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Is it possible to drive led strips using a halogen driver?

I have a 12v halogen setup in my kitchen which I'm looking to replace with 12v led strips. I have everything working and the light strips work, until I unplug the halogen lamps at which point the leds ...
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Can 2 light bulbs of 120V in series be used on 230V AC?

I'm considering to buy full spectrum incandescent bulbs in the US, to be used here in Europe. Here these types of bulbs are rare, since it's mostly LED these days. First I thought I needed to step ...
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New fixture old ceiling electric box

Trying to replace an old chandelier fixture. The wiring looks like this The problem is the new fixture comes with a mounting plate that would be mounted to a regular box but its too big for this box ...
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Replacing double light switch 4 black and one red

I hear a popping from one of my old double switches. I opened it up to understand the wiring before replacing. I have 4 blacks and 1 red. I have attached pictures. One of the switches controls a light ...
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1 switch - 2 Lights

I'm replacing a switch, in a mobile home, just to update and have a white one. I removed old switch, which was a self-enclosed box switch. What is the right way to wire it. I wired it up to new switch ...
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reason ceiling fan/light will work, stop working for month, start working again with no repair made

I live in a mobile home. Bedroom ceiling fan/light worked fine. Next day no power. Tried switch weeks later. Fixture worked with no repairs. Is it safe to use? If I just leave the switch off ...
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My ceiling light won't turn off, how do I wire it up correctly? (UK)

My living room has two ceiling lights controlled by one (dimmer) switch. I've removed the old fixture, disconnected the wiring and unfortunately forgot to take a picture of how the black / blue / red ...
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One box has 2 black, 2 white, 2 ground, and one red; the other box has 1 black, 1 white, 1 ground

I'm trying to connect two simple ceiling pendant lights, and my contractor put in a new single pole switch box with 1 black, 1 white, 1 bare. No power runs to it (checked it with the meter) so I ...
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Replacing an old light switch with a new one. Trying to figure out correct wiring

My old light switch did not have the common labeled and just had two brass screw connectors. Coming in the bottom of the box was a black, a white, and ground wire. The ground was connected to another ...
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How much wattage to choose for LED light when replacing flourescent light with LED?

Suppose I have a circular 22W flourescent light at home and I want to replace it with LED of similar brightness. How much wattage should this LED have? Any rule of thumb as guidance? The salesman at ...
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My light wiring has 2 white wires & one black wire

Basement finished few years ago, and electrician did all the wiring and gone. All lights have been working fine for several years. I recently had the need to change a light fixture, and noticed that ...
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How to properly install a Hayward Colorlogic Light Controller…?

Trying to swap out an existing pool light switch with a new LED light w/ inclusive switch. The old switch was a standard toggle switch, 3 wires (meaning the outlet is wired white, black, ground) . ...
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Fluorescent Lights Turning on Slowly

I have a Philips fluorescent light fixture in my kitchen. It was installed in the mid-1990s, so it uses an electronic fast-start ballast. The lights were not turning on at all, so I replaced the ...
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Wiring a light switch that only has one cable when the new switch (with neon indicator) has live and neutral both in and out

I am replacing a light switch with one including a neon indicator. There is only one cable to the switch but the new switch has live and neutral terminals for both 'in' and 'out'. Which terminals do I ...
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Is there a replacement for the Sylvania FB40CW/RS/SS-6 34W Super Saver bulb?

Our Kitchen Light bulb finally went out. I need 2 Sylvania super saver FB40CW/RS/SS-6 34W bulbs to replace it. It seems they are not available. Has the number changed? Is their a new replacement ...
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Why is a white electrical wire connected to 2 black wires?

I just opened my ceiling light to replace it with another mount. I see a white wire connected to 2 black wires, is that right? The middle switch controls this ceiling light.
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Dimmer switch back to normal switch

Original wiring To wire to this new switch Hi all, I'm trying to convert an existing switch back to a normal switch but it keeps tripping. Can some one give me some suggestion. I used the black (3 ...
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How to replace a small halogen bulb in outdoor accent fixture that my fingers barely fit into?

Any ideas on how to replace a small halogen bulb in an outdoor wall accent light. The bulbs are small and the light cups are long and low to my planter I can't see and can barely get my fingers up in ...
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How do I hook up a murano chandelier to a three wire service

Chandelier It has a brown and blue wire coming out of it not three
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Replacing ceiling fan with standard light fixture

Ive replaced a ceiling fan with a standard light fixture in our living room. However the light turns on but the switch to the light doesnt work. There is a red wire in the wall and in the ceiling ...
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Motion sensor light sqitch

Replacing single pole light switch with a new sensor light switch the new switch requires a neutral wire witch my old switch does not have... In the box where the switch is I have 3 wires copper.. ...
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How do I properly align an outdoor light fixture?

I was trying to install an outdoor light this afternoon. Unfortunately the outlet box is interfering with the mounting bracket. I looked around at a few different lights and it looks like I would have ...
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ceiling fan light kit wiring problems

When I try to add a light kit to my ceiling fan the light seems to short. It is a separate circuit and I checked the wires for the light and they are 120v not 240 I thought maybe I was wiring two hots ...
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What is going on with these wires at the wall light switch?

I am installing a smart switch, so I need a neutral. I am a bit confused which wire is which in my wall switch box. Below is a picture of the wires: I am thinking that the red wire (circled in red) ...
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Single Pole Motion Sensing Light Switch

Attempting to install GE single pole motion light switch. The existing switch controls two lights in a small hallway. Can the single pole motion switch be wired for 2 lights?
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What is the best way to split a series of recessed ceiling lights to two switches?

I have a large basement with 10 can lights in the ceiling controlled by a single pull switch at the bottom of the stairs. I have framed in a bedroom that essentially cuts the area in half with 6 of ...
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Could I have broken my light fixture whilst changing the light bulb?

Ok, so not proficient in changing light bulbs... I have taken out the bulb before and put it back in so I know how to do it. I wanted to put in an adaptor so I could put in a colour changing bulb. I ...
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Why do some lamps have different power ratings for different kinds of bulbs?

I had a lamp that broke recently after getting smashed against a wall by accident (there are now numerous exposed conductors, making it unsafe to use), so I went to the store to get a new one. I ...
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Switch with 2 black, 2 white, 2 ground and 1 red wire connected to ceiling light and a receptacle?

I am living in a condo and the owner has asked me to replace a switch from a dimmer to single pole to operate a ceiling fan. Upon inspection the ceiling fan has one 14/2 cable coming in with a black ...
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Stranded aluminum on outdoor light switch

I currently have a light switch with stranded aluminum wire wrapped around the screws with electrical tape over over the screws and wire ends. It controls all 3 of my outdoor lights. I want to ...
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Connecting a Leviton light timer w/ 3 way set up

I am trying to connect the Leviton VPT24-1PZ Vizia 24-Hour Programmable Indoor Timer with Astronomical Clock in a 3-way setup w/ LED lights. There was previously another light timer there (prob ~30 ...
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Odd wiring at switch. Please help

I plan to run a ceiling fan/light to this switch which is already connected to an outlet. Can you explain this wiring and if it is safe? I don't understand how or why there is a black wire sitting ...
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remove single pole switch that control outlet

I have a light switch (single pole) in my dining room that controls an outlet. I want to separate the switch from the outlet while still providing power to the outlet. The switch I would like to use ...
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Can 14/3 wire, with all three conductors hot, be the only cable in a switch box?

I currently have a bathroom light and a single pole switch at the door. The power for the light first comes into the ceiling box directly above the light. The hot is tapped in right there by using the ...
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Why do I have 5 cables (/3) feeding 2 light switches?

I went to change out a light switch expecting an easy job but I found a mess of spaghetti looking and I don’t know where to start. I’ve attached pictures and am willing to answer all questions. The ...
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Light switch arcing. Is this a fire hazard?

H, I am new here. I have a few questions about some electrical stuff. I live in a late 80s mobile home (87-89). It is a 2 bed one bath. The light switch in the bathroom is pretty worn out and gets a ...
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How deep should I embed a 30-foot light post?

I am installing a 30 Foot Round Straight Steel Light Pole, 5 Inch Diameter that I am purchasing from LightMart. I live in the outside of Las Vegas, NV near the mountains where sometimes its very windy,...
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Can I tap into an exterior light fixture to connect different things

I just ran mc cable to a exterior light fixture(dusk to dawn one) from an exterior gfci outlet (which is outside near ground level), I'd like to put and outlet, switch and/or lights in attic close to ...
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Light and fan remain constantly on after changing bulbs to LED [duplicate]

Recently replaced old 40W ES bulbs to LED ones with the same fitting. However this causes the light and (timer) fan in the bathroom to remain consistently turned on despite the switch being in the off ...
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Wiring up new light fitting

I am trying to fit a new light fitting. The connections on this fitting equates to a 4 pin plastic junction box with live, earth, and neutral in that order with the 4th blank. I removed the old ...
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Wiring a garage door sensor

Looking to wire an LED light indicator for my garage door. I'm in no way a lighting/electrical expert and I could use help. I do repair copiers for a living. Home auto mechanic rebuild motors etc. I ...
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Trying to hook up dimmer/fan switch but have an extra wire?

I am trying to replace a switch that had a 4 position light knob and a 4 position fan knob. The old one had three wires coming out of it and the new one has 4. Below is a picture of my wall and the ...
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Why do my bathroom lights keep blowing?

Hello: I have a wall mount light fixture that uses 5 globe type bulbs. I have had the fixture for about 10 years, recently each time I replace a bulb - the new bulb burns out within a few hours. ...
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One side of combination switch turns off power in a room

I have an exhaust fan, light fixture and wall outlet connected to a combination switch. The top switch turns on the lights and it works and the outlet is always on, but the bottom switch supposed to ...
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Electrical workaround for wiring a smart switch

There's the following setup in my bedroom: I need to wire the WiFi Switch in the setup above so I made the following workaround: Basically I dimissed Light Bulb 2 in order to get the power line to ...
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Strange bath lighting vanity light

Went to change in the lighting above our bathroom vanity and was greeted with this strange fixture. I am at a loss how to remove it to get replacement. I do not see any type of markings or model ...
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Can a Smart light switch be used for a Gas fireplace insert?

I have a gas fireplace that the on/off function is controlled by a light switch. The switch is connected to two wires only, a black and white wire. There is no ground wire. Can a smart switch be used ...
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How to remove this light globe?

I have not been able to get the glass dish removed from this ceiling light fixture. There are no holes, visible clips or any other clues at how to free the glass. I have tried to turn the dish but ...
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Can I use a regular E26 LED bulb as a replacement for a refrigerator light bulb?

The light bulb in my refrigerator burned out. It was a 40w incandescent appliance bulb like such: I'm wondering if there is any reason I can not put a 9watt A19 LED bulb such as this one (home depot ...
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How should I connect a new smart switch to my wiring?

I think I have a regular 2-way Switch but there are 3 wires connected to it: 2 black wires going to the same screw and a red one going to an upper one. I'm not sure which wire is doing what. How can I ...