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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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Light on when should not

We replaced our light fittings to ceiling fans with LED lights remote controlled, so the switch is always on but the remote controls the light and fans. There is a problem on the top floor where 3 ...
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New light fixture to old wiring

So, I recently attempted to install a new light fixture to old wiring with no success. I have no electrical experience, so forgive me if this situation and the following questions are either stupid or ...
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How do I change these MR16 light fittings to GU10? (pics included)

I'm looking to change to GU10 from MR16. I bought this: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0785RKFNN/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1 I've circled in blue where I attached the new ...
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wiring switch and plug to flourescent fixture

I'm having a problem wiring a plug and a pull switch to a fluorescent fixture. The switch wiring is the problem. If I connect the hot lead to the ballast and plug and the common to the ballast and ...
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Remove recessed lighting can

I am trying to remove a recessed lighting fixture (see photo below). This fixture was installed in the ceiling of a new addition in 1993 and I believe it is therefore a ‘new build’ type fixture rather ...
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Adapt Porch Light for Power over Ethernet (PoE)

Similar to the question presented here, I was curious, is it possible to adapt the porch light or the cabling where the porch light itself is to covert it over to PoE? For example, are there face ...
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How to tighten a loose led candelabra bulb?

I replaced overheated incandescent bulbs in two bathroom candelabra wall-sconce fixtures with LED candelabra bulbs. The screw shanks on the LED bulbs are longer than the original incandescent bulbs. ...
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No Junction Box for Ceiling Light

Today I discovered that (at least) one of the ceiling lights in my house isn't mounted on a junction box. As an added bonus, most of the wiring is fabric insulated copper. You can see the single ...
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Add outdoor lighting under stacked porch

I recently purchased a new home and have been replacing the interior and some exterior lights to a color I prefer. My home has a stacked porch. It's constructed in a way where it's open so when it ...
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Connecting new ceiling light in 1970 house

I am putting up a new ceiling light. There are 3 white wires and 3 black wires coming out of the ceiling. I tested them all and only 1 black wire is hot. How do I hook up my light fixture that only ...
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Light fixture holes don't align with junction box

I bought a light fixture for my bathroom and noticed the screw holes on the fixture are in a N/S orientation, while the junction box is in an E/W orientation. I am able to rotate the existing bracket ...
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My light fixture made in China says use only 60volt 60W AC bulbs

What does the voltage of the fixture mean? Can I put a 120V 60 watt equivalent LCD bulb in it? The fixture has a label saying only use 60 volt 60 watt ac bulb. This is a new fixture I had put in a ...
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Outdoor light fixture not working

I am a newbie with anything electrical so please forgive my ignorance. All of a sudden, my front porch light fixture stopped working. Changing the light bulb didn’t work so I’m trying to figure out if ...
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Can't find enclosures for custom deck stair lighting

I'm building a custom deck stairs lighting system. I have purchased RGBW 40mm diameter waterproof LEDs and want to install them in the stair risers. https://www.aliexpress.com/item/DC24V-RGBW-DMX512-...
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Why would my GFCI breaker trip when I flip a switch?

I am working in my basement where the wiring is from the early 70s. I am replacing a couple of fluorescent lights with new ones so I can put in LED bulbs (the others are original). I am not new to ...
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outdoor ceiling light installation

I had an older light fixture hanging above my garage door. It stopped working, so I bought a replacement and went to install it. When I removed the old light, I discovered that it had been screwed ...
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Drywall anchor pull-out strength

I need to hang a light fixture from my ceiling some distance away from its electrical box. The fixture weighs less than 10 lbs and my ceiling is made of drywall. I'm generally comfortable using ...
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How to remove light cover

Does anybody have a similar light covering to this? I have tried pulling all the arms outward, pressing the arms up, looking for screws on the arms, and just sliding it out with a little bit of force. ...
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Fix issue with 2 independent lights on single source

I inherited an electrical conundrum. In particular, two hallway lights on the main floor and upstairs, sharing a circuit and each independently controlled by two switches, both on the main floor. ...
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How to affix a wooden branch to the ceiling as a chandelier?

I am making a chandelier that consists of a wood branch and some hanging lights. However, I'm not sure how to hang it: Should I have 3 parallel ropes hanging from the ceiling (2 to support the wood, ...
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Ground wire in the house but not in the fixture?

I have been reading some posts here and am still unclear. I have an old fixture that I want to install. The fixture does not have a ground wire. Just white and black. My ceiling wires have a ...
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Light Fixture Screws & Bracket Too Small for Fixture Box

I have a light fixture that came with a mounting bracket and some screws. When I went to screw the bracket into the ceiling fixture box, it looks like the box's holes are too big. Not only do the ...
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How do I get the glass off this ceiling fixture

I have this light fixture in my bathroom, and need to replace the bulb. But I can’t get the glass dome off. There are no threads between the glass and the plastic mount/base. And no externally ...
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how to install track lighting on preexisting ceiling fan?

I have an existing ceiling fan with a light fixture that I would like to replace with track lighting and spot lights. For this purpose, I have bought the "TROSS" ceiling track lighting from Ikea ...
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Why do some light bulbs remain on when the switch is off? [duplicate]

We have a situation in our bathroom where we can’t turn the lights off fully. If the switch is on, bulbs 1&2 are on. If switched off, bulb 3 is on. We’ve taken bulb 3 out for now but would like to ...
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How to handle frayed/old wire in can light

We have some can lights in our house that have been out since we purchased it. I finally took the time to replace them (they are on a vaulted ceiling). I found some exposed wire as I was going along ...
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How can I open this bathroom light fixture with an arrow and tiny hole - Asonia Round Brushed

My bathroom has a light fixture with an arrow and a small hole on the other side. How can I open it? I don't want to damage it but I have tried some clockwise rotating. I am not sure what the ...
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Electrical issue? Never seen anything like it (with Video)

Odd situation happened tonight. No previous issues. In this video, you will see her enter room, flip the switch on, the light turns on for a mili-second and then turns off on its own. So she then ...
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How to Ground When No Spot for Wire/Screw

Weekend-warrior DIYer here. I'm replacing a light fixture. The electrical box doesn't have a grounding wire coming out from it, so I was going to go the green-screw-to-green-screw route. However, the ...
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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 building wire 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 cable 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, ...