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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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How to Design Big Light Room with Interior Movable Walls?

I plan to get some interior separating walls (Japanese Shoki, etc) because the apartment has just one big square room. I would like to separate living room, bedroom and kitchen from each other. ...
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Brand new 3-way lamps not working correctly

Ok so I'm at my wits end on this...I've bought two different 3-way lamps this week. Both are not cycling correctly through the three brightness settings. The first lamp was 'Better Homes' brand from ...
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Need help wiring new dimmer

I'm trying to wire a new Legrand Adorne Softap dimmer without any luck. It's replacing a Legrand Adorne paddle dimmer which uses the HOT and 1-POLE connections on the back of the dimmer. The new ...
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CFL bulbs using more watts then rated

When I run my CFL bulbs off the generator they use reduced watts. But when I switch them over to my dc-ac solar converter they use many times the watts they're suppose to according to my inline watt ...
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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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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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Two 3-way dimmers on 6 LED lights - lights blink when on

I wired 6 LED ceiling lights, and I want to control it from two sides, so I used 3-way dimmers on both sides. Everything works, I can dim the lights from both sides, but they blink. I wired a 3-way ...
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Can I upgrade existing T12 fluorescent fixtures to T8 just by replacing the ballast and bulbs?

I was going to replace the fluorescent T12 fixtures around my house with T8 fixtures, but I noticed that the T8 bulbs seem to fit just fine into the T12 fixtures. It seems like I could save myself a ...
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How to wire this dimmer switch

My metal wall box has line, load, and neutral wires, which I've identified. My understanding: Line goes to black on the switch. Load goes to red on the switch. Where do I attach the green (...
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Why do my fluorescent lights turn on slowly or not at all in the summer?

We live in Florida, and the fluorescent lights in the kitchen turn on very slowly (if at all) in the summer. Other clues are: They work fine in the early morning Later in the day (hot day) they ...
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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 do my led bulbs state: not for use in totally enclosed luminaires?

I recently bought some nice inexepensive LED bulbs but I noticed the warning states: (see image below) not for use in totally enclosed luminaires I am guessing that it gets too hot but I find it ...
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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 can I determine what is causing these electrical problems?

My kitchen lights are having electrical issues that I am trying to identify probable causes for. When I bought the house, there was an overhead light in the kitchen and several plug-in light fixtures ...
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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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Electric - turn one light on dims another room

So we have a landing light at top of stairs that has a switch at bottom of the stairs and one at the top. When this light is switched on we can't turn the bedroom light on. However if we switch ...
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How can I soften the clicking sound of a light switch

I am renovating my house. The contractor has rewired my house and installed rocker switches for my lighting. The big button looks good. But flipping the switch produces a loud snapping sound. Short of ...
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How can I project a clear light shape on the wall with an LED lamp?

I'd like to build an installation which projects a star sky on the ceiling. The picture will explain the concept and the problem I've encountered: As you can see, there is plenty factors that I ...
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Three sets of wires and no clear way to ground

We're changing the extremely old fixtures in our hallway with some sleek modern LED lighting. Upon removing the fixture I discovered three sets of twisted wires - double white, black-red (the fixture ...
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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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How can I install a light fixture when the junction box is partially blocked by a mirror?

I wanted to replace light fixture in my bathroom. When I removed the light fixture I noticed that electrical box was being slightly blocked by the wall mirror which is 10ft x 5ft. (see picture) Now ...
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Which wire is the ground in this light box?

So I'm trying to fit a new light fixture that's got the usual black, white, and copper/green wires coming out from the light itself. However, when I took off the old light and looked at the wires in ...
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How do I put a recessed light in a wet location, where the can itself will get wet?

I have an underdeck porch that has a ceiling made of metal roofing panels, that diverts deck drainage into a gutter. I would like to install recessed lighting in the ceiling. However, the cans will ...
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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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Failed LED corn bulbs in bathroom

In a basement bathroom, I installed three LED corn bulbs. They're the type sold on eBay direct from a manufacturer and have rows of LED's arranged in rows like a corn cob. I appreciate being able to ...
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Why won't my security lights turn off after I upgraded to LED bulbs?

I replaced old halogen lights with new LED bulbs. Now they seem to stay on a little. They look dim, like a very low wattage bulb. Is that normal? Or do I need to change the sensor/switch? It only ...
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Can I connect two LED lights to the same power driver?

I have two Lights (12V, 18W each) originally designed to be installed in automobiles (trucks for flood lights). I want to use them as work lights and install them both on the same support. I would ...
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Help on identifying light socket? (Japanese apartment)

Bear with me if I did something wrong. Long story short, I rented a rather cheap old apartment in Japan and the main rooms didn't come equipped with light bulbs. Can anyone help me identify what type ...
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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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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 to replace an old light/outlet combo switch with just a light switch

I had an old switch that was a combo light switch for our bathroom and an outlet. I wanted to replace the combo switch with just a light switch for the bathroom. There are two sets of wires coming ...
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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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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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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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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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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 many 5 metre strips of 5050 LED lighting will a 6 amp driver feed without overheating?

How many 5 metre strips of 5050 LED lighting will a 6 amp driver feed without overheating?
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New fixture won't turn on

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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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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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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Strengthening LED strip light flex base

Recently I purchased 10 meters of non water proofed 3285 RGB LED strip. Its resistors and LEDs are soldered on flimsy flex which may tear. What can I do to make it strong? I'm planning to stick it ...
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Replacement Options for T12 Four light fluorescent light fixture

I have a good number of fluorescent light fixtures that are old the ballasts are going out. There are two ballasts per fixture. The ballasts are expensive when factoring in labor cost. Covering to T8 ...
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Does a fluorescent lamp that does not light up still draw power?

First of all, I am not a native English speaker, please forgive me. I recently rented the room I am currently living in. On the ceiling there are fluorescent fixtures like the picture below (I found ...
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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 ...