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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 wires

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 wires shoved ...
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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 ...
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Recessed lighting in existing concrete light fixture

I have some light fixtures that are currently used and covered with blind plates in the corners of a concrete ceiling room. I was wonder if there was anyway to convert those existing light boxes to ...
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How do i remove this bulb from my bathroom fixture?

My bathroom fixture has one of these and I can seem to remove it. Any ideas?
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Dimmer switches & LED lights: Lights keep turning up to max and won't stay dim

I'm a tenant in an apartment and we're having strange lighting issues. We have a dimmable light switch panel in our lounge with 2 controls, controlling 4 LED spotlights each. The dimmers make a ...
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What size bulb replaces these in a Harbor Beeze ceiling fan?

My house has several Harbor Breeze ceiling fans. Two bulbs have burned out but I can't seem to find what size bulbs should replace them. Here's a picture of one of the burned bulbs (right) and a ...
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Increasing Range of Night Vision Cameras

Will replacing a regular fluorescent floodlight with and infrared floodlight increase the clarity/range of my night vision cameras? If not, are there other methods to increase clarity/range of my ...
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How to add more lights to my attic

I have 1 light in my attic but its not bright enough for the whole attic so i want to add 4 more lights. the switch is in the downstairs hallway, so all that is in the attic is a electrical wire and ...
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how to hardwire an exterior rope light properly?

Update: As suggested in answer by Ecnerwal, I am changing the question a little bit. Instead of asking what type of rope light this is, I am now asking what would be the proper way to bring this "up ...
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Can I use a rheostat as a potentiometer?

Is it possible to safely use a rheostat as a potentiometer to control an incandescent ceiling light? I have replaced a ceiling fan with a light fixture and would like to use the existing rheostat as a ...
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2 Bulb Chandelier not lighting up anymore

I have a 2 light bulb chandelier that recently stopped working. I thought it may be the bulbs so I put in new bulbs. Still not working. I then tried resetting the electrical breaker. Still not ...
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Splice inside light pole

I am replacing a rotted out light pole in my yard. The underground feeder that runs to the light pole is only long enough to run halfway up the new light pole. Is it acceptable to splice an extra ...
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3 Way Light Switch Issues

I will try to keep this simple. I have two 3 way switches (one in MB-Room and one in D-Room) that control two exterior porch lights that are on the same patio between these two rooms. Several years ...
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Wired new outdoor sconce, won't turn on

I have two outdoor wall sconces, which are rusting and falling apart. I replaced ONE of them so far, and left the other as-is. The old one I replaced, there were two sets of wires coming out of the ...
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Flashing LED down lights

Here's one for the master electricians. I just installed two new LED down lights and noticed this morning that when I turned them on they started flashing on-off at about a 1sec cycle. When I ...
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How do I affix wires to an E27 T210 lamp holder?

I have a E27 T210 connection for a lamp holder, and there are no screws to fix wires into. It is also unclear how they push in. If this a push connection are the wires supposed to be soldered?
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Spotlight hole too big

The spotlight recess is slightly too big on 3 of might lights and therefore the little spotlight ceiling roses/surrounds don't sit flush with the ceiling, they slightly drop down looking messy. Is ...
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What kind of light bulb is this?

The only engraving on the bulb I can see says "NRJ8EE" but Google searching that brings up nothing. Also, if we can't identify the bulb, is anyone able to tell if the fixture would be able to ...
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Can LED strips serve as the main light of a room?

I would like to know if led strips can serve as the main light of a living room (4.5mx3.5m) and if so, what kind of strips and where to put it in the room (along the walls, along the edges of the ...
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Fitting recessed lighting without damaging ceiling

I'm trying to add recessed lighting into my hall. There's currently a pendant light in the middle, which I'll be removing. I then want to add 6 240v (UK) GU10 fittings. There's no insulation in the ...
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How should I wire this 2-way light switch?

I am replacing both of the hallway light switches in my house in the UK, and upon taking off the old switches, I am met with the following cable configuration: Downstairs is a 2-gang switch that ...
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Light fixture won't turn on

With the main breaker on (which reads 120 volts) I'm only reading 98 volts at the light switch, and light will not turn on. FYI the main breaker is 150ft from the light switch. Is 98 volts enough to ...
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Color Temperature, Eye Strain and Headache

I work as a programmer this is the second year where I start to get bad eye strain and headache (together with dizziness) starting in september (this is the season where Autumn starts here). I have ...
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Installing a PIR Motion Detector - Not working because it requires a neutral wire

This is going to make me sound daft but I am new to DIYing and by no means an electrician! But I am trying to install a motion sensor light switch on the ceiling where a pull cord switch used to be. ...
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Staircase light , three wires not four, no red

Ours is an old house. We want to put in some nicer switches. Staircase light is wired to two switch at the top and bottom of the stairs. There is no red wire as seen on many installation diagrams. ...
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Replaced fluorescent tubes and starters - now lights are getting triggered by other light switches. How to identify the cause?

I have two fluorescent tubes in the kitchen. Having been buzzing, flickering and turning themselves off for a while I replaced both the tubes and the respective starters, assuming this would eliminate ...
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How high off the ground can you place LED lighting?

Our ceiling is about 15 feet tall. We'd like to place LED lights on it to light our seating area and room. We're wondering if the lights are too far if the light may be too diffuse by the time it ...
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Is this wiring suitable suitable for 3-way Z-Wave switches?

I'd like to install a Jasco Z-Wave switch (45709) and its add-on switch (45710) in this newish (2004) house, but the wiring instructions do not correspond to what I have behind the current ...
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Is it possible to use LED lamps in ceiling r80 eyeball fittings

I have a pair of eyeball style R80 100w fittings in my kitchen. These are horribly inefficient, so I recently tried replacing one of the bulbs with an 18w LED lamp (a LEDLite branded one from TLC ...
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Builder used same brand for lights and fan in 3 different places [duplicate]

The builder who built my house and a few other houses near me had put in a hampton bay brand light and fan in my master room, my family room, and my neighbors family room. It is not necessarily the ...