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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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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 ...
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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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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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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 ...