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Is this 230V steampunk metal robot lamp safe?

I bough a steampunk robot lamp from ebay. It is made out of (painted) metal fittings. After receiving it, I was a little concerned regarding safety and disassembled it. The plug suggests that this is ...
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How do I install this lamp on my ceiling?

I'm a big time novice but determined not to hire an electrician for what is probably a simple job. This is embarrassing, I think. Here is an exposed light fixture that I have in my attic I want to ...
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What exactly is a PAR type LED lamp, how does it differ from R/BR type LED & CFL lamps?

I am in the process of replacing my incandescent bulbs with more efficient alternatives. My home is about 14 years old, I've owned it for a little over three years. It seems most of the bulbs that it "...
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What is this lamp base wire clip and how do I remove the wire without breaking the clip?

I'm trying to replace the socket in an old desk lamp, and I need to pull the wire through. However, the wire is secured tightly by a black plastic clip at the base. I'm wondering what this clip is ...
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How can I build a lamp like the one I saw in the store?

My Fiance and I were walking through Target to find a lamp for the corner of our living room. We saw this one that we kind of liked But the price was way too high and the panels were too small. I ...
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What's the part of a lampshade that the finial screws into called?

I inherited a floor lamp without a shade. It has a harp, but there is nothing on the top of the harp to attach the shade. If I have my terminology correct, I'm looking for the piece that that the ...
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Rewiring screw less lamp socket, how do I remove wires?

I bought a light kit from World Market to replace my current set up and opened the socket to rewire to find no easy way to remove the wires from the socket... How do I get them out? There is no ...
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How can I remove the wires from this lamp holder?

The wire on my lamp is too short, so I'm trying to replace it. The fitting/fixture (what's the correct term?) however doesn't play nice: I can't see the correct way to remove the old wire (and still ...
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Can an LED Driver be mounted in a Ceiling Electrical box

Can an LED Driver be mounted in a Ceiling Electrical box? I want to install a custom LED Lamp fixture to replace the existing bedroom ceiling fixture. Will it violate code to mount the LED Driver ...
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Problem hanging ceiling lamp with cord set (from Ikea)

Trying to hang a ceiling lamp and I can't figure it out. It's the type where you hook the connector to the ceiling, then push the "cup" (which conceals all the wiring) up to the ceiling. But there ...
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What does “class 2 input only” mean in my LED desk lamp?

What does "class 2 input only" means in my LED desk lamp? Is it the power supply? And is it the same as class II (can I use a power supply that is class II)?
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Why would a compact fluorescent lamp randomly turn off?

I have a CFL in a desk lamp that I keep on for several hours every day. Recently, the CFL has been randomly turning off. There is no flickering before the CFL turns off like I am used to with ...
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How can I hang a custom lamp from the ceiling by its cord?

I have purchased a lamp shade, which I would like to hang from the ceiling on a cord of specific color (in this case orange). I have had a previous lamp, which included the cord, which I replaced and ...
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GFCI breaker with GFCI outlets trip with no load

This is my first time posting here. I hope someone can give me some help. The issue I have is new construction wiring for a driveway light and outdoor outlets at the head of the driveway. The ...
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How to reduce brightness of LED spotlight permanently without dimmer?

Some of my LED GU10s (dimmable) produce too much of light and I'd like to reduce it. I'd like to use on/off switch on those GU10s with permanently reduced light. How it could be done and what kind of ...
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DIY lamp post using 4x4 pressure treated wood?

I would like to build several lamp posts for my backyard. To cut costs I am considering dadoing a channel down the middle of a 4x4 for the wiring, and covering up the dado with "ornamental" wood ...
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How do I choose the correct fluorescent ballast?

I have a fluorescent fixture which takes tubes. The fluorescent ballast has gone bad, or I want to upgrade to the latest. How do I select the correct ballast for my fixture?
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How can I combine two outlets into one output using OR logic?

I need some sort of electrical device which would combine the output of a switched electrical outlet with a programmable timer plugged into a non-switched outlet. Then I would plug lamps into said ...
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How do I determine what max 3 way bulb will be safe in my lamp?

I bought a lamp that has a metal shade. The sticker says max 60 watt but it clicks 3 times like a 3-way with the light coming on on the second click. How do I determine what max 3 way bulb will be ...
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Floor lamp - what is this part?

I would like to repair this floor lamp. The piece in the picture has snapped but I’ve no idea what it’s called to get a new part. Can anyone help?
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Light bulb sockets in ceiling fan damaged due to corrosion or arcing: Can clean to repair or must replace?

My ceiling fan has 3 light bulb sockets of roughly candelabra bulb size E12 For many years the lights have been unreliable even with new bulbs, frequently flickering on and off spontaneously or when ...
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Is it safe to replace a lamp's UK 5 amp round 3 pin plug with a 13 amp rectangular 3 pin plug?

UK electrical question. I've recently come into a nice pair of lamps. Unfortunately, their plugs are 5 amp and 250v with 3 round pins (BS546A). I do not have round pin sockets in my home. Is it safe ...
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Can I convert a wall lamp into a usb socket?

I've recently moved house, and there is a wall lamp, see picture, which we never use, and i was wondering if i could put a usb socket there instead so i could charge bike lights and similar ...
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What material should I use to hold a live lamp piece in place?

I am repairing a lamp whose plastic rotary knob has degraded and broken (as seen on the right of the photo below). The knob originally moved a small metal pin, which conducted the electricity for the ...
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Repairing a boom lamp that keeps falling

I have a boom lamp from CB2 that's about two years old in my living room. The angle between the arm and the stand is adjustable. Unfortunately, the mechanism that holds the lamp up (I'm afraid I don't ...
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How to reduce a nut from 32mm to 9.8mm [closed]

I am trying to build a lamp with a metal pipe (32mm thread, left side of image) and an e27 socket with a 9.6mm screw (right side of image). Any ideas on how to reduce the size of the nut? I have found ...
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Abandoned lamp post wire causing breaker to trip

We recently had a new lawn installed and the workers removed the lamp post and clipped the underground wire. Since then, a key breaker won't reset. That breaker is tied to our garage door, our front ...
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When I plug in a dimmable lamp on the other side of the house, a GFCI outlet in my kitchen starts humming. What gives?

The GFCI outlet in the kitchen ONLY buzzes when the following two conditions are met: (1) Microwave is plugged in (2) Dimmable lamp on other side of house is turned on Any idea what could be causing ...
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Does it matter where is live and where is neutral when wiring an electronic ballast?

I just bought a new electronic ballast to replace the old one for my florescent lamp. However, the connection diagram on the ballast does not indicate where I should connect the live and neutral wires....
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Safety of 3-Way Lightbulb That Exceeds Max Wattage Only On Highest Setting

Can you safely use a 3-way bulb (50-100-150W) for a lamp that accepts a 100W bulb maximum? Is there any fire hazard involved?
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What is this threaded lamp(?) piece called?

I'm fixing a custom pendant, and one of the pieces has been damaged and needs to be replaced. Trouble is, I can't figure out what this piece is called or where to find one similar. It is the silver ...
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How to remove this ceiling lamp cover

I live in a dorm and my ceiling lamp died, i wanted to know how to remove this cover? it is attached flush to the ceiling, i tried rotating it both ways and also tried pulling it, but it wont come ...
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Wiring a home made lamp

I have a homemade 8 light lamp I need to wire. I had a class in Electricity in the 10th grade when Nixon was still in office. I do remember that I will wire the lamps in a parallel circuit. Each ...
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How long do expansion anchors last?

I have a wall sconce in my room, which is attached to the wall with two expansion anchors (dowels). They look well-fixed, but, AFAIK, they are about 20 years old. Do you know, how long dowels last, ...
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What is an A-19 light bulb or lamp?

This may sound simple to some but I bought a couple exterior light fixtures. They say only use type A-19 light bulbs or lamps. From what I guessed looking through the net I think this means no CFL ...
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Identifying live and neutral wire of an old lamp

So I have this old wall lamp with a different color code that I'm used to: There are 2 brown wires welded together and a separate dark brown wire. As seen on the picture the 2 brown wires leads to the ...
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How to get a TL light working

I have a set of fluorescent tubes (2) in my kitchen and they both do not work (noticed while I came home). Normally one of the starters is broken and I replace it but this time both lights to not ...
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Is it safe to convert a shunted tombstone lamp socket to a non-shunted socket by cutting the shunt?

I am looking into converting a T-8 fluorescent tube fixture to a direct-wire LED tube fixture. In addition to removing the actual ballast, I understand that the "tombstone" lamp sockets in an ...
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Is it possible to power/turn-on LED lights through a lamp switch?

I'm trying to make a lamp from my gf's favorite beer. It's a bomber(16oz) bottle that I'm running a DIY lamp kit through. I'd like to add two little red LED lights that are connected to the switch ...
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User serviceable parts inside this CFL floor lamp?

I've been asked to look at a CFL floor lamp. It's many (5-10) years old and one day stopped working; it simply didn't turn on. The fluorescent bulb (four short (5 inch?) tubes extending from a plastic ...
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Do small, modern LED lightbulbs require external heatsinks?

Circa 2012, I bought an IKEA "Stockholm" LED floor lamp (product info). Its bulb recently burnt out.1 While the product was advertised as non-serviceable, I disassembled the lamp. The lamp's ...
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Two socket fluorescent lamp OFF switch hot / not working with single bulb

I have a two-socket fluorescent lamp. Initially only one light tube was inserted and it worked fine. At some point, it started to go off seconds after being turned on. I thought the tube went bad, so ...
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Wiring - 230V on a 120V 18/2 wire?

I have brought US lamps to the UK. The sockets are rated 300W, but the cables are 18/2 gauge rated 10A/120V (UL rated, purchased 3 years ago). What would happen if I ran 230V at 0.05 amp with a 9W ...
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How do I connect a lamp wire to an actual circuit?

I've got an old lamp that we want to use as an overhead light fixture, which has lamp wire coming out of it. Currently, that wire terminates in the outlet prongs, but I intend to cut those off. The ...
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Remove ceiling lamp holder to change light bulb

I have a ceiling lamp (shown in attached picture) mounted in my bathroom. I want to remove the lid and change the light bulb inside and replace the lid. However, I am struggling to remove it. There ...
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LED lamp turns off when turned on

I just bought a new LED lamp and, when I turn it on, it slowly turns off in a few seconds. Why does it so that? Is there a way to fix it?
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How do I hook this 18-bulb lamp together?

I have an 18-bulb chandelier from Globe Electric. I need to connect 19 wires together twice inside this lamp. I've bundled the wires into 4 sets of 9 using washers and electrical tape. The ...
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How to unscrew this uncommon type of screw?

The staircase light next to my flat broke down and I would like to fix it. The ceiling lamp is pictured below: I have a problem with unscrewing the screw. The screw is of rather peculiar shape with a ...
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How can I safely splice wires inside a lamp?

I am making a Steampunk style lamp with black pipe. My intention is to use three lamp sockets as part of the design. I will have one cord coming out of the lamp as the plugin. However, I am not ...
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What could be causing my touch lamps to come on by themselves?

I am rewiring my house with major upgraded wire. I am installing #12 armorflex wiring and conforming to commercial code. Yes, I know most people use romex for houses, but I have seen plenty of attics ...