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Maximum light fixture wattage question

​I'm trying to switch the incandescent light bulbs in my living room to LED ones.​ I've noticed that originally all the light bulbs were 65W 620 lumen. I've bought four LED light bulbs ...
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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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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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ceiling surface mount fluorescent light question

I just picked up a great deal on some 4' fluorescent ceiling mount lights for my garage. Looking at the docs from the manufacturer, they state: MOUNTING Ceiling surface mount (HO and VHO units ...
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AC to DC LED dimmer

Alrighty - I am working on a home project. I know SOME electrical engineering as I have a masters in physics. I am wanting to install a LED dimmer in my home. The LED dimmer I have found online ...
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How safely bring lamp wire into house?

I'm considering replacing an outdoor lighting fixture with an LED motion-sensitive fixture, but I'm not sure how to safely do the wiring. The location is protected (under a porch) but still needs to ...
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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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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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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 wire switched light fixture in place of ceiling fan

I removed a ceiling fan that had four wires. I have installed a normal ceiling light that remains on regardless of the position of the switch. The switch worked with the ceiling fan light. How can I ...
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How can I prevent a ceiling fan light kit from wobbling?

I have a ceiling fan with a single light bulb attachment below the fan. This light bulb socket is loose and wiggles on the unit. Sometimes I can get the light bulb inserted in the socket in a ...
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Should light fixture with outlet be grounded to metal box?

I'm replacing an old ceiling light with chain with a light with outlet attachment in a grounded metal box. Do I need to ground the fixture since I have a 3 prong outlet, or since box is grounded I ...
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Light Switch 3-wire but with 2 permanent lives

Trying to wire a Fibaro dimmer into this light switch but not having much luck. There appears to be 2 permanent lives coming into the COM port and the presumed switched live out of L1 port. I can't ...
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MR16 LED Bulbs - Fitting too narrow and replacing old Halogen bulbs

In my kitchen I have 4 halogen MR16 bulbs which I would like to replace with LEDs. I have been given loads of LEDs by a friend but I have found that when I fit them into the existing fittings the box ...
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What's this type of lamp light bulb socket called?

I want to buy a replacement, but don't know what to search for.
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Recessed lighting in existing concrete light fixture

I have some light fixtures that are currently used and covered with blind plates in the corners of a concrete ceiling room. I was wonder if there was anyway to convert those existing light boxes to ...
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Is it safe for a CFL bulb in a ceiling fixture to touch the glass of the fixture itself?

My fixture is an old style one with a 2 1/2" clearance from the top edge of the fixture to the ceiling. Any advice? Concerned homeowner 47
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Can LED strips serve as the main light of a room?

I would like to know if led strips can serve as the main light of a living room (4.5mx3.5m) and if so, what kind of strips and where to put it in the room (along the walls, along the edges of the ...
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Replacing T12 flourescent bulbs

Can I replace my T12 fluorescent bulbs using LED tubes from Eled lights.com by just removing the ballast, or do I need to change any fittings? How do I rewire the fixture if I remove the ballast?
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How close to beam edge can I put light fixture nails?

I removed a 10-15 lb light from my ceiling. Beneath, the electrical box was at an odd angle: So I pulled that off as well, which revealed this hole. Those nail holes which were holding in the ...
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Removing A Stripped Light Fixture Dome

When removing dome light fixture, very tight. I did loosen it, but now it is stripped.(just keeps turning) , Short of taking a hammer to break the dome, how do you remove It is loose enough to pry ...
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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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Do they still make attachments for this track lighting?

. This light fixture is a track to which things attach. It came with spots; I've been asked to see if I can't 'shed more light,' so I'd like to go see if I can acquire alternative things. Can anyone ...
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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 ...