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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 ...
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Can I increase the length of LED RGB 5050 tape?

I see that there are a lot of experts on this forum, so I believe that someone will be able to help me with small LED lightning project (I have bought/will buy all components on eBay). Currently I ...
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How to wire a ceiling rose?

I have bought a new ceiling rose for a light. The wires in it are UK pre-2004. There's one black, two red, one yellow, one blue, and two green and yellow earth. Where do all these go on the ceiling ...
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Why are my fluorescent lights not working sometimes?

I have a fluorescent light fixture in my kitchen, which uses u-shaped tubes. A few weeks ago they just stopped working. I could turn the switch on and there'd just be no light. Not flickering which ...
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Can I use MR16 compatible LEDs in a M62 FTD halogen lighting track?

I have halogen track lighting in my apartment. I took one of the bulbs out to see how much power it draws, as I'm considering replacing the halogen bulbs with LEDs. The bulb says it's and M62 FTD, ...
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Lighting wiring to LED driver too bulky to fit into driver

I am removing an old halogen downlight, transformer and lamp with LED compatable ones. When I removed the fixture from the ceiling (power off)the active and neutral wires were too bulky to fit into ...
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Is it really energy economy to use movement sensor for turn lights on?

I want to install those movement sensors in my house in replacement for the old light switch. I want to use those from elevator halls which has a 3 way switch to leave on, leave off and leave ...
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Why aren't my PIR security lights working through my window?

Can any one help? I purchased a solar powered PIR security light, with the intention of putting it inside my kitchen window. The PIR would be inside the window, but this does not work. When I go ...
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Do I need a special receptacle when more than the standard number of wires need to be connected?

I've got two regular wall outlets controlled by one single pole switch. I want to replace them with new ones, and thought I just needed to grab a couple duplex plugins for them. Except there's more ...
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Does the circuit providing a light at the electrical panel have to be ONLY for that light?

Does the circuit providing a light at the electrical panel have to be ONLY for that light? I'm fairly sure there specifically has to be a light at the panel, as well as a circuit with an accessible ...
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How many lighting circuits are needed in the LED era…? (US - NEC)

This is in a two story, ~1000square foot per floor building. With the advent of affordable, decent (IMHO) LED fixtures (finally!) the entire lighting load for the structure looks to be 500W - 1000W at ...
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Light fixture buzzing sound

Today I replaced our dining room's old 70s chandelier. When I opened it up I noticed pretty quick the rubber shielding on the lamps cords had been melting a bit towards the tips as it got all over my ...
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What do you call a false ceiling dropped below a main ceiling used for indirect lighting?

I'm wanting to provide some character and define our lounge room space with a large flat ceiling that is hung below the main ceiling. The edge of which I can install lighting and create a nice effect ...
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CFL bulbs flash slightly even when turned off

I've noticed in the last two houses I've lived in that CFL bulbs will periodically flash even when not turned on. It's about one flash a minute, and it's not very bright. You can only notice it when ...
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Molten wire nuts on recessed MR16 halogen lights

In one room of the apartment we rent, there's recessed 12v MR16 halogen lighting. There are 3 different circuits with dimmers. I noticed that two of the bulbs were humming loudly even when dimmed all ...
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How to keep an occupancy sensor triggered without motion?

I had to make changes in my office and now the main light switch (which is slave to an occupancy sensor, very likely passive infrared) is blocked from seeing me. The result is that every 5 min or so ...
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How can I dim landscape lights permanently?

I googled this question before posting here - I cant seem to find anyone with my exact needs, so I am asking here. I have a light switch connected to an outlet that is under my house. From here I ...
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12V DC LED Dimmer

I would like to fit dimmable LED lights in my new bathroom Most solutions seem to involve a dimmer switch that chops a high-voltage AC supply, and a driver per light (often integrated into the bulb) ...
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What is causing a two brand new fluorescent light to pulse?

My old light bulbs stopped working, so I bought 2 fluorescent U shape light bulbs as a replacement: The recommended power in the light fixture is 34W per unit but they only have 32W in stock. ...
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How do I install recessed lights in a metal framed ceiling?

I live a building with metal framing used in the walls and ceiling. I am looking to add some recessed lights to parts of my home but am having difficulty figuring out what the best approach is. I ...
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Can I install a floodlight with 18AWG conductors on a 20A (12AWG) circuit?

I am running a new 20A circuit with 12 AWG wire to the exterior of my home and will be adding a flood light to the circuit. All of the flood lights I have seen have 18AWG conductors in them. Is it OK ...
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Can I install 72W A19 halogen into a 60W-looking socket?

I need to replace the ceiling-fan light-bulbs in my living room in North America, there's a standard-looking 3-light-bulb installation with the fan, and each of the three sockets are only marked "660W ...
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Do modern energy saving light bulbs class as “fluorescent lighting”?

I am about to replace an ageing smoke alarm. The current one is battery powered, but I was thinking that it might be good to replace it with a mains powered one (no need to change battery, cannot be ...
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What type of light bulb connector is this?

Hi there I have just bought this hanging lamp whose bulb connector type I cannot identify, I got it in Italy and the only thing I am sure is that the light bulb must be some kind of tube shape for it ...
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How can I connect my LED strip lights?

I bought this white-only LED strip lights off amazon, and it has a DC jack. However, when I search on the internet, there seems to also be 4-wire cable and 2-wire cable. I'm asking this because I ...
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Why is the neutral wire the same size as hot wire in a 3C cable?

I thought that the wire size depends on the amperage that the current passes. However in a 3 conductor cable, the size of the neutral wire is the same as the hot wire; which puzzles me. If both hot ...
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How do I change out the light bulb in this fixture?

My wife picked up this light fixture at a sample sale. We had some electricians install it a while ago while we were having other work done on the apartment. The electricians threw out the box and ...
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Why don't my CFL bulbs stay on in my ceiling light fixtures?

I'm having a problem in my house with CFL bulbs staying on. I have a two bulb ceiling light in the bedroom and a three bulb light in the bathroom. In the bedroom, one of the bulbs goes out after ...
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How can I fix this entry door light?

I've got this going on. Can anyone take me through the steps on how to fix this situation? Edit: Alright I got up there with a ladder and took this video. Can anyone take a look at the video and give ...
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What are these items?

I've found a collection of things in the house I just bought and I'm not sure if I need to hold onto them or throw them all away. Can anyone help me identify what these things are and if I need them? ...
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Led lighting. Extended lengths

I'm building in Thailand with limited local resouces and even less knowledge. 220v here. I want to run a min. 30m of rgb 5050 using a dimmer for the run and one power source if possible. (I could ...
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how to wire two three way switch to a ceiling fan & add one switch for the fan and one for the light

I have two three way switch when I'm closing one of them switch , the fan is automaticly close with the light & I hate that because it's a big place & I'm short so it's hard for me to grab the ...
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What do I do with the third set of wires in this switch box?

I am wiring in a new light fitting however there are three live/neutral/earth combos, plus a live/white which will be the switch. What do I do with the third live/neutral/earth? (And more importantly, ...
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Can I run the cord for plugged ceiling lights through the attic?

I purchased 2 hanging lights from Ikea and they are wired with plugs. I was wondering if I could run the cords with the plugs through the attic and down the wall to the plug. Will the wire get to hot ...
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What do I need to know about LED strip lighting?

I've read a ton of various posts about different aspects of LED lamps, strips, comparisons with fluorescent and incandescent lamps, and I decided that I want to install LED strips to light my room. ...
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Under Cabinet LIghts - Anything Exist That's Not Harsh White?

I'd like to replace the old fluorescent white tube lights under my cabinets. I hate that harsh white color and want something warmer. Does such a thing exist that could be hard-wired into the ...
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Is an electronic dimmer integrated with fan controls compatible with dimmable LEDs? [closed]

I have a Harbor Breeze Ceiling Fan and Light unit shown below. The unit supports changing the fan speed and dimming the light electronically via a remote control shown below. I am considering ...
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How do I rewire LED security light to bypass motion detector - without burning out solid state board

I purchased a deluxe motion activated light for my porch. I assumed that there would be an override feature to bypass the motion sensor for manual operation; after a few days and nights of various ...
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What kind of led strip should I use?

i looking forward to install LED Strips (Cool White) in my new home. But I am not sure what kind of LED Strips should I use. Till now I have read that I can use 5050 or 3528. In the photo the ...
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Is it dangerous if a fluorescent lamp ticks when off? [closed]

I installed fluorescent lamp in my bathroom. When the switch is off the lamp ticks at frequency of around 6-7Hz. That means there is a voltage when it is off. The switch has no backlight. First of ...
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10-LED's 12V AC wired/looped to 120V 60H 74VA bl-wh [closed]

How can I wire them to a switchable plug in my home? Do I have to fasten each LED to a grounded metal panel like it was on the interior panel of an a t m machine I dismantled? (legally) I assure you! ...
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Can I use dimmable leds without a dimmer?

I recently bought "dimmable LED lights" without knowing exactly what this means. I did some research, and now I get it. A dimmer is required to regulate the intensity of the lights, for which I don't ...
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Wiring diagram to split one circuit for ceiling lights in multiple rooms?

I would like to replace some Knob & Tube wiring in my attic. Currently, the ceiling lights in most of our rooms are all on a single circuit and are branched using many knob & tube soldered ...
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Hallway light with multiple switches doesn't always work

I have a light in the entry hallway that has four switches that can turn it on. Lately if I turn this light off using the upstairs switch, none of the others can turn it back on until I turn the ...
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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 ...