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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How can I make a bluish “white” LED less blue?

I recently bought this white LED reading lamp. I like it a lot, but the "white" light produced is significantly blue; I'll guess its color temperature is about 5000K. I've noticed that, when this is ...
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Can I safely ground a light fixture if the ceiling box has two hot and one neutral wire (no ground wire)

Checking for dupes, I saw this question, but the situation appears different as my box is metal, among other things. I'm fairly new to electrical projects, so bear with me. I recently installed a new ...
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How should I connect the ground wire for my light fixture?

I am replacing a light fixture in my bathroom and have the following setup: The electrical box is plastic The wire coming from supply has black (hot), white (neutral) and copper (ground). The light ...
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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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How do I remove a flush mounted ceiling light fixture dome?

My bedroom has a very nice looking flush mounted ceiling light with a glass dome. However, all the bulbs have gone out and I cannot get the glass out to replace them. I'm 5'4" and standing on the ...
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Where do I attach the grounding conductor to my bedroom light fixture?

I have a problem, I broke the center piece that holds the glass part on my light fixture in my room. I purchased a replacement and removed the two screws holding my fixture on to the ceiling. Now I ...
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How do I fill holes around a light switch?

I have a light switch where the plaster board around the edges of the face plate have broken away. I was thinking of using some kind of filler like Polycell to fill the holes but I'm not really sure ...
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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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How can/should I mount this porch light?

I want to mount a porch light on my outdoor shed/office. I recently had an electrician place interior wiring however I elected to do the fixtures myself. Uh oh. Here's what the back of the porch ...
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What sort of ceiling fan support do I need where I can't find framing?

As I have already worked on 4 out of 5 ceiling fans I have put up so far (previous question). Now I am going to put the last one up. I need your help on this one. However, one of them I had a light ...
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How can I change the bulb in this three-clawed, ceiling-mounted dome light fixture?

I am having trouble retrieving the light bulb in this fixture: I tried bending the claws to release the dome, but that did not work. I tried twisting the whole fixture many times in either direction, ...
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What type of connector is this and how do I remove it?

I was trying to install a ceiling fan in my apartment and came across these connectors when removing the light. What is this and how do I take it off?
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Loose electrical box for ceiling light

I have a ceiling light which is held up by am electrical box. The box is hanging down at an angle. I opened the box and found that one side of it is secured to what I hope is a cross brace. The ...
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Replacing a Light Fixture with 2 Sets of Wires

I bought a new light fixture for my porch light. The directions for installation describe only using 1 set of wires, however this light has 2 set of wires. I don't imagine it should be difficult, ...
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How safely bring lamp wire into house?

I'm considering replacing an outdoor lighting fixture with an LED motion-sensitive fixture, but I'm not sure how to safely do the wiring. The location is protected (under a porch) but still needs to ...
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How to replace a standard 2-gang light switch with an electric dimmer switch

I'm looking for a some assistance in fitting a new electric dimmer light switch. I'm in the UK if that makes a difference. I am trying to replace my existing two-gang light switch with a LightWaveRF ...
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I have this light and I don't know how to open it

I would like to replace the bulb and I don't know how to do it. I tried pulling the clips on the side out, but they don't budge. Then I tried to unscrew the clips off (hence the third picture), but ...
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Why do light bulbs all over the house burn out disconcertingly fast?

I've found a couple answers to this question. This generally revolve around the scenario where it's bulbs in a general area such as a fan. My issue is that light bulbs all over the house burn out ...
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How much weight can an old work box hold?

I will be installing new light fixtures in two bathrooms that look like this: Each fixture will be replacing a light box. Meaning it is a simple chrome plated box about 30" wide with a plastic ...
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How can I tell if a ceiling box will support a real light fixture?

I removed a fluorescent light fixture from kitchen but I'm not sure the work box will support a real light fixture. The work box is round and plastic. The fluorescent light wasn't even held up by the ...
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How can I remove the wires from this lamp holder?

The wire on my lamp is too short, so I'm trying to replace it. The fitting/fixture (what's the correct term?) however doesn't play nice: I can't see the correct way to remove the old wire (and still ...
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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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How can I change light bulbs in a fixture located 20ft above the ground?

We made the unfortunate decision of having a ceiling fan with lights in our two story family room, so the ceiling fan is about 20 feet above our heads. At the moment, all four light bulbs in the unit ...
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What is this strange, linear light bulb?

Thanks to previous occupants of my house, one of the bathrooms is lit with a pair of lights that are unlike anything I've seen. The bulb is a narrow cylinder, about 3 inches long and maybe 1/4 inch in ...
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How to properly wire a ceiling light fixture?

I rent an apartment and a tenant installed ceiling fan that was not well secured to the ceiling. I removed the fan and attempted to re-install the original light fixture after he moved out. I am ...
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How to change the bulb in an enclosed ceiling light?

I have just moved to China and my apartment has these kinds of lights: I simply cant open them! The glass can be rotated without much force, as can the inner metal ring. The outer metal ring can ...
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How should I run outdoor wiring under my second-story deck?

I have a light on one side of the space under my deck, and I'd like to add another. My plan is to add an extension box between the existing fixture and the house (using appropriate gaskets as ...
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How do I add a light fixture to an existing 3 way circuit when the existing one is powered directly?

I am trying to add another light fixture to an existing 3 way circuit. The power source feeds to the ceiling light fixture which is connected to the first three way switch using a 2 wire cable. That ...
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Voltage detected on ceiling light no matter the switch is on or off

I just moved into a new apartment and I would like to install simple ceiling light. As shown in the picture, there are two wires outside the ceiling, a blue one and a red one. The light switch ...
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One specific light fixture seems to be killing my LED bulbs

I have all LED bulbs in my house, the nice CREE models that look like this. They've all been great, except for the ones I put in my bathroom's four-bulb fixture. One by one, all the bulbs in this ...
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Is my CL dimmer compatible with my light switch fixture?

Bought a Lutron CL dimmer after googling around and seeing how easy it is to install a dimmer, but when I got home and took a look at my light switch I'm not sure its compatible? The dimmer has 4 ...
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How do I fix this fluorescent light?

I have a fluorescent light in a 30-year old fitting. The light has recently stopped working, though it is trying to light at each end. Replacing the tube has had no effect. However there is a ...
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3-1/4" Pancake Box? - Want to Update Old Ceiling Fixture

Previously, I asked another question regarding this ceiling fixture. I wanted some advice on how to go about attaching a fixture with more than one bulb and whether or not the insulation in the old ...
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How can I replace a recessed light with a ceiling fan?

I've installed a few ceiling fans before and found them to be pretty easy so I'm trying to add them to each room in my house, I don't have great knowledge of electrical work but I can install a ...
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Metal junction box shows 5V relative to ground when circuit powered. Why?

I have a small, octagonal junction box in my basement with one 2-wire-no-ground cable going in and a standard porcelain lightbulb fixture attached to the bottom. In the process of investigating an ...
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Am I missing some obvious way to change this lightbulb?

I thought I'd be able to lift the plastic shade and angle it out of the trim, but it doesn't lift at all. It slides side-to-side a bit, but the flanges are large enough to keep it firmly behind the ...
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Wiring double-insulated (class II) pendant into earthed circuit

I have two pendant-style lights above my kitchen countertop, which are operated from a single light-switch, which I would like to replace with fancier fittings. I live in the UK in a house built in ...
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How do I replace a strip light with wiring that doesn't match the old light?

I'm replacing a strip light, but the wiring on the light I'm putting up does not match that of the strip I'm taking out. Coming out of the ceiling there are two cables. The larger white cable ...
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3 white wires & 3 black wires coming from ceiling box

I am replacing an old light fixture with a new one, which normally I do pretty easily. However, when I took down the old fixture, there are 3 black wires all tied off with a wire nut, 2 white wires ...
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How can I attach a light fixture to plasterboard?

After some water damage and a ceiling repair I cannot locate the joist to refix the light fitting. It is a circular fluorescent light weighing about 3 and a half pounds. Is it safe to fix all 3 ...
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Patio Light Fixture To Electrical Socket

So we are putting up some string lights on our covered patio and want to use those instead of our patio light fixture right outside the door. I've removed the light fixture and there is an octagonal ...
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Light fixture in basement with a light switch that has an outlet next to it …light won't work now [duplicate]

I recently replaced my light fixture in the basement. The second time I flipped it on, it made a buzzing noise and went out. When I do a wire test, the light outlet wires are getting no power. At ...
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Converting a Single-Bulb Light to a Dual-Bulb Light - Your Opinions Please?

There are tons of questions about installing and replacing ceiling lights already, and I was looking through them but I didn't feel like checking 106 pages of results to make sure my question isn't a ...
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Direct Wire LED: T12 Replacement

CONTEXT An older office's 4-foot T12's are to be replaced with direct wire LEDs because the ballast cost + labor can be avoided. The instructions indicate that the hot is wired to one end and the ...
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Can I run a T5HO ballast with significantly lower wattage T5NO bulbs?

I gather this is generally possible, as long as bulbs draw less power than the ballast can provide, but are there limits on how low you can go? I currently have an electronic ballast for 1 or 2 54W ...
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Weird 3 Way Chandelier Stopped Working

I have a 3 way switch connected to a chandelier which is somehow not getting power. All the light bulbs work, but none switch on. I know it's getting power because an electronic timer connected on ...
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Porch light over heating and stopped working second light fixture

I am by no means an electrician, but for my new light fixture I did follow the following schematic - How should I connect the ground wire for my light fixture? The old fixture kept burning out the ...
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Install TP Link Wifi Switch and problems along with it

Similar to Trying to identify the neutral in my switch box for home automation switch. , I have an issue regarding installation of Wifi switch. The switches I got were WiFi switches https://www....
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How should this light fixture be connected?

Replacing kitchen light, house wiring to box: 2 white twisted together (neutral), 1 red (hot when switch is on), no ground. Fixture: 1 D shaped ridged wire, 1 smooth (round) wire, 1 ground wire. My ...
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Light wiring - wires snapped when disassembling

I was taking down a light to replace it for a newer one for my wife. The wires coming out of the ceiling are ancient and they snapped as I pulled down the housing (incredibly brittle). Now I do not ...