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Questions tagged [led]

For questions regarding lighting that uses LED (Light Emitting Diode) technology.

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Why do my LED lights stay on, even when the switch is off?

I have two LED lamps in my corridor, and when I switch them off, they keep emitting light (not very strong, but it's annoying at night). What can it be? How can I fix it?
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How can I make a bluish “white” LED less blue?

I recently bought this white LED reading lamp. I like it a lot, but the "white" light produced is significantly blue; I'll guess its color temperature is about 5000K. I've noticed that, when this is ...
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Why are my some of my LED lights flickering?

Something is causing some of my LED lights to flicker in three locations. Here are two examples: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4J-g2z_YtYM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KlbPdvkZ-BU There are a ...
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LED light bulb flickering in socket, incandescent works fine

I have a couple of outdoor light sockets with built in motion detectors. These seem to work as you'd expect with regular incandescent bulbs- you can set a timer for how long you want them to be on ...
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What do I need to install LED strip lighting?

I've been looking to install LED strips, either RGB or white for lighting and ambiance. It wouldn't be the main lighting of the room, so no necessity for high power LEDs. The perimeter of the room is ...
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Can someone explain how this makes sense electrically?

The wiring in my house is... odd. Nearly every pair of outlets has one of the outlets connected to a light switch. Sometimes that switch is quite far from the outlet even when there are other closer ...
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Trouble with LED bulbs

As incandescent & compact fluorescent light bulbs in my home have been dying, I've been replacing them with LED bulbs, as those have dropped in price considerably (the local electric company's ...
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LED ceiling fixture certain diodes blinking

My ceiling fixture has all of a sudden stopped working properly. Half the diodes are dark and the others are blinking. Oddly, the same exact ones on each strip work and don't work. I have included a ...
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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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What do I need to know about LED strip lighting?

I've read a ton of various posts about different aspects of LED lamps, strips, comparisons with fluorescent and incandescent lamps, and I decided that I want to install LED strips to light my room. ...
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Replacing Halogen with LED bulbs

I've just purchased some 12V LED MR-16 bulbs, intending to use them to replace the existing 12V Halogen MR-16 bulbs in my bathroom. I have found, much to my chagrin, that the LED bulbs seem to have ...
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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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How can I mount an 12V transformer for LED lighting inside a wall?

The stairs to my basement has one light fixture at the bottom, and that casts a shadow on the rest of the stairs. I want to run a strip of LED lights up the crown molding or on top of the upstairs ...
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Can a low voltage light switch be located in a closet as opposed to outside the closet?

Okay you guys I have next question. And like all good questions this one begins with a story. I was reading the post about a nick in a wire and read a couple of you mention that light switch in a ...
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Will switching to LED lightbulbs make a significant difference in my electric bill?

I asked Reliance Controls about a THP103 meter that I was having trouble with. Turns out that it's not a true RMS meter and thus is unable to give you accurate readings on a CFL or LED installation. ...
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Can I connect all of my LED strips to a single power supply?

Im working on a project with LED light strips, and want to connect them all to a sd controller. The lights are ws2812b 60 LED/meter, and have 20 meters of it. It calls for 14.4w per meter @ 3 amps per ...
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LED Light Glowing when off

I have been searching the internet and StackExchange for a couple of weeks now and have not found anything that fixed the issue. I recently added a room in my basement, all new wireing, lights, ...
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Is there such a thing as an actual 60W draw LED or CFL bulb?

CFL and LED lightbulbs are sold as being "40/60/100 watt equivalent". They're designed and sold as replacements for a certain wattage of incandescent lamp. I have some fixtures where I want a very ...
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Replacing G4 halogen bulbs with LEDs

We've got 12V halogen G4 fixtures mounted under our kitchen cabinets and would like to use LED's instead. I found some G4 LED bulbs on Amazon, and they fit in the fixtures just fine, but if I try to ...
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Can dimmable (triac) LED bulbs be used on a motion sensor switch without neutral wire?

I bought a bunch of these motion sensor switches. I also want to use these dimmable LED bulbs. The motion sensors do not have a neutral wire connector. My outlets only have a live wire and it would ...
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Why are my LED bulbs flashing?

I recently replaced all eight bulbs on my chandeleir with dimmable led light bulbs. They work fine when on, but at approximately half power (dimmer turned half way through), the bulbs start flashing (...
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Practical limits of how many LEDs can you use to replace halogen 12V?

I'm gradually replacing halogen lights at home with LEDs. We have a couple of 12V rails with a 5x35W rating when using halogens. When using the same transformer with LED's, can I use the theoretical ...
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How can I prevent these LEDs from blinking when turned off?

In a block of units we installed 240v EARTHED downlights. I believe the neutral maybe 2-3volts above earth causing the lights to flash when turned off. The fittings are provided with earth connection ...
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Direct Wire LED: T12 Replacement

CONTEXT An older office's 4-foot T12's are to be replaced with direct wire LEDs because the ballast cost + labor can be avoided. The instructions indicate that the hot is wired to one end and the ...
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How to attach 10 AWG wire to LED strip lights?

I'm running LED light strips from a location that is over 50 feet from the LED transformer. In order to account for voltage drop 10 AWG CL2 wire has been used. Questions Since the 10 AWG wire is so ...
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Can you power LED strips from both ends?

I want to get 2 of these 500W power supplies I have several 5 metre reels of these 5050 LED strips (60 LED/m) Calculations show 1A per metre = 12 watt per metre so about 60 watts every reel. I was ...
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LED Bulbs - Which Measure is the Best Indicator Of Efficiency

I have been on a mission to slow replace all the bulbs to LEDs. At first, I use to judge the LED bulb's efficiency by looking at the % Energy Saving, that all bulbs have at the front of the box. ...
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Is a ballast required, or merely acceptable, for this Philips InstantFit LED tube?

Rather than replace a dead ballast in a fluorescent fixture, I've decided to simply bypass and move to LEDs. However, I think I may have grabbed the wrong kind of replacement tubes the other day in ...
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LEDs stay on (very dim) when switch is off

I have a problem similar to Why do my LED lights stay on, even when the switch is off? except that one of the lights in question is not attached to any switches that might cause the ghosting effect, ...
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Upgrading to LED Bulbs

So I've been doing a lot of research recently regarding LED lighting, and attempting to do an overhaul of our entire house. But I've run into a few issues, and I really don't want to go back and forth ...
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How to wire several 12V DC LEDs in serial

I want to connect about 9 LEDs (12V DC) using a simple wiring. For that I prefer serial wiring. But when I connect the LEDs in serial they don't working. When I connect in parallel, they are working. ...