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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 ...
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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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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 ...