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Why is the light always on after replacing the light fitting?

I replaced the light fitting in our living room, which is controlled by a dimmable switch, and now the light is always on. When the dimmer is in the off position, the light is not very bright. When I ...
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Will a non-dimmable LED work if the dimmer switch is on full?

If a dimmer switch is fitted for the room but we get non-dimmable LED lamps (GU10), I know there may be flickering problems with dimming, but will they work fine if the dimmer is turned to max?
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How to shape the zone a radar motion sensor detects?

The light in my bathroom is controlled by a radar motion sensor. The idea was that radar based sensors can be hidden inside the lamp itself and thus be invisible (so no sensor, no switch, only the ...
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How should I connect my light fixture?

I'm installing a ceiling light to a fixture that was previously unused. However I'm having trouble because there are 2 groups of white wires. Which white wire should I connect with the white wire of ...
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What is the difference between equivalent watts and lumens?

I have two lamps 6W LED(OSRAM 50R): equiv 40W or 170 lm 15W WW827 Tornado Philips, equiv 85W or 950 lumen Why the 2x power difference and 6x luminosity difference?
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How do I replace a triple dimmer switch to a much smaller conventional switch?

Our kitchen lights are playing up, they're halogen spotlights controlled by a dimmer switch, and one by one they're either refusing to switch on, coming on if the dimmer is halfway on but off when ...
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What new technology replacements are available for incandescent globe light bulbs for the bathroom vanity light?

I have a bathroom vanity light fixture with a row of exposed globe light bulbs. They had been burning up recently, and I was wondering if there are reliable CFL or LED globe bulbs available as a ...
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How can I get High-CRI lighting for a small room?

I plan to replace a CFL lighting fixture in a small room (10' x 15'), due to its being too dim and giving less-than-perfect light. I'd like to install something that would give me 3500K light with ...
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Can I use a 3-way light bulb in my 60 watt lamp?

How does this work? Is there a way to only use 50 watts? Some Google results were telling me that if you put a 3 way light bulb in a regular lamp, it will default to middle option, or 100 watts in my ...
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How do I replace a broken halogen bulb in the recessed light in my bathroom?

First, some pictures: . I can replace the bulbs in the rest of my apartment just fine but the ones in the bathroom have a special enclosure around them that I don't know how to open. The only ...
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What could I have done wrong while changing to LED bulbs in my recessed lighting?

I have six recessed lights in the kitchen. I bought six new LED bulbs to replace the old incandescents. I had to lower the socket an inch or two along the track in the recessed fixture in order to get ...
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How do I to choose a new light fixture for the bathroom?

I've got a bathroom that has a single 75 watt bulb light fixture. It's wall mounted. Unfortunately, it's old and there isn't enough light. I'd like to replace it with a sconce that has 2 or 3 bulbs. ...
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What exactly is a PAR type LED lamp, how does it differ from R/BR type LED & CFL lamps?

I am in the process of replacing my incandescent bulbs with more efficient alternatives. My home is about 14 years old, I've owned it for a little over three years. It seems most of the bulbs that it ...
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Can I modify 3 ampere table lamps to work on 5 ampere round pin plugs?

I have moved to a property with 5amp round sockets around the room. I want to remove the standard 3 pin plugs from my table lamps and re-wire them with the 5amp round pin plugs I have bought. This ...
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How do I wire a new ceiling light with power to the ceiling and 3-way switches?

I'm trying to install a new light fixture in the front hall. Currently, the light is activated by 2 switches (on each end of hall). The NEW fixture has 1 black wire and 1 white wire. The ceiling wires ...
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Why will my fluorescent light not come on when it is warm in the room?

My fluorescent light will not come on when the temperature in room is above 70 °F. When it is below 70 °F it works fine and comes on every time. When it is above 70 °F, it will not come on at first, ...
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Is there a way to know if the photocell is a switch or a dimmer?

I plan on installing three LED security lights to my home. I would like to have them turn on and off with a photocell. I am going to have a switch and then install the lights in parallel. I am not ...
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Can I safely ground a light fixture if the ceiling box has two hot and one neutral wire (no ground wire)

Checking for dupes, I saw this question, but the situation appears different as my box is metal, among other things. I'm fairly new to electrical projects, so bear with me. I recently installed a new ...
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How do I remove a flush mounted ceiling light fixture dome?

My bedroom has a very nice looking flush mounted ceiling light with a glass dome. However, all the bulbs have gone out and I cannot get the glass out to replace them. I'm 5'4" and standing on the ...
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Why does my fluorescent lighting only work when it's not hot outside?

We have fluorescent lights in our kitchen and when it's over 75°F outside the lights turn on real dim like there might be a problem with the ballasts, but when the outside temperature drops the ...
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How do I get my fluorescent 4-tube under-cabinet lights to come on reliably?

How do I get my fluorescent 4-tube under-cabinet lights to come on reliably? When they have been on a while and just been turned off they will reliably come on again immediately with no flicker. ...
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How can I adjust my dimmers to work the way I want?

I have SmartLabs dimmers #2476d in my house and some will turn on all the way on a single tap while other turn half way and then when tap second time they go all the way. Any idea how I can ...
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How should I connect the ground wire for my light fixture?

I am replacing a light fixture in my bathroom and have the following setup: The electrical box is plastic The wire coming from supply has black (hot), white (neutral) and copper (ground). The light ...
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My living room needs more ambient light and I'm reluctant to drill holes in my ceiling. What are my options?

Problem: My living room needs more ambient light. Constraint: My living room does not have an overhead light fixture and I'm reluctant to drill holes in my ceiling. Questions: What are my ...
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Do I need to cut into my drywall to install a switch?

I'm looking to put a light in outside my house. The light is going to be positioned directly behind the outlet I have pictured below where the wires are sticking out. I want the switch to control ...
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Methods of bug-proofing outdoor lights

I just attempted to replace an outdoor light fixture on my porch. When I unscrewed it, a couple of spiders and gnats ran/flew away from under the light fixture. I'm very new to home repair, so I ...
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Did I make a mistake with this fluorescent light installation?

I bought a fluorescent light fixture with 2 light bulbs. I wanted to test if the light bulbs where good before mounting the fixture to the ceiling. So I simply plugged the cable to a 120V outlet. I ...
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How do I wire this kitchen fluorescent ceiling fixture?

I bought a new Home Depot kitchen ceiling fixture but am not sure of the proper way to install it. The fixture itself has black, white, and bare copper. The ceiling wiring is red and gray(white?). ...
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Why isn't the switch working to turn off my ceiling lamp after I replaced a fan w/light?

I have properly connected the new ceiling lamp. Once I turn the breaker on again, the lamp turns on immediately. There is a double switch on the wall. One used to turn on a standing lamp on the corner ...
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Can anyone identify this light switch brand?

We've got a bunch of light switches and covers in our house but in the process of removing them to paint around them, one got broken. Can anyone help me identify it? They were put in by the builder ...
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Is the light quality of halogen/LED low-voltage recessed light actually better than an equivalent line voltage light?

When it comes to deciding whether to go with low voltage or line voltage, a number of sites are in essence saying: your initial installation cost for low voltage will be higher, but you'll get a nicer ...
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Why do my LED lights flash on cold start?

Whenever I flip on my dimmer switch, all four dimmable LED lamps flash on in unison, blink off, and then come on at the selected dim level. This happens even with the dimmer slider maxed out, so it's ...
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What do I need to install LED strip lighting?

I've been looking to install LED strips, either RGB or white for lighting and ambiance. It wouldn't be the main lighting of the room, so no necessity for high power LEDs. The perimeter of the room is ...
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Can a sun tunnel be installed with a 15 to 20 degree angle in it?

Can a sun tunnel be installed with a 15 to 20 degree angle in it? If so, how would it affect the amount of light it transfers into the room?
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Why is this ceiling light fixture wired this way?

I'm trying to replace the hanging light below and I've gotten a little confused. Shouldn't the brown wire on the left be connected to the live (red) wires rather than the neutral? I understand that ...
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What could cause this ceiling fan and light issue?

I have a ceiling fan with a switch that has both a dimmer for the light in the fan and a speed adjuster for the fan itself. Only the light dimmer side works and when I turn it on both the fan and the ...
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Is it safe to remove a plug, and wire a light fitting into the wall?

I've moved into a house, and am fitting a series of 5 halogen downlights beneath a shelving unit. The wall on which I am fitting it previously had an uplighter. I removed this so now have exposed ...
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How do I install a bathroom wall light?

I live in a small, newly built flat in London. The walls are plasterboard. In our bathroom, the only lights are two halogen down lighters on the ceiling. I would like to install two new lights on the ...
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How to reduce brightness of recessed LED?

I have recessed LED in the bathroom which is way too bright. LED is dimmable but I can't put regular dimmer in front of it since it has small switch shared with two other switches. Neither I need ...
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How can I hide the wires to a self-made ceiling light fixture?

I have a simple self-made ceiling light fixture, but it currently lacks two things: some kind of a pipe to hide the wire. a cover to hide the ceiling junction box. I'd like to use something ...
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Why does my fluorescent light fixture take minutes to turn on in high heat and humidity?

Our kitchen fixture won't come on for 3 to 5 minutes when the temperature goes over 90°F (32.2°C) and 90% humidity. It flickers and only reaches 80% brightness after that. It will occasionally ...
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How can I fabricate a custom one-off plastic part?

Here's some background: I just moved into a house and am in the process of fixing up the bathroom. I want to keep the two florescent lights that frame the medicine cabinet but the plastic covers are ...
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What kind of light can I install in a small, low-ceiling coat closet?

Our Northern California house has a small coat closet (really a hallway with 2 doors and hooks for coats) between our front entry-way and our basement. It's a tiny space: 3 feet wide, 5 feet deep, and ...
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How can I replace multiple 3 way switches with motion sensors?

My tenants never turn the lights off in the stairwells of my 3 family house, so I'd like to replace all of the light switches with motion sensors. Here is a crude diagram of how this is set up now. ...
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Are CFLs available with mini candelabra bases? [closed]

Trying to replace a light bulb that has a mini candelabra base and want to replace this bulb with a CFL bulb but can't find any. Are CFLs available with mini candelabra bases?
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How can I get recessed lighting on a middle floor? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I install uninsulated halogen can lights? I would like to install some recessed lights in my living room. I've done this sort of job in houses with an attic ...
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Do you know any switches which turns on/off based on day light?

I am looking for having some sensor based switches which will turn on/off the lights based on the light conditions during the day (i.e. turn on when there is less light and turn off when there is more ...
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How to replace 12v halogen under cabinet lighting with LED lighting from scratch?

Somebody initially wired up six 12 vac 10 w halogen bulbs under my kitchen cabinet, wiring them in parallel. The 12 vac power supply was putting off a lot of heat, and within a day or two appeared to ...
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How do I wire a two tube ballast to a single tube fixture?

I am replacing a ballast for a single tube. The new ballast I purchased is designed for two tubes but states that it is also compatible with a single (more powerful) tube corresponding exactly to what ...
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How can I convert wall lights to under-shelf lighting?

I have a home office, which currently has a couple of wall lights (controlled by switches on the wall, so part of the normal lighting circuit). I'd like to install some wall-supported shelving, and ...