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Lights come on only when toggling fan direction

My kitchen lights are having electrical issues that I am trying to identify probable causes for. When I bought the house, there was an overhead light in the kitchen and several plug-in light fixtures ...
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How do you hard wire a lamp socket to the ceiling?

I have a swag style pendant lamp that I want to hard wire into the ceiling. I cut the plug off the lamp cord and wired it directly to the neutral and hot wires in the ceiling recess. I made sure the ...
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how to light up ten (10) led downlights with each having 14w power consumption?

recently i had opted to upgrade my store with LED downlights of 14w each. problem i am facing is that drivers of these are going corrupt frequently. my electrician said , we can replace these drivers ...
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solar tubes to heat room [closed]

What if I actually WANTED to use a solar (skylight) tube to help heat a room? (WANTED because some folks have reported unwanted heat coming down the shaft to be a problem in the summer.) It struck me ...
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Why won't my ceiling light turn off?

My ceiling light won't turn off. There are 2 separate switches to choose from to use. Neither will turn the light off. One makes the light flicker a bit, but not off the other doesn't seem to be ...
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LED Light Strips on bunk beds

We are moving house next Friday and our 2 boys are moving from a room each in to sharing. To give them as much space as possible we're going to attempt to modify 2 Ikea Kura beds that we've purchased ...
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Electric switch controlling a ceiling light loses power

I recently installed a 6 light ceiling light . The ceiling had a white ,a black ,a red and a ground wire coming from the ceiling .At the ceiling I connected the red and white with one of the wires ...
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Can I put a LED tube in a high frequency ballast fixture without removing the ballast?

To replace my old fluorescent tube lamp I bought a LED tube. The old fixture was one with an electrical ballast and without an additional starter as shown below. I read that I was supposed to ...
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3 way circuit options to indicate if circuit is active

I've got a couple switches controlling an exterior light which is not directly visible from either switch. That causes issues if, for instance, I am leaving during daylight hours and know I will be ...
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Christmas Lights on a Metal Roof

Does anyone have any experience with metal roofs and Christmas lights? I've got icicle lights and red C9 lights. The icicle lights I was able to use my shingle hooks and place between a foam padding ...
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What alternatives to R20 bulbs can I use?

When we bought our house, the lighting fixtures in the ceiling came with R20 bulbs. I know nothing about lighting so I figured that only R20 bulbs are compatible with our fixtures. But I'm realizing ...
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What makes a certain fixture burn through bulbs?

I have one outdoor fixture that inn which the bulbs burn within two or three months of being installed. This happens with both cfl and incandescent bulbs. Any ideas why this is happening?
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LED flood light bulb [duplicate]

Can you use PAR 38 LED Flood light in a kitchen recessed light receptacle that says to use an LED bulb with a maximum of PAR 30?
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How do I fix this light fixture now unstuck from the ceiling?

Right now it's hanging by electrical cords, believe there was some adhesive that came undone. I am not an electrician so don't want to mess with it. What is that adhesive called?
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IC housing and non-IC trim compatibility

I have installed two IC-rated, airtight housings in a soffit in my basement. There is no insulation in this space, I just chose the IC-rated housings because they were available at the time. I will ...
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How can I install a ceiling light that was wired for a ceiling fan previously

I removed a fan/light and bought an LED light with a black/white wiring setup. There are two sets of black and white wires in the box. When I hooked up the new light, got nothing. When I hooked up ...
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How can I rewire a three-wire ceiling fan installation where there is a two-wire set up?

I installed a 3 speed ceiling fan with a dimmable light in the bedroom where a standard 2-wire light fixture used to be. After months of unsatisfied performance of these battery operated wall ...
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Ceiling Fan and separate ceiling light fixtures

I just replaced my ceiling fan in the kitchen (has no lights). I also have a separate light fixture. Before replacing the ceiling fan, I would turn on one switch to turn the fan on or off, and the ...
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Is it safe to combine Christmas miniature light sets of different amperage?

I have two sets of 8mm mini lights that specify 120V 5A on the plug and one set of 5mm mini lights that say 120V 2A. Is it safe to use them together without blowing/frying the 2A set?
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How do you wire a 3 switch box in a bathroom?

I'm replacing an old outdated 3 switch unit with a newer one to match the rest of the bathroom. One switch controls a light, one controls the exhaust fan, and the third controls a heating element. ...
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Downgrading from a dimmer to a switch

I've seen posts about going from a switch to a dimmer, but not the other way around. I originally thought I could read those and do the opposite, but it seems that there are many ways houses can be ...
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How do I wire a switch and light so I can add a fan later?

In a room with a switch that controls a receptacle I'm going to add a switch and ceiling light. I want to make this addition so a fan can be added in the future if wanted. I feel confident in how to ...
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Dual dimmer switch wiring

I have a dual switch with L1 L2 and L2 on each, wire 1 (red) is connected to both L1s using a loop. The other two wires are connected each of the L2s i.e. W2 (Blue) is connected to L2 on switch one ...
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What different types of remotely controlled light switches exist?

I am looking to buy a remotely controlled light switch. What options are there? I do not want companies or brands or models or whatever. I am looking to buy light switches from which I can build my ...
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What type of bulbs dim to lowest setting?

I've got a Lutron "Plug-in lamp dimmer", Model PD-3PCL-WH, and tried several LED bulbs with it. They all said "fully dimmable" on the packaging. It works, however seems like at most it dims to about ...
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What size power supply do I need to connect two 5 meter LED strips? [duplicate]

I want to buy 2 of these 5 meter LED strips to make a 10 meter run. What power supply do I need to have to avoid voltage drop? what controller do I need? How do I connect those 2 LED strips?
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How should I connect a grounding wire from a device to this box?

I'm replacing this simple 2-connector light switch with a 4-wire dimmer. The 2 new wires present on the dimmer are neutral and ground, and only neutral has an obvious home. The box has no visible ...
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How can I extend a circuit so I can plug in my under cabinet lighting?

I am replacing halogen under cabinet puck lighting to LED. The old system was hardwired right into a switch with a power source that was starting to make noise so I thought I would replace the whole ...
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Should I be concerned about power leakage through a Z-wave switch?

I have wired my LED Christmas lights on my front porch through a light fixture adapter. Also, I just replaced the light switch with a remote z-wave switch. When the light switch is off, the lights ...
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Is there a reason not to connect the ground wire to a chandelier?

So, I am replacing the insides of a chandelier, but now I dont understand why the person who installed it would leave the ground wire hanging without being connected. I can see a ground wire taped ...
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Rewire Metal Halide Security Light to Use Standard Bulb

I have a Utilitech AHR100-00 ...
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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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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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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 ...