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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 ...
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How do I hook up a new “pull-type” light switch in my basement utility room?

The old pull-switch was installed when we bought the house, and it was of a different type than the new one I bought. I went to replace it, and found out I couldn't just swap the wires, since the old ...
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What can I use to lubricate electrical contacts?

I've been replacing lots of 2 pin MR-16 halogen bulbs and have been having a very difficult time inserting them into the sockets. I've also lost few pins removing the old bulbs. Is there anything I ...
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Why does one light on a new chandelier light up after the others?

One lamp socket in a newly installed chandelier lights up the bulb a split second after the others. I changed bulbs to make sure that wasn't the problem. Why is this happening and should the ...
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Ground wire behaves weird

I never experienced this and it doesn't really make sense. I installed recessed lights(6) with the switch. I connected them all in parallel. The house uses only two wires for lights, white and black. ...
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New light switch has blue, black, and white wires. Wall has black, white, and ground. Can I make it work?

I bought a new light switch that is supposed to allow me to automate my lights easier. Here is what it looks like: It has blue, black, and white wires. Coming out of my wall, however, I only have a ...
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Why is my light switch leaking electricity?

I have a home built in 1950 and a laundry room added sometime in the unknown future. There is a light switch that seems to be emitting electricity according to my Fluke voltage tester. I noticed it ...
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How to use LED lighting strip on ceiling?

In our living room, we have a single ceiling rose in the centre of the ceiling with a boring light fitting on it. I'd love to replace this with 4 led strips (about 2m each) running from the centre to ...
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Why is my bedroom light not working?

I'm after some advice please. This afternoon I was replacing a ceiling light fitting with a pendant fitting in my boys new bedroom. Put the bulb in and no power. Checked the bulb and it works, ...
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My mid 50's home has ballasts on incandescent lighting fixtures. Can I remove them?

For some reason unknown to me, my house that was built in the mid 1950s has "tungsten or ballasts" wired to each of the light fixtures on the main floor of the house. All of these light fixtures house ...
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Which mini LED spotlight is best for a display case? [closed]

I am currently building a Lego Creator Sydney Opera House set. After its done I want to build a display case for it and want to put some LED floodlights to light up the landmark. My question is are ...
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What is the silicone-like coating on CREE LED light bulbs?

I recently bought some CREE LED bulbs, the kind pictured below, and while they are the same shape as glass incandescent bulbs, they seem to have some sort of cloudy and sticky rubber coating, as if ...
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Is it safe to convert a candelabra base in my ceiling fan to a medium base for use with larger CFL's?

I have a ceiling fan with 3 candelabra sockets. The lighting from the incandescent bulbs is terrible. I have these 27 watt bulbs that fit a medium socket. I want to use this type of adapter. ...
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Is using CFL bulbs without a ceiling covering them bad?

. I have a ceiling with three recessed spotlights, and I just put these bulbs (11W 630 lumens) in because the others it had (2 halogen candle-type and 1 like this, 18W, don't know lumens) were 2700K, ...
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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?