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What is this copper-looking wire on my light fixture?

I had an electrician install two hanging pendants over a kitchen island. The install went well and the pendants work fine. However, after the install I've had an opportunity to look at the fixtures ...
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New light fixture - grounding wire connection

I'm trying to install a new light fixture for the first time in my life. I'm not sure what to do with the grounding wires, especially since the old fixture didn't have one. The directions Do I connect ...
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What smart device options do I have for poor lighting in living room?

My living room does not have great electrical lighting. The room is about 18'x12' with a fireplace on the far, short wall. Above the fireplace there are two angled recessed lights (can aim them in a ...
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Turn one light bulb ON and another OFF at the same time with one switch

I am trying to operate two AC current light bulbs with one switch so that while the switch is in the OFF position, bulb B1 is OFF and bulb B2 is ON, and while the switch is in the ON position, bulb B1 ...
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Want to add lights to existing outlets - beginning of circuit or end?

thanks in advance for help Question is this. I have romex running from the panel to a set of 6 outlets. If I want to add lights and a switch, can I simply add them FROM the first outlet? Details ...
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Attaching ceiling ground wire when fixture socket does not have the green screw for attaching grnd wire

Ceiling ground wire is available, but fixture socket does not have the ground wire screw for attaching same. Is there a way to "fake" it?
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What can I use to fix a gap between the light fixture and the ceiling?

It's a very old house that the ceiling is made out of lath and plaster so it would be too much work to dig a hole to put in a large junction box for the wires. They won't fit in the base of the light ...
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Blue LED always on with led light strip

The blue leds on my led light strip started acting weird just recently. For some reason, the blue leds are always on. When changing colors, the blue led is on, when powering off the strip with the ...
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Where can I purchase a light bulb housing for a DIY project? [closed]

I'm trying to attach and Arduino Pro Mini with a 2.4ghz radio to an LED light bulb -- the problem is, I can't find anyone that sells just the housing of a bulb, preferably with a little space in the ...
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Lights are not working [closed]

My 4 lights cut off after 1 hour and stay off. Its a 2x2 fluorescent fixture in a drop in ceiling. There is no timer or sensor. The fixtures have 0 voltage after lights cut off. Its odd because all ...
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Ceiling fan with pull chain, light switch and a k 4.5 270 v capacitor

How do I wire a ceiling fan with a k 4.5 270 v capacitor and a pull chain switch ? The wires going into the capacitor are red and white and there is a blue wire , which wire goes where in the pull ...
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Old ceiling light connected between two red wires. Why? I'm trying to wire new fan/light

I'm trying to wire up a new ceiling fan that has built in lights where my old light fixture used to be but am a little confused with the wiring. In the electrical box (pic below) there are two black ...
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Light won't switch off

Right this is confusing me. I have a pendant light in a bedroom which has been wired up for weeks and working perfectly right (consider this as bedroom A). I've recently put a new pendant light in ...
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How should my light be connected to this old wiring layout?

I live in a really old house and still have old wiring red (live) black and neutral. I've come to change my kitchen strip light and have an abundance of wires to connect to my new 2 wire brown blue ...
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Does dimming preserve the life of LEDs?

I recently installed some decorative LED shelf lighting (specifically these if it makes a difference). The manufacturer says they will last 50,000 hours, where "last" means maintaining 70% of lumen ...
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Wiring covered porch ceiling fans from exising 3 way switched recessed lights [closed]

I want to have two ceiling fans added to front covered porch. The current recessed lights can be changed out with can converters for the fans. My concerns are twofold. Are remote fans the easiest to ...
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How does one identify a type of ballast?

In a building how does one identify a type of ballast? We have lights all over this place, and I was recently recommended that replacing our ballast with LEDs would greatly save on our electricity ...
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how to wire a light with only 2 wires available?

I have some outdoor lights that are broken and need replacing. I have bought some new ones which I thought were suitable. However the problem I have is only 2 wires appear from wall recess (active and ...
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Radio interference , lighting

I recently purchased a new place to me. We have a large horse barn that we pipe FM music to the horses. Last weekend I was in the shop attached to the arena and stalls after dark turned the shop ...
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Identify the make / manufacturer of this chandelier

I was taking down a 20-year-old (est.) chandelier to paint the ceiling, and I broke one of the five glass cones. I want to replace the cone, but have not located a suitable match, or a viable ...
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My light switch trips the breaker when its placed into the box

I have a box that contains 3 light switches. I replaced the old switches with new ones simply for cosmetic reasons. The old panel worked perfectly fine. When I install the new switches everything ...
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lighting rail of two light fixture one turn on faintly the other not at all [closed]

i have a fixture with 2 bulbs one of the lamps goes on very faint the other does not go on at all I checked connections put in new bulbs 48'
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LED Bulb Color Temperatures

Why are 99% of the LED bulbs in stores either 2600K or 5000-5200K? I prefer 3000K - 4200K but have only found 1 option in all of my searching. Is there a technical reason, a marketing reason, or a ...
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How do I connect a new fixture to a box with two black and two white wires?

I am attempting to change/update a chandelier in our dining room. I (mistakenly) disconnected the previous fixture without noting the connection first. When I attempted to connect the next ...
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Light and exhaust fan at bathroom not working

I have 2 switches (1 for the light and 1 for the exhaust fan) and 1 receptacle in a metal box at bathroom. Yesterday, both switches were not working but the receptacle was fine. (The hot line goes to ...
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Outdoor wire gauge for deck post cap light

I am installing deck post cap lights and have a few questions on the type of wire to use. My deck is large, around 50 feet x 35 feet. So the wiring must go around for all the posts. I plan to use LED ...
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Understanding Old House Wiring

I recently bought a house where the dining fixture has no switch (although there is a switch on the fixture itself). Nearby was a blank outlet at switch height. I thought that might be where the ...
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LED's in chandelier only bright if 4/5 used

My dim able chandelier takes 5 bulbs. I replaced the incandescent a with dimmable LEDs. When I put all 5 in, the LEDs stay very dim even with the dimmer all the way up. However, if I replace one LED ...
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Lowering wattage in an existing halogen system

I just moved into a house that has under-the-cabinet halogen G8 100 watt bulbs. There are 12 bulbs under 4 cabinets that all work off the same switch so it's lit up like a Christmas tree! I'd like ...
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How to Cover Small Window but allow Light?

I want to prevent my neighbors to see through my window but allow maximum light. Blinds are not possible there in the small one. The small window Some transparent layer/membrane could work, not any ...
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Brand new 3-way lamps not working correctly

Ok so I'm at my wits end on this...I've bought two different 3-way lamps this week. Both are not cycling correctly through the three brightness settings. The first lamp was 'Better Homes' brand from ...
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CFL bulbs using more watts then rated

When I run my CFL bulbs off the generator they use reduced watts. But when I switch them over to my dc-ac solar converter they use many times the watts they're suppose to according to my inline watt ...
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Need help wiring new dimmer

I'm trying to wire a new Legrand Adorne Softap dimmer without any luck. It's replacing a Legrand Adorne paddle dimmer which uses the HOT and 1-POLE connections on the back of the dimmer. The new ...
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Two 3-way dimmers on 6 LED lights - lights blink when on

I wired 6 LED ceiling lights, and I want to control it from two sides, so I used 3-way dimmers on both sides. Everything works, I can dim the lights from both sides, but they blink. I wired a 3-way ...
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How to wire this dimmer switch

My metal wall box has line, load, and neutral wires, which I've identified. My understanding: Line goes to black on the switch. Load goes to red on the switch. Where do I attach the green (...
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Electric - turn one light on dims another room

So we have a landing light at top of stairs that has a switch at bottom of the stairs and one at the top. When this light is switched on we can't turn the bedroom light on. However if we switch ...
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How can I soften the clicking sound of a light switch

I am renovating my house. The contractor has rewired my house and installed rocker switches for my lighting. The big button looks good. But flipping the switch produces a loud snapping sound. Short of ...
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How can I install a light fixture when the junction box is partially blocked by a mirror?

I wanted to replace light fixture in my bathroom. When I removed the light fixture I noticed that electrical box was being slightly blocked by the wall mirror which is 10ft x 5ft. (see picture) Now ...
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How can I project a clear light shape on the wall with an LED lamp?

I'd like to build an installation which projects a star sky on the ceiling. The picture will explain the concept and the problem I've encountered: As you can see, there is plenty factors that I ...
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Three sets of wires and no clear way to ground

We're changing the extremely old fixtures in our hallway with some sleek modern LED lighting. Upon removing the fixture I discovered three sets of twisted wires - double white, black-red (the fixture ...
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How do I put a recessed light in a wet location, where the can itself will get wet?

I have an underdeck porch that has a ceiling made of metal roofing panels, that diverts deck drainage into a gutter. I would like to install recessed lighting in the ceiling. However, the cans will ...
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Which wire is the ground in this light box?

So I'm trying to fit a new light fixture that's got the usual black, white, and copper/green wires coming out from the light itself. However, when I took off the old light and looked at the wires in ...
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Failed LED corn bulbs in bathroom

In a basement bathroom, I installed three LED corn bulbs. They're the type sold on eBay direct from a manufacturer and have rows of LED's arranged in rows like a corn cob. I appreciate being able to ...
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Can I connect two LED lights to the same power driver?

I have two Lights (12V, 18W each) originally designed to be installed in automobiles (trucks for flood lights). I want to use them as work lights and install them both on the same support. I would ...
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Why won't my security lights turn off after I upgraded to LED bulbs?

I replaced old halogen lights with new LED bulbs. Now they seem to stay on a little. They look dim, like a very low wattage bulb. Is that normal? Or do I need to change the sensor/switch? It only ...
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Help on identifying light socket? (Japanese apartment)

Bear with me if I did something wrong. Long story short, I rented a rather cheap old apartment in Japan and the main rooms didn't come equipped with light bulbs. Can anyone help me identify what type ...
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How to replace an old light/outlet combo switch with just a light switch

I had an old switch that was a combo light switch for our bathroom and an outlet. I wanted to replace the combo switch with just a light switch for the bathroom. There are two sets of wires coming ...
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Replacement Options for T12 Four light fluorescent light fixture

I have a good number of fluorescent light fixtures that are old the ballasts are going out. There are two ballasts per fixture. The ballasts are expensive when factoring in labor cost. Covering to T8 ...
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Strengthening LED strip light flex base

Recently I purchased 10 meters of non water proofed 3285 RGB LED strip. Its resistors and LEDs are soldered on flimsy flex which may tear. What can I do to make it strong? I'm planning to stick it ...
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Is it possible to increase CRI of LED lights/strips by using different ones together?

Several spectrometer-measurements of CRI of LEDs are available online such as for LED panels and for various LED bulbs and they show how the CRI value can hide serious issues with colour rendition. ...