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Why can't some light bulbs be used with timers?

I've seen the answer to questions asking why some bulbs can't be used with dimmers [1][2], and that makes sense, but why can't some light bulbs be used with timers? Aren't most timers equivalent to an ...
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Wire Ceiling Fan and Exterior Lighting

Objective I took down my old ceiling fan and tried to put in the new one but can't follow directions because I have two wire sets coming out of ceiling. I'm trying to get one switch to turn on fan ...
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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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Installing a dimmer to control multiple lights

I recently asked a question about installing a dimmer and got a great reply. Now I want to install another dimmer, but this one might be tricky. In our hallway there are three lights that are all ...
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light fixture wattage question

I purchased a light kit that requires 3 light bulbs and says 100 Watt max. Does this mean that the wattage of the 3 bulbs can only add up to 100 watts or does that mean that each lightbulb can be no ...
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Should I use a low voltage magnetic dimmer or a low voltage dimmer for LED strips?

I just ordered a low voltage magnetic dimmer (Model # SLV-600P-WH) from Home Depot for $40 for undercabinet lighting I plan to do with flexible LED strips. I understand that this must be wired ...
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How to improve lighting in work room?

I was reading quite a lot recently about lighting a room with computer properly and i am getting mixed tips.. some say "Your computer screen should be parallel to your lighting" and others say "your ...
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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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my bathroom exhaust fan/light is spring loaded and will not stay flush with the ceiling

My bathroom exhaust fan/light will not stay flush with the ceiling. It is spring loaded. Help. After checking exhaust fan/light, the springs are in the correct slot BUT the housing fixture is just ...
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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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Two lights & two switches, one light doesn't work?

Please could you advise me, why isn't second ceiling light working? Two lights and two switches, power does not appear to be going to second light, both switches are working. Have I wired first light ...
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This light won't turn on

So, I was around my partners house the other day and they have a light on the landing that does not work - I don't think it has ever worked since they moved into the house and being an electronic ...
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LED light bulbs turn off immediately after being switched on

I have 11 spotlights in my kitchen which are 12V MR16 fittings. Recently they've started giving me trouble. Only 5 out of the 11 still work correctly, the rest have gone I decided it must be a heat ...
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How can I figure out why my bedroom light won't turn on?

I changed the bulb though it was good still. I changed the switch. From the breaker box it goes; bathroom light, hall light, bedroom light, porch light. All other lights work just fine.
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Dimmer, on/off switch and outlet not working after replacing

I replaced an old dimmer switch on an new 7 recessed lights (Outdoor Soffit Lighting Kit 2-Pack) with 6 R20/50W bulbs. The dimmer I bought is Skylark Contour 150-Watt Single Pole/3-Way CFL-LED Dimmer. ...
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Changing sconce from flourescent to halogen

The new sconce has two black wires and ground. Can it be used in existing location which has one black and one white wire?
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Stuck ring on vanity fixture

I broke a glass shade on my beautiful wall mounted vanity lights. I have bought the replacement glass for all (SIX! sigh) glass shades. Now, however, I can't get one of the die cast rings to budge! ...
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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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2 hot wires into light switch and no neutral

I recently bought a home built in 1908 and I've found some funky electrical issues - such as the entire main floor on one 30 amp circuit. This morning I went down to the bathroom on the main floor and ...
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Sub Panel Remote Control?

I would like to know if it is possible to have a relay control power to a sub panel? I am thinking of wiring a cottage with most of the lights in one sub panel. I would like to be able to power this ...
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How can I add a ceiling light fixture to my apartment?

My apartments (in the San Francisco Bay Area, California) are so depressingly dark because I have no ceiling-mounted light fixtures. I just have standing lamps (with 5 ultra-bright bulbs). Where I ...
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How can I replace a light fixture with a two way switch?

I have just replaced an old florescent fixture with a new incandescent fixture. Wired according to directions. Light comes on and does not throw the breaker so I know I have it wired correctly, ...
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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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Ceiling fan to can lights

I want to remove a ceiling fan that is attached to a switch for the fan and a switch for the light. Is it possible to: install can lights on one switch and a pendant light on the other switch by ...
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Light bulb dimensions

I need to change some light bulbs and the process has become tremendous because I cannot find detailed size and type charts to compare against what I already have. Where could I find such a chart ...
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Lighting wiring to LED driver too bulky to fit into driver

I am removing an old halogen downlight, transformer and lamp with LED compatable ones. When I removed the fixture from the ceiling (power off)the active and neutral wires were too bulky to fit into ...
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Why is my bedroom light not working?

I'm after some advice please. This afternoon I was replacing a ceiling light fitting with a pendant fitting in my boys new bedroom. Put the bulb in and no power. Checked the bulb and it works, ...
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Why does my new lamp hum while turned off?

I just changed the ceiling lamp I had in my kitchen, from an ancient one (probably more than 20+ years old) to new and beautiful hanging one. I also switched from the old incandescent bulb to a CFL. ...
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Will these blinking LED lights cause a house fire?

I recently replaced the some floodlamps with LED lights. The problem is some of the LEDs are blinking or flashing even though the switch is off. Some do not blink at all. It happens all the time. ...
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How do I open this light fixture?

Please tell me how to open it up to change the light bulb. This is my friends room and I am a million miles away to help her. She said, she try to twist the plastic rim but to no avail. I think ...
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Can I convert my front intermediate light (with only 1 wire) to a junction box with live, neutral and ground wires?

I want to change my entire front light housing because it is old and uses an intermediate-base light bulb. The new one I have purchased has black, white and copper wires. The old one only has a wire ...
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What new technology replacements are available for incandescent globe light bulbs for the bathroom vanity light?

I have a bathroom vanity light fixture with a row of exposed globe light bulbs. They had been burning up recently, and I was wondering if there are reliable CFL or LED globe bulbs available as a ...
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No voltage at light switch

I have no current going to my light switch in my office but there is voltage going to the 3 outlets in the room. What should I look for ?
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I need help wiring a double switch in the bathroom

I have a new build. I need help connecting the wires to the switches in the bathroom. Here is what I have: a double switch: one runs 2 lights and the other runs the exhaust fan I have 3 black ...
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How should I wire two floodlights from a switch midway between them?

I have 2 floodlights on opposite ends of my den. I have a switch about midway between them and would like to use it to control the lights. I'm getting my power from a 15 amp breaker and am going to ...
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How do I hang flush mount ceiling fixture with odd angle for bolts

The holes in the fixture base are angled so it is not possible to just slip the fixture onto the bolts. How do I keep the bolts still and at an angle.
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Electric switch controlling a ceiling light loses power

I recently installed a 6 light ceiling light . The ceiling had a white ,a black ,a red and a ground wire coming from the ceiling .At the ceiling I connected the red and white with one of the wires ...
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How can I install a ceiling light that was wired for a ceiling fan previously

I removed a fan/light and bought an LED light with a black/white wiring setup. There are two sets of black and white wires in the box. When I hooked up the new light, got nothing. When I hooked up ...
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Dual dimmer switch wiring

I have a dual switch with L1 L2 and L2 on each, wire 1 (red) is connected to both L1s using a loop. The other two wires are connected each of the L2s i.e. W2 (Blue) is connected to L2 on switch one ...
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Wiring light switch with neutral (Z-wave)

I am trying to see whether or not I satisfy conditions to buy Linear WD500Z-1 Z-Wave 500-watt Wall Mount Dimmer Switch. Here is the picture of wiring I currently have: Just to provide more ...
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How to wire and hang chandelier over table

I removed the electrical cap from ceiling, expecting to find capped, exposed wires like my other lights. However, I found 3 wires, 2 of them (white and orange) are not exposed and basically just run ...
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How do you wire a ceiling light that is controlled by two switches?

I just picked up a 10$ ceiling light at HD for my girlfriends house. She just had an empty box with wires capped off on the ceiling at the bottom of the stairs leading to the bottom floor of a raised ...
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Should I be worried that my ceiling light has current when turned “off”?

I am based in the UK. I was replacing a ceiling light when I noticed an issue. When I used a voltage screwdriver the live wire in the ceiling pendant was showing a voltage present even when the wall ...
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Lighting-circuits

I am installing a simple dimmer switched recessed light. The neutral is linked from another lamp the live from the consumer unit, the light fitting is not earthed. For convenience I have used a three ...
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How do I connect the second light fixture in this dimmer-controlled lighting circuit?

I just replaced two light fixtures in the front hallway of our new house and I'm having some issues. The two fixtures are connected to a dimmable switch and the light closest to the switch is ...
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Ceiling light and switch

In the ceiling light fitting there is 2 red, 2 black, and 2 yellow green but there is also a white wire where do I conect it to? White wire comes from the light switch.
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Should a 12V DC dimmer switch produce 24V AC on the output?

I bought a 12V DC dimmer switch for LED strip lighting. The input to the dimmer switch is regulated (from a switching power supply) 12V DC and produces no AC voltage in the "INPUT" points to the ...
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new standard for LED lights and dimmers

I am about to redo the lighting in my kitchen and stumbled upon a new standard called Ledotron developed by Osram and and a handful other large companies. According to the website it has a number of ...
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Replace 1 gang 2 way with 2 gang 2 way

I currently have downstairs in the hall, a 2 gang 2 way switch that has 5 wires, two red wires coming from 1 cable, and 3 wires (red, blue, yellow) coming from a second cable and they are wired to ...
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Two fixtures failed at once: Flourescent and Motion light

I have a large light with fluorescent bulbs in my garage and out the back door of the garage is a motion light. Neither are working. Tested the switch, checked the breaker, replaced the light fixtures ...