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How to install Light Fixtures - no ground in the ceiling box

I am trying to install a lighting fixture that I bought from Ikea. The ceiling box has one black, one white, one blue, and one yellow lines (as in the photo below). But, I cannot find a ground line ...
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Why do my lights blink?

I have three flood lights (of this model) controlled by a single switch (this one). When turned on, the lights seem ok for a few minutes, but then they start to slowly blink on and off. Each blink ...
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Ceiling Fan Install - Ground Wire

I' removed an old ceiling fan and I am replacing it with a new one. My home was built in the 60s and I'm installing so it works off one switch. After the removing the old fan the ceiling revealed two ...
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My kitchen lights won't turn on, what could be the problem?

My kitchen light will not turn on, even after I replaced all 4 bulbs. What could be the problem? The breaker is working fine, all the plugs and other lights are working in the proper condition, and ...
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Should a 12V DC dimmer switch produce 24V AC on the output?

I bought a 12V DC dimmer switch for LED strip lighting. The input to the dimmer switch is regulated (from a switching power supply) 12V DC and produces no AC voltage in the "INPUT" points to the ...
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new standard for LED lights and dimmers

I am about to redo the lighting in my kitchen and stumbled upon a new standard called Ledotron developed by Osram and and a handful other large companies. According to the website it has a number of ...
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Should I be using wire nuts to connect my light socket?

I am replacing a light socket in a ceiling lamp. The old socket had two short wires permanently attached to the socket, which were then connected to the wires coming out of the ceiling with wire nuts ...
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Why is a previously wet light fixture now getting dimmer?

A leak resulted in the light fixture in the ceiling of my laundry room getting wet. Despite being dry now, the light gets noticeably dimmer each time it's turned on. I am trying to keep it off until I ...
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For installing a new exterior light on a brick wall, can I connect the wires in a junction box mounted on the opposite side of the wall?

There is plenty of room to install the junction box on the other side of the wall and I would rather not put a box on the outside of the wall. Can I simply connect the wires in the junction box on the ...
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Home Light Automation - Emulate 4 way switch with relay

I've been thinking of ways to do home automation that is somewhat future proof (hardwired); and the best idea I have is to use relays for lights on a 3 way switch circuit. Put in a dual pole dual ...
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Convert light socket to plug socket for LED lighting strip

I have a european (Netherlands) light socket in my house that I would like to convert to a plug socket to accommodate an LED lighting strip. My builder says it won't work, but he's Polish, I'm English ...
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Replace 1 gang 2 way with 2 gang 2 way

I currently have downstairs in the hall, a 2 gang 2 way switch that has 5 wires, two red wires coming from 1 cable, and 3 wires (red, blue, yellow) coming from a second cable and they are wired to ...
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How do I identify this square light fitting so I can replace the globe

I'd like to know of this light fitting is a standard type of light fitting (and if so, what is it called), and whether or not I'd be likely to find an existing globe / cover that mounts over the ...
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How many circuits do I need? and can I bundle wires in the wall?

I'm looking into running new electrical circuits to my attic and second floor. The attic is two bedrooms + a small bathroom, the second floor is four bedrooms + another bathroom. I'd like some advice ...
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Two fixtures failed at once: Flourescent and Motion light

I have a large light with fluorescent bulbs in my garage and out the back door of the garage is a motion light. Neither are working. Tested the switch, checked the breaker, replaced the light fixtures ...
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How can I separate the fan and the light in my bathrooms?

We've got four bathrooms, all wired so that the light and the (extremely loud) fan are on the same switch. Each one appears to have two blacks wires (both connected to the switch, different screws on ...
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Lighting problem

I install new 12/2 wire from breaker box to a gfi outlet pig tail to another gfi outlet then to seven regular outlets then jumped to a light switch controlly six can light(6 inch).light switch is a ...
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Is it possible to use a dimmable LED GU10 bulb on a non-dimmable circuit?

Is it possible to use a dimmable LED GU10 bulb on a non-dimmable circuit? I know you cannot use the opposite.
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Run a fluorescent fixture with fewer lamps?

I have some 3-lamp recessed fluorescent fixtures that are too bright. Can I remove one of the tubes and run them just with two lamps? Will that hurt the ballast or the remaining tubes? These are T8 ...
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How does the wiring in this light hookup?

I'm trying to install this light in my house, but I don't know how the wiring works for it. The light has a switch on the front of it that controls both bulbs and the switch has two black wires coming ...
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How to install LED strip where before I had a fluorescent tube?

I want to install a LED strip where once there was a fluorescent tube. I like to think myself as google competent but this time I could not find a satisfactory answer. Right now, in my ceilling I ...
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Why is one of my 2-way lights staying on all the time while the other isn't?

I wanted to change 2 of my lights in the living room, but now one is working well but the second is staying constantly on. It's a 2 way system. I have 1 blue wire coming out, 3 brown, 2 blue and 3 ...
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14-2 Tap Branched From 12-2 Feed on 20amp Circuit…What To Do?

I have a switch by my front door that supplied power to a receptacle. I want to wire that switch to an existing ceiling fan/light combo in the same room. I've already made the outlet constantly hot. ...
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light sensor switch to turn lights on at daytime

I would like to turn my basement lights on at daytime, and off at night. All light sensors seem to work the other way, turning light off at daytime. Is there such light sensor to turn lights on at ...
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How do I convert a 3-way circuit with two lights into two 3-way circuits that control each light separately?

I have two switches in my kitchen, one on each side, that each turn on two lights at the same time. What I want to do is change it around so each light is turned on separately but still from both ...
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How to fix my ceiling lights? [closed]

I have a bunch of ceiling lights that don't work when I replace the bulbs. Electricians are too expensive but although I don't have experience in this area I'm willing to learn and do it myself if ...
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Can I upgrade existing T12 fluorescent fixtures to T8 just by replacing the ballast and bulbs?

I was going to replace the fluorescent T12 fixtures around my house with T8 fixtures, but I noticed that the T8 bulbs seem to fit just fine into the T12 fixtures. It seems like I could save myself a ...
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Are supports for spot lights required?

If I am planning to install this spot light on the ground (in dirt), are support beams or things like that required or can I just place this in the dirt and it would be fine?
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How do I replace a dimmer switch with a single switch?

I'm trying to replace a dimmer switch with a regular light switch. The same box also has another dimmer and fan control switch next to the one I want to replace. The dimmer has 2 wires, a pink and ...
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How to darken a room without hurting airflow?

I am a sucker for open windows. My room has two windows on opposing sides, and I get an amazing flow of air between them most hours of the day and night, and I want to keep it that way. A problem ...
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How do I wire LED lights directly from the panel?

I am finishing my basement and would like to do 2 sets of LED strip lights. One will go in a small 4x8 room under my stairs, another a large theater room 13' x 15'. I am a beginner when it comes to ...
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How to replace the plastic socket in a B22 light fitting?

I have a broken B22 'bayonet' style light socket. One of the grooves that holds the bulb lugs has snapped off. How can I replace it, and what to look for in a replacement?
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Will this light fixture wiring pass inspection?

I helped my grandpa install a light fixture in his kitchen(he's in the process of remodeling) and noticed the wiring was a little weird. The wiring is going from the fixture to the switch which I ...
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Why does my fluorescent ceiling fixture trip the GFCI sometimes?

Every so often, roughly a 1/20 chance, flipping the light switch to my laundry room's fluorescent fixture will trip the nearby GFCI outlet. Why is this? Is it more likely to be the GFCI being faulty ...
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Toaster oven makes my kitchen lights flicker

Today, I got a new toaster oven. When it's heating, my kitchen lights (plugged into an adjacent outlet) flicker/pulse. What can I do to reduce the flickering? If I get a power conditioner, can I put ...
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What could cause the light in my garage door opener to stop working?

The light that is attached to my garage door opener no longer turns on when I open or close the garage. I have tried incandescent and CFL bulbs that work in other lamps. Any ideas of what may be wrong ...
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How do I wire a new ceiling light from an existing fixture? [closed]

How do I extend electrical service to a new basement ceiling light fixture? I want to extend from a standard ceiling light that is wired as follows: two 14/3 gauge wires enter the box. Both black ...
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ornamental security light

I Have installed a motion sensor light at the front of my house. It was working ok but kept going lighting up all the time becuase of next doors bush, so decided to put an in line switch on the live ...
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Can I use THHN/THWN-2 within a lamp post?

Foreword: I've been using UF wire for about 10 years now, and I've really grown to hate it. It's hard to work with, hard to strip, and hard to pull through conduit. I prefer all my underground wire to ...
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What could cause my recessed light to not work?

I replaced a flood light lightbulb in recessed light fixture, thinking the previous bulb had burned out, but that new bulb isn't working either. I've tried a regular lamp bulb to ensure my new ...
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Closet dome light, is the tinfoil necessary?

In taking the cover off my closet dome light to change a lightbulb, I noticed that behind the lightbulb there is peeling tinfoil which is revealing something that looks like insulation. The lightbulbs ...
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How would I wire a 4 position switch?

I work from home in a house with roommates and I would like to set up a light system to let them know if it's OK to disturb me during my work. I was thinking a stoplight system of Red: Do not disturb ...
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How to control a dimmable LED light?

I was thinking of attaching a simple dimmable LED light strip to the ceiling of my room. Ideally the finished look is to have a 20 meter long strip fit around the ceiling nested and hidden from view, ...
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Light bulb dimensions

I need to change some light bulbs and the process has become tremendous because I cannot find detailed size and type charts to compare against what I already have. Where could I find such a chart ...
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Why lamp is not working correctly?

I have a study lamp. It works sometimes, and sometimes it does not. I am using 220V power. On the lamp is written G23 PL-11W 230V/50W. What do you think what is the problem?
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Why would a light switch be wired with the neutral wire?

I'm having trouble installing a WEMO wall switch. The light I want to use it on is a single on/off switch, not a 3 way switch. When I remove the face plate, the neutral wire is wired to the light ...
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light switch problems

I am looking at adding a light switch next to another switch as I was checking voltage at the current switch, I noticed the switch had two white wires connected to it and when I checked the voltage ...
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How to use fiber optics to illuminate glass tiles?

Just a cool idea I've been kicking around for about an hour, I'm trying to figure out how it could work. I'm considering doing this with backslpash tiles and maybe even some shower tiles. Ideas: ...
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Adding a two-way circuit to a three-way circuit

I have two overhead lights controlled by two separate circuits of two three-way switches. One is wired like this: The other is wired like this: There are two three-way switches for the ...
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What considerations do I need when wiring a string of light bulbs in parallel?

I want to build a hollywood style mirror light for my wife (as pictured below). I'd like it to be powered by mains electricity (230v where we live in the UK), but I understand the bulbs will take ...