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Safety of 3-Way Lightbulb That Exceeds Max Wattage Only On Highest Setting

Can you safely use a 3-way bulb (50-100-150W) for a lamp that accepts a 100W bulb maximum? Is there any fire hazard involved?
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Convert One 3-Way Light Switch to Belkin WeMo Light Switch (Single Pole)

Our foyer chandelier has three outlets that control it. I want to control it with a Belkin WeMo light switch, which specifically states is not compatible with 3-way switches/fixtures, sadly. Well, if ...
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Are T-8 lights and T-12 lights safely interchangeable?

I have a fixture that came with T-12 lights. Is it safe to use T-8 bulbs instead?
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237V seen across terminals of a dimmer switch when 'off'

I have a household, dual module dimmer switch. One module is working and dims a 3A sidelight loop, the downlight loop with 4 drivers doesn't work and I'm fault finding. I noticed on the working ...
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Lens filter for recessed light

Our recessed lights are way too harsh. I was thinking that some sort of a lens or a filter would be the cheapest way to fix that, but I have no clue about what kind of recessed lighting we have (or ...
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Wiring the Auxiliary switch on a 3-way switch

So, I am currently trying to wire a 3-way switch, but specifically the Jasco 45609 and its auxiliary switch counterpart the Jasco 45610. The Jasco 45609 has 5 wire inputs: Load Line Ground Traveler ...
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Why was the ground for this fluorescent fixture not connected to the ballast?

I just purchased a set of fluorescent fixtures that are fitted with a plug to connect to a standard 3-prong receptacle. My intention is to replace the plug with Romex cable, and wire the fixture ...
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What should I do with the exposed grounding wire during a conversion from hardwired to plug in light fixture?

I am working to convert a hard wire light fixture which I have purchased to a plug in light fixture. The light fixture was designed for outdoor use, but I will be using it inside. Coming out of the ...
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Multiple weak light bulbs vs one strong light bulb

I currently have a small room with a single CFL bulb at the center of its ceiling. The bulb lights up the whole room well enough. I encounter the problem though that when standing in front of the ...
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How do I repair a bedside Lamp? [closed]

My beloved bedside lamp fell down, on the carpet, so it wasn't a big hit, and stopped working. Now, I tried to replace the bulb, but it doesn't change anything. Since this had happened to me another ...
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Why do my LED Christmas lights glow when plugged into a light fixture via an adapter?

I have an outside light that is controlled by a light switch inside. I took the light out and put a adapter to plug in an extension cord to run LED Christmas lights. When I turn the switch off, just ...
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How do I chain edison bulbs together with a junction box?-

I want to chain 6 Edison Lights They are a Standard Edison base, E26 medium, 120 volts. I am going to be hanging them on a 18 gauge wrapped copper wire. I am wondering how to wire them together and ...
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What should I do about an exposed wire for landscape lighting?

Found an exposed wire from an old landscape light in the yard that is tripping a breaker. Can I just cap it?
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How do safety labels on light fittings work with energy saving bulbs?

My lamp says "Max 40W or Energy Saving 8W". I have a halogen bulb which says "28W = 36W". Is it safe to use with the lamp? Why / why not? (Sorry if the answer is easily available on the web - I ...
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Why doesn't my replacement lighting work after my old fixture died?

I live in a pretty old condo in MA, and the living room track lighting stopped working. New bulbs didn't help, but the second set of lights on the same outlet worked fine. Replacing the bulbs and ...
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Why are my LED lights flashing when powered from an inverter?

I am running some 10 watt LED floodlights off a 12 volt battery and 230 volt inverter. The 10 watt LED floodlights are flashing on and off. I am also running 20 watt floodlights and they do not ...
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replaced ceiling light wont turn off

I know there have been simular posts on this but I still cant make sence off my problem, my ceiling light won't.turn off. I replaced all the oulets, light switch and light fixture in my bedroom . One ...
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Overhead lights in apartmenet units flicker and eventually goes off…what is the cause and fix?

I live in an apartment building with 4 units. All units are experiencing this weird problem. Two nights ago the overhead lights started to flicker and then eventually went off. The outlets in all ...
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How do I replace this switch with a dimmer?

I'm trying to install a dimmer switch (single pole) in a 4 gang box. In the current set up, I have two black wires attached to the SAME screw (one of those wires is from the back of the box, while ...
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Why am I reading low AC voltage on my garage opener light?

The light on my BuildMark opener won't come on. The door works well, and both the light button and the safety sensors trip the relay for the light. A check with the AC voltmeter shows 15 VAC when the ...
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3-Way Light Switch, two blacks and a red?

Usual story of remodeling etc. Replaced all the other 4 ways and 3 ways near it just fine, then I run into this guy. It's a 3-way, and I could have sworn I put all the wires exactly where they were on ...
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Practical limits of how many LEDs can you use to replace halogen 12V?

I'm gradually replacing halogen lights at home with LEDs. We have a couple of 12V rails with a 5x35W rating when using halogens. When using the same transformer with LED's, can I use the theoretical ...
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How can I find out if my light bulb is a full spectrum?

I'm suffering from winter depression, so I would like to have a full spectrum bulb at my desk. My desk lamp has an intense white light. So, I was wondering if it was a full spectrum light already. How ...
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Why is there an exposed wire coming out of my wall near my fluorescent light fixture?

We are in the process of replacing the ballast in our fluorescent light fixture (after replacing the bulbs, the lighting was still dim, so we figured it was a fault of the ballast). After we ...
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How do I wire my new ceiling light?

Old flat in Melbourne, Australia. When i took out old fitting it had a red wire in joined to red out, a brown and a black one. One terminal had nothing. Have bought new fitting but it seems to be ...
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How do I hook up a new “pull-type” light switch in my basement utility room?

The old pull-switch was installed when we bought the house, and it was of a different type than the new one I bought. I went to replace it, and found out I couldn't just swap the wires, since the old ...
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What can I use to lubricate electrical contacts?

I've been replacing lots of 2 pin MR-16 halogen bulbs and have been having a very difficult time inserting them into the sockets. I've also lost few pins removing the old bulbs. Is there anything I ...
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Why does one light on a new chandelier light up after the others?

One lamp socket in a newly installed chandelier lights up the bulb a split second after the others. I changed bulbs to make sure that wasn't the problem. Why is this happening and should the ...
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Ground wire behaves weird

I never experienced this and it doesn't really make sense. I installed recessed lights(6) with the switch. I connected them all in parallel. The house uses only two wires for lights, white and black. ...
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New light switch has blue, black, and white wires. Wall has black, white, and ground. Can I make it work?

I bought a new light switch that is supposed to allow me to automate my lights easier. Here is what it looks like: It has blue, black, and white wires. Coming out of my wall, however, I only have a ...
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Why is my light switch leaking electricity?

I have a home built in 1950 and a laundry room added sometime in the unknown future. There is a light switch that seems to be emitting electricity according to my Fluke voltage tester. I noticed it ...
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How to use LED lighting strip on ceiling?

In our living room, we have a single ceiling rose in the centre of the ceiling with a boring light fitting on it. I'd love to replace this with 4 led strips (about 2m each) running from the centre to ...
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Why is my bedroom light not working?

I'm after some advice please. This afternoon I was replacing a ceiling light fitting with a pendant fitting in my boys new bedroom. Put the bulb in and no power. Checked the bulb and it works, ...
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My mid 50's home has ballasts on incandescent lighting fixtures. Can I remove them?

For some reason unknown to me, my house that was built in the mid 1950s has "tungsten or ballasts" wired to each of the light fixtures on the main floor of the house. All of these light fixtures house ...
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Which mini LED spotlight is best for a display case? [closed]

I am currently building a Lego Creator Sydney Opera House set. After its done I want to build a display case for it and want to put some LED floodlights to light up the landmark. My question is are ...
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What is the silicone-like coating on CREE LED light bulbs?

I recently bought some CREE LED bulbs, the kind pictured below, and while they are the same shape as glass incandescent bulbs, they seem to have some sort of cloudy and sticky rubber coating, as if ...
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Is it safe to convert a candelabra base in my ceiling fan to a medium base for use with larger CFL's?

I have a ceiling fan with 3 candelabra sockets. The lighting from the incandescent bulbs is terrible. I have these 27 watt bulbs that fit a medium socket. I want to use this type of adapter. ...
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Is using CFL bulbs without a ceiling covering them bad?

. I have a ceiling with three recessed spotlights, and I just put these bulbs (11W 630 lumens) in because the others it had (2 halogen candle-type and 1 like this, 18W, don't know lumens) were 2700K, ...
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Can I substitute halogen bulbs for incandescent bulbs?

Instead of three 40w light bulbs, can I use only two 43w halogen light bulbs in a ceiling light fixture with 3 lamp sockets rated at 40w maximum per socket?
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Joining 8 wires into one

I have the cables from 9 bulbs joined into one using a screw terminal temporarily. What is the best thing to use to do this in a way that's waterproof and suitable for outdoor use. Whatever i use ...
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What does wire loops on the wall for?

I bought a house recently, and there are wires in the walls under stucco. But in basement these wires are go out as a loops not far from the ceil. What are they for? Are they for lamps? If yes, then ...
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Concerns about replacing a worn out light switch

Our home is about 3 years old. New construction. New parts. The main lights in the kitchen are a 4-way circuit (3 switches, + lights). Since we primarily come into the room from one side, one ...
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Problem with GU10 LED bulbs tripping out power

I have had some re-plastering and re-decorating work done in my kitchen. I had a new light fixture installed which takes 6 GU10 type bulbs. When the light fixture was first installed I placed 6 LED ...
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How do I install this flush-mount ceiling light?

I bought a new flush-mount ceiling light and am having a tough time figuring out how to get it installed. The instructions that came with it are completely useless. Here are all of the pieces that ...
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What should I do with the extra grounding wire in my ceiling fan box?

I am installing a Hampton Bay Ceiling Fan that has a transmitter install for the remote. I have a green ground and a bare copper ground coming from my ceiling box. I have a green ground coming from ...
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Ceilling light wont switch off after a new installation

I have bought a new ceiling light to replace an old-fashioned one. I have 3 grey cables hanging from the ceiling: 3 red wires connected together and 3 green wires connected together and 3 black but ...
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How can I improve the sensitivity of a motion detector light?

I bought a motion detector light a few weeks ago. It worked great out of the box, but now its sensitivity has lowered a lot. You need to be really close to it for it to detect motion. I tried ...
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Are track lighting systems standardized/universal?

Our business has track for track lighting, but the previous tenants took the fixtures with them when they moved out. I want to buy and install some pendant and spotlight track lights, but I'm not ...
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What replacement florescent lamps can I use?

One of the lamps has gone on the under cabinet lighting in our kitchen. I did have a big stack of spare florescent tubes I bought some years ago. But now looking on the internet I can't find any ...
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Why does my new lamp hum while turned off?

I just changed the ceiling lamp I had in my kitchen, from an ancient one (probably more than 20+ years old) to new and beautiful hanging one. I also switched from the old incandescent bulb to a CFL. ...