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Wall dimmer switch is warm to the touch after leaving the light on - cause for concern?

Our house is about 25 years old, though we have lived here less than 2. Our master bath has a dual light switch, one for the main light bar over the sinks and one for the lights above the shower ...
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How to connect my new light fixture that has 2 (+ground) wires to the ceiling box that has many?

I have lots of wires coming from my ceiling box. I guess because of two wall switches that turned on old fixture. Check the image below. Analog voltage detector "beeps" on black wire in the middle ...
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About how much does it cost to leave 12 led bulbs 60watt replacement burning for 24 hours?

I changed to LED bulbs, and I wonder if it pays to buy a switch timer or if it is cheaper to leave it on at all times?
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What is the easiest way to install multiple 5A BS546 sockets next to one another?

I intend to replace a wall light fitting with two or three 5A BS546 sockets for table-lamp-style lights: As far as I know there is no 2- or 3-gang variant for this socket, but I assume that it will ...
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Completely flat/flush recessed lighting trim

I can't seem to find these anywhere, but I really want a trim that is completely flush with the ceiling (at the mud level) for my 4" recessed cans. That is, I don't want the trim to have any profile ...
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How Can I Make This Indirect Cove Lighting Look?

Just moved in to new house and would love some indirect cove lighting like this in the bedroom I'm decorating...but I'm not sure where to start. I want the box section to protrude around 1ft from the ...
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Ceiling fan won't work

I accidentally slammed a sock down down the chain switches and the lights just went out. It didn't touch the bulb or anything up the fan. So the sock slid down the chain, more like rubbed, and no ...
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Adding Light Fixture to a Ceiling Fan

I have a ceiling fan that looks like the below: I noticed that there's a round cap in the middle of the fan. Can I take the cap off, get a light fixture from my local Home Depot, and install it ...
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I've changed the bulb in my security light and now it won't go on ,why

Why won't my security light turn on after putting in a new bulb
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Is there any way to change this light bulb? (no socket I guess)

My ceiling lamp died. Is there any way that I can change this light bulb? The white wires are soldered into the ballast inside the box. The ballast also is wired to pins connect to the bulb. So I ...
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Identify neutral and ground, when no color code is present

I have a nasty situation in my new apartment: someone (previously), when installing light switches must have randomly connected 3 wires, without giving a respect to a usual color coding. Now I have: ...
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Why should I replace the starter every time I replace a fluorescent tube?

Many fluorescent tube guides recommend replacing the bimetallic strip starter every time the tube is replaced; however, no one seems to provide a specific reason why it needs replacing. Presumably you ...
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Adding a switch to control a basement light

Had an old ceiling light socket in an un-finished basement that had used a pull chain (before it broke). Recently replaced it with a new plain socket, but there is nothing to turn it on and off except ...
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how can I convert my AC under kitchen cabinet lights to LED lights?

Under my kitchen cabinets I currently have 120 volt AC florescent lighting. I want to replace these lights with brighter LED strip lighting, which typically is run using 24v DC current. The lights ...
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Lightbulbs burn out 3 seconds after turning on the light

I was sitting at my desk in my home office and I wanted to turn on the room light, but I couldn't reach - I was off from the switch by about 3 inches. Being too lazy to get out of my chair, I picked ...
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Replace outdoor fixture where existing fixture larger than new one

I have an outdoor light fixture for an "Outdoor Lantern" type light. This fixture is recessed into the siding and has a crossbar-style mounting unit similar to this. I'd like to replace it with an ...
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Awkward positioning of light switches [closed]

In my home we have a few light switches that don't make much sense. Some are backwards which is easy to remedy, but others seem to be in stupid locations. An example would be that the switch for a ...
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Flickering lights

I am in the process of updating my guest bedroom and my first goal was to install LED recessed lights along with a ceiling fan(no light kit). The fan is powered by its own dimmer switch and the lights ...
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12V GU4 1.2 W LED 3000 k Capsule

I'm in the U.K. and not very familiar with anything electrical. I Replaced 10 x 12V 10W GU4 halogen capsules with 10 x 12V GU4 1.2W 3000k LED Capsules (Philips). When I switched it on, it flashed on ...
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How can I replace broken CFL bulb in a recessed light fixture?

I tried to replace a plug-in 4 pin CFL and ended up having the socket stuck inside the can. How I can get it out? There are two clips at both sides in the can fixture - can I push these to get the ...
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How to design an LED ceiling lamp

I've spend some time googling, but the ROI has been low. I want to make my own ceiling lamp -- I probably remember just enough electronics from Uni to get into trouble, so I'm trying to find a good ...
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Why would a bulb need a 30mA RCD for the bathroom?

So I have bought a new light fitting for our shower room (This is the bulb.) On the instructions it says if fitting in a bathroom a 30mA RCD is required. We have a fairly old fuse box, so wired fuses ...
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Need some assistance on replacing a light fixture

I am attempting to replace my light fixture. This is a basic question but am I mounting the crossbar correctly? I always thought the little holes were for the fixture to attach to. Is that wrong? ...
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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 luminaires?

I recently bought some nice inexepensive LED bulbs but I noticed the warning states: (see image below) not for use in totally enclosed luminaires 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 ...