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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New fixture old ceiling electric box

Trying to replace an old chandelier fixture. The wiring looks like this The problem is the new fixture comes with a mounting plate that would be mounted to a regular box but its too big for this box ...
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How to make switched Outlet control on Switched Outlet on opposite side of room

Are there any on the Shelf products that allow light switches on one side of the room to control unswitched receptacles on the other side of the room? I know that you could do this with smart switches,...
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Can I replace a 4 wire ballast with a 5 wire one?

Can I replace a 4 wire ballast with a 5 wire one? The new ballast has an extra blue wire.
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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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Is untreated aluminium suitable as an LED heat sink?

I'd like to have a 5m LED strip lighting directed upwards from around 1m height (would be behind a desk and other furniture). My idea was a simple U shaped aluminium profile (so it can be screwed to ...
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Code requirements for adhering wall light to electrical box - does the light need to be attached to the box?

I have a wall light which I'd like to mount on a wood board for decorative purposes. Below are photos of the light from the front and the back, and then a photo of the light on the board. I don't ...
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Fluorescent Light issue

I have a 4 bulb light fixture which suddenly just went out. I checked and there was power to it. I changed all the bulbs in case one was bad and still nothing. So I purchased a new ballast and ...
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Why do my lightbulbs keep flashing then return normal

My light has 2 or 4 bulbs 2 of them flash on and off 3 times then nothing else but one does it then the other why?
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Installing new light fixture with two sets of wires

I just moved into this house and there was no light fixture above the sink. Thankfully, they left the wires! So I bought a pendant to hang here. One set of wires is obviously for this light, and the ...
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is there maximum of live wires allowed in one conduit

I have a light switch panel that has multiple switches to control different lights for a big area. The panel is located not in the most comfortable place, therefore I am planning to move 6 switches to ...
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Light Fixture Stopped Working After Replacing Its Three-Way Switch

I have a halogen light fixture that is powered by a three-way switch at the top of the stairs and another three-way switch at the bottom of the stairs. After I replaced both switches with new 3-way ...
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GFCI Outlet in Bathroom, Lights not working

I completely lost power only in bathroom, so I reset the GFCI and then I turned on the light switch. As soon as I flipped the light switch up the lights flashed on then off and the GFCI outlet made a ...
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Too many black wires

I have two new wires coming in and one old knob and tube wire one is black new one is white new and one that's knob and tube is black how do I hook up a rotary switch to a fluorescent light fixture ...
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Ceilling light wont switch off after a new installation

I have bought a new ceiling light to replace an old-fashioned one. I have 3 grey cables hanging from the ceiling: 3 red wires connected together and 3 green wires connected together and 3 black but ...
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Help with strange wiring in light switch box

Recently purchased a new home and went to swap out a broken single pole light switch with smart switch that requires neutral. A quick clance into the switch box and I thought it had what I needed. ...
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What kind of halogen bulb is this?

One of our ceiling fan bulbs recently went out, and I can't for the life of me find a replacement for it. By my best approximations, size is 3.65" H x 1.3" W, and 11-12mm at the base. The engraving ...
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Different light fixture quit working after changing switch

Upstairs: I just replaced some halogen track lights with LEDs. The switches were double pole and are illuminated when the lights are off. This caused the LEDs to have a dim light even when they were ...
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Light fixture in bedroom closet?

Does current electric code mandate an installation of a light fixture in every bedroom's closet?
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Replacement Bulb For Under Cabinet Lighting

Have under cabinet lighting and need to replace burned out bulbs. The bulbs are model G9 120v 25W halogen (ceramic base). Would like to replace with LED bulbs. What replacement bulb would work? ...
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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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Dim only certain lightbulbs on a circuit?

The builder built my house with multiple outdoor lights on a single circuit. Most of the lights are non-dimmable LED wall fixtures, but 2 of them are dimmable 6" LED baffles under an overhang. He ...
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Moving and covering light fixtures in bathroom

I currently have 2 small light fixtures in my bathroom on either side of my mirror above the sink. My plan is to add a new fixture above the mirror and patch/cover the existing fixtures. It's first ...
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No Room to twist and change Florescent Bulbs

I have a kitchen Florescent light fixture with two of four bulbs not working. Unfortunately, the fixture frame and other bulbs are so close I am unable to get a good grip on the bulbs necessary to ...
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One rail of my three rail track lighting fixture isn't working

Problem I have a 12V low-voltage track lighting fixture in my kitchen. One of the rails isn't working. If I move the bulb fixtures from the bad rail to the other rails, they light up History A few ...
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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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Light fitting with American coloured wiring but bought in UK

I recently bought a new light fitting off amazon.co.uk which has come with wiring as shown in the picture: I'm surprised to see black/white cabling since I thought this to be the US colour coding. ...
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CFL Fixtures: one lamp stays constant, the other cycles on an off

My daughter just had extensive remodeling in her house. Both children's bedrooms now have cfl two bulb ceiling fixtures. Both fixtures, when switched on, start out with one bulb lit. After a few ...
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want to install new led lights but they have aluminum wires , can i join to copper wiring with merrits?

can I use ordinary wiring merits to join aluminum and copper wire together to wire up led flush mount lights. Is there a product that will protect the joining of aluminum wiring and copper wiring ?
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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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multi light 1 switch each, and one switch for the all light

in my garden i have 6 lights each one have a switch, last week i connect all the lights to one switch so all the 6 lights will turn on with one switch, but some time i don't need all the 6 lights on, ...
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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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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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Three way switch with intermittent light functionality

I have a fluorescent light fixture in my kitchen that works intermittently. Or, rather, has been working intermittently, but now has stopped working. I suspected that one of the three way switches ...
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What is the proper way to convert a pair of three-way (SPDT) switches into a single two-way (SPST) switch?

I'm in the process of replacing some of the light switches in my house with smart switches, Wemo Light Switches in this case. I've had no problem with the replacement of my One-way switches (SPST I ...
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Are there lightbulb base adapters available?

I've got an intermediate screw base light bulb that I want to replace (as it's burned out). However, going around to local stores they only have the correct size & wattage of bulb available in ...
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Why is this light fixture with 3 bulbs giving me so much trouble?

I have a light bulb fixture on the ceiling in one room of my house that holds 3 bulbs. The previous owner installed it to make the room extra bright, for certain work and tasks to be done here, that ...
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Pendant lights without a ceiling box

I am having a house built, and I noticed there was no exposed ceiling box at the locations of my pendant lights. I was unable to get out there to visually verify things before drywall went up (that's ...
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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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How should I connect this old fluorescent lamp?

How do I connect a fluorescent lamp with capacitors (or capacitor+starter?) and a ballast? I made a diagram to make it clearer. lamppu = lamp and katto=ceiling. I need to know where to connect ...
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How to replace non IC-rated recessed lights in ceiling with IC-rated LED lights?

About 10 years ago I had six recessed halogen lights installed in a second story room with an attic above. This is the product they installed: I would like to replace each of these these with an IC ...
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LED downlights glow when switched off

we have an issue were our downlights have a dim glow when switched off. electrician has been back to replace downlights but no success. glow doesnt happen every night, often a big gap in between ...
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Several LEDs and LED bulbs in my house are failing at the same time and way before their estimated lifespan

I've never had this happen to me and, now, in a span of 1 month, it's already happened 4 times... The following 3 LED bulbs and 1 LED strip have become unusable: An Ikea Ledare 600lm spot LED buld (...
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How to replace a light fixture that has a 3-way light switch

Box] I have a light fixture above a stairwell. There are two live switches that control it, one at the bottom of the stairs, one at the top. The wiring is relatively new about 25 years old (all copper,...
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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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Questionable electric work

My bathroom light is connected to the same switch that runs my exhaust fan. The switch doesn't go all the way up without an extra bit of a push and then sometimes when the switch is completely off ...
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How to know if I can use LED ceiling light bulbs?

I'm renting a flat and need to replace some light bulbs. The bulbs I need are 12V MR16/GU5.3 bulbs. How can I tell if I can use LED bulbs as opposed to the halogen ones that are there currently? If ...
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Electrical wiring for this ceiling lamp with many bulbs?

I saw this ceiling lamp on the internet, and I thought I would try to build it. I'm trying to be more DIY, but anything related to electrical is new to me. This question is related to the electrical ...
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Ceiling fan light fixture comes on with fan

I installed a new light fixture on my ceiling fan and apparently did something wrong with the wiring. The lights will only come on when the fan itself is running and are dim. It appears that they are ...
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Wall light won't work

I have just changed my horrible brass wall lights for a couple of led lights. One works and one doesn't. Tester is showing power is there when I switch it on but still no light. both LEDs work fine ...
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Why do my LED shop lights flicker when my compressor turns on?

I converted my shop to led from fluorescent.These are direct wire no ballast. Ran all new wires in conduit. The compressor is a 5hp single phase on a 60 amp breaker with 125amp main. I replaced ...