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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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Power to light fixture is on, light doesn't turn on

One of my recessed light fixtures wouldn't turn on it. Got a new fixture. New fixture doesn't turn on. Voltage detector beeps on lead going to the fixture and neutral coming out. Thought that maybe ...
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How to Wire New 1 Way Switch From 2 Existing 3 Way Switches

I've done a lot of searching and can't seem to make sense of what to do in my situation. I had 2 existing 3 way switches that I've replaced with new 3 way dimmers and also added a third single pole (...
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What is this cordless/wireless light?

I recently bought a house where the previous owner installed some kind of wired/cordless light. (I hesitate to use the word wireless, because this has no wifi capability). Best I can tell is that the ...
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Room Light Switch Malfunction

I have a standard, on/off light switch for the fan/light in a room. The past 2 days the light does not want to turn on when the switch is flipped "up" it wants to turn on when the switch is almost in ...
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Replace ceiling fan with fan + light

I have an old noisy ceiling fan that I plan to replace. Can I install a ceiling fan with a light fixture regardless of the wiring, or do I need to open it up to see what I'm working with before buying ...
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Running romex across 2x4s of drop ceiling

Just bought a house built in 1902. I want to add a new light fixture in the dining room that requires running 12/2 Romex to it since there is no existing fixture. From putting an endoscope in the ...
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I replaced my fluorescent light ballast but the bulbs turn off immediately

I changed the ballast on the florescent lights in the laundry room yesterday. Now this morning when I throw the switch they turn on then off immediately. Is this a loose wire connection? Should I go ...
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Unusual wiring in ceiling box for installing light

In each room of my new apartment, there are ceiling boxes under circular white plates where presumably you can install ceiling lights since there are none. When I take off the plate and pull out the ...
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Can I replace the LED in this bathroom light fixture?

I'm remodeling a bathroom and have a light fixture where one of the 3 lights is dimmer than the others. After taking off the glass -- I'm seeing the bulb pictured below. It looks like its secured by ...
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Does crossbar need to be flush against junction box?

I have a question regarding installing a chandelier light fixture in my apartment. The light fixture I bought came with a standard crossbar and I originally screwed it flush into the junction box. ...
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Oven light bulb KEEPS blowing (burning out)

The light bulb in my Whirlpool WFG231LVS0 oven keeps burning out. I've replaced it several times, with new bulbs of several different brands (all marked as being appropriate for ovens). The new ...
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Why is the circuit shorting after connecting a new light fixture?

Working on a project that another contractor left halfway through. All the demo was complete when I came to site, now I'm 90% done, and just reconnecting new fixtures/plates ect(I did no electric work ...
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Put GU10 instead of PAR20 using an adapter, is it safe?

I would like to replace the PAR20 of my ceiling downlight standard bulbs with smart bulbs. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to find PAR20 reliable smart bulbs. I've started thinking about using an ...
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Can I add a light fixture (with a switch) to an existing switch/outlet circuit?

I'd like to drywall/finish the 'closet' under my stairs, but I'd like to add a light fixture with a switch inside the closet first. Inside this closet already, the back of an outlet box and the back ...
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How to manage wiring if replacing ceiling rose with anchor for heavier light

I have just moved house and have brought a dimmable multi-bulb ceiling light with me. It needs to be connected with an anchor to the ceiling. Here is the light. The light above is attached to the ...
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Removing a surface-mounted shop light

In my garage, I have some surface-mounted (or flush-mounted) fluorescent shop lights. I would like to replace them with LED shop lights, instead. They are just plug-in lights, so the electrical part ...
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Can't get the florescent bulb out of the fixture

Bulb blew last night. Trying desperately to get it out to change bulb but not budging. Got the outer case off but the end covers aren't budging so bulb won't pull or twist out.
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Wiring a ceiling light to a ceiling fan box: what about ground?

I've only installed pendant lights before, and they came with a bracket with a green screw for grounding, so it was pretty simple. Now I'm trying to install a ceiling light that just has two wires to ...
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What height/ distance from ceiling or above surfaces would be good for uplighting wall lamp?

So in Houston, I had an Uplighting Floor lamp like this with a 3 way/ mode 110 W bulb. The lighting was not as jarring as a office CFL tube but perfectly bright for all that I needed to do in my room/ ...
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Choosing a Switch Based on Amperage

I will be replacing a light fixture that had a switch built in and was operated independently from any wall switch. Rather than limit myself to the very few light fixture options with switches built ...
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Diagnosing Loss of Power in Bedroom

We have no power to our downstairs bedroom. We had the lights on, and a heater plugged in to the outlet. A family member turned off the heater, and unplugged it from the outlet. When she unplugged it, ...
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How do I repair an oyster light with a broken clip?

The oyster light clips is broken. Do I have to replace the whole base, or can I buy a new clip to replace it?
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Can I use a light fixture box as a junction box for a Baseboard

I would like to know if it's allowed to use an octagonal box currently used for a light as a junction box for two baseboard heater ( I need to relocate the current line). The reason we need to ...
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How to change ceiling light on a flush flat light fixture

My ceiling light fixture looks like this. I can't seem to be able to remove it no matter which way I try. Any suggestions?
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BR light bulb in socket calling for type A

On my bathroom light fixture there is a sticker that says, "Fire Hazard: Only use Type A 60 W Max" Why wouldn't it be safe to use BR LED 16W bulbs in place of type A?
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Not sure how to hook up new LED light fixture

New LED fixture has Black, White, Green (Hot, Neutral, Ground). Box has two black wires connected to each other, two grounds connected to each other, two whites connected to existing socket and one ...
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What the heck is going on in this electrical box?

(Photo below). Is this safe? Just a homeowner who has changed his fair share of fixtures and outlets... but have never come across this. Two whites leading to the fixture white. A red wire leading ...
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Box needed for outdoor porch light?

I am replacing an old outdoor covered porch light fixture with a new LED fixture. The back of the new fixture plate is only about 1 inch max and needs to be flush with the existing wooden support ...
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Wiring Question - one switch, two lights

Hopefully straightforward wiring question, but I can't seem to figure it out. In my kitchen we have two ceiling light fittings. One has white, black, & copper wires, the other had white, black, ...
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New light fitting for looped in wiring without enough terminals

I've got a new light to replace the an older one, issue is the existing light fitting has a loop rose, and my new one just has terminals for live/neutral/earth. New Fitting Old Fitting The switch ...
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Bare (uninsulated) live and neutral wires in light fixture box

We’ve been changing light fixtures in our 1936 home, and came across a junction box for the kitchen overhead light in which both live and neutral wires in the ceiling box are completely bare copper ...
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can I convert a hanging light to a light with a switch

First, I know nothing about electric and will get an electrician to do this.... if it can be done. So guess I'm wondering if it can even be done. I bought 6 gorgeous single light fixtures from ...
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Help with creating a DIY low voltage garden pathway light? [closed]

I would like to create DIY garden pathway lights from complete scratch. I have some very nice outdoor metal lanterns that I'd like to retrofit and use for my design. I really don't like most of the ...
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Finding Ground/Neutral Wire in Switchboard

Similar to this Install TP Link Wifi Switch and problems along with it, I was installing another WiFi switch at my place. However this time when I opened the socket board, I did not find any Green ...
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Ceiling light junction box multiple wire detection

I have tried to change a ceiling light and am confused as to why there are so many cables jammed into the box and some of them are burnt. I need some advise as to what to do. I have attached the best ...
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What sort of ceiling fan support do I need where I can't find framing?

As I have already worked on 4 out of 5 ceiling fans I have put up so far (previous question). Now I am going to put the last one up. I need your help on this one. However, one of them I had a light ...
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How can you add a standard light fixture to a ceiling fan?

How can I take a regular old ceiling mount light fixture - such as the one below - and add it to a ceiling fan? Example light fixture: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0135HNWBI?pf_rd_p=d1f45e03-...
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Led ceiling light has extra wires!

I recently bought a ceiling light from Costco. The Artika - Zane. The fixture has 2x black (one is thin) 2x white (one is thin) 1x gray (thin) 1x red 1x copper(grounding) My ceiling only has 1x ...
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Ceiling Light Won't Turn Off After Replacement

So I wanted to replace a broken chandelier in my new house and after doing so with a simple flush mount light, it won't turn off despite what position the switch is in. I am sure I re-connected them ...
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Replacing Light Fixture with Extra White Wire

So I took off a broken chandelier and wanted to replace with a simple flush ceiling light. When doing so, I found two black and two white connected properly, but found a lone white wire that was ...
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How should ground wires be handled when updating switch loops in an older home?

I have a house built in the 1950’s with fabric covered NMC wiring still present in most circuits. Those original wires are all 12/2 with no ground. I am currently in the process of replacing some of ...
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Rafter spraying with lights

I have a carport and in between the rafters I have strong Edison bulb lights. Everything I read only talks about outlets getting wet. Does it hurt the lights if the lights get wet? If I unplug the ...
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Extra wires and jacks on my chandelier - where do they go?

Can someone help me understand why my chandelier has a positive, negative and ground wire, then something I've never seen: 2 sets of blue and white wires and 2 jack holes inside connection pad? I'm ...
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No ground wire, no box (old or new) trying to install light fixture

I just removed an INCREDIBLY old and ugly Hollywood light fixture from my bathroom. The wall now looks like the picture below. I bought a box and a Snap Tite connector. I even got a hold of some ...
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Lighting neutral

Can anyone explain about lighting neutral wires (blue)? I have a 3year old house, which has blue wires in the back boxes. I am assuming that this is the neutral. On my current 1 gang 2 way switch ...
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2 wire light fixture with black and green wires

wife bought an old light fixture for kitchen with only black and green wires bonded with rubber sheathing. Do i simply cut and cap the white common wire from the house feed? Of course it has 5 lights ...
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Replacing a ceiling fan (with a pull chain light) with a 6 bulb chandelier [closed]

Once connected the lights will not turn on or off with the wall switch. In fact, the chandelier stays on regardless. Please help.
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NEC 210.70 and old wall sconces

I'm planning a diy rewiring of my 1914 2 story. All the upstairs bedrooms (3) have wall sconces with small switches in the fixtures. These sconces are the only light fixtures in the room. The ...
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Putting up my new ceiling fan into light fixture

I have 4 ceiling fans I ordered to put these up into 4 light fixture. This one is a bit different that I did put up into replace an old ceiling fan and it was easy for me. I am not experience with ...
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LED bulbs will not turn on

I am having an odd problem with a light fixture. The fixture has three sockets and is wired to a dimmer. I replaced the bulbs with Philips LED bulbs that were dimmable. However, when I turn the dimmer ...