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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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How do I remove this outdoor light [closed]

I just bought a house and there’s an outdoor light by the back door but it doesn’t work. I think it’s wired because there’s a light switch next to the door that doesn’t seem to work for anything else. ...
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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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Flickering light when ceiling fan is switched off

I replaced a one way light switch that worked fine, with a nicer looking switch but now the ceiling fan light flickers when the switch is OFF. I installed a bulb flicker adaptor but it does not help. ...
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How to wire a new ceiling light fixture in the UK?

I'm installing a ceiling light. It has, as pictured, an L and N. Click to embiggen My old light is as pictured here: Can someone help me with where the wires should go? Would the red wires get put ...
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Help changing a 2 way 2 gang light switch

I am trying to change a 2 gang 2 way light switch. The old switch has 5 wires. 2 red wires in the common , L1 brown , L2 white and L1 blue again I will try insert a picture of old set up. So I on ...
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2 gang switch in bathroom, replacing exact switch with timer -- question on neutral

I have a bathroom with a switch for a fan, and another switch for a light. I replaced the light switch with a decora switch. For the fan, I'm using a smarter switch that has buttons for setting the on-...
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Replacing old Nutone vent fan, light and heater unit in bathroom

I have three single pole separate switches in the bathroom downstairs. I have three /2 cables coming from downstairs going into the attic. I can get the light to work but not the vent fan and heater. ...
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How to wire 3 lights, each with separate power coming into them to a single switch?

I have 3 pull chain lights in my unfinished basement that all have their power coming into them from above, likely all from different sources. I want to connect these 3 lights together onto a single ...
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How to wire light and fan on a cathedral ceiling?

I want to add some lights to the roof joist and a ceiling fan to the ridge beam. The height of the ridge beam is 20 feet. I plan to run romex up the wall to the peak. At the peak should I continue ...
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Does a pass-through laundry room require light switches at each entrance?

Our laundry room was built with two entrances. Its 12’x9’ and only has a light switch on one entry doorway. Does that meet code requirements?
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How should I reconnect two light switches with four black wires?

we recently moved to a condo and I was looking to replace some dated dimmers with regular on/off light switches to be able to use LED bulbs. Ended up taking off the two light switches but did not ...
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Light switch with time delay turns off instantly (2-3 seconds)

In my stairway, i have a Light switch with time delay. When i press the button the lights turn on, but instantly turn off (in 2-3 seconds). The lights should be turned on for at least 10-15 seconds in ...
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3 wires in 3cables, each black, white and ground inside one plastic enclosed switchbox that has inside slots no screws being replaced

SITUATION: replacing 3 lever switch box connected to one outlet. Inside one of the 3 switchboxes (1) lever this switchbox had 4 plastic non-screw interior connectors called slots instead of screws. I ...
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Can door contact switch turn on a light when open and send signal to fan when closed?

I have a small pantry in a new house which has been designed with insulated walls and doors, etc. with the idea being that it is kept at a different temperature to the rest of the house to store food. ...
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Help replacing a bathroom vanity light fixture with no ground wire in metal clad cable

Attempting to replace a bathroom vanity light fixture, removed the previous fixture and found a rough hole in the drywall with metal clad cable containing only 2 wires (yellow and white) - no ground ...
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Wiring new light fixture to 2-wire ceiling rose

Any word of wisdom greatly appreciated. Wanted to install a new light in the living room and unexpectedly (for amateur as myself) i see 2 sets of wires in the ceiling rose i.e 2x L/N/E. The room has 2 ...
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Fluorescent To LED Tube Swab - Only One Side Works

I have old 4ft fluorescent fixtures in the basement (about 10 years). They are the NEW232120REBN from Lithonia. The T12s are dying out so I bought some Philips InstantFit 32W-equivalent T8 LED tubes. ...
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How do I wire my ceiling light?

I have 2 black wires, 2 white wires and 2 exposed wires. I connected the light's white to the 2 white wires, the black to the 2 black and the green to the 2 exposed, but when I turn my breaker back on ...
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Light fixture problem

Just got a new house. This is how the old fixture was wired. The light worked but the fan didn’t. Attempted to wire up a new fixture. Nutted the white from the fixture to the other 3 whites coming out ...
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Why do I have three 12-2 cables coming into my closet ceiling light switch?

I was putting in some rope lights in my closet so I put in a outlet and tied it to my switch. The switch box has three 12-2 cables coming in. One black is hot. They had 1 black on the lower screw and ...
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Can this lamp socket handle a splitter/adapter that takes multiple light bulbs?

I'd like to add two socket adapters to this lamp in order to put 4 bulbs in it to get more light. However, I'm confused by the message saying MAX 60 W Type A OR 10 W LED OR lamp adapter. Will this ...
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Bizarre behavior after replacing a three-way switch

I’ve encounter very bizarre behavior when replacing a very old three-way switch in my mother’s old house, and I’m trying to understand just what might be going on. One light is controlled by two three-...
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Need a wiring diagram for separate switches to a ceiling fan/light

Anyone have a wiring diagram for converting a single switch that controls a ceiling fan/light kit into 2 separate switches that control each separately? Power is at the switch and is in the middle of ...
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New light switch being controlled by another switch

I installed new light fixture in a mudroom and a Lutron TGCL-153PH-WH dimmer toggle switch for it. I'm adding the switch into a gangbox where there is an existing 3-way light switch for the hallway. ...
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Crack open a Belgian lightswitch

there! I'm trying to open this lightswitch, I tried to put a screwdriver beneath the plastic outer frame and lift it, without success. There's a small notch below the switch itself, but I don't ...
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Light switch with no ground wire attached

I am trying to install a new switch but the ground wire was never attached to the old switch and this is what I have, any suggestions?
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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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Voltage in traveler wires 3 way switch

If I measure the voltage between the two traveler wires in my 3 way switch, I see 8 to 12 volts. Is it normal to have that much voltage on travelers?
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Switch has a hot wire activated by another switch

I have a box with two switches. One of the switches goes to a ceiling light. The second switch we have never been able to determine. Today I decided to try to figure out where that second switch ...
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Can I safely swap an incandescent in a shower recessed fixture for an LED?

I have an "airlock" (I believe this implies humidity reduction) recessed ceiling light in my shower. It has a 40W A15 incandescent bulb, which is now dead. I'm looking to swap in an LED bulb;...
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Electric Light Switch Box Screw Hole Cracked

I was installing a new light switch and then noticed the hole for the electric box screw was cracked as seen in photo, the top left screw hole is cracked. Is there anything I can do to fix/repair ...
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Replacing ceiling fan with light and remote (single pole)and there are two cables in the light box

So I just bought a new home and I am replacing some of the outdated ceiling fans. I have done this many times before. However in one room the fixture wasn’t working right. The bulbs kept burning out, ...
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Is it possible to replace the toggle paddle for a light switch ? They only have white ones and I need them to be blackblack [closed]

In this diagram below, I need to replace the toggle paddle with a black one This is a smart wifi switch but the one I want to replace is in a three gang electrical box fully populated and I do not ...
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How do I remove/ replace these bulbs

There is a spring type bracket holding the bulb in place but I cannot remove the cover plate or the can
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Changing some light switches around the home

Old 3 ways light switch... Hey guys I hope yall ok. I came this three way switch in the home. It's out of date. Trying to change then I notice something different. Around the house is black wires ...
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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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Indicator light works in reverse to light on/off switch

I am trying to add a 7 volt light to remember to turn off cellar lights. Wiring white to white or the reverse-either way, the indicator light goes on & off in reverse of the switch. What have I ...
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Light switch wiring [UK]

In my house I have a series of single and double switches Like the one in this picture I would like to change them to smart switches because of the light bulbs I have installed. Now when I look at ...
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Hi i want to fit a ceiling light fitting, the wires are blue brown and earth, the wires from ceiling are black red and earth, which is the live wire

Black wire and red wire plus earth coming from ceiling, Brown and blue plus earth on fitting
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