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UK: Is it safe to bypass a light switch?

Is it safe to join the live & switched-live wires behind a switch so the light is permanently on? And if so, what would be the best method (connector block, crimp, etc)?
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I installed led strip lighting in parallel and they burned out

I put 4 strips in my action figures cabinet, and combined all 4 positive wires and all 4 negative wires, and then connected them to a 12V power supply. I turned them on and after like 5 mins they shut ...
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Make a wide power connector fit in a narrow slot

This seems like a bad idea but I wanted to know for sure. I am trying to extend the reach of my Christmas lights this year into a garden that is about 6 feet from my fence. I don't want to have lights ...
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Add motion sensor and timer so either can turn on front lights

I currently have 4 fixtures, 2 recessed above the garage and 2 enclosed lamps near the front door. They're controlled by a switch that has a builtin timer. I'd like these lights to come on around ...
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Ceiling light won't switch off after replacement

I am replacing a ceiling light fixture. I thought about replacing switch at same time, but didn't. It is one light fixture on one switch using a red, black, white and ground cable. The switch is ...
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How to install new outdoor motion sensing light [closed]

I have a new home which does not have any sort of outdoor lights for now. I want to install motion sensing lights on 2 of the exterior walls. I got a quote from an electrical contractor but he is ...
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How to prevent heat loss over a recessed light?

I have a recessed light installed in a sloped ceiling - no attic space over it. On a cold morning when there is frost or snow on the roof and I stand outside the house, I can see a warm spot directly ...
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Replace Light Fixture with outlet

I have a projector I plan on mounting to the ceiling in my basement. It just so happens that I have an unused light fixture receptacle which had been covered with a plate, right next to where I am ...
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Light Switch 3-wire but with 2 permanent lives

Trying to wire a Fibaro dimmer into this light switch but not having much luck. There appears to be 2 permanent lives coming into the COM port and the presumed switched live out of L1 port. I can't ...
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Power supply and dimmer/pot specs needed for LED A19 bulb in DIY desk lamp

I'm making a desk lamp using a single dimmable A19 7w LED. My questions: What kind of dimmer/potentiometer can I use? Can I simply run an extension-type cord from the A19 bulb socket/base into a ...
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Voltage detected on ceiling light no matter the switch is on or off

I just moved into a new apartment and I would like to install simple ceiling light. As shown in the picture, there are two wires outside the ceiling, a blue one and a red one. The light switch ...
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Why is CFL bulb life terrible in a three-stage off/low/high lamp?

I have a floor lamp with a three-stage turning switch: off->low->high. I use the lamp only on the high setting, but need to pass through the low setting to get there. It's rated at 150W and I've been ...
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Can I arrange my light fixtures in a branch configuration or must they be in a linear daisy chain?

I'm tapping an old ceiling light in the center of the room to power 4 new recessed lights. Can I arrange the new lights in a branch configuration where Light #1 connects to Light #2 and Light #1 also ...
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Why do my led bulbs state: not for use in totally enclosed luminaries?

I recently bought some nice inexepensive LED bulbs but I noticed the warning states: (see image below) not for use in totally enclosed luminaries I am guessing that it gets too hot but I find it ...
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MR16 LED Bulbs - Fitting too narrow and replacing old Halogen bulbs

In my kitchen I have 4 halogen MR16 bulbs which I would like to replace with LEDs. I have been given loads of LEDs by a friend but I have found that when I fit them into the existing fittings the box ...
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Suggestion for daylight high lumen bin-pin LED bulb [closed]

Here are some photos of the fixture. I’ve been searching around for a GU24/bi-pin base daylight LED with more 1400 lumens. Amazon and HomeDepot didn’t help much. I found quite a few bi-pin ones but ...
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3-Way switch help!

First time posting on this part of StackExchange. I'm trying to replace upstairs/downstairs lighted Leviton Decora 3-way switches that control one light upstairs with GE Z-Wave On/Off 3-Way Light ...
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Do I NEED to use correct colors when wiring always?

What I am wondering is if there is any code that is violated if the wrong colors are used in wiring outlets? For example, it is standard to use white as neutral and black as power but if I only had ...
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Par 38 incandescent light or globe

I am replacing our bathroom heater light and with 150 watt, is this a good idea for a shower room or humidity/dampness of the room be always especially when they use concurrently with the light on? ...
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Changing switch to dimmer (UK)

Right in the middle of this job and realised I don't know what I'm doing. I'm in the UK. I currently have a Crabtree switch (which I believe is called a single gang two way switch) on a light on my ...
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how to wire a 2 way switches with 2 pendants [duplicate]

How do I wire a 2way 2light system. On the upstairs landing I want to switch 2 lights on and off at each end of the corridor.
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Lighting from the right or left of my desk?

I heard that some place their desks (for either reading, writing, or using computers) with lighting coming from the left. Is there some scientific foundation for that? Does that affect vision? How ...
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Separating two lights on one switch [closed]

I have 1 light switch that controls a fan/light and a pair of recessed lights across the room. I want to separate them and add another switch next to the existing one. Where do I start?
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Hue Compatible Wall Switch? [closed]

I have a bunch of Hue bulbs throughout the house. Most are controlled via your standard wall switch. This is, of course, sub-optimal; with the wall switch off, the Hue lamp can't be remotely ...
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Wiring a Z-Wave 3-way auxiliary with neutral from other switch? (w/ diagrams!)

I found my question difficult to phrase, so I mocked the wiring diagram up in Photoshop. I have a 3-way switch setup like so: I am going to upgrade this to a Z-Wave enabled pair of 3-way switches ...
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How do I connect this light switch?

I'm trying to replace my light switch, but I'm not sure what needs to connect to what. The first picture is the wires for from the new switch. The other pictures show the old switches and how it's ...
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Dimmers don't turn on at low setting

I just had these new dimmable LED lights installed. When I turn them on at the lowest setting, they don't turn on at all. I have to bring it up and back down again to get it to the low setting. This ...
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shortening a globe light string

Shortening a globe light string. I have a 100 foot G40, E12 base, C7 socket globe light string. I want to shorten it by 6 feet. I have very little electrical experience. How can I easily do this?
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Reconnecting light to box fed by a 3-way switch

Running into my overhead light fixture from light switch 1 is red, White and neutral. From other switch is white and black. My new light has 2 wires. Which wires in box do I connect to what?
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Can I change the socket of a light fixture by simply cutting the old one off and re-wiring?

I currently have a wall light fixture that is only for small bulbs (I believe they are E14's): Currently, Philips Hue does not manufacturer bulbs of this type. As a result, I am wondering how I can ...
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Where can I find something similar to a fluorescent tube, with only one end for electrical contact

I want to redo the floor light in the front patio. My idea is to create a few light rods coming out of the floor and pointing toward the ceiling. For this purpose, it would be nice if the anode and ...
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Are all of these wirings code-acceptable for 3-way switching overhead lights?

So, i have a single switch by the garage door controlling the overhead lights like so: and i would like to add a switch by the other door (shown) and wire it for 3-way control of the lights. I'm ...
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Is this an A-series or a T-series light bulb?

The first of 3 bulbs in a new-to-us bathroom fixture has burnt out. I (my wife) would like to replace it with the same shape, but unfortunately the label had worn off -- all we can make out is "60" ...
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Need a way to rotate a chandelier *without* rotating its mounting point

I've just installed a chandelier at the bottom of a staircase. I do not like the current orientation of the chandelier. I would like the side nearest one wall to be parallel to that wall, but it ...
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How should I run outdoor wiring under my second-story deck?

I have a light on one side of the space under my deck, and I'd like to add another. My plan is to add an extension box between the existing fixture and the house (using appropriate gaskets as ...
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What do I need in order to install under cabinet lights?

I want to install hardwired, under-cabinet lighting, but I need some guidance on what kind of devices (transformers/drivers/adapters) I need to complete the project. I know very little about ...
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How can I combine constant and switched power circuits to power a security light

I've searched round the forum and web, and found others asking similar, but slightly different questions. I have a security light currently wired to a constant circuit so that it trips whenever there ...
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Light switch/light problem

Just installed a new light at the bottom of the stairs ,this is connected to a 2 gang down stairs (1 feed to the light itself & 1 to outside light,upstairs it is connected to 3 gang switch (loft ...
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New LED flood lights give off quick flash when turned off

I just purchased 6 new LED Flood Lights for my kitchen, my kitchen has two light switches that turn the lights off and on and neither of them are dimmers so I purchased non dimmable LED lights. One ...
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My lamp was making a noise. Now it won't turn on. How to fix?

The lamps in my bathroom was blinking and making a hissing noise. I think the noise was coming from just one of the lamps but I'm not sure. Now I don't have any light / power in the bathroom. I ...
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Pir security light

Why does my life security light come on at night when I turn the bathroom light off, this has only started happening when I replaced the security light
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how to wire a light fixture to a plug?

I have a light fixture that I want to wire to a plug-in wiring setup. The fixture has three white wires and three black wires, it also has a separate, bare ground wire. My plug style wiring is a ...
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LED Lighting Layout

I'm interested in using the 12 or 24 volt LED strip lighting that can be purchased online by cutting strips and applying them to the eight support ribs on an outdoor canopy. Can this be done in a ...
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Need help understanding switches wired in series

I'm renovating a bathroom in my home built in 1958 and went to replace a bank of wall switches when I came upon this wiring. I've changed all of the switches and plugs in the rest of the house and ...
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Confused about wiring outside light fixture with multiple switched romex lines

So I am trying to replace an outside motion detector light fixture that was removed before I bought the house and the only things left were the plastic base in the eave and electrical taped romex ...
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ceiling light wont switch off

there are two black and two white wires in the ceiling the light only has two wires. We have tried to attaching two black to one wire and two white to another wire - this trips the beaker. Tried using ...
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Three-way circuit turns on/off randomly

My upstairs hallway lights are controlled by a three-way switch circuit. There are three switches to control two dome lights. One switch at the bottom of the stairs, one at the top and one at the end ...
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Light fixture starts tripping breaker.

A light fixture in my foyer was working fine for years. One day, I turn it on, hear a buzzing noise in the wall, and the breaker trips. I tried a bunch of things, finally discovering the problem ...
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Will an LED light bulb illuminate down on this uplight lamp?

I have this Ikea Floor Uplight lamp and I want to replace the current CFL light bulb with an LED light bulb. I'm thinking of using a Philips 433235 60 Watt Equivalent SlimStyle A19 LED Light Bulb ...
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What are the legal considerations of installing a new light in my own house in the UK?

I don't have any electrical qualifications, but have rewired plugs, plug sockets and switches and seen someone qualified wire in a new light and understand the principles and safety precautions. Are ...