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New light fixture - grounding wire connection

I'm trying to install a new light fixture for the first time in my life. I'm not sure what to do with the grounding wires, especially since the old fixture didn't have one. The directions Do I connect ...
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Adding a light fixture to an existing fixture

I added a new light fixture by splicing into an existing fixture. When I turn the light on, the existing light comes on, when I turn it off, the new light comes on. What have I done wrong? I want ...
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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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Turn one light bulb ON and another OFF at the same time with one switch

I am trying to operate two AC current light bulbs with one switch so that while the switch is in the OFF position, bulb B1 is OFF and bulb B2 is ON, and while the switch is in the ON position, bulb B1 ...
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Confused about wiring outside light fixture with multiple switched wires

I am trying to replace an outside motion detector light fixture that was removed before I bought the house and the only things left were the plastic base in the eave and electrical taped wires shoved ...
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I have t9 flourescent bulbs, what ballasts can I use?

I have a bank of 12 t9 bulbs. I would like to purchase some ballasts, however, t9 ballasts are no where to be found except for circline bulbs. I have straight tubes. I would like to know if I can use ...
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What smart device options do I have for poor lighting in living room?

My living room does not have great electrical lighting. The room is about 18'x12' with a fireplace on the far, short wall. Above the fireplace there are two angled recessed lights (can aim them in a ...
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Want to add lights to existing outlets - beginning of circuit or end?

thanks in advance for help Question is this. I have romex running from the panel to a set of 6 outlets. If I want to add lights and a switch, can I simply add them FROM the first outlet? Details ...
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Attaching ceiling ground wire when fixture socket does not have the green screw for attaching grnd wire

Ceiling ground wire is available, but fixture socket does not have the ground wire screw for attaching same. Is there a way to "fake" it?
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Blue LED always on with led light strip

The blue leds on my led light strip started acting weird just recently. For some reason, the blue leds are always on. When changing colors, the blue led is on, when powering off the strip with the ...
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What can I use to fix a gap between the light fixture and the ceiling?

It's a very old house that the ceiling is made out of lath and plaster so it would be too much work to dig a hole to put in a large junction box for the wires. They won't fit in the base of the light ...
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Ceiling fan remote not working

I lost the canopy bracket along with the receiver and remote to my ceiling fan while moving. I then ordered an exact replacement receiver and remote for the fan, and when I had someone install it, the ...
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How do I hack cheap garden/solar lights to make a remote solar panel array?

I've got a shaded area leading up to my front door that I want to illuminate with solar lights, but alas, it's so shaded I can't seem to generate enough juice to charge the batteries. I know that ...
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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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Where can I purchase a light bulb housing for a DIY project? [closed]

I'm trying to attach and Arduino Pro Mini with a 2.4ghz radio to an LED light bulb -- the problem is, I can't find anyone that sells just the housing of a bulb, preferably with a little space in the ...
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Lights are not working [closed]

My 4 lights cut off after 1 hour and stay off. Its a 2x2 fluorescent fixture in a drop in ceiling. There is no timer or sensor. The fixtures have 0 voltage after lights cut off. Its odd because all ...
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Ceiling fan with pull chain, light switch and a k 4.5 270 v capacitor

How do I wire a ceiling fan with a k 4.5 270 v capacitor and a pull chain switch ? The wires going into the capacitor are red and white and there is a blue wire , which wire goes where in the pull ...
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Old ceiling light connected between two red wires. Why? I'm trying to wire new fan/light

I'm trying to wire up a new ceiling fan that has built in lights where my old light fixture used to be but am a little confused with the wiring. In the electrical box (pic below) there are two black ...
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Light won't switch off

Right this is confusing me. I have a pendant light in a bedroom which has been wired up for weeks and working perfectly right (consider this as bedroom A). I've recently put a new pendant light in ...
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Radio interference , lighting

I recently purchased a new place to me. We have a large horse barn that we pipe FM music to the horses. Last weekend I was in the shop attached to the arena and stalls after dark turned the shop ...
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Kitchen LED ceiling light blinking

Hopefully someone can help with this issue. Everything I have researched seems to be related to a type of light I do not own. I have a kitchen LED light that has been working fine up until just ...
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Does dimming preserve the life of LEDs?

I recently installed some decorative LED shelf lighting (specifically these if it makes a difference). The manufacturer says they will last 50,000 hours, where "last" means maintaining 70% of lumen ...
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How should my light be connected to this old wiring layout?

I live in a really old house and still have old wiring red (live) black and neutral. I've come to change my kitchen strip light and have an abundance of wires to connect to my new 2 wire brown blue ...
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How do I wire a light switch that has 2 switches wired in but should only use 1?

I just moved into a new home. The builder left the island lights capped, and I am trying to install them now. There are 3 lights over the island. The first one, for some reason, has the pot lights ...
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Why won't a LED bulb work in a standard light fixture?

I have a wall fixture in my Brooklyn apartment's bathroom that is my only source of light. A sticker on the fixture says that it is Max 75W. The other day, the 14W / 60W equivalent CFL that was in it ...
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Can't turn off security light permenantly

I've just moved into a house which has a secuirty light. It's off during the day and it comes on frequently during the night even when there's seemingly no motion outside. I'd like to be able to ...
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Wiring covered porch ceiling fans from exising 3 way switched recessed lights [closed]

I want to have two ceiling fans added to front covered porch. The current recessed lights can be changed out with can converters for the fans. My concerns are twofold. Are remote fans the easiest to ...
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Reconnecting light to box fed by a 3-way switch

Running into my overhead light fixture from light switch 1 is red, White and neutral. From other switch is white and black. My new light has 2 wires. Which wires in box do I connect to what?
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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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Power supply and dimmer/pot specs needed for LED A19 bulb in DIY desk lamp

I'm making a desk lamp using a single dimmable A19 7w LED. My questions: What kind of dimmer/potentiometer can I use? Can I simply run an extension-type cord from the A19 bulb socket/base into a ...
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How does one identify a type of ballast?

In a building how does one identify a type of ballast? We have lights all over this place, and I was recently recommended that replacing our ballast with LEDs would greatly save on our electricity ...
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Identify the make / manufacturer of this chandelier

I was taking down a 20-year-old (est.) chandelier to paint the ceiling, and I broke one of the five glass cones. I want to replace the cone, but have not located a suitable match, or a viable ...
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Is it ok to wire light switches and lights with 12/2 cable?

It sounds like light switches and lights are usually wired with 14/2 cable. Is it okay to use 12/2 cable instead? Would I need special switches?
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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 to wire a light with only 2 wires available?

I have some outdoor lights that are broken and need replacing. I have bought some new ones which I thought were suitable. However the problem I have is only 2 wires appear from wall recess (active and ...
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Ceiling fan & lights turn on automatically

I couldn't find someone with the same problem so here goes: I've replaced a ceiling fan (the old one had some parts missing), but as soon as I put the power back, the light and fan turn themselves on ...
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Rewire a ceiling fan, ceiling fan on, not controllable by switch

Friends with electrical background could use some help. The top drawing was the original of how the electrical ran in my wall. The thing I messed up and did was not take a picture of the switch before ...
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Led strip lights

Hi I have installed a small run of LEDs but they do not work at all unless I reverse the connection that goes directly on to the stip so that it's not lining up with 12v symbol. I tested everything ...
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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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My light switch trips the breaker when its placed into the box

I have a box that contains 3 light switches. I replaced the old switches with new ones simply for cosmetic reasons. The old panel worked perfectly fine. When I install the new switches everything ...
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How do I install a SensaSwitch on a 3-way circuit?

I recently purchased a SensaSwitch, Manual-ON / Timed-OFF (PDF of instructions) and I cannot install it in such a way that it performs as I desire. I have a switch at the top of my basement stairs and ...
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lighting rail of two light fixture one turn on faintly the other not at all [closed]

i have a fixture with 2 bulbs one of the lamps goes on very faint the other does not go on at all I checked connections put in new bulbs 48'
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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 ...
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LED Bulb Color Temperatures

Why are 99% of the LED bulbs in stores either 2600K or 5000-5200K? I prefer 3000K - 4200K but have only found 1 option in all of my searching. Is there a technical reason, a marketing reason, or a ...
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2 Bulb Chandelier not lighting up anymore

I have a 2 light bulb chandelier that recently stopped working. I thought it may be the bulbs so I put in new bulbs. Still not working. I then tried resetting the electrical breaker. Still not ...
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How do I connect a new fixture to a box with two black and two white wires?

I am attempting to change/update a chandelier in our dining room. I (mistakenly) disconnected the previous fixture without noting the connection first. When I attempted to connect the next ...
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Light and exhaust fan at bathroom not working

I have 2 switches (1 for the light and 1 for the exhaust fan) and 1 receptacle in a metal box at bathroom. Yesterday, both switches were not working but the receptacle was fine. (The hot line goes to ...
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Is it possible to increase CRI of LED lights/strips by using different ones together?

Several spectrometer-measurements of CRI of LEDs are available online such as for LED panels and for various LED bulbs and they show how the CRI value can hide serious issues with colour rendition. ...
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Outdoor wire gauge for deck post cap light

I am installing deck post cap lights and have a few questions on the type of wire to use. My deck is large, around 50 feet x 35 feet. So the wiring must go around for all the posts. I plan to use LED ...
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Understanding Old House Wiring

I recently bought a house where the dining fixture has no switch (although there is a switch on the fixture itself). Nearby was a blank outlet at switch height. I thought that might be where the ...