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Installing a light with no ground & no accessible outlet box

I'm replacing a light in our bathroom. I unscrewed the old light from the wall and found this: The ground wire for the original light fixture was attached to the metal mount that held the light to ...
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How big can the LED light in my ceiling fan be?

I'm thinking about buying a ceiling fan that says it allows a medium-base (E26) 6W light bulb. Is that thing seriously wired for only 55 mA of current to the light bulb, or can I put (if such a beast ...
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Is it safe to have 2 power drivers and if so, why does my LED not work

I am attempting to replace a lighting fixture in my shower. The light has broken and so has the unit that holds the light. I have a new one and am putting it in. As you can see in this picture, there ...
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Which is the live, neutral and earth wire?

Currently doing a small renovation and replacing all the lights around the house. I have just dismantled the previous lighting, and trying to figure out which one is the live, neutral and earth. The ...
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One way Light switch replacement help

I am trying to replace my current light switch with a new one Click for full size But getting a bit lost, old one has 2 brown in COM, 1 brown in 1WAY and 3 blue in LOOP do you know how that should ...
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Convert Ceiling Light into Globe Light, Plastic Ceiling Shade Upside Down

I have a recessed dimmable ceiling light with the clips as below. Sometimes the light is very bright, and I want to disperse over a larger area. Is there a product to install a cone plastic shade (...
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Replacement light fixture not lighting

I’m replacing an old light fixture with a new LED one. When I got it all hooked up the light turned on very faintly. I checked the fixture by installing somewhere else and it worked fine. Any ideas?
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Can I replace a bulb with one with more watt?

I have a lamp (from IKEA) that had a light bulb 3W 200lm 67lm/W 26mA I bought a light bulb that says 4W=35W 230LM Can I replace with that light bulb or even with higher watt? I mean is the only ...
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Grounding a Light Fixture

I am trying to hook up a new flush mount LED light fixture in my basement. The existing metal box has the ground wire screwed into it, so there is only a loose white and black wire. The light ...
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What can I do to put in a new light here

I’m looking to add a new light here, when I wire it all up I can not push the wires up into the box, what should I do, you can still see the wires from the new light?
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I want to remove a lighted medicine cabinet

I paid a guy to come in and put a gfci receptacle using the electric wire that goes to a super old (lighted but non-working) medicine cabinet. The medicine cabinet is ugly and I planned to replace it ...
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Replacing light fixture in older apartment

I'm trying to replace a flush mount with a pendant light in my old Chicago apartment. Have replaced some more straight forward light fixtures before, but realized I’m a little out of my depth. Would ...
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Can 18/2 wire be used in the UK?

I'm in the US and creating a table lamp for a relative in England. I have a UK standard plug and had planned on using 18/2 lamp wire. I of course want the lamp to be safe. The lamp will be using a 40 ...
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How to determine if a light bulb is compatible with a lamp?

All my life I was laboring under the misconception that if a bulb fits in a socket, it will also work well. Recently, a line lamp in our bathroom stopped working, so I bought a brand new LED line lamp ...
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Replacing a light with 2 wires for something that needs 3

My house (built in the 1960s in New Zealand, if that matters) currently has a single bulb by the front door which I'm looking to replace with a security light. The light is controlled by a switch on ...
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Light fixture has power, but bulb won't light [US]

I just had my basement remodeled, including extensive electric work. Now the light fixture in my utility room doesn't work. Electrician claimed my fixture died, so I said I'd replace it. Bought a new ...
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Ceiling fan light fixture circuit breaks after power applied

Our ceiling fan light fixtures clicks and stops providing power to the bulbs after about 30 seconds, regardless of whether the chain switch is passing power to the bulbs or not. It has a separate ...
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LED Light bulbs burning out much sooner than expected

My family at my house use EcoSmart LED lightbulbs that are rated for 9W, and the box says they are replacements for 60W incandescent bulbs. It says have a "long life". However, upon ...
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Some lights suddenly stopped working

I come home to my wife and kids telling me that suddenly, basement, living room, and hallway ceiling lights stopped working. I try flicking switches on and off and nothing. Here is some information: ...
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Wiring ground wire to mounting plate on new light fixture

I put in a new light fixture today. It came with this braided copper wire attached to the ground screw. Rather than use that braided wire, I simply secured the ground wire directly under the ground ...
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How do I change the bulbs in this light fixture?

This light fixture came with my new house. Cannot find the manual anywhere for it. 5 of the 6 bulbs went out within a few days of each other - likely reached end of life together. But one lives on. ...
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Bathroom remodel - Where to place vanity light box in wall and proper vanity size

I'm working on a DIY bathroom remodel and wanted to get your opinion on best way to proceed. First, see the pictures below. The 72" wall to wall is wall to that stud in front of the toilet. The ...
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Vanity Lights - Wall Mount only?

I just purchased a cheapo 3 light vanity fixture from a big box store to replace a 2 light fixture in a bathroom. Our bathroom has a bit of an overhang down from the ceiling where the fixture was ...
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Light box with one black, a two-black-one-red bundle, and a three-white bundle connecting to fixture with one black and one white

I swapping a fixture for cosmetic purposes. The old fixture (installed before I was here) has three indistinguishable clear-wrapped wires and a grounding wire. The wiring in the ceiling is confusing ...
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Junction box nipple hickey

So, I've tried to be resourceful and search everywhere but I can't seem to find a solution. By what I've gathered, my problem might be a "nipple hickey" located in the center of junction box ...
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Need help wiring new dimmer switch

I have a broken switch in my bathroom that needs to be replaced. It is the switch on the left which turns the bathroom light on/off. The switch on the right toggles a fan/light combo on or off in the ...
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Ceiling fan light periodically flickering

I had brand new electricity installed in an addition and the ceiling fan light flickers periodically. We replaced the unit thinking it was the unit but it has continued to happen. First it was a light ...
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Can a light fixture extend into the mounting box in the US?

Most light fixtures intended to mount to a wall or ceiling box don't actually intrude into the box cavity itself, leaving the entire box space for wiring. Is there some code (in the US NEC, or in ...
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Is this type of ballast compatible with drop-in LED tubes?

I'm mulling over replacing the old tubes in the garage with LEDs. However, I'm learning that if I want to do that without doing some re-wiring, it might depend on what type of ballast I have. I have ...
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New light fixture won't turn off

I tried installing a light fixture in a previously unused light box (so cannot use how previous light was wired as a baseline). My light fixture has a black live wire, a white neutral wire and a green ...
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How do I remove this connector from a solid electrical wire?

I'm trying to replace the light above my kitchen table. The junction box seems to have a solid electrical wire. It was connected to the light's stranded wire with this connector here and also wrapped ...
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Ceiling light hole in Switzerland? How to fit a chandelier or other heavier light into Swiss ceiling?

I have moved to a new apartment in Switzerland and it has these holes for the lights in the ceiling. I cannot drill the ceiling as I am renting and any kind of modifications will have to be undone. ...
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How is my ceiling rose/light switch functioning?? UK

I recently changed a couple of ceiling roses for a newer ones that weren't grubby and yellow. I noticed something odd... in the fact there was only 2 cables going to them. In previous houses I have ...
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Existing 20amp tandem breaker with 14/2 wires for basement light

We purchased this house in Marlboro, NJ in 2019. It had finished basement with permit. Basement has drop ceiling and 2x2 fluorescent light containing U-shaped lights. I noticed that basement has a ...
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New LED light fitting flickering

Recently moved into a new home and replaced the main light fitting in the sitting room. We replaced it with this dimmable LED fitting: https://www.leycroftlighting.co.uk/endon-rubens-6lt-semi-flush-...
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Light fixture wiring - black to black, or white to black?

USA - I’m installing a new ceiling light fixture in a bathroom. The instructions (and every how-to video I watched) said to connect white to white (neutral) and black to black (hot). However, when I ...
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Exterior light fixture

Exterior light: what do I do with the bare wires after I connect them? Do I connect it to the screw going into the housing on the wall? Or do I just put a wire nut on it the way I did the other two? ...
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Will a combo afci/gfci breaker solve my light switch neutral issue

So I'm in the process of adding a smart switch to my exterior lights which is on a gfci protected circuit. With the way the house is currently wired the lights are wired upstream of the gfci(which I ...
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Ceiling fan and light work with pull chain only, not light switch

My ceiling fan and light will only work with the chain and not the switch. When I tested the wires with the switch off one still came back hot. My house is a very old house. A picture is posted, as I’...
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Installing fixture with no junction box and off-center stud

I asked a question earlier today here because I took down an old wall-mounted light fixture in my bathroom above the vanity, and was going to replace it with a new fixture. Unfortunately there's no ...
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Replacing bathroom light fixture, no junction box [duplicate]

First time homeowner and newbie DIY-er here. I'm replacing the light fixture in our bathroom and there's no junction box behind the wall, but I think I'm seeing insulation in there too. There's a stud ...
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Can I control just a ceiling fan light kit with the switch and leave the fan powered?

Is this easy to wire to make it work like that? What would I have to do? Thanks in advance!
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How do I attach the cord from a pendant light to a nipple/threaded shaft?

I have a pendant light, it has a cord but no threaded shaft/nipple on it so it can be attached to a bracket on in a ceiling junction box. I can feed the cord nicely through the shaft but how do I ...
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Need to separate 2 lights on the same 3way switch so each switch only controls 1 light

I've been researching this for about 8 months and finally learned enough to be able to ask my question properly. Background: Bought a house last summer that was built in 1966 but since renovated maybe ...
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Replacing pendant but there are extra live wires

I was going to replace a pendant light. But during removal of the old one I've come across this wiring which don't really understand. The thick brown one on the left is the live wire which is ...
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Best Lighting options for Long Basement

I have a half basement that I'm keeping open and its 45'x12'. I had always planned on doing a drop ceiling with recessed lights but I'm wondering if there is a better option considering the length of ...
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Pull chain light sockets wired without pigtails

I have a string of four ceramic pull chain light fixtures in my unfinished basement on a 20A circuit with 12awg wire. The chain/switch on one stopped working and when I started to removed the fixture ...
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Unable to remove flush mount light fixture

I have a Satco CFL Ceiling light fixture which was installed when we purchased our condo. The fixture had a twist and screw style dome which got broken and I am unable to find a replacement, so I was ...
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Should my light fixture be grounded through the box?

I’m trying to install a new light fixture in Chicagoland. From what I’ve read, junction boxes here do not have a grounding wire and are instead grounded through the junction box. Is there an easy way ...
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Is an extra 1 W that significant with LED bulbs?

I recently replaced a ceiling light fixture with a ceiling fan with two light sockets that have a maximum rating of 9 W for LED bulbs. The bulbs in the original fixture are 10 W LED and dimmable. ...

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