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How to extend a power outlet from an existing outdoor light

There is an outdoor light owned by HOA, located outside of the door of my apartment unit. And I'd like to install a security camera near the light. There is no outlet there, and How can I extend an ...
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Outdoor porch light problem

My light (LED) burned out, I think and when I replaced it the light would not work. Then, when I put in a regular light, it would go on for a second or more and then flash three times and go out ...
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reducing light reflection on a wall

I have a wall across from the doorways of a bedroom and "office." It reflects light into the bedroom which bothers people trying to sleep with the other door open. What would be a good way to reduce ...
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How can I bring more light into this shower?

Consider this shower alcove: The curtain is partially-transparent. It can't be made much more transparent for privacy reasons; so, it blocks a lot of the light. Also, hanging a towel on that rail ...
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Master bedroom light switch is controlling the bathroom too?

Ok so I’m changing out the old outlets switches from the 80’s cause they are old and yellow from age... and the outlets will occasionally spark when you put a plug into them. They are all grounded ...
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Adding lights to a 3-way switched circuit

I currently have a circuit that goes like this: Panel -> 3-Way switch -> 3-Way switch -> light I have the wiring run through 2 additional boxes between the switches and I'd like to add ...
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How do i ground a new overhead light fixture? I'm replacing a 2 wire fixture with a new 3 wire fixture wich includes a ground wire

How do I ground a new overhead light fixture? I'm replacing a 2 wire fixture with no grounding wire with a new 3 wire fixture which includes a ground wire.
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Red wire spliced into a bundle of blacks?

This switch currently provides power to the top half of an outlet, through a junction box. I installed some pot lights and want to tie into the circuit, at the junction box. I attach the black ...
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I want light controlled by one switch, not two

I have two switches that control one light. I would like to close one of the switches, so that the light is only turned on and off by one of them. I removed the light switch from one of them (pictured)...
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Outside light fixture

I am replacing a very old outside light fixture and have hit a roadblock. All of the fixtures I see in stores are sleek in design but mine is connected to a pretty large electrical box. The picture ...
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How deep of concrete base do I need for a 35 foot

I have a 35 foot aluminum light pole that has 4 bolts holes in the base of the pole. I need to know how deep and wide should I pour the concrete into the ground. I'm not going to use the light pole ...
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Why doesn't new dimmer switch brighten completely?

I just replaced an old Pass and Seymour slide dimmer switch with a Lutron single pole switch with a side toggler. I'm using incandescent bulbs. The new switch dims the lights fine, but when I slide ...
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Remaining AC Voltage [duplicate]

So I have a three switch box and one goes to a light/receptacle outlet on the wall. The other two go to my ceiling fan. When I read the wires out when they are switched off I get 0vac. When I turn ...
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Light fitting won't work with more than one bulb in place

I have a light fitting very similar to this. i have purchased the correct bulbs but when more than one is fitted none work. i have tested each individual fitting and each works. i have purchased a ...
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Remove Light Switch - Bury or Move?

I have an interesting concern. I bought a house built in 1978, and since then the previous owners made some changes. One of which I can't figure out how to do safely and up to code. And I have read ...
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Bathroom and hallway lights keep turning off

I wonder if any one can give me some advice. We have been having problems with our bathroom and hallway lights. If hall way light is on and you then turn on bathroom light to go in bathroom. Bathroom ...
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Can I connect an LED light fixture to a 240 volt oulet?

My question: I'm replacing a metal halide fixture with a LED fixture. The outlet is single phase 240V (split with no neutral). Is it ok to connect the LED fixture to this outlet? I'm asking because ...
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How do I get the bulb holder off of the wire?

There are no screws. I've tried pulling and there's no budging! No obvious signs of anywhere I can put a screwdriver to pop it off. Even if I cut the wires and try to re-wire it, I'm still not sure ...
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Wiring for light switch and exhaust fan

Let me start by saying I don't really know what I am talking about, so my vocabulary may be incorrect. This is all based upon my best interpretation of the problem. I am replacing some old light ...
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4 way circuit, need to reduce it to 3 way

I have a 4 way circuit (two 3way switches and one 4way ) controlling one light in my back patio. I would like to add a second light and use one of the 3 existing switches to control it, turning the ...
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Install Vintage Ceiling Light Fixture

We purchased a vintage ceiling light fixture in Europe and I’m trying to figure out how to mount it. I’ve attached photos below. It seems to have a sort of hickey attached to the end of the post ...
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Do I need to retrofit a junction box when replacing a vanity light?

I am installing a new vanity light. I took down the old one from 1997 and found that there is no box behind the light, only the cable coming through the drywall, (black, white and green/ground.) Is it ...
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Removing light switch permanently

I have a light switch that powers an outlet when it's turned on. I want to remove the switch, connect the wires and make the power in the outlet permanently on. In that case, what am I supposed to do ...
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Replacing a light switch that has 2 red wires and 1 black- one red was on the screw the other red was back stabbing the same portion

I am replacing a light switch that had 2 red wires(one connected to screw and one backstabbing) and the one black was backstabbing the upper part of the switch. I understand I should use the screw to ...
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Wifi light switch needs neutral wire. Why? AND Can that wire be a skinny one?

What does the neutral wire do on a light switch that responds to wifi? My suspicion is that when the switch is in the off position, the electronics in the switch need to still be powered, so the ...
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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?