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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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Default setting for dimmable light bulb on a non-dimmable lamp

I have a brand new dimmable light bulb, but a floor lamp that doesn't have a dimmer. Is the light bulb going to be working on full power out of the box i.e. it's not going to be dimmed?
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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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Fill Count For 14/3 G NM With 'Unused' Red

I have 3 hall luminaires controlled by a 4-way switching system. The electrician elected to run 14-3/G NM too all the fixtures. The most distant one is mounted on a round 4 inch x 1/2 inch pancake ...
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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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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 type of connector should I use to connect recessed light fixtures?

I am going to be stringing 5 recessed lights together in the basement. Problem is the ceiling is fixed, and I can't use a housing. So with stringing together, should I just tape and use and old ...
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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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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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Motion sensor activates for no apparent reason

I've been looking at some of the other questions about sensors, but I can't find a solution to my problem. I have a movement sensor (PIR i presume) that turns on a light when movement is detected. ...
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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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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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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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LED Light Glowing

I just replaced a wall lamp with an LED lamp. When the lamp is switched off, the LED has a faint glow. It isn't a phosphorescent glow; it is receiving power. I noticed it at 4:00 AM after it had been ...
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Convert One 3-Way Light Switch to Belkin WeMo Light Switch (Single Pole)

Our foyer chandelier has three switches 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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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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Three way light switches in a tower

Talking with an electrician some time back when the house was being remodeled we were discussing the virtues of the remote control of lights. He had boasted that while the technology is neat, there ...
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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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ceiling surface mount fluorescent light question

I just picked up a great deal on some 4' fluorescent ceiling mount lights for my garage. Looking at the docs from the manufacturer, they state: MOUNTING Ceiling surface mount (HO and VHO units ...
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My florescent lights need a shake or a hit to work

I have a Wave Twin Fluorescent Ceiling Light that doesn't light up in general. If I switch it on, it only lights up a very small part at one end. I need to shake it or give it a hit a couple of times ...
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Light fitting with power but no 3-way switch function

I have a 3-way setup with one switch at the top of the stairs and one at the bottom for a light at the top of the stairs. It all appears to be wired fine and I have power and light but the switches ...
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Replace outdoor fixture where existing fixture larger than new one

I have an outdoor light fixture for an "Outdoor Lantern" type light. This fixture is recessed into the siding and has a crossbar-style mounting unit similar to this. I'd like to replace it with an ...
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Dual and single switches [duplicate]

I'm hoping someone can shed some light (Pardon the pun) on how this circuitry works. Basically, I have 2 lights, one at the bottom of the stairs and one at the top. Switch 1 is downstairs and ...
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Light is dim orange [closed]

I rarely turn on my bedroom ceiling-fan light as I use other lights most of the time. The last time I turned it on using the pull string, it came on with a dim orange color, as if it's only partly ...
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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 can I add a 3-way switch to my light? (confused about existing wiring)

I'm trying to install a 3-way switch for a specific light but I'm not sure how to do the wiring. The existing switch box has quite wires inside: 3x 12-2 1x 12-3 The hots (black) are all tied ...
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120v outdoor lighting, dual poser source 150w light

So i was trying to think if there was a way to make a 120v XOR or OR "device" to turn on a lamp. Perhaps with some relays or something to accomplish this general idea. I want to accomplish this ...
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How can I change the bulb in this three-clawed, ceiling-mounted dome light fixture?

I am having trouble retrieving the light bulb in this fixture: I tried bending the claws to release the dome, but that did not work. I tried twisting the whole fixture many times in either ...
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What are the 4-wire cables use for?

I am trying to figure out what's the best way to get electricity from my garage to the garden. In the garage, I have the normal 230 V outlets/lamps, and the power gets there via 1.5 or 2.5 mm^2 (still ...
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Why does my fluorescent ceiling fixture trip the GFCI sometimes?

Every so often, roughly a 1/20 chance, flipping the light switch to my laundry room's fluorescent fixture will trip the nearby GFCI outlet. Why is this? Is it more likely to be the GFCI being faulty ...
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Delay when powering LED light strip

I made a "shop lamp" out of an LED strip and power supply. When I plug it in there is a 1-2 second delay before the lights are powered up. Do some transformers have a shorter delay than others?
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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 voltage adapter do I need for a 5 meter 5050 LED strip?

I have a 5050 5 meter LED strip and it requires an AC/DC adapter to run the full strip. I was told that I needed a 2A adapter, but I went to electronic store to buy an end adapter and they said this ...
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Adding a new electrical outlet to lighting circuit

My house was built in the mid 70s, MBWC everywhere. Many lighting circuits are also connected to the outlets. What I want to do is connect a receptacle upto the switch for the pantry so that when ...
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installing electrical boxes for out door light fixtures

want to install light fixtures on each side of my garage door if I use weather proof boxes should any type of light fixture fit over them?
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Replacing square flush mount light falling out of ceiling

Okay, so my husband and I are avid DIYers, and we have just a few things left to do on our 1977 ranch renovation. One of those is replacing the hideous ceiling light fixtures in our hallway. After I ...
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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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Wiring bathroom light fixture and combo heater.fan

I have a bathroom box with 3 switches in it. One controls an independent light fixture, one controls the fan of a fan/heater, and the third switch controls the heater. Also, there is a single switch ...
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Can I replace 1 volt lights with 2 volt lights?

The 1 volt LED lights in my range hood are going out and very dim, almost like a night light. Cheap hood. I cannot find replacement bulbs for these because the bulb cannot be removed. The whole kit ...
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Need some assistance on replacing a light fixture

I am attempting to replace my light fixture. This is a basic question but am I mounting the crossbar correctly? I always thought the little holes were for the fixture to attach to. Is that wrong? ...
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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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Confused about wiring outside light fixture with multiple switched romex lines

So 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 romex ...
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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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Separating two lights on one switch

I have 1 light switch that controls a fan/light and a pair of recessed lights across the room. I want to separate them and add another switch next to the existing one. Where do I start?
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How to connect my new light fixture that has 2 (+ground) wires to the ceiling box that has many?

I have lots of wires coming from my ceiling box. I guess because of two wall switches that turned on old fixture. Check the image below. Analog voltage detector "beeps" on black wire in the middle ...
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Attaching a light fixture without a box

I'm replacing a light fixture, but upon removing the old light I discovered the wires are not in a box. Can I just anchor the mounting plate to the drywall or is a box mandatory?
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How to hang modern fixture over old square recessed box?

I purchased a home built in 1958 and a few rooms have these square recessed light boxes. I would like to hang a larger diameter modern flush-mount fixture over them, but I'm not sure what the way to ...
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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 can I replace multiple 3 way switches with motion sensors?

My tenants never turn the lights off in the stairwells of my 3 family house, so I'd like to replace all of the light switches with motion sensors. Here is a crude diagram of how this is set up now. ...
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Light fixture powering other lights / garage door opener?

This is very confusing to me. The situation is like this... there's one light switch in the garage. This switch turns the light inside the garage on and also the lights on the outside of the garage. ...