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How do I replace a 3-way switch on 2-wire cable with a programmable timer switch?

I'm using the same Honeywell Programmable Timer from my last question, but under different conditions. In particular, I'm replacing a 3-way switch on 2-wire cable. Here is a schematic showing the ...
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How do I replace a single pole light switch with a programmable timer switch?

We have a light switch box containing three single pole switches (no ground terminal) in the foyer near the front door. I would like to replace the light switch controlling the porch lights with the ...
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Replace one of the 3way switch to sensor switch in the hallway

I have TWO 3-way switch in my hallway for light fixtures and I tried to replace one of the them to be a motion sensor switch. Both are working before the replacement, I can turn on and off with both ...
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How to handle ground and neutral in multi gang box containing both branch and traveler further down on same branch?

I have a 15 amp branch circuit where the first box from the breaker contains a switch for a ceiling light at the door leading to the garage. This box supplies the rest of the branch. On the same ...
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Why do my dimmer switches keep burning out?

I have a Lutron Maestro MACL-153MH (600W incandescent/halogen) controlling 5 x H1499ICAT (low-voltage, MR-16, 50W each) in my vacation house. So, that's a total of 250W. It burned out one day, so I ...
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light and fan. together but separate

Currently I have a switch that turns the light on and off, and a second switch that turns the fan on and off. I would like to make it so the fan can only turn on if the light is on as well. But if the ...
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What voltage adapter do I need for a 5 meter 5050 LED strip?

I have a 5050 5 meter LED strip and it requires an AC/DC adapter to run the full strip. I was told that I needed a 2A adapter, but I went to electronic store to buy an end adapter and they said this ...
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How do I hang flush mount ceiling fixture with odd angle for bolts

The holes in the fixture base are angled so it is not possible to just slip the fixture onto the bolts. How do I keep the bolts still and at an angle.
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Is there a 3-way occupancy switch with one sensor being external?

I have two lamps wired to a 3-way regular switch: one in a hallway and another one on the staircase following it. I would like to change the regular switch with motion detection occupancy one, but ...
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Can multiple 2-way occupancy motion sensor switches be used together?

Can multiple 2-way occupancy (AKA motion) sensor switches be used together? For the top and bottom of a staircase, I want the lights to be on if either switch senses motion and the lights stay on ...
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What is the standard 120v light bulb screw base in the US?

I know that standard incandescent bulbs in the US use Edison screw bases, but I'm not sure which designation / number is the one which is used for prolific non-candelabra 120 volt fixtures.
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Lighting circuit trips breaker every time

I have a lighting circuit in my home like so: Every time I turn on the switch, the breaker trips. This circuit has existed for over four years and only now has the problem begun. I've checked all ...
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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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Delay when powering LED light strip

I made a "shop lamp" out of an LED strip and power supply. When I plug it in there is a 1-2 second delay before the lights are powered up. Do some transformers have a shorter delay than others?
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Ceiling lights running dim

I have a persistent problem with the upstairs ceiling lights in my house where they often run dim for a while and then return to full brightness a few seconds later (at most 1 minute). Sometimes ...
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Fast *safe* way to add an outdoor light

I want to add an outdoor light or two on an exterior wall that has no lights. (I'm about to get a puppy and have a door out from my bedroom that has no lights. Since I live in the mountains and have ...
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my bathroom exhaust fan/light is spring loaded and will not stay flush with the ceiling

My bathroom exhaust fan/light will not stay flush with the ceiling. It is spring loaded. Help. After checking exhaust fan/light, the springs are in the correct slot BUT the housing fixture is just ...
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HELP ME! New fixture won't turn on, did I wire it wrong?

I'm trying to replace my living room ceiling light fixture. The new fixture only has black and white wires (no ground). The ceiling has red, black, white, and ground wires. When I took the old fixture ...
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Two lights & two switches, one light doesn't work?

Please could you advise me, why isn't second ceiling light working? Two lights and two switches, power does not appear to be going to second light, both switches are working. Have I wired first light ...
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Safely use a bare light socket

I've got a box of sockets like this: I was planning to mount a few of these on the ceiling, but am wondering about safety since the hot wire is essentially exposed, and would be very close to one's ...
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What is this knob on this fluorescent light fitting?

Recently I tried replacing a fluorescent bulb in my garage after it failed, upon fitting the new light it wouldn't turn on and there is this knob on the side (I have been told it may be something to ...
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How can I extend an old ceiling box to fit a SmartHome relay?

I have an old ceiling fixture box, the kind with the stud/hickey in the center that looks like this: I want to add a fixture to this box (currently it's unused.) I also want to use a SmartHome ...
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How can I install ceiling mounted recessed occupancy sensors?

I am looking to replace my current lighting circuit with a motion detector and wondering what is the best way to do this? I currently have 6 spot lights, controlled by 2 switches on either side of ...
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Will replacing filament light bulbs with non-dimmable LED bulbs damage the bulbs and/or a dimmer?

I have replaced filament light bulbs with non-dimmable led bulbs using existing dimmer switch. This combination seams to work well. Will this damage the bulbs or the circuit.
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What could cause lights to come on full strength then dim?

I just finished setting this up: There are actually 4 lights chained together at the end rather than just one. Once I finished I turned the circuit back on and tried out the switches. All of them ...
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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 to find a motion sensing light switch that turns lights on AND off when motion is detected?

Location: USA. The light switch to our laundry room is in the hallway outside the door. I replaced the standard light switch with a motion sensing switch (Leviton ODS10-ID). When we enter the room, ...
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Why is the live wire reading live, but the neutral is not, in my lighting circuit?

A ceiling light has failed and I have removed it. The circuit that it was part of (eight other downstairs lights) is working fine. BUT the supply cable from this circuit to the failed light is 'live' ...
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What could cause flashing LED lights when other LED lights in a different room are turned on?

I have the same problem and I'm pretty certain it's NOT related to bad switches - let me explain. We have LUTRON switches through the house. All was fine. We then had a minor 2nd floor renovation ...
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How do I wire a 2 way toggle switch to a flourescent fixture?

We are replacing a light that had a pull string on/off with a florescent fixture that we have put a toggle switch on. Question is... How to wire it? The toggle switch has 2 black wires and the wires ...
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LED light bulbs turn off immediately after being switched on

I have 11 spotlights in my kitchen which are 12V MR16 fittings. Recently they've started giving me trouble. Only 5 out of the 11 still work correctly, the rest have gone I decided it must be a heat ...
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Is it possible to convert a 3 way switch circuit into two 3 way circuits?

I am finishing my basement and I'm basically splitting the basement in half to keep half as a storage area. I currently have 4 lights in the basement wired as shown in the first diagram. I want to ...
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Why would a compact fluorescent lamp randomly turn off?

I have a CFL in a desk lamp that I keep on for several hours every day. Recently, the CFL has been randomly turning off. There is no flickering before the CFL turns off like I am used to with ...
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How to prep wiring for new lights in basement ceiling?

I have an old, fully finished, basement and I want to install new recessed lighting in the ceiling. My biggest scare is in wiring. Where and how can I find the necessary wires and run them through to ...
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How can I T splice a 120V line in a lighting fixture?

I'm designing a recessed lighting fixture and would like to T splice some of the wires in it. The wires are 14AWG, will carry up to 4AMP and I'm looking to make an elegant connection so that it fits ...
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removing ceiling fan and installing a light fixture

The ceiling fan I took down has a black wire, a white wire, a ground wire and a red wire. On the light fixture I will install, I've got a black wire, a white wire and a ground wire. Do I simply ...
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How can I figure out why my bedroom light won't turn on?

I changed the bulb though it was good still. I changed the switch. From the breaker box it goes; bathroom light, hall light, bedroom light, porch light. All other lights work just fine.
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Can I convert a single circuit with multiple lights/1 switch to control 1 light/switch

I have 3 recessed lights in my house that are controlled from a single switch. Actually they are controlled from 3 places with 3-way switches, so it's not really working all that well :) What I would ...
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how can i set up dusk to dawn outdoor lighting ?

My digital in-wall electric timer will only work with a single pole configuration. My wiring currently has 2 switches/poles. The simplest option is screwing in an electric eye automatic light control ...
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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 can I magnify, intensify, and redirect the light from a skylight so that it is most effective?

My condo has a skylight about 6 feet above the interior ceiling. How can I magnify, intensify, and redirect the light so that it is most effective?
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Dimmer, on/off switch and outlet not working after replacing

I replaced an old dimmer switch on an new 7 recessed lights (Outdoor Soffit Lighting Kit 2-Pack) with 6 R20/50W bulbs. The dimmer I bought is Skylark Contour 150-Watt Single Pole/3-Way CFL-LED Dimmer. ...
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Do Dimmable LED on Standard Dimmers Save Energy?

A lot of new LED bulbs claim they work on standard dimmers. Bought a bunch of the Philips Slim Style Dimmable LEDs when they were on sale at Home Depot. They work fairly well on dimmers that were ...
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How should I install a digital timer?

I am attempting to replace a single pole light switch for the outside garage light with a digital timer as there no street lights. It is located in a two gang box which has another switch that ...
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Changing sconce from flourescent to halogen

The new sconce has two black wires and ground. Can it be used in existing location which has one black and one white wire?
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Problems with GFI outlets recently installed

I had 3 GFI outlets installed recently in my home in by a contractor and now have some lights that do not work at all. The contractor put one in my kitchen, one in my 2nd floor bathroom and one in ...
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Which is better: UPS or Voltage stablizer in terms of power fluctuations

I am renovating my showroom and, already having a old voltage stablizer, my question is which is better: UPS or voltage stablizer, in terms of voltage fluctuations?
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Can I use a jumper from existing light switch to get power to 5 new lights?

I want to add 5 ceiling can lights. Can i use a jumper wire to jump from existing light switch to get power to new switch for can lights?
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Why are LED bulbs in a cooker hood flashing when I put in the fourth bulb?

I replaced 4 bulbs on a cooker hood with LED bulbs. Three will work ok till I put in the fourth; then they flicker once when turned on but will not stay on.
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How should I attach the grounding conductor for a replacement switch?

I'm attempting to replace an old Leviton light switch with a new Lutron dimmer switch that connects to our house's Wink system. The old switch had 3 black wires attached to the light switch and no ...