Questions tagged [light-fixture]

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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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Can I install new construction lights into old ceiling with attic vs remodel lights?

I want to put in can lights throughout my house. I have attic space to do it and from what I have read it seems like the new construction lights are better than the remodel lights that appear to put ...
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Ceiling Fan Toggle Switch No Longer Used - Can I do anything else with it?

I have a ceiling fan with a light kit in my house that USED to be controlled by two toggle switches. The light and ceiling fan used to be controlled separately - you flip one switch to turn on the ...
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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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Trying to fix/replace a ceiling light — seen this type of mounting bracket anywhere?

A ceiling light was held in place by this plastic bracket and finally broke away. Been searching all over trying to find a generic replacement bracket but everything seems to attach upwards. This ...
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How to bypass the ballast on this fluorescent fixture?

I have some fluorescent fixtures in my basement that I would like to convert to LED, using bulbs that require a ballast bypass. However, these fixtures don't have a centrally mounted "black box" ...
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Older Zenith motion activated flood light not working properly

I have a Zenith 2 light (halogen) flood light that worked fine until a couple of months ago when we needed it most! There was a guy in our driveway in the middle of the night casing our cars. Our ...
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Help with Bathroom Light installation

I am having some trouble figuring out how to reinstall this light fixture in my bathroom. My wife unscrewed it to paint behind on the wall, but I do not see how I am supposed to get the thing back on ...
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Fast flickering LED kitchen light fixture

I have a LED kitchen light fixture which has been working great for around 18 months. There's no dimmer on it and it's controlled by a standard light switch. A couple of days ago it started flickering ...
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What type bulb goes in my chandelier?

This chandelier had no bulbs when we moved in...guess they couldn’t find replacement either? Please help!
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Pendant light cord too long

How would you shorten a pendant lamp's electrical cable? It's a USA home from the 1920s. The question has been asked before, but wrapping an electrical cable around a metal caribeaner seems dangerous....
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Why do these LED light bulbs flicker when my remote control has turned them off?

I bought some LED lights for my candelabra in my master bedroom. They're E12 bulbs (I think, since they do fit). Incandescents worked fine before. When I put these LEDs in there, they flicker when ...
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Why does my ceiling fan light turn off by itself?

I have a remote-controlled ceiling fan and light. I don't run the fan, but when I turn the light on sometimes it will stay on for a long time then just go off by itself. I have tried both kinds of ...
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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 ...
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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 recommended method for mounting chandelier canopy that has 2 screws?

I want to mount a chandelier canopy like this one to the ceiling. You'll notice the hole on the left and the hole on the right. The way this assumingly is supposed to work is that you have the ...
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What type of terminal block is this?

It doesn't seem to have screws nor a button. I need to rewire the cables because of them started to split. Any ideas how to get it out?
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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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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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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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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 ...