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Question about this DIY light fixture and grounding

http://www.mysimplysimple.com/lighting-diy-office/ I was looking into the above light fixture project, and I noticed that it has no ground wire. Most of the videos I have looked into about replacing ...
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How to install 230V Light with Light-activated-resistor?

I am trying to set up light-activated-resistors that activate a light during dark hours. I have bought a ready Chinese thing that apparently contain a driver to change from AC to proper DC output for ...
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Why would bulbs in this DIY lamp keep burning out?

I built a light fixture out of a water pipe and some "vintage" fillament bulbs. I have a micro switch that is operated by a plumbing valve. Everything works, however, when I put 4 bulbs, 40w each, one ...
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Why would an LED stop flickering when connected in parallel with an incandescent?

I recently bought some LED replacements for G4 base under cabinet light which has 3 sockets. When I put the first bulb in I noticed it was very dim with a bad flicker. Adding the next two made the ...
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What is the grey wire dangling from my ceiling?

We recently moved into a new apartment in Berlin. We are the first occupants and thus there are no existing lighting fixtures. In the living room there are 4 light switches (1 & 2 on the left of ...
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Can I install a dimmer switch on a 2 way circuit?

I have a 6 lights controlled by 2 normal switches (2 Way Circuit). I want to replace one of the normal switches with a dimmer switch. Is this possible?
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How to loosen glass bulb cover from metal base?

I need to replace one of the lightbulbs in my bathroom's lightbulb fixture. The bulb itself is a halopin bulb that inserts with a metal hook, but its covered by a glass cage/receptacle that should ...
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Problems with GFCI outlets recently installed

I had 3 GFCI outlets installed recently in my home in by a contractor and now have some lights that do not work at all. The contractor put one in my kitchen, one in my 2nd floor bathroom and one in ...
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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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Can I use an LED bulb in a 3-Way fixture?

Is it possible to use an LED bulb in a 3-way light fixture? Will all three work?
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What could cause my recessed light to not work?

I replaced a flood light lightbulb in recessed light fixture, thinking the previous bulb had burned out, but that new bulb isn't working either. I've tried a regular lamp bulb to ensure my new ...
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What could cause flashing LED lights when other LED lights in a different room are turned on?

I have the same problem and I'm pretty certain it's NOT related to bad switches - let me explain. We have LUTRON switches through the house. All was fine. We then had a minor 2nd floor renovation ...
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How do I stop a dimmer switch from humming?

I installed a dimmer switch in my washroom and it's making a buzzing noise. The more I increase resistance/rotate the dimmer clockwise, the louder it gets. The humming seems to be coming from the ...
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Does this wiring look normal? If so, how can I connect a porch light to it?

I'm getting ready to (finally) connect a porch light for my outdoor office. The overall wiring looks like this: 1) A sub-panel outside feeds a circuit into the shed: 2) The line goes from the ...
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How should I connect a fixture to this outlet?

I'm replacing a light fixture in my house and am a bit confused about how the old fixture was wired. There are two pairs of wires, 2 black, 2 white and 2 ground. The two black wires were capped off ...
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How do I properly wire this outdoor junction box?

I have an outdoor junction box mounted on a 4x4 wood post containing the wiring for an underwater light in a pond, an underwater light in a spa, and two GFCI outlets. Unfortunately, the box was ...
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Okay to install “HT” type track lighting without grounding it?

I'm hoping to install some "H" type track for track lighting in my house. I understand the H style is designed for a ground (it has three contacts), but our house doesn't have many grounded outlets or ...
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How many ceiling fans and switches can I put on one breaker [duplicate]

I have a person that wants to wire in four light boxes and four ceiling fans with switches and I need to know if I can run all four of them safely from one breaker and if so what kind of breaker? This ...
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Can I wire LED light fixtures in parallel?

I have 4 120 V 20 watt LEDs. I want to put them over my desk. They are the Lusa Lighting Model #33000 (If you want to see the PDF). They come with plugs so you can plug them in separately. I want 1 ...
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My Canister ceiling light bulbs, LED 65, BR30 burn out too quickly

Have kitchen canister fixtures. The bulbs 65 watt BR30 Flood, burn out too quickly - one at a time in about 3 months. Ceiling (attic) heavily insulated
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Can I install a light between two three-way switches?

is it possible to add a light to a three way switch circuit between the two three way switches (ie can i tie into the three wire connecting the two switches in anyway to make them work the new light ...
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Lighting - Replacing incandescent bulbs

Have "reflecting cone" lighting in ceiling designed for specific wattage incandescent bulbs - Would like to replace with efficient, e.g. LED bulbs - 2 questions - What type bulb would best provide ...
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Is it safe to use a GU10 adapter in a E27 recessed fixture?

I've got some downlights in my kitchen that have an E27 socket and had E27 fluorescent bulbs in them: I generally dislike the light these put out and was looking to replace them with halogen spots. ...
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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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Can a low voltage light switch be located in a closet as opposed to outside the closet?

Okay you guys I have next question. And like all good questions this one begins with a story. I was reading the post about a nick in a wire and read a couple of you mention that light switch in a ...
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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 make two wall switches work in coordination, wirelessly?

I remodeled my kitchen and added under cabinet lighting. The under the cabinet lights are controlled by a wall switch on one side of the kitchen. The overhead recessed can lights have a switch on ...
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How to shape the zone a radar motion sensor detects?

The light in my bathroom is controlled by a radar motion sensor. The idea was that radar based sensors can be hidden inside the lamp itself and thus be invisible (so no sensor, no switch, only the ...
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How can I wire an outside PIR light?

Good evening all, I need to setup a PIR outside. This is a new installation and existing cable runs are not present. The wiring diagram for this light is very limited. I want to utilise an existing ...
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Turning light on turns power to fire alarm off

I have a ceiling fan connected to a two way switch. When I turn the ceiling fan/light on, the power to the hard wired smoke detector is cut off, whereas turning the fan/light off returns power to the ...
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Why would a replacement 3-way light switch cause the other switch to no longer work?

I just attempted to replace an existing three way switch (two switches controlling the same light), with one of these I hooked up the cables in the same way as on the old switch. The new switch ...
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changing a looped ceiling rose (LCR) light for a light that only has 3 connections, Live, Neutral and Earth

I'm changing a looped ceiling rose (LCR) light for a light that only has 3 connections, Live, Neutral and Earth. The looped ceiling rose has 3 different metal parts that the wires go into, like this: ...
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Can multiple 2-way occupancy motion sensor switches be used together?

Can multiple 2-way occupancy (AKA motion) sensor switches be used together? For the top and bottom of a staircase, I want the lights to be on if either switch senses motion and the lights stay on ...
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Ceiling fan light dims

I have a Harbor Breeze ceiling fan and light kit. When I turn on the light, it starts out bright, but then in a second it dims. It doesn't turn off, it just dims. What could be causing this to ...
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How do I install switches in this box?

I have a bathroom that has two lights, both had dimmer switches. Next to the bathroom is a bedroom which is on the same circuit. So, for the sake of simplicity, let's say there are three lights: ...
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Is there such thing as a bowl shaped “ceiling bounce” lamp?

I'd like a lamp that acts like an IKEA floor lamp but without the long stick. Ideally it's bown shaped to not limit much of the light output to a tiny circle on the ceiling. I'd place a LIFX bulb in ...
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Is it kosher to splice wiring in the “can” portion of recessed LED lighting?

I've recently installed some 4" recessed fixtures (IC rated if it makes any difference) that had an incompatible plug for the lights I bought. The cans came with a two-pin orange colored plastic ...
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Repurpose light switch to control surge protector?

I have a lone light switch lying around and thought it would be cool to use this switch to turn on/off a surge protector instead of the smaller switch on the surge protector. Can this be done? The ...
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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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How can I install ceiling mounted recessed occupancy sensors?

I am looking to replace my current lighting circuit with a motion detector and wondering what is the best way to do this? I currently have 6 spot lights, controlled by 2 switches on either side of ...
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How can 12 V halogen downlights be much more efficient than 220 V ones?

The house I bought has halogen downlights pretty much everywhere, and they are all 12 V. I was wondering why bother with stepping down to 12 V but didn't think much about it. When looking at ...
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LED strip lighting joining cuts?

I bought some LED strip lighting and it just arrived: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00LXZKPWY/ref=ask_ql_qh_dp_hza It's 5m but I only need about a metre so need to cut it to size. There are cut ...
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How do I change a light bulb I can't grip?

We have two bulbs in our house that need replacing. They appear to be PAR38 bulbs. The bulbs are both in recessed sockets. There is not enough space between the bulb and the well to get fingers ...
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Why is my 12VDC LED flood light flashing when powered by a LED magnetic driver?

I just bought a new outdoor LED Flood lights which i plan to use on a field. However, when connected to a power source, the lights keep flashing and has a humming noise. The flood lights are 12vdc @ ...
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removing ceiling fan and installing a light fixture

The ceiling fan I took down has a black wire, a white wire, a ground wire and a red wire. On the light fixture I will install, I've got a black wire, a white wire and a ground wire. Do I simply ...
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One rail of my three rail track lighting fixture isn't working

Problem I have a 12V low-voltage track lighting fixture in my kitchen. One of the rails isn't working. If I move the bulb fixtures from the bad rail to the other rails, they light up History A few ...
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HELP ME! New fixture won't turn on, did I wire it wrong?

I'm trying to replace my living room ceiling light fixture. The new fixture only has black and white wires (no ground). The ceiling has red, black, white, and ground wires. When I took the old fixture ...
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Trouble With Wiring New Switch to Replace Old Switch

I have some very old light switches that power the lights in my kitchen and dining area. There is 2 switches for each light source on each side of the kitchen/dining area, im trying to figure out ...
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How does a 3-way motion sensor switch interact with the mechanical switch on the circuit?

I want to install a 3-way circuit covering a hallway and stairwell. The top of the stairs and hallway would be covered by the motion sensor and the bottom by the mechanical switch. What happens if I ...
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Hissing noise coming from the lights in my bedroom

I have a ballast in my bedroom with three 60 watt led lights in it. The switch they are connected to is a brand new Lutron dimmer specifically made to work with led lights. The hissing is constant ...