Questions tagged [light-fixture]

For questions generally relating to lamp holders, luminaires, and any other electrical device designed to use an electric lamp to provide artificial light in a home.

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Ceiling Fan Toggle Switch No Longer Used - Can I do anything else with it?

I have a ceiling fan with a light kit in my house that USED to be controlled by two toggle switches. The light and ceiling fan used to be controlled separately - you flip one switch to turn on the ...
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Trying to fix/replace a ceiling light — seen this type of mounting bracket anywhere?

A ceiling light was held in place by this plastic bracket and finally broke away. Been searching all over trying to find a generic replacement bracket but everything seems to attach upwards. This ...
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Help with Bathroom Light installation

I am having some trouble figuring out how to reinstall this light fixture in my bathroom. My wife unscrewed it to paint behind on the wall, but I do not see how I am supposed to get the thing back on ...
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What type bulb goes in my chandelier?

This chandelier had no bulbs when we moved in...guess they couldn’t find replacement either? Please help!
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Older Zenith motion activated flood light not working properly

I have a Zenith 2 light (halogen) flood light that worked fine until a couple of months ago when we needed it most! There was a guy in our driveway in the middle of the night casing our cars. Our ...
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Fast flickering LED kitchen light fixture

I have a LED kitchen light fixture which has been working great for around 18 months. There's no dimmer on it and it's controlled by a standard light switch. A couple of days ago it started flickering ...
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Pendant light cord too long

How would you shorten a pendant lamp's electrical cable? It's a USA home from the 1920s. The question has been asked before, but wrapping an electrical cable around a metal caribeaner seems dangerous....
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Why do these LED light bulbs flicker when my remote control has turned them off?

I bought some LED lights for my candelabra in my master bedroom. They're E12 bulbs (I think, since they do fit). Incandescents worked fine before. When I put these LEDs in there, they flicker when ...
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What type of terminal block is this?

It doesn't seem to have screws nor a button. I need to rewire the cables because of them started to split. Any ideas how to get it out?
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What is recommended method for mounting chandelier canopy that has 2 screws?

I want to mount a chandelier canopy like this one to the ceiling. You'll notice the hole on the left and the hole on the right. The way this assumingly is supposed to work is that you have the ...
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How to make switched Outlet control on Switched Outlet on opposite side of room

Are there any on the Shelf products that allow light switches on one side of the room to control unswitched receptacles on the other side of the room? I know that you could do this with smart switches,...
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Installing new light fixture with two sets of wires

I just moved into this house and there was no light fixture above the sink. Thankfully, they left the wires! So I bought a pendant to hang here. One set of wires is obviously for this light, and the ...
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is there maximum of live wires allowed in one conduit

I have a light switch panel that has multiple switches to control different lights for a big area. The panel is located not in the most comfortable place, therefore I am planning to move 6 switches to ...
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Can I replace a 4 wire ballast with a 5 wire one?

Can I replace a 4 wire ballast with a 5 wire one? The new ballast has an extra blue wire.
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Code requirements for adhering wall light to electrical box - does the light need to be attached to the box?

I have a wall light which I'd like to mount on a wood board for decorative purposes. Below are photos of the light from the front and the back, and then a photo of the light on the board. I don't ...
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Light Fixture Stopped Working After Replacing Its Three-Way Switch

I have a halogen light fixture that is powered by a three-way switch at the top of the stairs and another three-way switch at the bottom of the stairs. After I replaced both switches with new 3-way ...
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GFCI Outlet in Bathroom, Lights not working

I completely lost power only in bathroom, so I reset the GFCI and then I turned on the light switch. As soon as I flipped the light switch up the lights flashed on then off and the GFCI outlet made a ...
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Help with strange wiring in light switch box

Recently purchased a new home and went to swap out a broken single pole light switch with smart switch that requires neutral. A quick clance into the switch box and I thought it had what I needed. ...
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Light fixture in bedroom closet?

Does current electric code mandate an installation of a light fixture in every bedroom's closet?
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Dim only certain lightbulbs on a circuit?

The builder built my house with multiple outdoor lights on a single circuit. Most of the lights are non-dimmable LED wall fixtures, but 2 of them are dimmable 6" LED baffles under an overhang. He ...
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Moving and covering light fixtures in bathroom

I currently have 2 small light fixtures in my bathroom on either side of my mirror above the sink. My plan is to add a new fixture above the mirror and patch/cover the existing fixtures. It's first ...
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No Room to twist and change Florescent Bulbs

I have a kitchen Florescent light fixture with two of four bulbs not working. Unfortunately, the fixture frame and other bulbs are so close I am unable to get a good grip on the bulbs necessary to ...
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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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Is untreated aluminium suitable as an LED heat sink?

I'd like to have a 5m LED strip lighting directed upwards from around 1m height (would be behind a desk and other furniture). My idea was a simple U shaped aluminium profile (so it can be screwed to ...
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Light fitting with American coloured wiring but bought in UK

I recently bought a new light fitting off amazon.co.uk which has come with wiring as shown in the picture: I'm surprised to see black/white cabling since I thought this to be the US colour coding. ...
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want to install new led lights but they have aluminum wires , can i join to copper wiring with merrits?

can I use ordinary wiring merits to join aluminum and copper wire together to wire up led flush mount lights. Is there a product that will protect the joining of aluminum wiring and copper wiring ?
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CFL Fixtures: one lamp stays constant, the other cycles on an off

My daughter just had extensive remodeling in her house. Both children's bedrooms now have cfl two bulb ceiling fixtures. Both fixtures, when switched on, start out with one bulb lit. After a few ...
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Fluorescent Light issue

I have a 4 bulb light fixture which suddenly just went out. I checked and there was power to it. I changed all the bulbs in case one was bad and still nothing. So I purchased a new ballast and ...
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Three way switch with intermittent light functionality

I have a fluorescent light fixture in my kitchen that works intermittently. Or, rather, has been working intermittently, but now has stopped working. I suspected that one of the three way switches ...
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Why do my lightbulbs keep flashing then return normal

My light has 2 or 4 bulbs 2 of them flash on and off 3 times then nothing else but one does it then the other why?
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Pendant lights without a ceiling box

I am having a house built, and I noticed there was no exposed ceiling box at the locations of my pendant lights. I was unable to get out there to visually verify things before drywall went up (that's ...
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LED downlights glow when switched off

we have an issue were our downlights have a dim glow when switched off. electrician has been back to replace downlights but no success. glow doesnt happen every night, often a big gap in between ...
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Several LEDs and LED bulbs in my house are failing at the same time and way before their estimated lifespan

I've never had this happen to me and, now, in a span of 1 month, it's already happened 4 times... The following 3 LED bulbs and 1 LED strip have become unusable: An Ikea Ledare 600lm spot LED buld (...
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Questionable electric work

My bathroom light is connected to the same switch that runs my exhaust fan. The switch doesn't go all the way up without an extra bit of a push and then sometimes when the switch is completely off ...
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How to know if I can use LED ceiling light bulbs?

I'm renting a flat and need to replace some light bulbs. The bulbs I need are 12V MR16/GU5.3 bulbs. How can I tell if I can use LED bulbs as opposed to the halogen ones that are there currently? If ...
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Electrical wiring for this ceiling lamp with many bulbs?

I saw this ceiling lamp on the internet, and I thought I would try to build it. I'm trying to be more DIY, but anything related to electrical is new to me. This question is related to the electrical ...
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Ceiling fan light fixture comes on with fan

I installed a new light fixture on my ceiling fan and apparently did something wrong with the wiring. The lights will only come on when the fan itself is running and are dim. It appears that they are ...
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Wall light won't work

I have just changed my horrible brass wall lights for a couple of led lights. One works and one doesn't. Tester is showing power is there when I switch it on but still no light. both LEDs work fine ...
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Does anyone make larger torsion spring clips for recessed lighting fixtures?

I've got recessed LED fixtures in the dining room. (Juno IC22 housings.) They were installed after the old plaster ceiling had been removed, so they're fastened to the joists with telescoping bar ...
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Can I put a wallpaper close to a light fixture?

I didn't find any information about it and I'm wondering if I can have a wallpaper close to a light fixture like the image below: The reason I'm asking is because we recently added both the wallpaper ...
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Installing Lighting Fixture - Ground Question

I have a lighting fixture that has the black, white and copper wire. The supply line has the same colors. I connected each color together. However, I realize that there is this green screw with my ...
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Ideas to install stand-alone light on ceiling without nails or screws

In the ceiling there is no light box and I can't insert nails or screws. I need to install a square LED light fixture, weighting 1.4 lbs, that is fed by the outlet. Maximum I can do is to damage the ...
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Checked voltage, ok, replaced 4 pin triple bulb twice GX24q-3 and still does not worked?

Checked voltage on kitchen 5 light fixture, one of them was burnt out, replaced bulb with same model GX24q-3 and still same fixture does not work?
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What are the main causes of loose connections in lighting circuits?

I'm fairly new to doing house jobs myself, so I apologise if this is an unsuitable question here. I have a ceiling light which has started working only intermittently. I understand from the many ...
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How do I connect the ground wires to the new light fixture?

Took out old fluorescent fixture and putting in new LED one. There are 2 switches for this fixture. Not sure what’s going on with the 3 ground wires. I’m not an electrician so dumb it down please.😊
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Replacing pendant light but reusing existing chock (UK)

Firstly a disclaimer: I'm new to electrics in general so apologies if I'm using the wrong terminology. I have a new pendant light from IKEA and it looked like a very straightforward installation. It ...
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Using a dimmer on a light plugged in to a receptacle [duplicate]

My home is 42 years old. The kitchen lighting consists of 2 48" fluorescent shop lights each plugged into a normal 110v receptable. It uses a standard, 1 way, on/off switch. I want to convert from ...
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Fan and Light Switch Reversed

I have a switch in my master bedroom that my family replaced. The controls are switched. The fan turns on when you put the light switch on and the light turns on only when the fan switch is all the ...
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Ceiling fan gets voltage but lights do not turn on

I just connected a new ceiling fan with lights and the lights and fan won't turn on. I tried to hunt down the problem and used a non contact voltage detector and the voltage does flow to the wires on ...
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How do I know what LED bulbs are safe to use in fixtures that are part of construction?

In a recent question, I asked about different power ratings for LED and traditional incandescent light bulbs. In the accepted answer, the author explained that the different ratings are due to heat ...