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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Issue when adding a single pole switch next to a 3 way

Hoping for some help here. I have a 3 way dimmer switch running to a fan/light combo that I have jumped a single pole switch off of to power a new exterior light. There are two 3 way switches on the ...
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Alternate LED controller for LED light fixture

My wife and I bought and installed this light fixture the other day. We've been satisfied with the look, however, the LED controller and remote that came with it are absolutely awful. We were hoping ...
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Certain light bulbs not working in fixture

I have recessed lighting in my eaves outside, 8 in front 4 in the back. Most of them were blown and I bought 12 Great Value Led 8W (60W Equivalent) Daylight Color Frosted Light Bulbs to replace them ...
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Driver box issue

We just installed two ultra slim recessed lights with driver boxes, they were working fine, but now they are not. We checked the lights, they are working in other outlets, and we have power to the ...
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Do I need to use dielectric grease or another type of water proofing in c9 christmas sockets?

I went ahead and took the plunge and ordered the supplies to build my own christmas light strand this year using this guide. I built a test strip, and I'm realizing that water intrusion into the c9 ...
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How can I patch this ceiling hole my new light fixture does not fully cover?

I recently had a new ceiling light fitted which replaced a standard plastic ceiling rose. The new fitting is quite slim and the old fitting was hiding a larger than expected cutout in the plasterboard....
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What is this threaded lamp(?) piece called?

I'm fixing a custom pendant, and one of the pieces has been damaged and needs to be replaced. Trouble is, I can't figure out what this piece is called or where to find one similar. It is the silver ...
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Is this 3 switch wiring arrangement allowed by code?

I have a hallway light fixture with three switches. When the circuit is off, a small voltage persists to the fixture causing LED and CFL bulbs to stop working prematurely. It is believed that the ...
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Blew a bulb, not the breaker, but now there's no power to the ceiling box

I installed a new chandelier that worked initially, then a loose wire in the socket blew the bulb. I re-wired the socket, but now there seems to be no power. I have a current tester, not a meter and ...
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Can you extend electrical wires from a junction box as long as the splices are contained?

I have an electrical box that ideally I would get moved, but I'm trying to work with what I've got. From what I can tell, it has already been moved/replaced twice before, as there is a round patched ...
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Selecting the correct lighting transformer

This is related to a separate question I posted here: LED chandelier lights permanently dim. I have an LED chandelier that it appears that I need to replace my transformer in as per the comments in my ...
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Ceiling fan with light and remote issues

We purchased and installed new ceiling fan/light with remote about three months ago. We have not had any problems with it since we installed it but the last 24 hours I have been quarantined to my room ...
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Why can't I find a color changing GU24 bulb? [closed]

Do they even make color changing GU24 bulbs?? I am looking for one for the holidays and can't find any! It seems like I could buy a color changing edison bulb and then get a GU24 adapter to screw it ...
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Light bulb sockets in ceiling fan damaged due to corrosion or arcing: Can clean to repair or must replace?

My ceiling fan has 3 light bulb sockets of roughly candelabra bulb size E12 For many years the lights have been unreliable even with new bulbs, frequently flickering on and off spontaneously or when ...
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Old light fixture has 3 sets of black, white and copper. It keeps tripping breaker when installed. Not sure what to do

I’m installing a new light fixture to replace an old ceiling fan light fixture. When I removed the old fixture there are 3 sets of black, white, and copper wires in white casings. My new fixture does ...
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How to fix the metal part of socket?

(I first apologize for my lack of knowledge on correct names and terms.) The other day, I wanted to change a light bulb and the inside metal part of the socket came undone with the bulb. How can I fix ...
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Identify this old E27 5W 230V short lightbulb

I've recently discovered (under a ceiling that I took off) and old wall-mounted lamp. It has a curious lightbulb which I failed to identify so far. The lightbulb works right now (gives a beautiful &...
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How to replace a CFL recessed light with LED fixture

I bought a few LED new light fixtures and was able to replace them in bedroom in 5-10 minutes each. But the ones in kitchen had a weird CFL format and not the usual lightbulb screw kind of holder so ...
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Single pole/single throw switch turns one light on and one light off

I have a single pole, single throw switch which controls a ceiling light, no pull chain (light A) and (unnecessarily) a wall light, with pull chain (light B). When the switch is in the OFF position, ...
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Tried repairing a broken lamp and it's weirdly dim - high resistance in wire?

Neighbours threw out a gorgeous lamp, which had broken by the socket becoming disconnected from the wires. My housemate brought it home, and I tried rewiring it. Following an internet tutorial, I ...
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4 Way Switching Wiring Diagram Nightmare

I am having trouble making my 4 way switch working in the home I just bought (quite an old one). As of now, I don't want to remove the light fixture as it quite big and it will be a big trouble... but ...
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I have an old light fixture in my bathroom with no visible screws; how do I remove it from the ceiling?

I'd like to replace an old, rusted light fixture on the bathroom ceiling. Unfortunately, I have no idea how it's actually held up to the ceiling. There are no screws on the sides, but there are ...
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Test light wiring

I'm renovating a pantry. There was a light in there that didn't work. We were told after purchase that it had been "deactivated". Before I moved the box I tested the wire and it in fact had ...
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How to wire lighting fixture with two sets of hot, neutral, and ground?

I'm installing a light fixture in my crawl space. The fixture has a set of hot, neutral, and ground wires coming into the fixture from utilities as well as a set of hot, neutral, and ground wires ...
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Installing motion lights on a fixture with a dimmer switch

I'm replacing an old led light fixture that is on a dimmer knob. The new light fixture is also LED but motion activated. The instruction manual says do not install on dimmer circuit. Basically I want ...
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Wiring question - 3 lights

Trying to get a really precise answer about what to do with each wire. I got some answers before but they were not specific enough and had run on sentences I could not make sense of. I am very handy, ...
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Light fixture on new condo wiring question

Ok so my wife and I bought our first condo. It was built over 100 years ago but has some modern renovations and some early 90s renovations. There were two light fixtures we hated so we shut the ...
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Change Bulb Socket in Light Fixture?

I have a lighting fixture that uses CF13DT bulbs. How can I replace just the socket to use Edison screw in bulbs or the bi-pin GU24 bulbs?
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How to remove this fluorescent lamp from its fixture

tl/dr: I can't find how to release the lamp from the fixture. Not spring-loaded Non rotating I can't find a way to remove the sides I have a fluorescent lamp in my bathroom which lights up about 2 ...
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Older light fixture with 3 bulbs - each bulb has 1 white and 1 black wire from it

I have an older light fixture with 3 bulbs - each bulb has 1 white and 1 black wire from it, and it also has the standard grounding wire. The fixture box in the ceiling has 1 white and 1 black (and ...
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Light switch installation

I am replacing light fixtures in the bathroom from one fixture that was part of a medicine cabinet to 2 separate fixtures. The fixtures have 3 connections - black, white and copper which I have ...
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Light switch to quickly toggle power on and off for LED control

I installed an led chandelier that is controlled by a remote, which can change the color temperature and dim it. The light came with a 120VAC/24VDC driver. The device came with little instruction, but ...
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Should there be insulation inside a light fixture?

I recently moved into a new home, and I was replacing a light bulb when I found this after removing the glass cover. Now, I don't know much about codes and regulations, and I'm new to working on my ...
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Remove 1 Light/Switch to Operate on It's Own

I have 7 lights in my kitchen going into my butler's pantry. There are five light switches that controls the lights. 1 switch in the butler's pantry, 3 switches in the kitchen and 1 switch outside of ...
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LED chandelier lights permanently dim

Our LED chandelier has 20 1.5w G4 bi-pin bulbs. About a month ago, all of the bulbs, in unison became very dim. We do not have a dimmer on this chandelier. I noticed that sometimes when I'd turn on ...
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Converting a Chandalier Hard wire to an outlet

we just moved in to a new apt in New Jersey and the previous tenant had this really nice string light fixture with colorful lampshades etc (pictured below). Unfortunately, he took them with him when ...
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How to remove downlight with mouse trap clips

See attached pic. I have downlights like this in my apartment. I don't know how to get at the mouse trap clips. I can pull down on the downlight at the seal with the roof but then I need to flick the ...
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After installing GFCI outlet in bathroom, why won't my light fixture turn on?

I recently installed an updated light fixture in my bathroom and swapped a standard outlet for a GFCI. Both are seemingly running through a single light switch. Once everything was installed the light ...
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Three way switch circuit leaking voltage

I have a hallway light fixture controlled by three switches (panel -> 3 way -> 4 way -> 3 way -> fixture). Lights in this fixture routinely burn out within 6 months (incandescent, cfl and ...
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Light fixture has 3 white wires together, 2 black together, and one by itself, how do I connect a new fixture?

The light fixture I removed has 3 white wires basically melted together. One black wire by itself, and the other two blacks are connected. How would I go about wiring a new fixture with one white ...
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Fixture side box?

Does anyone have any idea what is this side (maybe converter) attached to the side of the fixture. The fixture has the conventional 2 black/white and ground wiring. In addition, one red and white, I ...
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Do European/Italian light fixtures & boxes use metric threads?

I installed a fancy light fixture in a US single wall box, and had a terrible time with the mount and trim until I tapped out the fixture's mounting caps with a 8-24 tap and replaced the mounting ...
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Exterior light fixture: White wire hot, black wire not,

I have an outdoor flood light fixture that stopped working. I don’t use it often so it could have stopped working at any time. I changed the bulbs and that didn’t work, so I got a new fixture. I took ...
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What is this brown material in my 1950s-era ceiling light's electrical box?

I'm planning to re-wire a ceiling light fixture in order to bring a neutral line down to the switch box. I've identified where all of the lines go in the attic, it's easily accessible and there's no ...
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How to separate bathroom light from fan

I am trying to separate the light and fan to two separate switches. I took the black wires apart and tried each one separate. One did nothing, and the other turned on both. I’m assuming this means I ...
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Rewiring light fixture and switch to bring neutral line to the switch: one 12/3 switch-leg vs two 12/2 wire to bring power to switch?

I'm looking at rewiring a ceiling-mounted light fixture (a basic light bulb mount) and the accompanying switch in my utility room. It's in a very accessible part of my attic, and I'd like to do it in ...
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How can I remove an electrical box that's screwed into a ceiling joist without attic access?

I want to replace a ceiling electrical box rated for light fixtures with one that is rated for fan support. Unfortunately, I can't seem to get the existing plastic box out with the usual methods. ...
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Finding a switch for dining room ceiling wires

I bought a house and there is a spot in the dining room for a ceiling light (it was capped off) and I installed a chandelier after determining the wires were not live and there is no switch that I can ...
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Ceiling Fan Won't Turn On Unless I Turn On The Recessed Lights Switch

I had a light fixture in the room. I took out the light fixture, and added four canned lights in the room, connected to where the light fixture was, and turning on and off using what was the light ...
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Can't get my keyless bulb socket working

I have an old country home. I'm trying to get a porch lite to work. The old porcelain fixture was cracked and had electrical tape holding it so I replaced with a porcelain keyless. There are 2 sets ...

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