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Garage Door Opener Light loosens in socket. How to fix?

The light on my garage door opener keeps getting loose in the light socket, causing it to not work. Giving it a slight turn to tighten it fixes it temporarily, but it comes loose again within a week ...
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Automated/Controlled Lighting - Options?

What are some good options to look at for controlled and automated lighting? I've seen some DMX (stage-lighting standard) implementations for homes, but I'm not sure if that is the only/best option. ...
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How to spread light more

Which one is better for light bulbs in home to get more from light. White board behind bulb? White plastic covering the bulb? Mirror behind the bulb? Any other way? How to get more from a ...
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Centralised home automation system - Any product out there?

I read the Scalable, affordable home automation question and answers with great interest. Simply Automated looks pretty cool & so do the ideas behind Z-Wave. What I'm looking for, I don't seem to ...
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What is the best way to light a Lexan (Polycarbonate) sheet?

I've recently installed a Lexan 'whiteboard' in my garage which works as well as I'd hoped. I now want to use some type of lighting to light up the board in a useful/visual appealing way. Shown ...
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What are the pros and cons of LED vs CFL vs incandescent bulbs for outdoor lighting?

I'm planning to install some light on my balcony and was just wondering what would be the best choice of lamp. I live in a relatively cold climate, and the current temperature at night is around ...
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Customizing christmas light strings

Generally, when hanging my christmas lights, I run a line around the gutters on my second floor. From there, I drop down and put a string across the roof line on the front porch of my house. This ...
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Halogen torchiere standing lamp

Do they make halogen torchiere-type standing lamps anymore? I can't seem to find them anywhere, while 5-10 years ago they were quite common. The amount of light they throw off was so superior even to ...
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Where can I buy Perspex sheets?

I've been working on a lighting project that requires some light diffusers and after searching around I keep seeing people recommend something called Perspex. My only problem is that I can't seem to ...
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Can you help me find this bulb?

I need to replace the light bulb in my ceiling fan but the part\model number is warn off and I can't find it anywhere! I can read "Philips," "Plus," and "G5" but nothing else. Please see the attached ...
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Why won't my bathroom light fixture work?

Had a surprise this morning when I went to turn on my bathroom light and it didn't work. All the incandescent bulbs (4 of them) appear to be fine, and the fan which is on the switch beside the light ...
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Do I need an outlet box to install an outdoor light fixture?

We're getting a sliding door and deck installed this week and the town inspector said I need to have an outside light by the door. I'm ready to tackle this part myself. Most of the howto stuff I ...
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Fluorescent lights that turn on very slowly

So I've got an older house, built in the late 1950's. All the lights in the bathroom fixtures and the garage are fluorescent. Sometimes, but not always, they take several minutes to actually turn on ...
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How do you replace a ballast?

We have fluorescent lights in our office and someone said that the ballast was bad. How can you replace a ballast?
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Are standard light bulb bases being phased out?

Recently we've been shopping for light fixtures, and have noticed a dramatic increase in non-standard bulbs. CFLs in particular seem to be drifting away from the common threaded base, in favor of ...
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What should I consider regarding recessed lighting above kitchen sink?

I'm planning to replace the million year old florescent light (I think it was the first one ever made) above my kitchen sink with a couple recessed lights. Is there anything specific I should be ...
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How can I stop bulbs from buzzing when dimmed?

I've got some hanging lights with "Fat Albert" bulbs that are plugged into a dimmer switch. When they're dimmed to certain levels, the bulbs make a soft buzzing sound. The buzz is amplified and ...
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Looking to Replace a 32 Watt T8 Fluorescent Bulb in an Office: What Are My Options?

I'm looking to replace a 32 Watt T8 fluorescent bulb in my home office. I noticed that the old bulb was a Philips 32T8/COOL WHITE PLUS, while the replacement bulb that I picked up at Home Depot was a ...
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Why is my two way dimmer switch not working?

So I am putting in a dimmer switch, replacing a simple single pole switch. It is a simple two way, single pole dimmer, should be pretty easy. The existing switch works fine. AFter installation, the ...
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Exterior lighting: Is a round waterproof lampholder ACTUALLY compatible with a rectangular housing?

I happened to be at Home Depot for something else, so I didn't get a good look at our exterior floodlights that need to be replaced (they're about 13 years old and don't work anymore). So I picked up ...
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Can I safely power a three-prong electrical device from a light socket?

I have a covered lampholder (light socket) outside my house that I want to use to temporarily power a plug-in string of indoor/outdoor lights. Using CFLs, the total wattage of the string of lights ...
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What is the difference between dimmable and non-dimmable CFL bulbs?

I have a dimmable ceiling light fixture in the Dining room. I put in CFL bulbs a few months ago. It all seems to work fine, no problem. I went to a hardware store yesterday and saw that there were CFL ...
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What are my options for replacing 50W GU10 lightbulbs?

I've been looking at replacing 50W GU10 halogen lightbulbs for something more energy efficient. Some people say that LEDs cannot give you the same light (even 10W LEDs), and to use 11W CFL instead, ...
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Can I wire a light with 3 switches in a 4-way switch configuration with one switch being a dimmer?

I have an overhead light wired with a single-pole dimmer switch on one side of the room and a 3-way non-dimmer switch on the other. I would like to add a third switch to this circuit if it's possible ...
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How do I put a fluorescent light on a motion sensor?

I have a couple closets in my basement that I have outfitted with a fluorescent light attached to a motion sensor (this one). The idea was that when you open the closet door, the light comes on ...
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Buzz in my electronics

I bought a house that had a lot of fluorescent lighting installed. The kitchen has four fixtures with 2 42" bulbs each. The front bathroom has a fixture. The garage has 12 fixtures. The shed has 8 ...
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How do I fix a ceiling fan that won't turn off?

I have a ceiling light/fan fixture in one of my rooms connected to a single electrical switch. There are two pullchains on the fixture, one that controls the light, the other controlling the fan. I'd ...
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Old light fixture box

I live in an older house (California) and the overhead light fixture boxes seem small. They unreceptive to the fixtures my wife has purchased from Ikea in that they have two holes for accepting ...
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Are there solar lights that can be put inside existing lamps?

We've got lamp posts in the garden that we're fond of, but the electrics were not very well installed (by the previous owner I might add). I've disconnected the electrics and would like to put a solar ...
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How do I replace a bulb in this bathroom light/fan?

Can figure out how to open it. Maybe somebody has a similar one.
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What are the pros and cons of LED lighting for home use?

I'm interested in installing LED lights in my home, and I'm having a dilemma between buying LED bulbs and rolling my own solution. I have some questions on how to DIY: How efficient is it? Single ...
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How do I wire a 3 way light switch?

Two way light switching is common, but how do I setup a 3 way system so the light can be controlled from 3 places?
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How does a 2 way light switch work?

A two way light switch allows the light to be controlled from two locations, how does this work?
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What are my lighting options for a pole-barn garage?

I just added on to my pole-barn garage, it now has 1500 square feet. There is a single flourecent (and door opener) lighting it currently. I would like to add some serious lighting as I work on my ...