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Remote Halogen Light Dimmer switch

A 2-in-1 ceiling fan and halogen bulb remote switch has stopped operating the light bulb (either on/off or dimmer) but still operates the fan properly. Any ideas?
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Wiring Help Needed to replace Ceiling Fan w/light to light only (see pictures)

I am in the middle of replacing a kitchen fan w/light to only be a light. The current wiring configuration of the switch is as follows. The switch face, has two sliders, one for the fan, another for ...
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Spot light LED bulbs (MR16) flash once when turned on. If I put 1 normal halogen in then it solves the problem. Why?

I have 5 spot light bulbs in my bathroom. All use MR16 connection. I replaced them all with 5w LEDs and when I turn on the switch they flash once then go off. If I remove one so there's only 4 then ...
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difference between 15, 20 and 25w fluorescent bulb? [closed]

I want to buy a fluorescent blacklight bulb for a party. I am not willing to spend huge amounts of money for the "glow in the dark" effect so I decided to buy a cfl bulb which will be used in one 16 ...
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Ceiling fan remote not working

I lost the canopy bracket along with the receiver and remote to my ceiling fan while moving. I then ordered an exact replacement receiver and remote for the fan, and when I had someone install it, the ...
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Retrofit a ceiling light with RGB LED tape/lights?

I have a ceiling fixture in the kitchen that I like and can't find a replacement electronic ballast (Tospo TP120-1/26UPL 26W). A replacement fixture has been hard to find and stupid expensive. I ...
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Replacing a dimmer switch with normal light switch (picture)

Today, I wanted to replace a dimmer with a normal switch for my dining room lights. When I pulled the dimmer out of the wall, all 3 wires just fell right off of their connections. I'm surprised the ...
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Just changed The old ceiling lights for newer ones

Everything seem to be normal until my wife later that day turned on The lights,The power on The bed rooms living room and bathroom went out,i wonder what could i have done wrong for this to happen,it ...
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How to change an untwistable (by design?) fluorescent tube light bulb in a fitting with no slot?

Every guide to changing a flourescent tube light I can find has the same basic two steps: twist, usually 90 degrees, then slip the two pins out through the slot. With this fitting,I have a fairly ...
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How to troubleshoot a florescent light.

I'd like to know if there is a way to troubleshoot a fixture with T8 or T12 working on a ballast that stopped working, if the problem is in the ballast or the bulbs, without having to buy new bulbs to ...
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Changing out programmable Light Switch, wire help needed!

When we moved into our house 4 years ago that was built back in 1960 we had the programmable light switch that controls the front porch light replaced by an electrician that was doing some other work ...
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I am having a hard time finding a dimmer switch that works with my LED ceiling lights

I want to install 10 CREE ultra thin 15 watt LED ceiling down lights. I have been testing different dimmers switches on one of my 15 watt lights and can't seem to find one that works. When I turn it ...
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Paint Light Bulbs [closed]

I am looking for paint that can achieve this effect any ideas?: https://www.etsy.com/de/listing/58341079/hand-painted-rainbow-mood-light-bulb-4?ref=listing-shop-header-2
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Dug up an outlet- how to safely fix it?

I bought a house from an older lady last summer with a pretty elaborate backyard. I noticed in the evenings, lights would turn on around the perimeter and shine on some of the trees. Then after a few ...
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One 4-way switch and two 3-way switches

I decided to be handy and change all of my receptacles in the house. Everything went well until the garage. There are 3 light switches in the garage that go to 1 light source that has me stumped. Two ...
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Adding a light fixture to an existing fixture

I added a new light fixture by splicing into an existing fixture. When I turn the light on, the existing light comes on, when I turn it off, the new light comes on. What have I done wrong? I want ...
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How do I identify six light switch wires with a multimeter?

I need help identifying wires to know if I have what I need to install some new light switches that require line, load, neutral and ground connections. I'm hoping to do this with a multimeter, but I ...
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What's needed to add an Osram Lightify bulb to a Philips Hue installation

I have started my experiments with Philips Hue with white bulbs, and so far it looks appealing. I would like to go on and add some more interesting bulbs, namely Osram Lightify Tunable White. Googling ...
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Unusual three-way+ light configuration

I have been working through the wiring in my house to add in gfci's in the appropriate locations and update outlets and switches. I am familiar with usual three-way and four-way light set-ups and ...
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Philips Hue dimmer switch detailed manual

I have bought a couple of Philips Hue white sets, including two dimmer switches, and started playing with them and various compatible apps. Normally, a dimmer indicates the command transfer by a green ...
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R80 reflectors, light coming though upstairs

I have two old-style eyeball lights with R80 bulbs in my kitchen. One of them kept blowing bulbs so I'm trying to replace it like with like. I've found a fitting which is identical from below, but ...
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What is the maximum wattage LED bulb that can be used in a 75 watt fixture?

What is the absolute maximum wattage LED bulb that can be used in a fixture rated for 75 watt incandescent bulbs?
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Outdoor motion sensor pendent light [closed]

On my front porch I have one of those ugly builder standard porch lights. I'd like to replace it with a pendent light, but I also want it to be controlled by motion sensor. The primary purpose of ...
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Can I safely use a 9w LED bulb in place of a 40w incandescent?

I bought a reading lamp that on the box says: Max 1x40W The shop also sold me an LED light bulb that says: 9W=75W So my question is, can I use light bulb or not? I am confused between the 75W and the ...
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How can I replace a lamp post

The lamp post at the corner of my driveway is perforated with rust. It appears to have come in two pieces as the top half is slightly smaller than the bottom and there is what looks like a reducing ...
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vanity lighting

I'm replacing an old hollywood bar light. I therefore have to install a box as there wasn't one before. I bought the box and connector. I'm concerned about grounding the box. How do I ground it and ...
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Can I split a single nonmetallic cable to multiple lights?

I have a ceiling fan which gets a single nonmetallic cable feed from a wall switch. I want to replace the ceiling fan with 8 light sockets mounted on the ceiling. 120 volts, 12 gauge wire, 16 amp ...
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Putting a plug on a light fitting

I bought one of these: http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/50279373/ I would like to plug this in to the wall rather than hard wiring it in to the ceiling. Am I right in thinking I can connect ...
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Outside garage lights

I have 1 outdoor light on the front of my house and 2 on either side of my garage that are on the same switch as the light above the front door. How can I keep power to the three lights without them ...
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Which color temperature for front door exterior lights? [closed]

Finally running out of incandescent bulbs for our two front door exterior fixtures. I want to use this opportunity to try LED bulbs, as I do not love CFLs and seems like LED prices are getting ...
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Convert USB powered lamp to a remote controlled lamp

I have a bedside lamp that I own which is powered via USB and has a On/Off switch at the back. This is fairly inconvenient to turn on and off from bed. Is there any way to adjust the hardware of this ...
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Round hole, rectangular junction box

I am installing a new light fixture into ceiling. There is a round hole there right now (from a recessed light that I removed). The problem is this round hole is just short in diameter of standard ...
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Removing dimmer switches, 4 wires

I'm trying to replace 2 dimmer switches with normal switches but I'm confused by how they are wired. Each dimmer controls a different set of lights yet they are connected in a way. 1 dimmer has a ...
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Can I replace a recessed lighting track without replacing the fixture housing?

I have 20 year old track lights that I would like to replace. They are Lightolier brand which is now owned by Philips. The track heads have transformers in them that buzz loudly. New track heads ...
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Can I cut the recessed lighting housing rails to make them fit in joists 12" apart?

I have this guy -- I got new work since the drywall was removed. Can I cut the excess rail (past the nail) so it fits the joists, which are 12" apart? Or does that mean they're isn't enough space ...
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How to improve light quality from a bathroom exhaust fan?

I have an interior bathroom with no windows. In the ceiling is a NuTone 763RLN exhaust fan with light bulb fixture. This unit was built in 2003, so the only light bulb specification provided is "100 ...
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Adding two lights to existing light

Would like to add two more lights to an existing light/switch setup. Would like to double check my approach. See below for existing vs proposed... purposely did not include ground. Any and all ...
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How many lights do I need for my basement?

Basement is 550 sq ft. 11x50 with a 7 ft ceiling. Am planning on using recessed LEDs since the ceiling is already completed.
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What is ”semi-flush mount“ lighting

I understand that ”flush mount“ lighting means the fixture hugs the ceiling. What does ”semi-flush mount“ lighting mean? For example, this.
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Ever Heard of 4/0 Lights?

An electrician I recently got a bid from made a number of recommendations involving installing what he called "Four-Oh" lights. I wasn't sure I was hearing him right, so had him spell it out. He ...
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What does it mean when a lamp/led starts blinking randomly?

Recently I noticed that my led bulb turns on/off for a split second randomly over the past few days. Does this mean it is starting to die or could it be something wrong with the lamp? I've unscrewed ...
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why are 120v coming out of my light switch plate screws?

While troubleshooting a dead GFCI receptacle in my bathroom I discovered that a nearby light switch plate's screws have 120 volts coming out of them. The GFCI was reading 1.5v from hot to ground on ...
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Why are my LED lights glowing?

I've got a metal ceiling light chandelier thing which takes 4*G9 bulbs. I recently replaced the halogens with LEDs (specifically, ...
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Changed an old Led light to pendant and it keeps shorting

I recently just replaced an old LED ceiling light with a simple pendant and as soon as I switch it on it shorts. I've made sure that I kept everything in place but as soon as I switch it on, POP it ...
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Can I safely disable a three way fan switch to use for providing ground to remote three way box?

I have a bit of a unique electrical situation that I am dealing with. My house was wired with several three way lighting boxes that included a switch for a fan which is not used. I am working on ...
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Lamps not working after blown bulbs

About a week ago the bulb blew in one of my lamps and when I put a new bulb in it still didn't work. I tried the bulb in a different lamp and it was fine so just thought oh well I need to get a new ...
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How to use an MR16 bulb in a 5“/6” can housing

I want to hang a nice metallic photograph print over my fireplace. I currently have a 5" recessed can with a fish eye for a PAR30 bulb, but I don't like the evenness of color or the width of the spot ...
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Can I wire a dimmer in series with another dimmer?

I recently installed eight recessed LED fixtures and one hanging fixture in my living room. The hanging fixture has three small LED flood/spot lights to illuminate built in shelving on the stone ...
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Dead light out side

I was installing a light bulb outside of the house. Accidentally I caused a short between positive and negative. Now I cannot get power to the outlet. I did check all switches of the fuse box, but ...
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Best lighting option for basement

Bought my house back in August. Have finished everything upstairs, so it's time to finish the basement. It has a fixed ceiling already with 3 lights. Two lights have pull chains and one (which ...