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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 ...
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Are T-8 lights and T-12 lights safely interchangeable?

I have a fixture that came with T-12 lights. Is it safe to use T-8 bulbs instead?
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237V seen across terminals of a dimmer switch when 'off'

I have a household, dual module dimmer switch. One module is working and dims a 3A sidelight loop, the downlight loop with 4 drivers doesn't work and I'm fault finding. I noticed on the working ...
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Lens filter for recessed light

Our recessed lights are way too harsh. I was thinking that some sort of a lens or a filter would be the cheapest way to fix that, but I have no clue about what kind of recessed lighting we have (or ...
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Wiring the Auxiliary switch on a 3-way switch

So, I am currently trying to wire a 3-way switch, but specifically the Jasco 45609 and its auxiliary switch counterpart the Jasco 45610. The Jasco 45609 has 5 wire inputs: Load Line Ground Traveler ...
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Why was the ground for this fluorescent fixture not connected to the ballast?

I just purchased a set of fluorescent fixtures that are fitted with a plug to connect to a standard 3-prong receptacle. My intention is to replace the plug with Romex cable, and wire the fixture ...
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What should I do with the exposed grounding wire during a conversion from hardwired to plug in light fixture?

I am working to convert a hard wire light fixture which I have purchased to a plug in light fixture. The light fixture was designed for outdoor use, but I will be using it inside. Coming out of the ...
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Multiple weak light bulbs vs one strong light bulb

I currently have a small room with a single CFL bulb at the center of its ceiling. The bulb lights up the whole room well enough. I encounter the problem though that when standing in front of the ...
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How do I repair a bedside Lamp? [closed]

My beloved bedside lamp fell down, on the carpet, so it wasn't a big hit, and stopped working. Now, I tried to replace the bulb, but it doesn't change anything. Since this had happened to me another ...
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Why do my LED Christmas lights glow when plugged into a light fixture via an adapter?

I have an outside light that is controlled by a light switch inside. I took the light out and put a adapter to plug in an extension cord to run LED Christmas lights. When I turn the switch off, just ...
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How do I chain edison bulbs together with a junction box?-

I want to chain 6 Edison Lights They are a Standard Edison base, E26 medium, 120 volts. I am going to be hanging them on a 18 gauge wrapped copper wire. I am wondering how to wire them together and ...
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What should I do about an exposed wire for landscape lighting?

Found an exposed wire from an old landscape light in the yard that is tripping a breaker. Can I just cap it?
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How do safety labels on light fittings work with energy saving bulbs?

My lamp says "Max 40W or Energy Saving 8W". I have a halogen bulb which says "28W = 36W". Is it safe to use with the lamp? Why / why not? (Sorry if the answer is easily available on the web - I ...
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Why doesn't my replacement lighting work after my old fixture died?

I live in a pretty old condo in MA, and the living room track lighting stopped working. New bulbs didn't help, but the second set of lights on the same outlet worked fine. Replacing the bulbs and ...
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Why are my LED lights flashing when powered from an inverter?

I am running some 10 watt LED floodlights off a 12 volt battery and 230 volt inverter. The 10 watt LED floodlights are flashing on and off. I am also running 20 watt floodlights and they do not ...
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replaced ceiling light wont turn off

I know there have been simular posts on this but I still cant make sence off my problem, my ceiling light won't.turn off. I replaced all the oulets, light switch and light fixture in my bedroom . One ...
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Overhead lights in apartmenet units flicker and eventually goes off…what is the cause and fix?

I live in an apartment building with 4 units. All units are experiencing this weird problem. Two nights ago the overhead lights started to flicker and then eventually went off. The outlets in all ...
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How do I replace this switch with a dimmer?

I'm trying to install a dimmer switch (single pole) in a 4 gang box. In the current set up, I have two black wires attached to the SAME screw (one of those wires is from the back of the box, while ...
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Why am I reading low AC voltage on my garage opener light?

The light on my BuildMark opener won't come on. The door works well, and both the light button and the safety sensors trip the relay for the light. A check with the AC voltmeter shows 15 VAC when the ...
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3-Way Light Switch, two blacks and a red?

Usual story of remodeling etc. Replaced all the other 4 ways and 3 ways near it just fine, then I run into this guy. It's a 3-way, and I could have sworn I put all the wires exactly where they were on ...
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Practical limits of how many LEDs can you use to replace halogen 12V?

I'm gradually replacing halogen lights at home with LEDs. We have a couple of 12V rails with a 5x35W rating when using halogens. When using the same transformer with LED's, can I use the theoretical ...
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How can I find out if my light bulb is a full spectrum?

I'm suffering from winter depression, so I would like to have a full spectrum bulb at my desk. My desk lamp has an intense white light. So, I was wondering if it was a full spectrum light already. How ...
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Why is there an exposed wire coming out of my wall near my fluorescent light fixture?

We are in the process of replacing the ballast in our fluorescent light fixture (after replacing the bulbs, the lighting was still dim, so we figured it was a fault of the ballast). After we ...
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How do I wire my new ceiling light?

Old flat in Melbourne, Australia. When i took out old fitting it had a red wire in joined to red out, a brown and a black one. One terminal had nothing. Have bought new fitting but it seems to be ...