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Can I add a pendant fixture to ceiling fan?

I've just moved into an old, historic apartment that has had some unfortunate ceiling fans & light kits installed. I'm renting of course, so I can't do much about the situation, but I'm wondering ...
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Can I use a cord and plug to power a wall sconce?

I have a wall sconce that my wife really likes and wants installed on a brick wall. The sconce she purchased is designed to sit on top of a wall box that has been prewired. I don't want to install ...
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Why will 26 1.2W 220V LED lights not work with an 800W inverter?

We live off the grid and have just installed 26 220V 1.2W LED lights. We are using 220V as the batteries are some way from the house and and thick copper wire is expensive. Everything works on the ...
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Replacing a standard 2-gang light switch with an electric dimmer switch

I'm looking for a some assistance in fitting a new electric dimmer light switch. I'm in the UK if that makes a difference. I am trying to replace my existing two-gang light switch with a LightWaveRF ...
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How to add dimmer to “one switch controls another switch” configuration

In my dining room, I currently have a switch configuration that functions as follows: Switch 1: when toggled, turns light on/off Switch 2: when toggled, turns Switch 1 on/off Can I have 2 dimmers ...
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Why isn't my 3-way dimmer setup working?

My dining room light is currently controlled by 2 different light switches. However it isn't wired how I am used to seeing them. In my old house, there were 2 switches that controlled the dining ...
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Why does turning my kitchen light off turn on my outside light?

when I turn my fluorescent kitchen light off, my outside p.i.r security light comes on, why? the problem started when my father moved the p.i.r up above the door
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What translucent material can I use to cover the bulbs at the top of a medicine cabinet?

I am restoring a medicine cabinet that has light bulbs on the top but no covering. Should I try to cover that area with glass (I'd like something frosted or opaque) or is there some type of plastic ...
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Will these blinking LED lights cause a house fire?

I recently replaced the some floodlamps with LED lights. The problem is some of the LEDs are blinking or flashing even though the switch is off. Some do not blink at all. It happens all the time. ...
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Why did my circuit blow after replacing a switch?

I replaced an older switch yesterday on an existing line of recessed lights. There are five lights on the one switch. On the same breaker; but different switch, there are 7 more recessed lights (all ...
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Cost-effective way to have good lighting for color-blind users

I live in a tropical area and the sunlight is generally 'hot' as opposed to what you'd see in the UK. I'm also color-blind to some extent and I have a lot of trouble trying to get my indoor lighting ...
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How do I prevent shadowed areas when installing recessed lighting in a vaulted ceiling?

I'm building a house, and it has a high vaulted ceiling in the kitchen. I already bought recessed lights, but I'm worried that with the inclination of the ceiling, the light over the sink area won't ...
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How do I wire my light fixture?

my fixture has a black and white wire. ceiling has 2 blacks(twisted together), 2 whites (twisted together) and 1 red. There are 2 fixtures in the room with 2 wall switches. Only one wall switch has a ...
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Is a permit required for replacing the front exterior light?

I live in California and checked my city's website for building permits requirements. One of the things it says requires a permit is an electrical upgrade. I want to change my front door light to a ...
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Will it harm 12VDC LED light strips if I supply them with 12VAC instead?

I have strips of 12 volt DC LED's that can be cut into groups of three that I am using to light buildings on a model railroad and am happy with the results. I can vary the voltage from about 6 to 12 ...
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Can dimmable (triac) LED bulbs be used on a motion sensor switch without neutral wire?

I bought a bunch of these motion sensor switches. I also want to use these dimmable LED bulbs. The motion sensors do not have a neutral wire connector. My outlets only have a live wire and it would ...
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Why do my LED lights stay on, even when the switch is off?

I have two LED lamps in my corridor, and when I switch them off, they keep emitting light (not very strong, but it's annoying at night). What can it be? How can I fix it?
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How to create dim cosy lighting

I am trying to create dim lighting at my lounge. The problem I am facing is lack of knowledge or understanding of the light positioning, intensity and light reflection. I made a few experiments but ...
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Are there alternatives to a traditional dimmer switch?

I have just had some 230V GU10 LED downlights installed in my living room (by a professional) to replace a traditional pendant fitting. At the same time, we added a (mechanical) dimmer, however it ...
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What type of wiring should bedroom overhead lighting have?

On the phone with a friend in Cali this morning. He said that some municipalities are requiring /4 (12-3 or 14-3 romex) wiring for all new construction or rewiring for overhead lighting components. ...
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Does this wiring sound right?

First let me preface this by saying that I am very comfortable doing basic electrical work. With this project my electrician is on vacation and won't be back for a few weeks but I wanted to see if I ...
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How do I open this light fixture?

Please tell me how to open it up to change the light bulb. This is my friends room and I am a million miles away to help her. She said, she try to twist the plastic rim but to no avail. I think ...
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How do I connect a light to a switch when the light receives power first?

I have a power source running from the light how do I connect it to a switch?
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Does a painted side of a glass cover for a fluorescent light go towards or away from the light?

In my building, there are ceiling and wall fixtures that use fluorescent bulbs. The cover of them is just a sheet of glass and there is a large square in the middle that is painted white. My ...
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How can I ground a fluorescent light that I'm attaching a wall outlet plug/cord to?

How can I ground a fluorescent light that I'm attaching a wall outlet plug/cord to? The light fixture has a ground cord already attached.
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Remodel Recessed Lighting in New Basement?

I am finishing my basement and will be installing a drop ceiling. Right now the ceiling is open. I purchased some recessed lighting on clearance at Home Depot for $5.00, normally $20. After doing ...
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What's going on with this 3-way lamp?

If I put a 3-way bulb in one particular lamp, only the low and high positions work (with high being the same as low, so it's never activating the other filament). However, if I put a regular/1-way ...
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How do I install this flush mount ceiling light fixture?

I bought a new flushmount ceiling light fixture but no instructions came with it and I have never done this before, so I need some guidance please. First of all here are all the pieces that came with ...
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Is it okay to have an ungrounded light fixture?

I recently moved into an older home (built in 1968) and have been replacing some of the older light fixtures. We pulled down one of the lights and found that there is a ground running into the box but ...
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Is it safe to wire a plug-in sconce directly to the junction box?

There is a wall sconce that I would like to buy, but it is a plug-in variety and there is no power outlet nearby (only an existing light fixture). Is it safe to cut off the plug and wire it directly ...
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How can I get my fluorescent light fixtures to work with an occupancy sensor?

I have a Leviton PR150-1LI occupancy sensor in my garage. I have two 4 foot T8 fluorescent fixtures (each has 2 bulbs). Neither fixture originally had rapid magnetic start ballasts. At this time, the ...
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How do I remove the cover from my light fixture? [closed]

I need to replace burned-out light bulbs in a ceiling fixture. I tried to remove the cover of the light fixture and it does not move. After much trying, the whole thing came down. Meaning the fixture ...
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What kind of lightbulb(?) is in this chandelier?

I've come across images from a chandelier by Mathieu Lehanneur for Chateau Borely. Even after looking at it quite for a while and going through everything I've ever seen, I couldn't really imagine ...
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Can I use 16ga wire to complete a 150W landscape lighting circuit?

I am installing some landscape lighting. The kit came with 14 AWG wire. I have 10 lights at 11 watts apiece and a 150 Watt power pack. I need a few extra feet of wire and have some 16 AWG laying ...
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Why aren't my motion detector lights working?

I have 4 motion sensing lights on 4 corners of my home and only one works and the other three do not light-up when I walk by... what might be the problem? Here is an attached picture to show the ...
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How can I light up a room without a ceiling light?

I will soon be moving to an apartment that has no ceiling lights. Unfortunately installing my own is not an option, it needs to be reversible. There may or may not be a switch wired to an outlet. I ...
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How do you mount fluorescent strip lights on drywall?

How do you correctly mount and wire fluorescent strip lights to drywall? I've seen these on drywalled walls/ceilings before but never looked at how they get installed, other than there doesn't ...
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How can I have a ceiling light and separate fan on the same switch?

I have two ceiling lights in the bedroom on the same switch. I replaced one with a fan with no light. Now I can not turn the fan on without the light coming on. How can I remedy this?
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How can I get the maximum light while avoiding heat from a window?

I have a west facing window. How can I get max light while avoid any heat coming from it?
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Why won't my ceiling light turn off with the wall switch disconnected?

I want to install a ceiling light where previously only a box cover existed, no fixture. I connected the black wire to the black fixture wire, white to white, ground to ground. No other wires are ...
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Can I install lights on a 20 amp circuit that has receptacles already wired?

I have never been able to ask the following question and get a simple straight answer and would like to know why there is a controversy, and what the answer really is. The question: Can a 20 amp 12 ...
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What can I use as an alternative for an underwriter's knot?

I want to hang a vertical pendant, but what do I do to prevent the wire from pulling through? The vertical cord is a hard nylon that can carry the vertical load of the pendant, and the hole in the ...
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Why is my Australian light fixture wired this way?

I just want to replace it with a new light fitting philips tcg701 but there's way too many wires and I don't know why it was done this way.
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Can I use a T5 HO lamp in a non-HO luminaire?

Does anyone know what would happen? Does the ballast limit the power? If the T5 HO lamps were less expensive than T5 non-HO lamps, would it be ok to just use them in a non-HO luminaire?
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How do I connect up a ceiling rose in a 2-way switch circuit?

I removed a ceiling rose and forgot to at least take an image or draw the wiring before replacing it. It is part of a 2 way switch (the other switch is upstairs). However, the wiring colours are ...
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How can I have a light turn on when a pocket door is opened?

I'm building a new home with quite a few pocket doors and would like to know if there is a way for the pantry and utility room lights to come on when the pocket door slides open.
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How do I open this light fitting?

These fittings don't have any obvious affordance for removing or opening them. Any ideas?
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What is this circuit board and how to I replace it?

I have two under counter lights in my kitchen which stopped working at the same time. I assumed some kind of fuse needed changing, and on opening the little box connecting them to the mains I found ...
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Can I add an occupancy sensor to a 3-way circuit?

If I replace one switch in a 3-way circuit with an occupancy switch, would this cause the occupancy switch to work in reverse (or not at all) if the regular switch was toggled? If so, would the best ...
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How do I get the glass cover off of a shower light?

I have a recessed shower light in my shower with a burned out light bulb that needs to be changed. The glass cover screws into the metal flashing and is sealed with a cork gasket. However, I ...