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My light won’t turn off

We are trying to replace a lamp but the switch won’t turn it off. The old lamp had 3 cables but the new just has 2. The old lamp had a blue connected to the red. We tried different combinations (...
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Ceiling light with 6 wires

I'm trying to replace old ceiling light with a new one. New light has only blue and red, no green. There are 2 cables coming from the ceiling each with 3 wires. Green/blue/red and green/black/red. ...
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How do I install my new ceiling light fixture?

Hi I’d like to install a new light fixture. The fixture is made out of plastic and has a blue and a brown cable. The image is of the old fixture that works. In case the image isn’t clear enough - ...
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Is there a way to darken a bedroom yet letting air in as much as possible?

Of course one could use a vent but this is not feasible for me. Is there a low-tech solution, like some kind of a specific curtain? I could also cover my window with an opaque board, letting some ...
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Simple light switch wiring upgrade to new switch - NO NEUTRAL

I'm trying to upgrade a light switch and would be grateful if someone could tell me what goes where. I've tried various combinations but the light either does not turn on or stays on permanently.
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LED track lights slowly turn on one by one only to work at a fraction of output

I'm having a weird issue with my LED track lights and I can't seem to put my finger on what exactly is causing it. They seemed to work just fine until recently. Now whenever I turn on the lights, they ...
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Laundry Room outlet and light not working

My overhead light and outlet in my laundry room are not working, all of the sudden. They are on the same breaker and nothing else in the house is on that breaker. I just replaced the light switch and ...
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Uncapped wires in light switch box

I was trying to install a smart light switch, I don't have a neutral, so I can't do that. However, when I looked in the box, I noticed this other group of wires pushed to the back. They aren't capped ...
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Legrand switch invert light

Here are two photos of the switch I need help. So basically I want to change the left light to the right one and the right to the left but I don't understand the brown cables. Which ones do I need to ...
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Does a GFCI-protected bath light/fan unit need separate neutrals?

I hope there is an electrician on this forum who would know the answer to this. I am in the US and must have permits in my area and install per NEC. This is new construction. Installing a fan/light ...
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Problem with old light switch

The screw on my light switch somehow came loose on its own, and when I screwed it back in it made the light flicker and go out. Would it be safe to unscrew it again? What would make this happen?
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limit detection angle of a motion sensor light switch

Is there a way to limit the horizontal angle of a motion based indoor (occupancy) light switch to it doesn't pick up movement within, say 90 degree horizontal angle only
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What is wrong with my light

I have two ceiling light fixtures that just will not work. I checked the incoming power in the ceiling. Its fine. I did a continuity test on the wires/socket and they are fine. As a test I ...
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South Africa - Helping a layman with connecting multiple strings of lights on one plug

How would I connect 10 x light strings (20 lamps x 3v/0.06w) to one plug the transformers that come with the light sets are Input: 230-240Va.c 50Hz Output: 24Vac 6va Can I just get a bigger ...
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Existing light fixture is connected to 2 white wires, black wires are capped

I started to replace a light fixture in a closet and discovered that although 2 wires (each containing a black, white, and ground wire) come into the box, only the white wires are connected to the ...
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Separating 2 Light Switches (1 is a 3 way) Hardwired Together

I have 2 light switches (in one box) in my laundry room. The one switch is a 3 way which operates the light in my garage (just behind the laundry room). There is only 1 switch to the laundry room. I ...
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How can I add lights and a switch downstream of a pull-chain fixture?

I have a challenging wiring question. I have power coming in to a pull chain light fixture(beginning-of-run). it needs to stay in its current position. I need to borrow power from it and add two ...
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Can I replace my halogen with led? [duplicate]

So, long story short: An Halogen (MR16/GU5.3) light in my bathroom went out and I replaced it with an led light (from Wilko UK, 3 pack). I know nothing of electrics, but thought heck, I should be able ...
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Electrical Problem

I have two lights I am trying to install in my garage. The switch for these lights has a black and a white wire. However, when I look at the junction boxes for both of these lights I have a red wire ...
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Why does my bath fan turn off when light switch is on and vise versa?

I just put a new exhaust fan in the bathroom and connected it to existing light switch, which is connected to the bathroom light. When I turned the power back on, the bath light came on but not the ...
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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 ...