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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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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 ...
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Single pole switch to combination switch

My light switch only has two wires, and I wanted to install a combination switch is it possible? Im in new york and I dont know if this is even up to code with the city.
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3.5" round box for wall sconces, cannot make work with many fixtures

My electrician on a remodel installed all 3.5" circular boxes throughout. I am finding that everything I want to install wants to have a 4" box. I have seen the spider plates, universal crossbars, ...
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Replacing ceiling fan/light combo with standard ceiling light to wall switch

I'm replacing a ceiling fan/light combo, with a simple LED round flush "puff" ceiling light fixture. (1-blk, 1-wht, 1-grd) The wall switch only worked the ceiling fan light. The wall switch currently ...
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Unwire a light switch

I have a light switch in a weird place in my house. I'd like to remove the light switch itself and just wire it permanently on and cover it with a flat faceplate. I'd ideally like to actually leave it ...
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replacing ceiling fixture

I just moved into 1920's house and would like to install a chandelier. There are 3 wires tied together and one separate. They are not color coded. All are in some sort of fabric insulation and pretty ...
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All the lamps in my house won’t work

So the other day I bought a cheap lamp. Plugged it in etc and the bulb blew straight away. After that my other lamp stopped working (which was plugged into the same socket). Changed the lightbulbs ...
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What's the name of this connector?

I have a ceiling light fixture with four bulbs and a fan. A while back, two of the bulbs stopped working, but the bulbs themselves were not broken, as putting them into another lamp showed the bulbs ...
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Can I install a modern light fixture on this box?

My 1950s house has several old fixtures, but only one like this. There is a metal plate flush with the ceiling. It has holes that look similar to a regular light fixture mounting plate. Can I use ...
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What's the deal with the 18ga wire in a light fixture? [duplicate]

I always read "rule #1: never use less than 14GA wire on a 15A breaker, and never use less than 12GA wire on a 20A breaker". The idea being that if the circuit gets to the max current allowed by the ...
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How can I remove the glass domes from my light fixtures?

This is embarrassing to ask, but I can't figure out how to change the light bulbs in my house. The light fixtures are unusual and when I first bought my house I thought they were a selling point ...
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Light fixture with 3 white, 3 black, 1 red wire

I'm trying to replace an old fixture for cosmetic reasons. Unfortunately I've pulled apart the wiring to the old fixture and don't remember how it all connected. The wiring in the ceiling has the ...
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Question about a bathroom wiring I do not understand

I just bought an old condo and am doing a renovation. At the hallway ceiling just out of the bathroom door, there is an exposed junction box with no covering, and I try to figure out what it can be ...
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Commissioned to build a row of lights, want to make sure I'm doing it right/ no easier way [closed]

I'm building a set for a theater group and they want me to build a row of lights to go along with it. They want it to look as though a row of Edison lights, 5' high and sitting atop 1/2" black pipe, ...
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Could I have broken my light fixture whilst changing the light bulb?

Ok, so not proficient in changing light bulbs... I have taken out the bulb before and put it back in so I know how to do it. I wanted to put in an adaptor so I could put in a colour changing bulb. I ...
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What kind of caulk to use around light fixture on masonite/composite/engineered wood siding?

I have hardboard/masonite/composite/engineered wood siding (but it's not LP or Hardie, which I understand are better and more expensive). I noticed a light fixture and the siding aren't very well ...
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Power Comes into Light fixture from Panel, connected to switch how to wire always on outlet in

In my workshop I want to wire in some outlets. The power comes into the room into a light then is branched to other lights and a switch in the room to control said lights. I know how to hook up the ...
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How do I remove the glass and change bulb from this lighting fixture?

I can't figure out how to unscrew or lift any of the three "nuts".
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Lightbulb where the thread is 11.5 mm across - would that be likely to be E11 or E12?

I have a screw thread lightbulb where the thread is 11.5 mm across - would that be likely to be E11 or E12? Or something else? Thanks.
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Converting can light to pendant fixture

I currently have 6 can lights in my kitchen. I would like to convert one of them to a pendant light. I know there are kits to do that but my question pertains to how to get the pendant light to go on ...
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How to Open Housing to Replace Light Bulb?

I need to replace a light bulb, the problem is I have no idea how to open the housing as it has no screws or anything visible where I could open it from. Here is a photo, any idea how I could open it?
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installing a light fixture on a wooden ceiling

I want to install a light fixture on a wooden, slanted ceiling. There is no current light box. How involved would this project be? Thanks
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Is my plan to add a neutral wire to a switch box ok?

I'd like to add a neutral wire to an old switch box so that I can install a smart switch that needs a neutral wire. I have a mud room and porch that each have a light fixture. The lights are ...
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Ceiling fixture crossbar with 45° rotation

I'm trying to mount a Hampton Bay track light power feed to a standard 4" round ceiling box. The power feed seems to be designed for a ceiling box where the mounting screws make a line at 45° to the ...
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Can I tell whether a LED driver/bulbs are dimmable without damaging them?

As mentioned in the answer to this question: LED bulbs and LED dimmer we can't trust a LED driver / LEDs to be dimmable if it doesn't say so explicitly. However, only some companies offer explicitly ...
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Light fixture killing Smart LED Bulbs

I live in a an older building in a studio apartment. I bought five Sylvania Smart+ LED Lights, one for each fixture. There's a cheap lamp, an overhead fan/light combo, and a kitchen light fixture with ...
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3-way chandelier switch strange behavior

I have a chandelier with 12x 100w incandescent bulbs and controlled by 2 3-way dimmers. I was going to replace the bulbs with LEDs, and I didn't think the dimmers were rated for LEDs, so I decided to ...
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Name for tombstone-holder parts?

What are the names of the metal photographed parts? The tombstones are inserted to clarify function. I would like to order more of these metal parts, however, I do not know the terminology to Google ...
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Can I tap into an exterior light fixture to connect different things

I just ran mc cable to a exterior light fixture(dusk to dawn one) from an exterior gfci outlet (which is outside near ground level), I'd like to put and outlet, switch and/or lights in attic close to ...
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How can I extend an electric wire without a large cross-section connector?

I want to extend a couple of electric wires coming out of a ceiling to get to a hole at the top of a lighting fixture. Let's assume for the sake of discussion the lighting fixture is fixed and will ...
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Trying to change a lightbulb out of a ceiling fixture

I am trying to change the light-bulbs in my kitchen ceiling light, I'm just unsure how to do it with this one without accidentally tearing it out of the ceiling. Does anyone know how to unfasten this ...
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Why would a light fixture be incompatible with dimmer switches?

I'm considering buying the Aero Pure AP80-RVL, which is a recessed bathroom light/exhaust fan combo. It's important to me to be able to use a dimmer switch for the light, but the installation ...
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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 ...