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Why do my Christmas lights have a white polyester filament inside the thin rubber wire?

I have a pre-lit incandescent Christmas tree that was attacked by my cat. I'm trying to splice the wires back together. My string of lights has a "thick" rubber wire (16 gauge) and a "thin" rubber ...
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LED problem with recessed lighting

My recessed lighting is set up for PAR 20 incandescent bulbs. I would like to switch to LEDs, but the ones I am finding are 1/2" longer than my PAR 20 bulbs. These protrude from the recessed light and ...
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Wiring light switch with neutral (Z-wave)

I am trying to see whether or not I satisfy conditions to buy Linear WD500Z-1 Z-Wave 500-watt Wall Mount Dimmer Switch. Here is the picture of wiring I currently have: Just to provide more ...
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How to wire three-way switches to light fixture with a fan?

I have a light fixture with a fan, and two switchboxes with space for two three-way switches each. I would like each switch box to have two switches, one which operates the fan and the other which ...
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Wirelessly accessible light switches [closed]

I am looking to buy a wirelessly accessible switch with open communication. To be more specific what I want is to buy light switch that can be wirelessly accessible but the communication should not be ...
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Can I install false light bulbs in a fixture?

I have a chandelier that holds 18 lights bulbs. I only really need 12 bulbs working at a time. Would it cause any harm only using 12 and hollowing out 6 old bulbs to use as place holders? Or, is ...
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What gauge wire for long run from power supply to LED light strip?

I am wiring in some 5050 RGB LED strip lights in my basement. There is a small utility room adjoining and I'm keen to keep the transformers and signal amplifiers in there in order that they can be ...
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How can I identify a neutral wire?

I'm trying to install a WeMo light switch in the place of an existing switch. I'm unsure which wire is neutral, or if I have one at all. Below is a photo of where I'm at currently. There are two ...
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What type of tube does this fitting take?

It is a UK 240v kitchen fitting, I know the tube needs to be about 600mm long, but I don’t know if it needs a T4, T8 or whatever type. (The old tenant removed the tube and did not replace it, so I ...
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How to wire and hang chandelier over table

I removed the electrical cap from ceiling, expecting to find capped, exposed wires like my other lights. However, I found 3 wires, 2 of them (white and orange) are not exposed and basically just run ...
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How can I add a ceiling light fixture to my apartment?

My apartments (in the San Francisco Bay Area, California) are so depressingly dark because I have no ceiling-mounted light fixtures. I just have standing lamps (with 5 ultra-bright bulbs). Where I ...
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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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How can I control 2 lights with 2 switches so that both lights can't be on at the same time?

My bathroom has 2 lights, each with its own switch. I want to know if it is possible to make it so both lights cannot be on at the same time either by rewiring my current setup or replacing the ...
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Why is this light fixture with 3 bulbs giving me so much trouble?

I have a light bulb fixture on the ceiling in one room of my house that holds 3 bulbs. The previous owner installed it to make the room extra bright, for certain work and tasks to be done here, ...
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Can I connect an indoor timer to lights split to 3 circuit breakers?

Currently the lights in the store turn on from 3 separate circuit breakers, I have to flip each circuit breaker to turn on each light zone. I would like to connect an indoor timer that will turn on ...
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Why is a neutral wire needed for most 'smart' light switches?

Why do most smart light switches need a neutral wire?
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How can I replace a light fixture with a two way switch?

I have just replaced an old florescent fixture with a new incandescent fixture. Wired according to directions. Light comes on and does not throw the breaker so I know I have it wired correctly, ...
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How easy is it to change a B22 light fitting to an E27 one?

I was looking to fit some Philips Hue LED bulbs, but they only come with Edison screw fittings (E27) and every light fitting in our house is bayonet (B22). I initially looked into using adapters but I ...
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Should light temperatures be equal in all rooms? [closed]

We have different compact fluorescent lamps and LEDs with different color temperatures in our flat and I found it to be unpleasant to have a blueish light in the bedroom and a yellower one in the ...
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Why are my LED bulbs pulsing/flashing?

We've bought a house where most of the lighting is provided 12VAC halogens. Some of these globes are starting to burn out, so we decided to replace them with 12VAC LEDs. The LEDs are non-dimmable, but ...
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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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What connector should I use to connect LED light / driver to mains?

I've just got some LED spots to go in a small cloakroom. What connector should I use to connect them to the mains? The mains wires to the driver are tiny (about 20AWG). Is there are recommended ...
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How do I remove the dome of this light fixture?

How do I go about removing the dome to replace the lights. I found online that similar light fixtures, one of the 3 "fingers" have a spring. But on mine, that doesn't seem to be the case. I tried, ...
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How do I stop a dimmer switch from humming?

I installed a dimmer switch in my washroom and it's making a buzzing noise. The more I increase resistance/rotate the dimmer clockwise, the louder it gets. The humming seems to be coming from the ...
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How do you wire a ceiling light that is controlled by two switches?

I just picked up a 10$ ceiling light at HD for my girlfriends house. She just had an empty box with wires capped off on the ceiling at the bottom of the stairs leading to the bottom floor of a raised ...
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Can fluorescent lamps work in low voltage grid?

My country house has low voltage (150~180V) and the lighting is mostly comprised of incandescent lamps. I don't really know if voltage has anything to do with the brightness of incandescent lamps, but ...
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Could you explain this ceiling light wiring?

I'm changing an old pendant light into a ceiling light, but I have some difficulty in understanding the current wiring. It is controlled by 2 switches. I've checked typical rose wiring diagram, but it ...
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can you install LED floodlight in a regular ceiling fan?

I'm considering buying this LED bulb to replace a 60w incandescent bulb on a ceiling fan: http://www.amazon.com/Sylvania-78691-Reflector-Replacing-Incandescent/dp/B00K1AHQXS The ceiling fan actually ...
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How do I wire a switch with 9 wires in the box?

I have an odd wiring situation at one of my switches, and like a rookie took it all apart before taking a picture. I have 9 wires running into the box, 3 white, 3 black and 3 ground.The switch is a ...
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Can I use an 11 watt bulb in a desk lamp that says “CFL max 9 watts”?

Hi I got a 11 watt T2 Helix Energy Saver bulb with specs stating equivalent output is 40 watts. My lamp says CFL Max 9 watts. Can I safely use this bulb in this lamp or is it a def. no no?
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Should I be worried that my ceiling light has current when turned “off”?

I am based in the UK. I was replacing a ceiling light when I noticed an issue. When I used a voltage screwdriver the live wire in the ceiling pendant was showing a voltage present even when the wall ...
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How to install multiple individual led strips?

I have started my final year in interior design and I really want to buy some LED strip lighting to light up my scale models to give them a much more lifelike appearance for photos. I wouldn't really ...
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Is it possible to only use one color of an RGB LED strip?

I have been given some RGB rolls of led lighting. I only want to use the red or blue on a boat... can I cut it and only solder only 2 wires say to ground and R and get red, ground and B and get blue?
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Lighting-circuits

I am installing a simple dimmer switched recessed light. The neutral is linked from another lamp the live from the consumer unit, the light fitting is not earthed. For convenience I have used a three ...
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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 toggle two wall sconces, without also turning off power to receptacles?

I'm renting an apartment in a century home and in the living room there is a wall switch that controls 2 wall sconces (both that have independent knobs on them to control the lights), but it also ...
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Is this ceiling rose electrical wiring diagram correct for the lighting system I am implementing

I have found a few wiring diagrams online, but none that fit my specific scenario. Please can you tell me if my wiring plan according to my diagram below is correct. Apologies for the non standard ...
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Light bulb spins in recessed but won't unscrew

I had a bulb that spins in recessed light can, it won't unscrew, how do I get it out?
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What wire gauge is needed to replace old wires in a vintage chandelier?

I'm replacing the wiring from a vintage chandelier and need to know what gauge wire to use. There are five lights on it. This is for the fixture only!
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Why won't my new ceiling light turn off?

I just replaced a ceiling fan/light combination for a fluorescent light. I noted that the new light only had connectors for white and black wires but not one for the red wire that is coming out of the ...
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How can I 'share' lights between multiple circuits?

I am installing a rectangle of 3 x 4 recessed can lights in the ceiling and would like to have 4 separate circuits where each individual row of lights can be illuminated by its own switch. This means ...
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Lights wont turn off after switching dimmer types and changed again

Previous owners installed two wall sconces - one dimmer. That dimmer control plate broke/cracked (a glyder type) I have an Ariadni toggle that I would prefer. The glider had by looking 3 wires (single ...
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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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Why is my 12VDC LED flood light flashing when powered by a LED magnetic driver?

I just bought a new outdoor LED Flood lights which i plan to use on a field. However, when connected to a power source, the lights keep flashing and has a humming noise. The flood lights are 12vdc @ ...
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Is it safe to leave light socket without a light bulb?

We have several light sockets with light bulbs, controlled by a single light switch. I don't need that much light, so I want to remove a couple of light bulbs from their sockets. Is that safe ? In ...
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How to GFCI protect bathroom lighting circuit

I have an old house with 3 bathrooms all on the same circuit. Each has an light with a receptacle above the sink controlled by a wall switch. (See image below.) I want to GFCI protect the entire ...
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How do I connect the second light fixture in this dimmer-controlled lighting circuit?

I just replaced two light fixtures in the front hallway of our new house and I'm having some issues. The two fixtures are connected to a dimmable switch and the light closest to the switch is ...
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Ceiling fan to can lights

I want to remove a ceiling fan that is attached to a switch for the fan and a switch for the light. Is it possible to: install can lights on one switch and a pendant light on the other switch by ...
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Why do my lights not work? [duplicate]

I have three small recessed lights, set into a false ceiling where a mini-central air conditioning unit is set. The lights do not turn on. The lights are small E14 base mini-spots I replaced the ...
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Lighted bookcase with capacitive touch hinge

A while ago I saw a lighted bookcase at a furniture store whereby you could turn its lights on and off (actually dim them by a couple of levels), just by touching one of the hinges on one of the ...