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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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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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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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Wiring new ceiling fan to existing light switch box

I will be installing a ceiling fan/light kit in our bedroom that did not have any sort of ceiling fixture before. Currently, the only light switch in the room is a two-way switch that controls the ...
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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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Why am I getting 50V at a light when the switch is off?

I am trying to put in a switch and a light it controls in a storage building and this is how I wired it. Click for larger view When I checked the wiring it registered 120V when the switch was on, ...
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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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Light switch with one red and two black wires. Dont think it's a three way

I've been steadily replacing switches in my house with zwave ones. The other day I opened this guy up and found a red wire wired to the top of the switch, a black wire at the bottom and another ...
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Wall switch no longer used, how to cover it

I have replaced a ceiling fan in my home that had a separate hot wire for a light. The new fan has a remote control for the light & fan motor. The old fan was controlled from a 5-gang wall ...
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Wall light switch in pantry, moving to cabinet side

I have a pantry enclosed on two sides by standard partition walls faced with cabinet wood, then two short sides open to the kitchen on the outside made from cabinet wood, then the door is mounted at ...
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Wiring a light fixture in bathroom attached to a switch and GFCI

I am replacing all the components in my bathroom during a remodel. I have a box that has a light switch and a GFCI, the switch controls the vanity light. When i removed the old fixture I neglected to ...
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Turn on one light, when another is turned off

I just bought a bathroom fan which needs a seperate wire to control the fan, light, nighlight and humidity control. Each one is designed to be wired to a separate switch, not an ideal design. I'm ...
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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 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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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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Philips Ceiling LED Light 33369 6500k Flash Once When Switch Off

I have recently purchased Philips Ceiling LED light together with the fixture to replace my bathroom light. I notice when I switch off the light, the LED will turn off and on (flash once) and stay ...
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Oddball wiring for ceiling light

My garage has a light connected to a switch and a garage door opener. The garage door opener was hard wired to a line coming out from the space between the porcelain light fixture and the ceiling. The ...
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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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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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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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Z-Wave Three Way Wiring

We purchased a set of Z-Wave three way light switches a while back, finally getting around to installing them. However, our wiring does not match the instructions. Instructions call for power to the ...
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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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What could cause fluorescent lights to sporadically not come on?

My kitchen has 9 26W fluorescent can lights (not CFLs - they have external ballasts). Often when I turn the switch on, particularly after they've been off for at least several minutes, about 4 of ...
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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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Best lighting option for basement

Bought my house back in August. Have finished everything upstairs, so it's time to finish the basement. It has a fixed ceiling already with 3 lights. Two lights have pull chains and one (which ...
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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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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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Help wiring new ceiling fan

I am replacing 2 light fixtures on screened porch I have wired them up to switch for light and one for fan( switches were already wired in house). I have 2 more switches by bedroom door also. Now ...
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Why do my LED bulbs have such a short lifespan?

I love LED lighting. I have played with them for years soldering up my own fixtures and DC power supplies. But these LEDs were from Radio Shack, and cheap. Now I am trying to light my abode with ...
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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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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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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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Wireless Networked Sensor Light?

I would like to install a group of outdoor sensor lights that will turn on all sensor lights when one of them is triggered, like NetBright, but I do not want battery-operated ones. Are there products ...
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Replacing 3-way dimmer switch with 3-way switch

I've recently installed smart (ZigBee) LED bulbs in my kitchen. These lights are on a dimmer switch, and even when I have the dimmer all the way up, the bulbs flicker when their internal dimming is ...
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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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How to fit an LED transformer / driver

In my front room I have 4 wall lights. Each light takes 2 G4 bulbs. I've put some 2.5w dimmable LED bulbs in them and they work fine. However, I want to make them dimmable and currently when I put an ...
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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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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 convert two recessed lights on a single pole switch to two separate lights with light controls?

I have a bedroom with two recessed can lights operating from one wall switch. I would like to add a ceiling fan/light to one of the outlets and convert the other to a track light with its own light ...
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Changing out programmable Light Switch, wire help needed!

When we moved into our house 4 years ago that was built back in 1960 we had the programmable light switch that controls the front porch light replaced by an electrician that was doing some other work ...
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What sort of transformers are needed for LED spotlights (MR16)?

I have a suspended ceiling in my bathroom with 6 halogen (MR160 12V 35W) spotlights, each light has its own transformer, which I believe is to covert the voltage from 240v to 12v. Some of the ...
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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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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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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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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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Lamp not working

I have a lamp (see picture) that has stopped working. I replaced it with a new bulb and that did not help. Any guidance for a novice regarding next steps?
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Remote Halogen Light Dimmer switch

A 2-in-1 ceiling fan and halogen bulb remote switch has stopped operating the light bulb (either on/off or dimmer) but still operates the fan properly. Any ideas?
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Is it possible to link motion-activated flood light fixtures? [duplicate]

I would like to install four motion detector lights in my backyard. I was wondering if when one light comes on or is tripped, is it possible for all the lights to come on at the same time?