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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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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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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Garden light connected to main lounge light stopped working

I have recently moved into a new property and all light fittings came with no shaders/were pretty basic. I have then proceeded to (safely) remove the light fitting of the living room, replaced it with ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Does crossbar need to be flush against junction box?

I have a question regarding installing a chandelier light fixture in my apartment. The light fixture I bought came with a standard crossbar and I originally screwed it flush into the junction box. ...
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Wiring a ceiling light to a ceiling fan box: what about ground?

I've only installed pendant lights before, and they came with a bracket with a green screw for grounding, so it was pretty simple. Now I'm trying to install a ceiling light that just has two wires to ...
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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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Box needed for outdoor porch light?

I am replacing an old outdoor covered porch light fixture with a new LED fixture. The back of the new fixture plate is only about 1 inch max and needs to be flush with the existing wooden support ...
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New light fitting for looped in wiring without enough terminals

I've got a new light to replace the an older one, issue is the existing light fitting has a loop rose, and my new one just has terminals for live/neutral/earth. New Fitting Old Fitting The switch ...
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Lighting neutral

Can anyone explain about lighting neutral wires (blue)? I have a 3year old house, which has blue wires in the back boxes. I am assuming that this is the neutral. On my current 1 gang 2 way switch ...
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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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Why is this odd 3 wire light not working?

I have a very odd light problem. We took down the ceiling to move a light. We have two switches in the dining room that control two lights. After moving the one light, I tested the light I moved and ...
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New lightbulb doesn't fit in fitting

I had lightbulb in my bathroom that lasted for many years but finally blew. I took the blown lightbulb to the lighting store, and they gave me a replacement that they said would work. However, I then ...
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Problem Fitting Light Bulb Cover

We have a light fitting for which I took the cover off to replace a bulb. The problem is I can't figure out how to get the cover back on properly. I removed it by simply un-screwing it, but I now can'...
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Outlet looses power only after two breakers are switched off.

I have some track lights that run in my upstairs bedroom. A while ago they stopped working, I could flip the switch but there was no light. So I get around to doing some investigating and grab my non-...
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Rewiring a display case fixture light

I'm rewiring a display case at my store. The existing wiring has 4 wires including a yellow one attached to the red wire. Theres a Green, White, Red & the yellow wire coming from the fixture ...
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How to desynchronize LED lighting refresh (blink / flicker) rates?

LED lighting drives a couple members of my family insane. The refresh rate is horrible and we are rather sensitive to it. It becomes markedly worse when dimming LEDs are used at lower levels. How ...
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How to open a bathroom Florescent fixture?

My 4-foot bathroom florescent light is flickering, so I bought new LED tubes. But I found out that I don't know how to open the thing. There doesn't seem to be anything to press, the cover doesn't ...
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What is the proper placement for bathroom pendant sconces?

Lighting experts recommend placing bathroom sconces ( sconces used on either side of a mirror above a vanity ) at eye level of the end user. Doing so reduces shadows. What about bathroom pendant ...
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Vapor resistant ceiling fixture installation

I am installing vapor barrier on a ceiling using poly, acoustic sealant, and a vapor-tight ceiling fixture (FN-426-C-V - pictured below). Note the ring of soft foam around the circumference of the ...
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Ceiling light not turning on?

My ceiling light is not turning on, not sure why? I switched off the circuit breaker where it is getting power from and have re attached the wires to the light fixture. Black wire , white wire and ...
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Okay to install “HT” type track lighting without grounding it?

I'm hoping to install some "H" type track for track lighting in my house. I understand the H style is designed for a ground (it has three contacts), but our house doesn't have many grounded outlets or ...
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What could have caused the chock block terminal to melt?

I installed a new light fitting approximately a year ago, which had a long flex. I shortened the flex by cutting both wires, and rejoining them with chock blocks which are contained within the ceiling ...
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Installing a dimmer to control multiple lights

I recently asked a question about installing a dimmer and got a great reply. Now I want to install another dimmer, but this one might be tricky. In our hallway there are three lights that are all ...
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How do I add a light fixture to an existing 3 way circuit?

Existing basement with 2 simple pull chain light fixtures. We want to add 1 more on the end of the room where the junction box for the circuit is. Can someone provide me a sketch?
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black, white and green wires from box, but only black and white on fixture

My wiring coming out of the electrical box are white, black and green. How do I connect the light fixture that only has black and white? Is there another way to connect the ground (green) wire to ...
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How to improve lighting in work room?

I was reading quite a lot recently about lighting a room with computer properly and i am getting mixed tips.. some say "Your computer screen should be parallel to your lighting" and others say "your ...
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This light won't turn on

So, I was around my partners house the other day and they have a light on the landing that does not work - I don't think it has ever worked since they moved into the house and being an electronic ...
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Has this light earthed itself?

After accidentally earthing the live wire going to the outside light whilst putting a faceplate back on (patched up now), the light has stopped working. I've just been out with a multimeter to see if ...
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Newly installed 4" halo can lights have a slight odor when on

I just installed 6 new 4" halo can lights. When they are on I can smell a slight odor coming from them in the attic. Is this normal? I felt the light housing in the attic and is just warm. I also felt ...
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Ceiling fan fixture's lights flicker then the whole unit fails completely

I have two remote controlled ceiling fan fixtures in my living room. The individual units are the same, three speed fans with three lights on each. One day, one of them began flickering after I ...
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Can I attach a metal box for a vanity light to a wood cross?

I am redoing a new bathroom. I have a metal electrical box that I want to replace (because it is an odd size from the 50s). The current one is simply screwed to a wood cross (2x4) running ...
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How do I wire a light fixture with two white wires to a ceiling box with three white wires?

I am trying to install a new light fixture. The ceiling mount has three white wires and one black one. The problem is that the fixture has two white wires and one black wire. They do not match up. (...
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Converting a ceiling recessed light to a wall outlet

So, Round two of this post, I've given up combining two wall outlets to 240v and realized that I need another 120v outlet to safely power everything with an 80% margin. we have GX24Q-1 outlets for ...
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How to extend a power outlet from an existing outdoor light

There is an outdoor light owned by HOA, located outside of the door of my apartment unit. And I'd like to install a security camera near the light. There is no outlet there, and How can I extend an ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...