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Any issue connecting neutral and ground of bluetooth light switch to ground (or neutral)?

I'm installing a blue-tooth light switch that has live, bulb, neutral and ground. The light switch that's being replaced has 3 wires, black, white and exposed copper (I'm guessing that's neutral or ...
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current usage of 5050 LED lighting

how many 5 metre strips of 5050 LED lighting will a 6 amp driver feed without overheating
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Are LED's always necessary/desirable?

I don't need or find it aesthetically pleasing to have little green micro-energy leeches illuminating every outlet and switch in my home. are there any GFCI's/outlets/switches that are LED FREE for ...
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How to connect two dimmers to control two sets of lights independently

I have just moved to Germany, and have a room with a double-gang system. The lower is a rotary dimmer which controls the lights in the kitchen, and the upper is a double rocker switch that simply ...
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Wireless Switch for Lighting [on hold]

In one of my bedrooms I have a ceiling fan that is operated via the pull chain only, no switch. I want to replace it with a flush mount or semi flush mount light. I cannot get access to the junction ...
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I have t9 flourescent bulbs, what ballasts can I use?

I have a bank of 12 t9 bulbs. I would like to purchase some ballasts, however, t9 ballasts are no where to be found except for circline bulbs. I have straight tubes. I would like to know if I can use ...
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Wiring new ceiling fan to existing light switch box

I will be installing a ceiling fan/light kit in our bedroom that did not have any sort of ceiling fixture before. Currently, the only light switch in the room is a two-way switch that controls the ...
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Wall switch no longer used, how to cover it

I have replaced a ceiling fan in my home that had a separate hot wire for a light. The new fan has a remote control for the light & fan motor. The old fan was controlled from a 5-gang wall ...
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Wall light switch in pantry, moving to cabinet side

I have a pantry enclosed on two sides by standard partition walls faced with cabinet wood, then two short sides open to the kitchen on the outside made from cabinet wood, then the door is mounted at ...
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Wiring a light fixture in bathroom attached to a switch and GFCI

I am replacing all the components in my bathroom during a remodel. I have a box that has a light switch and a GFCI, the switch controls the vanity light. When i removed the old fixture I neglected to ...
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Turn on one light, when another is turned off

I just bought a bathroom fan which needs a seperate wire to control the fan, light, nighlight and humidity control. Each one is designed to be wired to a separate switch, not an ideal design. I'm ...
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Philips Ceiling LED Light 33369 6500k Flash Once When Switch Off

I have recently purchased Philips Ceiling LED light together with the fixture to replace my bathroom light. I notice when I switch off the light, the LED will turn off and on (flash once) and stay ...
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Light switch with one red and two black wires. Dont think it's a three way

I've been steadily replacing switches in my house with zwave ones. The other day I opened this guy up and found a red wire wired to the top of the switch, a black wire at the bottom and another ...
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Oddball wiring for ceiling light

My garage has a light connected to a switch and a garage door opener. The garage door opener was hard wired to a line coming out from the space between the porcelain light fixture and the ceiling. The ...
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Z-Wave Three Way Wiring

We purchased a set of Z-Wave three way light switches a while back, finally getting around to installing them. However, our wiring does not match the instructions. Instructions call for power to the ...
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Kitchen LED ceiling light blinking

Hopefully someone can help with this issue. Everything I have researched seems to be related to a type of light I do not own. I have a kitchen LED light that has been working fine up until just ...
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How do I wire a light switch that has 2 switches wired in but should only use 1?

I just moved into a new home. The builder left the island lights capped, and I am trying to install them now. There are 3 lights over the island. The first one, for some reason, has the pot lights ...
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Why do my LED bulbs have such a short lifespan?

I love LED lighting. I have played with them for years soldering up my own fixtures and DC power supplies. But these LEDs were from Radio Shack, and cheap. Now I am trying to light my abode with ...
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Help wiring new ceiling fan

I am replacing 2 light fixtures on screened porch I have wired them up to switch for light and one for fan( switches were already wired in house). I have 2 more switches by bedroom door also. Now ...
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Wireless Networked Sensor Light?

I would like to install a group of outdoor sensor lights that will turn on all sensor lights when one of them is triggered, like NetBright, but I do not want battery-operated ones. Are there products ...
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Replacing 3-way dimmer switch with 3-way switch

I've recently installed smart (ZigBee) LED bulbs in my kitchen. These lights are on a dimmer switch, and even when I have the dimmer all the way up, the bulbs flicker when their internal dimming is ...
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Can't turn off security light permenantly

I've just moved into a house which has a secuirty light. It's off during the day and it comes on frequently during the night even when there's seemingly no motion outside. I'd like to be able to ...
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How to fit an LED transformer / driver

In my front room I have 4 wall lights. Each light takes 2 G4 bulbs. I've put some 2.5w dimmable LED bulbs in them and they work fine. However, I want to make them dimmable and currently when I put an ...
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What sort of transformers are needed for LED spotlights (MR16)?

I have a suspended ceiling in my bathroom with 6 halogen (MR160 12V 35W) spotlights, each light has its own transformer, which I believe is to covert the voltage from 240v to 12v. Some of the ...
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Lamp not working

I have a lamp (see picture) that has stopped working. I replaced it with a new bulb and that did not help. Any guidance for a novice regarding next steps?
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Can I install a LED Transformer in a junction box?

I want to put a series of LED tape lights under the bathroom medicine cabinet. My bathroom has a series of lights above the medicine cabinet that are controlled by a switch, and I'd like to tie the ...
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Is it possible to link motion-activated flood light fixtures? [duplicate]

I would like to install four motion detector lights in my backyard. I was wondering if when one light comes on or is tripped, is it possible for all the lights to come on at the same time?
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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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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 ...