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Default setting for dimmable light bulb on a non-dimmable lamp

I have a brand new dimmable light bulb, but a floor lamp that doesn't have a dimmer. Is the light bulb going to be working on full power out of the box i.e. it's not going to be dimmed?
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Fill Count For 14/3 G NM With 'Unused' Red

I have 3 hall luminaires controlled by a 4-way switching system. The electrician elected to run 14-3/G NM too all the fixtures. The most distant one is mounted on a round 4 inch x 1/2 inch pancake ...
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Led strip lights

Hi I have installed a small run of LEDs but they do not work at all unless I reverse the connection that goes directly on to the stip so that it's not lining up with 12v symbol. I tested everything ...
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Ceiling fan & lights turn on automatically

I couldn't find someone with the same problem so here goes: I've replaced a ceiling fan (the old one had some parts missing), but as soon as I put the power back, the light and fan turn themselves on ...
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What type of connector should I use to connect recessed light fixtures?

I am going to be stringing 5 recessed lights together in the basement. Problem is the ceiling is fixed, and I can't use a housing. So with stringing together, should I just tape and use and old ...
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Rewire a ceiling fan, ceiling fan on, not controllable by switch

Friends with electrical background could use some help. The top drawing was the original of how the electrical ran in my wall. The thing I messed up and did was not take a picture of the switch before ...
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Motion sensor activates for no apparent reason

I've been looking at some of the other questions about sensors, but I can't find a solution to my problem. I have a movement sensor (PIR i presume) that turns on a light when movement is detected. ...
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LED Light Glowing

I just replaced a wall lamp with an LED lamp. When the lamp is switched off, the LED has a faint glow. It isn't a phosphorescent glow; it is receiving power. I noticed it at 4:00 AM after it had been ...
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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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Three way light switches in a tower

Talking with an electrician some time back when the house was being remodeled we were discussing the virtues of the remote control of lights. He had boasted that while the technology is neat, there ...
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Dual and single switches [duplicate]

I'm hoping someone can shed some light (Pardon the pun) on how this circuitry works. Basically, I have 2 lights, one at the bottom of the stairs and one at the top. Switch 1 is downstairs and ...
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Light fitting with power but no 3-way switch function

I have a 3-way setup with one switch at the top of the stairs and one at the bottom for a light at the top of the stairs. It all appears to be wired fine and I have power and light but the switches ...
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My florescent lights need a shake or a hit to work

I have a Wave Twin Fluorescent Ceiling Light that doesn't light up in general. If I switch it on, it only lights up a very small part at one end. I need to shake it or give it a hit a couple of times ...
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Light is dim orange [closed]

I rarely turn on my bedroom ceiling-fan light as I use other lights most of the time. The last time I turned it on using the pull string, it came on with a dim orange color, as if it's only partly ...
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120v outdoor lighting, dual poser source 150w light

So i was trying to think if there was a way to make a 120v XOR or OR "device" to turn on a lamp. Perhaps with some relays or something to accomplish this general idea. I want to accomplish this ...
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What are the 4-wire cables use for?

I am trying to figure out what's the best way to get electricity from my garage to the garden. In the garage, I have the normal 230 V outlets/lamps, and the power gets there via 1.5 or 2.5 mm^2 (still ...
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Adding a new electrical outlet to lighting circuit

My house was built in the mid 70s, MBWC everywhere. Many lighting circuits are also connected to the outlets. What I want to do is connect a receptacle upto the switch for the pantry so that when ...
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Replacing square flush mount light falling out of ceiling

Okay, so my husband and I are avid DIYers, and we have just a few things left to do on our 1977 ranch renovation. One of those is replacing the hideous ceiling light fixtures in our hallway. After I ...
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Wiring bathroom light fixture and combo heater.fan

I have a bathroom box with 3 switches in it. One controls an independent light fixture, one controls the fan of a fan/heater, and the third switch controls the heater. Also, there is a single switch ...
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Can I replace 1 volt lights with 2 volt lights?

The 1 volt LED lights in my range hood are going out and very dim, almost like a night light. Cheap hood. I cannot find replacement bulbs for these because the bulb cannot be removed. The whole kit ...
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Attaching a light fixture without a box

I'm replacing a light fixture, but upon removing the old light I discovered the wires are not in a box. Can I just anchor the mounting plate to the drywall or is a box mandatory?
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Light fixture powering other lights / garage door opener?

This is very confusing to me. The situation is like this... there's one light switch in the garage. This switch turns the light inside the garage on and also the lights on the outside of the garage. ...
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Wiring two lights and two switches using a single 14/3

Trying to wire 2 fixtures with power coming in at one of them. Can I run a single 14/3 from powered fixture to 2 gang switches, then branch from the powered fixture to the remote one? Thanks for any ...
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25 degree by 36 degree (oval) LED light beam spread

I have some Philips PAR20 2700K LEDs in my house. Some are 36 degree, others are 25 degree beams. I was wondering if there is any way to get an oval beam LED light bulb, as in a 36 by 25 degree light ...
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Is it possible to recognize a flickering LED from its technical data?

LEDs often flicker and I hate it. You rarely see it directly, but you can recognize it when you do fast movements with your hand or so, while the LED is the only light source. The movement then does ...
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Wall dimmer switch is warm to the touch after leaving the light on - cause for concern?

Our house is about 25 years old, though we have lived here less than 2. Our master bath has a dual light switch, one for the main light bar over the sinks and one for the lights above the shower ...
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How to connect my new light fixture that has 2 (+ground) wires to the ceiling box that has many?

I have lots of wires coming from my ceiling box. I guess because of two wall switches that turned on old fixture. Check the image below. Analog voltage detector "beeps" on black wire in the middle ...
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About how much does it cost to leave 12 led bulbs 60watt replacement burning for 24 hours?

I changed to LED bulbs, and I wonder if it pays to buy a switch timer or if it is cheaper to leave it on at all times?
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What is the easiest way to install multiple 5A BS546 sockets next to one another?

I intend to replace a wall light fitting with two or three 5A BS546 sockets for table-lamp-style lights: As far as I know there is no 2- or 3-gang variant for this socket, but I assume that it will ...
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Completely flat/flush recessed lighting trim

I can't seem to find these anywhere, but I really want a trim that is completely flush with the ceiling (at the mud level) for my 4" recessed cans. That is, I don't want the trim to have any profile ...
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How Can I Make This Indirect Cove Lighting Look?

Just moved in to new house and would love some indirect cove lighting like this in the bedroom I'm decorating...but I'm not sure where to start. I want the box section to protrude around 1ft from the ...
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Ceiling fan won't work

I accidentally slammed a sock down down the chain switches and the lights just went out. It didn't touch the bulb or anything up the fan. So the sock slid down the chain, more like rubbed, and no ...
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Adding Light Fixture to a Ceiling Fan

I have a ceiling fan that looks like the below: I noticed that there's a round cap in the middle of the fan. Can I take the cap off, get a light fixture from my local Home Depot, and install it ...
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I've changed the bulb in my security light and now it won't go on ,why

Why won't my security light turn on after putting in a new bulb
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Is there any way to change this light bulb? (no socket I guess)

My ceiling lamp died. Is there any way that I can change this light bulb? The white wires are soldered into the ballast inside the box. The ballast also is wired to pins connect to the bulb. So I ...
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Identify neutral and ground, when no color code is present

I have a nasty situation in my new apartment: someone (previously), when installing light switches must have randomly connected 3 wires, without giving a respect to a usual color coding. Now I have: ...
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Why should I replace the starter every time I replace a fluorescent tube?

Many fluorescent tube guides recommend replacing the bimetallic strip starter every time the tube is replaced; however, no one seems to provide a specific reason why it needs replacing. Presumably you ...
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Adding a switch to control a basement light

Had an old ceiling light socket in an un-finished basement that had used a pull chain (before it broke). Recently replaced it with a new plain socket, but there is nothing to turn it on and off except ...
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how can I convert my AC under kitchen cabinet lights to LED lights?

Under my kitchen cabinets I currently have 120 volt AC florescent lighting. I want to replace these lights with brighter LED strip lighting, which typically is run using 24v DC current. The lights ...
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Lightbulbs burn out 3 seconds after turning on the light

I was sitting at my desk in my home office and I wanted to turn on the room light, but I couldn't reach - I was off from the switch by about 3 inches. Being too lazy to get out of my chair, I picked ...
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Replace outdoor fixture where existing fixture larger than new one

I have an outdoor light fixture for an "Outdoor Lantern" type light. This fixture is recessed into the siding and has a crossbar-style mounting unit similar to this. I'd like to replace it with an ...
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Awkward positioning of light switches [closed]

In my home we have a few light switches that don't make much sense. Some are backwards which is easy to remedy, but others seem to be in stupid locations. An example would be that the switch for a ...
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Flickering lights

I am in the process of updating my guest bedroom and my first goal was to install LED recessed lights along with a ceiling fan(no light kit). The fan is powered by its own dimmer switch and the lights ...
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12V GU4 1.2 W LED 3000 k Capsule

I'm in the U.K. and not very familiar with anything electrical. I Replaced 10 x 12V 10W GU4 halogen capsules with 10 x 12V GU4 1.2W 3000k LED Capsules (Philips). When I switched it on, it flashed on ...
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How can I replace broken CFL bulb in a recessed light fixture?

I tried to replace a plug-in 4 pin CFL and ended up having the socket stuck inside the can. How I can get it out? There are two clips at both sides in the can fixture - can I push these to get the ...
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How to design an LED ceiling lamp

I've spend some time googling, but the ROI has been low. I want to make my own ceiling lamp -- I probably remember just enough electronics from Uni to get into trouble, so I'm trying to find a good ...
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Why would a bulb need a 30mA RCD for the bathroom?

So I have bought a new light fitting for our shower room (This is the bulb.) On the instructions it says if fitting in a bathroom a 30mA RCD is required. We have a fairly old fuse box, so wired fuses ...
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Need some assistance on replacing a light fixture

I am attempting to replace my light fixture. This is a basic question but am I mounting the crossbar correctly? I always thought the little holes were for the fixture to attach to. Is that wrong? ...
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UK: Is it safe to bypass a light switch?

Is it safe to join the live & switched-live wires behind a switch so the light is permanently on? And if so, what would be the best method (connector block, crimp, etc)?
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I installed led strip lighting in parallel and they burned out

I put 4 strips in my action figures cabinet, and combined all 4 positive wires and all 4 negative wires, and then connected them to a 12V power supply. I turned them on and after like 5 mins they shut ...