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Can I substitute halogen bulbs for incandescent bulbs?

Instead of three 40w light bulbs, can I use only two 43w halogen light bulbs in a ceiling light fixture with 3 lamp sockets rated at 40w maximum per socket?
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Joining 8 wires into one

I have the cables from 9 bulbs joined into one using a screw terminal temporarily. What is the best thing to use to do this in a way that's waterproof and suitable for outdoor use. Whatever i use ...
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What does wire loops on the wall for?

I bought a house recently, and there are wires in the walls under stucco. But in basement these wires are go out as a loops not far from the ceil. What are they for? Are they for lamps? If yes, then ...
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Concerns about replacing a worn out light switch

Our home is about 3 years old. New construction. New parts. The main lights in the kitchen are a 4-way circuit (3 switches, + lights). Since we primarily come into the room from one side, one ...
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Problem with GU10 LED bulbs tripping out power

I have had some re-plastering and re-decorating work done in my kitchen. I had a new light fixture installed which takes 6 GU10 type bulbs. When the light fixture was first installed I placed 6 LED ...
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How do I install this flush-mount ceiling light?

I bought a new flush-mount ceiling light and am having a tough time figuring out how to get it installed. The instructions that came with it are completely useless. Here are all of the pieces that ...
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What should I do with the extra grounding wire in my ceiling fan box?

I am installing a Hampton Bay Ceiling Fan that has a transmitter install for the remote. I have a green ground and a bare copper ground coming from my ceiling box. I have a green ground coming from ...
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Ceilling light wont switch off after a new installation

I have bought a new ceiling light to replace an old-fashioned one. I have 3 grey cables hanging from the ceiling: 3 red wires connected together and 3 green wires connected together and 3 black but ...
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How can I improve the sensitivity of a motion detector light?

I bought a motion detector light a few weeks ago. It worked great out of the box, but now its sensitivity has lowered a lot. You need to be really close to it for it to detect motion. I tried ...
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Are track lighting systems standardized/universal?

Our business has track for track lighting, but the previous tenants took the fixtures with them when they moved out. I want to buy and install some pendant and spotlight track lights, but I'm not ...
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What replacement florescent lamps can I use?

One of the lamps has gone on the under cabinet lighting in our kitchen. I did have a big stack of spare florescent tubes I bought some years ago. But now looking on the internet I can't find any ...
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Why does my new lamp hum while turned off?

I just changed the ceiling lamp I had in my kitchen, from an ancient one (probably more than 20+ years old) to new and beautiful hanging one. I also switched from the old incandescent bulb to a CFL. ...
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Halogen vs. Incandescent - is one 'better' than the other for an oven light?

Is there a 'better' choice between Halogen bulbs and Incandescent bulbs for an inside the oven light? Is one more efficient or safer than the other? Should I seriously consider which is used when ...
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Can I use LED lighting sources to illuminate my workbench and desk?

I have a home-based business and recently moved to a house with a detached garage. I plan to remodel a part of the garage for my new workshop. I've been looking for lighting options in LED. I need ...
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Why does the second light go out when the first bulb is removed?

I have recently added another light fixture to a switch that used to just control 1 entry light. Now that switch controls both of them & have found out that they are both dependent on having ...
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Should a light tunnel be positioned facing east or west?

I want to install a light tunnel to increase the light in my kitchen. Above this room there is a roof with one side facing east and the other side facing west. Would I get more light from a light ...
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What would cause my LED tape to flash when plugged in?

I just removed our new tape lighting and plugged it in. The brand name is Patriot Lighting 12 volt 16.4' flexible LED tape light. All it does is flash on and off. Any suggestions?
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How can I repair this Ikea light fixture that seems to be missing parts?

We found this chandelier at IKEA in the as-is section (apparently formerly a floor model), and as it seemed to be in perfect condition, 50% off the retail price seemed like a good deal. Unfortunately, ...
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Wiring a double light switch

Hoping for some help I am fitting a new double light switch were one of the switches is a 2 way light. The back of the light switch looks like this C C L1 L2 L1 L2 Now the problem ...
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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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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 ...