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Trash or Recycle Old Halogen Under Cabinet Light Fixtures

I have these Westek lights that I replaced. I'd rather not trash them, but I'm not really sure they're recyclable. Or, maybe it's one of those things where I'd have to go through the hassle of taking ...
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New light fixture won't turn off

I tried installing a light fixture in a previously unused light box (so cannot use how previous light was wired as a baseline). My light fixture has a black live wire, a white neutral wire and a green ...
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Can I replace a 60W high output fluorescent tube with a regular 40 watt tube?

Can I replace a 60W high output fluorescent tube with a regular 40 watt fluorescent tube?
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Is it possible to use this light socket for a projector? (EU)

I've moved into a home in Sweden and there's a light socket installed high on a wall, pictured here. The socket takes small plug designed especially for light fixtures, like this. I want to use this ...
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LED Shoplight Dim

Have 48 led (2 Banks of 24) Shoplight with a standard AC plug into ceiling outlet, controlled by awall switch. Shoplight operated normally for the past year. And then, one day it didn't. It Powers up, ...
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5 wires for ceiling light?

I removed an old fluorescent bulb fixture to replace it with an LED fixture. I have 5 wires coming out of the ceiling. I can tell which is the ground. Of the remaining 4, 1 is black, 1 is white and ...
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Find unknown parts

The specific part that I'm looking to replace is this light. What kind of a light is it and how do I replace it? But I have a more general question. Is there a good place to look up unknown parts by ...
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What is the name of a screw-nut ring used to hold up a hanging lampshade? (see photo)

I have a hanging light fixture that I'm trying to put a lampshade on. Because the light fixture hangs from the ceiling, If I don't screw something underneath it, the lampshade would fall down. The ...
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Light Installation

I'm replacing flush mount lights in my house and when I pulled down the old fixture, there was insulation in the box. I had to remove it to find and connect the ground wire. Should I replace it or ...
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Junction box with screws 2 3/4" apart, but fixture needs 3 1/2"

I recently bought a new fixture for my back patio light. (Just replacing an old halogen motion-detector light with a new LED motion-detector light.) Unfortunately, the mounting bracket for the new ...
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My new ceiling fans remote won’t connect to the transmitter when attached to the ceiling plate

We purchased a fanimation ceiling fan which wouldn’t work. The company sent us a new receiver and remote but it still didn’t work. They then sent a whole new ceiling fan which works when the unit is ...
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Rewiring a foyer ceiling lamp

We have a foyer ceiling light / chandelier that accumulates dust like a magnet. I have a haywire idea of changing the existing ceiling box into a outlet; rewiring the lamp to a plug, and using a ...
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One Switch (3-way) for Two Fixtures

I've got a weird situation on my house. My kitchen has lighting controlled by two switches at opposing ends of the kitchen. Both ends also have ceiling fans with lamps in them. At one end of the ...
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Fault-finding an illuminated bathroom mirror that won't light

I have an old illuminated bathroom mirror which has ceased illuminating. Before it stopped working, it would sometimes take a while to illuminate after pulling the toggle switch; now the switch still '...
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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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Ceiling wiring for pendant lamp

Trying to connect a pendant light with one blue, one red, and one green/yellow wire. Picture of my ceiling: Copper wire, Black single wire, two white wires (they were connected, and I found later one ...
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How to disribute spotlights to provide best light results?

I'm working on wiring spotlights for my basement, which includes three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen, and a hall. Each room has different dimensions. For example, I have a rectangular room ...
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How to change bulb base in ceiling light?

House built in 2007, I unscrewed the glass cover to change out weak lights and found out the right side is using a smaller bulb base than the one on the left. Is it an easy fix to change the right ...
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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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2 Light Switches in 1 gang: one controls vanity light, other light/fan. How to wire?

Have a 2-gang light switch in bathroom. Left switch controls vanity light. Right controls bathroom fan+light. There is also a GFCI outlet in a separate gang that may be tied into this somehow? I'm not ...
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Old kitchen light fixture was wired backwards, should I reverse it with the new one?

After looking through some other posts here about switch loops, I don't think that's the situation I have here. When I pulled off the old light fixture for the kitchen (dual bulb), it had the white ...
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How to install ceiling light fixtures at the intersection of a beam and a wall

I recently moved into an apartment in Austria, where you're responsible for installing all light fixtures yourself (tenant/landlord laws are very interesting here). Most of the wiring is ...
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Ceiling box has two reds and two blacks - how to wire this?

I have a three or maybe four way switch to a ceiling box. I guess a ceiling fan was there before we moved in. But since we moved in the previous owner just put up a light fixture and removed the ...
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Exterior mounting box for replacement porch light

I have lap siding with 1/2" depth and 6-5/8" to the weather and need a mounting block for a replacement porch light. There's a 3" electrical mounting box behind the siding. Where can I ...
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How does my light fixture work and how can I replace it?

We just bought a house and aren’t loving the light fixture. I know most light fixtures you can replace yourself Or a company to do it for a small fee. However, ours is definitely a DIY situation from ...
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How do I change light bulb in flush mounted fixture?

I just moved into a new house and don't know how to change this flush mounted light: I've tried removing the piece at the bottom and that didn't drop the light as I would have expected. The other ...
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I couldnt find this at Home Depot. What should I use to replace it? [closed]

Home Depot doesn't carry these. I am not familiar with these and have never replaced one. Seems pretty easy to replace though. More concerned with brand and quality. I am not sure if I should buy the ...
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Chandelier will only work with one type of bulb?

I have a chandelier that takes 6 candle bulbs. I was replacing a lightbulb and it kind of popped, now the chandelier will only work with the three remaining bulbs that were opposite of the pop. BUT, ...
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How should I connect my new light fixture to four sets of wires?

I took out a light fixture in a bathroom with the intent of installing a new one before and I came across 4 sets of wires. This bathroom light (I think) is connected to an extractor fan and is on the ...
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3-way switch with lights attached to both switches

What's the correct way to wire two 3-way switches that each have lights attached to them? This is my guestimate... I saw this exact question from 2017 but had trouble following the diagram, and am ...
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How can I remount an exterior light fixture detached by wind?

I have a little exterior light fixture on my outbuilding that recently blew off in high winds. The light still works, so the electrics didn't get damaged. It looks like it was just held on with two ...
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What is this around this ceiling light? [duplicate]

Things that have recently been performed in this area: removal of popcorn ceiling installation of ceiling light The area directly above this on the roof does not seem obviously in poor repair. Any ...
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Two 3-way switches from one source

I have two light fixtures that I'd like to have on separate 3-way switches. Can I do that from one power source? Can I split/daisy chain the power source and 'travel' them to each light fixture and ...
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How to fix strobing ceiling light fixture

Recently moved into a new apartment and noticed this ceiling light strobes when I flip the switch. When I took the cover off, this was underneath which I wasn’t expecting. Any idea how to stop the ...
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Finding right screws for electrical box

I'm trying to install a new ceiling light replacing an old fan. The light fixture is around 8 lbs in weight. The issue I'm running into is that I cannot find the right screws to use with this ...
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Lamp hanging on gypsum acoustic panel [closed]

I am thinking of adding a Philips Ensis to my dinner room, but the ceiling has acoustic panels on it. I am not sure what the material is, but I think it is gypsum. Can it be done? I would really like ...
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Can you identify/explain the wiring in my bathroom based on this diagram?

I'm in USA. I'm changing an old bathroom light/exhaust fan out. The image below is of the ceiling, and the connection to the light/fan. Image of how switch is wired. Not of actual switch Cables/...
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Replacing light bulb in flat fixture

I just purchased a new home and am in the repair process and one or two of the light fixtures appear to require bulb replacements. I was able to twist the main cover off of the fixture but underneath ...
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Mini junction box

Our designer picked out a picture light, but when it showed up the base plate for the picture light is only 1 3/4 x 4.5”. That means if I install it on the smallest box that I can think of, a handy ...
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Convert hardwired pendant to plug in

I bought a pendant light that is meant to be hardwired and I would like to convert it to a plug in light ( as I have no existing box in the ceiling). I have read that table lamps are not grounded ...
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How do I fix this Underwriters Laboratories light fixture part that's missing side clips?

One of my light fixtures (recessed ceiling) fell in the kitchen. It's a UL thing that stays in place with these metal clips that go in the holes you can see in the images below. What happened to the ...
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Can any light fixture be used on a dimmer

I purchased a light and don't know if it is compatible with dimmer switch. I have so far read it is more so the light bulb that that affects compatability and most light fixtures work with dimmer ...
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LED Light fixture suggestions [closed]

I recently moved my office to a basement room. The lights in this room were never a concern before but now I am noticing that they are blindingly white and one of them obstructs my camera quality on ...
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5 bulb chandelier on a dimmer switch flickering on full power

I bought my house about 8 months ago, originally built in 1970s or so I believe. There is a 5 bulb chandelier in the dining room on a dimmer switch. I wasn't having any issues with it but I left town ...
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black insert stuck in tube light fixture

I removed a dead tube light by rotation from the fixture and when I went to put in a new tube light, I noticed it wouldn’t even insert into the fixture. Closer examination shows that the inner black ...
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Installing 3 Bulb Chandelier

This used chandelier came with 3L, 3N & 3E wires, plus 2 spare wires, one marked with electrical tape. Which wires should I attach to the spares, and where do I attach the 3 Earth Wires?
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Using a 4” hole saw on wood panel walls to install a round electrical box?

I am mounting a 24 inch vanity light into wood panel walls. The light fixture is lightweight and there is no stud available, so I intend to use this 1 gang old work round electrical box. I need to ...
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How to pass NM cable through framing for fixture centered on gable end

I am looking to install a light fixture above my garage for my driveway. I would like the fixture to be centered, however this falls right against a stud on the framing. Is it permissible to drill a ...
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Ceiling fan light turns off when i pull the fan cord to adjust fan speeds

Intermittent issue. Ceiling fan lights turn off when I pull the fan cord to adjust speeds. When this happens the only way to turn the Ceiling fan lights back on is to flick the wall switch off and ...
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1970's house new light fixture with connectors

Installing ceiling light fixture in a 1970's house. The new fixture has push-in connectors to all wires (black/white/ground). I am replacing an old light/heater which was grounded to screw in the ...

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