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Lightswitch keeps tripping GFCI

Moved into a new house recently. Half of it has ungrounded outlets so I installed a few strategic GFCI outlets to protect those. After doing this, I noticed that a light switch in the basement will ...
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Is light flickering only on camera bad?

I have installed lights in my house. The lights don't seem to flicker to the naked eye. However, when I look at the camera feed on my iPhone, the light is flickering at a very high speed. Is this bad ...
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How to temporarily block out light in this space on a budget

My friend is doing an art installation in one of these divided studio spaces: (This is an example of those spaces - they are all similar to this, inside of a big open area and separated by divides) ...
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What precautions are needed when doing electrical work on cables containing asbestos?

I need to install new lighting and old cloth wiring has tested positive for ACM. I am not doing the work myself, I am hiring an electrician but I will let him know what I have found. Is there any ...
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Can't read any electricity on recessed light

I just removed two lights and when I switch them on, I can't read any volts DC or AC. The wires have a cloth sheathe. I tested with both a contact sensor and with a multimeter. I thought they may be ...
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How should I connect a GFCI outlet and light switch?

I am connecting a GFCI outlet and a light circuit to a 4 wire (Black, Red, Neutral, Ground) two gang box. The switch is on the right and the duplex GFCI is on the left (near kitchen sink). How do I ...
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Puzzled by non-matching wire colors when installing a ceiling light

I am trying to install a ceiling light that is using a 3 way switch. I have a single red wire coming from the ceiling box and a single white. On the light fixture I have a single black and a single ...
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How to wire a gfi to a switch which controls another outlet [closed]

I am going from 20 amp breaker to a gfi.i know thats my line then i want to go to a switch. Which will go to a outlet for lights
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Replace a single pole with programmable switch

Sorry for the repost, but the former q/a’s didn’t answer my particular question. I have a programmable switch, to replace a single pole switch at a three gang switch plate (the one on the right, in ...
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Replacing a ceiling lamp LED. Has 2 switches at either end. Black wire hot no matter switch position. Need Help

Replacing a ceiling lamp LED. Has 2 switches at either end. The black wire is hot no matter the switch position. Need Help. I am using a non conductive probe. I can shut the power off by a breaker but ...
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My outdoor lights on whole day and night. I can't find any switches for them

My outdoor wall lights always work. I can't find any switches for them, and I already tried every switch in the house. When I use one of switches near porch switch, nothing happens. I only noticed ...
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Is the lifespan of a led affected drastically by the type of sensor?

I put a led flood lamp with a movement sensor in the garden. As far as I understand it has a light sensor and a motion i.e infrared sensor. The latter only fires the light if the environment ...
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Flickering Lights on One Line

We purchased our house about a year ago. Since then, there is one continuous electrical line where lights are flickering. No other parts of the house have this issues. Since we moved in, the ...
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KASA Smart Switch Wiring with Many Existing Neutrals

I am running into an issue issue installing a 3-way and a dimmer switch into a 2 gang box. Both of the current switches seem to have a painted over connector (images below). Maybe I can get by with 2 ...
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Green wall in apartment doesn't quite get direct sunlight, can I redirect the light somehow?

I put together a lattice in my (4th floor) apartment's living room to try and grow some climbing plants on it, because the room faces west and I thought it would get a lot of light. Indeed during the ...
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What kind of connector (and lamp type) is this?

Hi, I need to find a replacement (possibly LED) for this broken lamp, can someone tell me the soket type (and possibly suggest a drop-in replacement) [EDIT] I found that the original lamp was OSRAM ...
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Old ceiling light fixture with 9 wires (5 black/4 white)-how to install a new fixture?

I am trying to install a new light fixture, but there are 9 wires--I wasn't able to see how it was connected and I'm pretty sure it was wrong to begin with because bulbs kept burning out right away. ...
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Changed outlet and now nearby switch doesn't work; do I need to break the brass tab?

thanks for reading this and offering your advice. So first I changed the switch which was super easy and the kitchen light continued to turn on and off totally fine. Then I went to change a nearby ...
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Partially block light fixture

I recently installed a ceiling fan and light fixture which works well except that the light produces an unfortunate glare in one part of the room. I'd like to block the light from shining in that one ...
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Pendant light wiring

Trying to install a pendant light fixture. From the ceiling it’s 3 white wires 3 black wires and 3 copper total. 2 of the white are together 2 of the black are together and 1 white and 1 black are ...
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Why won't newly installed light kit work at same time as ceiling fan is on? [closed]

I installed LED light kit to ceiling fan that had an old Hunter 3 speed control wall switch. The romex is only 14-2 going from ceiling to wall switch so I know I can't control both the fan and light ...
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Why is my master bedroom light switch turning off the kitchen light?

It’s a 3 way closet switch, when I flip it up to turn on the closet light on it turns off the kitchen light. The kitchen receptacles are cut off from power and also the kitchen fan aso gets cut off. ...
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Light switch replacement: switch wall box has many wires - how should I wire it to both work and be safe?

I’m trying to replace the light switch in my bedroom and fix the outlets in the living room, but there are 5 separate lines and I don’t know what goes to what. I only have 1 light in my bedroom which ...
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How do I open this light fixture that has 3 screws / hooks?

In Ireland we have this light fixture: It has 3 metal pieces screwed and something like a clasp in front of each screw: I don't know if I have to remove the screws or have to do something with the ...
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3 way switch lighting 2 bulbs with independent on/off option

I have the following set-up I would like to be able to turn both on/off at the same time like they are doing now, and also controller each one separately, add another switch on each side that turns ...
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Two separate rooms with dimmable lights different brightness

Quick question: why do two separate dimmers in separate rooms have different max brightness, despite having exactly the same brand dimmers and lights? My google queries led nowhere and I'm hoping ...
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14 gauge pigtail on dimmer switch on 20 amp circuit?

I am replacing a single pole on/off light switch with a dimmer switch. The switch is on a 20 amp circuit. I have 14 gauge wire on hand. Can I use 14 gauge pigtails to connect the switch? Or do I need ...
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Changing a lightbulb in my bathroom Light/fan combo

Is there an alternative type of light fan combo for the bathroom ceiling that does not involve using the springs to change the lightbulb. The frustration level is unbelievable!
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2 black wires, 1 hot and a red wire. Pigtail in outlet

I changed out an outdoor light and went to hook up the other one, but the new one didn’t come on when I wired the outside black and white wire. The inside outlet has 2 black wires ( 1 hot ) and a red ...
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Why does this wire in my ceiling fan switch lead to my light switch?

I'm having trouble figuring out which wires are which for my 3 wire light dimmer set up for my ceiling fan's light bulb. What is the wire on the bottom screw of the switch pictured? That's the ceiling ...
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Wiring smart switch

I have two separate lights in my room with two switches in the same box and am upgrading to two smart switches. The switches I bought have a neutral and I don't seem to see them in the box. Can anyone ...
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How to heatproof an eastward sliding glass door

I have an eastward facing sliding glass door in my bedroom. During the morning, the beating California sun cooks the room, raising it to 80-90 degrees F (26-32 Celsius) by 9 AM. While the blinds don't ...
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How to connect exhaust fan switch to bathroom light switch?

How to connect the exhaust fan switch to the light switch? I have opened the exhaust fan before, there are: 2 permanent live wires 1 blue wire connected to neutral 1 black wire connected to switched ...
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Replacing 3-way Light Switch Confusion

I am trying to replace a switch that stop turning off the lights in basement (controls 6 lights). It seems to be a 3-way switch so I bought a new one that supports 3-way but then I got confused by ...
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Installed new Leviton DW15S light Switch. light turns on, but does not turn off

i installed a new Leviton DW15S light switch. the lights turn on, but they do not turn off at all. whether i push the switch button to On or Off, the lights stay ON. i must have connected the wires ...
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rewiring a 3 switch light switch

Hi I have got a light switch at the bottom of the stairs with 3 switches on it. One to turn the stairs lights on, one to turn the outside light on and one that turns a light on at the bottom of the ...
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My Defiant LED Security Lights do not work anymore and I am not sure if it's the sensor or the light bulbs and need help to troubleshoot

[![The LightSee the attached photo. I have 3 pairs (2 at the front and one at the back); the back one still works (there is a blinking red light when the switch that controls it is on) but the two at ...
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Why does my ceiling light fitting has 2 of every wire

I took my old strip light out and didnt properly look at lay out,now ready to put new light up it has 2 brown wires, 2 copper and 2 blue wires. Would all these go into same terminal on new light ...
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Adding a light switch

How do I add a light switch from the light, it never had one? Can I pigtail the wires from the light box? I need advice before moving forward..
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Why is my kids Bedroom Light still look like it’s on??? After I turn it off………

This is the only room that does it! If you just look at it you can see it get brighter and then it will get low. But this is after you turn the light off at the switch!
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Replacing Old Ceiling Fan With Standard Light Fixture

I'm looking to replace and old ceiling fan that was in our house with a standard light. The ceiling fan wad taken out by the previous owner and wires were all capped off and a cover put on a junction ...
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Replacing receptacle & switch on a MWBC in kitchen

Background: The house was built in 1983. Previous owner(s) have been creative on some DIY projects around the house. The receptacle was wired half direct & half sideways. Problems: The switch on ...
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Light Switch 3 black wires, one white, no ground

I bought a house last year (house built in the early 80s) and have been in the process of replacing my switches and outlets. Two of my bedrooms have light switches that are wired in a way that I haven'...
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How do I install my light fixture when wire colors don't match?

I'm installing an IKEA light fixture for the first time, and need some help connecting wires. The fixture has black, green/yellow (striped), and white wires and my Canadian ceiling has green, red, ...
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How to I add new light switch with ground wire/screw if old switch had no ground screw?

I have an old light switch that I want to upgrade. The old switch does not have a ground screw (see second image) so the bare copper ground wire is just tied to the metal box with a screw (see "B&...
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Lutron Maestro and companions

I have 3 light switches in the hallway controlling one light (a 4-way (USA) switch set up). I installed a Lutron Maestro switch on position one (has red, black, green and white wire) and the companion ...
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Wiring bathroom light and fan 3 black wires

I was replacing an old Leviton 15 Amp Single Pole Dual Switch and noticed all wires were black. This was for a bathroom that one switch would power the light and the bottom switch would just power the ...
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Can I touch LED light bulbs?

Incandescent and halogen bulbs get hot. I've been told that the oils from my grubby fingers cause these bulbs to break pre-maturely. To deal with this, I use gloves or the like to keep my grubby ...
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Rewiring two switches from fan and lights to two separate light fixtures

I took out two fan/light combos and replaced them with two light fixtures (sans fans). The switch box had two switches - one that controlled both lights, one for both fans. How do I rewire the switch ...
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Why are there so many neutral wires in light switch and how do they work with a smart dimmer light switch?

I am having difficulty installing a smart dimmer light switch. I have 3 switches, 2 switches are on one breaker and one is on the other breaker. The problem I believe has something to do with the ...
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