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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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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 ...
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Add 3-way switch with regular switch

In one of my greatest moments I decided to move the attic switch from in the attic to downstairs as I'm always forgetting to turn it off and have to go back (yes, I'm a bit lazy). In any case, I then ...
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Wiring a light socket that doesn't have screws

I'm having some trouble wiring a ceramic light socket. I've done this before for with the kind that you just screw the wires into (the ones that look like this), but this one is different. Here's a ...
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Can I safely use (2) 40 W fluorescent tubes in a 70 W fixture?

I have a 70 W 2 bulb fluorescent light fixture which I want to put a couple of 40 W bulbs into. I know it's generally a bad idea to exceed the wattage rating of a light fixture, but there are 2 things ...
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Reducing threaded rod to mount fixture cross bar

I have a very antique light on a very antique ceiling that I do not want, by any means, to compromise (meaning have to open). A few weeks ago, the ceiling light that was installed started losing its ...
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There is a red wire in my ceiling junction box. What does it do? Where would I hook the ground wiring from the fan?

I am installing a vent fan in my basement bathroom. I am ready to wire it in, but I do not know what this red wire is for: https://imgur.com/a/uSnRLuv I also am not sure what the green ground wire ...
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Why do each of my 3-way switches have a hot lead?

I have a light controlled by two "three-way" switches. It has worked properly for many years. It started getting a little flaky. I noticed that one of the switches needed to be pushed up a little ...
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LEDs are burning out quickly

I am an DIYer and replaced bathroom light fixtures 3 years ago. Was using halogen and incandescent bulbs, but decided to switch entire house to LED. I admit that I purchased these bulbs from the ...
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Grounding chandelier in old pan junction box

I recently removed a crossbar from one of my ceiling pan junction boxes and replaced it with a hickey. As I understand it, having the crossbar was a bit odd since a mounting stud was already available....
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Random Flashing Ceiling light

I'm having a difficult time figuring out why my kitchen light is flashing off and on for the past 6 months. It's an LED light in my ceiling, and can be fine weeks without issue. When it flashes - it'...
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How do I diagnose fluorescent light flicker?

We have 2x4 troffer fluorescent lighting throughout the building. These are consistently flickering and it is annoying. Nearly every light in the building flickers, including in my room. (This ...
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How to open fixed paper ceiling lamp

The bulb needs changing but I have no idea how to open this, I tried twisting it but I am afraid it will break. It feels like it is somehow attached to the hanging bulb, but I might be wrong. Nothing ...
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Hot and neutral touched. Some lights no longer working

I was disconnecting a light fixture, it slid down quickly the hot and nuetral wires touched and caused ceiling lights in three rooms to go out. One outlet is also not functioning. I went to the panel ...
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Using hanging pendant with heavy glass bottle?

I'm thinking of purchasing several of these hanging pendants for our house, but I'll be using a glass bottle to cover the lightbulb, so the end-result is something like this: wine bottle hanging ...
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How can I level out this hanging light fixture?

Should this have come with weights of some sort?
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Ceiling Light won't go on

My ceiling light won't go on. This has happened before. When I test the bare wires with a pigtail nothing. When I take the cap off the white wires that are twisted together and use the pigtail, it ...
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How to brightly light an entire backyard area with only one electrical box? [closed]

The end goal is a security light for a backyard that provides ~10,000 lumens total output over an area of roughly 85 x 45 feet (26 x 14 meters). The problem is I haven’t found any ready made way to ...
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Is this my light fixtures ground wire?

Is the exposed wire (the one in the photo without the screw) in the photo below my ligting fixtures ground wire and should it be connected to the screw shown? Edit: I added another photo: It looks ...
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What is the brand or type of this track lighting fixture?

It only has two contacts, like J or L types, but they are staggered, like H type fixtures.
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What does it mean for a halogen globe to strobe and then blow?

A halogen light globe (bayonet fitting, note this is not a downlight but a traditional globe) in my home started strobing for a while, then it blew. I'm used to incandescent and halogen globes dying ...
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Ceiling Mount Power Cable Pass Through

I am Looking for guidance on mounting a laser light in our daughter's office/room remodel to the ceiling, while providing a clean way to hide the power cable. Some of the laser light devices come ...
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Replacing light fixture UK unable to determine which wire is which

We had our kitchen redone within the last year, part of that was adding a new light fitting which was to be replaced later in the year. That time is now, I've just taken the old one off which has ...
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How to remove plastic junction box

Does anyone know how to remove this type of junction box from the ceiling from underneath?
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Dimmer switch on 3-way circuit only working 90% of the time, is it a bad switch or something else?

I installed a dimmer switch on a 3-way circuit that was working correctly. The other switch is a standard on-off switch. The fixtures they control are halogen light fixtures. About 10% of the time, ...
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G9 LED Won't Fit In Socket

I am a little embarrassed that this question might be ridiculous, but I feel like I'm losing my mind. I purchased this wall sconce and added in a toggle switch because there's no wall switch on the ...
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GU10 LED lights strongly strobing (no dimmer) UK

I realise there is a lot of information out there on LED lights flickering, however I'm struggling to find anything relating to this situation, i.e. GU10 fittings and a regular switch (i.e. not a ...
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Should the wiring to my recessed light have a strain relief and a ground wire connected?

I had this can light installed by a contractor. It was not attached to anything, just resting on top of a hole in the ceiling. The cable is not entering through the plastic grommets. There are no ...
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Ceramic ring installed wrong and now jammed

Maids took a globe off and instead of putting the ring inside the globe and screwing on they put on top and have managed to jam it up inside. I have tried needle nose pliers and started to unscrew the ...
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Light Fixture - power but no light

Yesterday I installed a new light over our dining table. At first everything seemed to work fine, but last night I turned on the light and it sparked and the light went out. I turned off the power and ...
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LED Shoplight Dim

Have 48 led (2 Banks of 24) Shoplight with a standard AC plug into ceiling outlet, controlled by awall switch. Shoplight operated normally for the past year. And then, one day it didn't. It Powers up, ...
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Ceiling light/fan remote problem

I have a ceiling light/fan controlled by remote only - no light switch or pull cables. Now the remote receiver is broken and the company doesn't make the replacement part anymore. So in buying a new ...
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Why is there an extra conductor in my hew home's light switch circuit?

We are trying to install a ceiling light in a new build home. The wires are all there and connected to a single pole switch, but the ceiling box has 4 wires(black, white, red and ground) and the ...
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Replacing light switches— can all live / all neutral wires be grouped? Is conduit a valid ground?

I'm replacing two switches (which control separate lights) in a two-gang box with two smart switches (TP-Link HS200). To make my questions as clear as possible, I've sketched the current state as well ...
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Can I Add a Plug to Lights Designed to be Wired In?

So I purchased these lights on Amazon, not realizing that they don't actually have a wall plug, they're just bare wires. Can I attach some wiring and a plug to the wires to be able to plugin them ...
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Are GX24Q-3 bulbs compatible with G24Q-3 bases and vice versa?

Are GX24Q-3 bulbs compatible with G24Q-3 bases and vice versa? Can a GX24Q-3 bulb be safely powered by a G24Q-3 base? Can a G24Q-3 bulb be safely powered by a GX24Q-3 base? EDIT: If not, then can a ...
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Light bulb burning problem on a two lights luminaire

I'll ask owner for an electrician, but we have a weird issue with one of our luminaire in our apartment. It's a two bulbs luminaire and since a year or so, we've change bulb in it like... 5 times ...