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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How do I determine which ceiling fixure wires are which (two black, two bare)?

I'm trying to install a basic light fixture on a switch, but the ceiling wires are not color coded, probably because it's an old house. The ceiling box has two black wires and two bare wires. One of ...
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Vanity light installation using an old work box

I have a vanity light that weighs 5.6 lbs. The old work box I have is rated for 6 lbs. This seems very close to me. Is there something else I should be using?
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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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New dimmer switch is not operating new led panels

I bought 4 new led panel lights for my drop ceiling and installed Saturday. I also purchased a 0-10 voltage dimmer switch. Yes the lights are dimmable and the switch is for low voltage. I can turn the ...
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Why does an LED ceiling fixture glow even when switched off?

I've just installed an LED ceiling fixture, and it glows even when switched off. I'd estimate it as about 5-10% of the switched-on intensity. The answers I've found here on DIY.SE to similar ...
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Wiring a bulb holder to a plug, what cable to use?

I want to wire a bulb holder like this one, to a plug using some flex cable, so i can use it like a lead light / inspection light, move it to different places etc... So I just want to check that I'm ...
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Why LED bulbs doesn't work?

I bought London 3 light lamp and put 3 LED bulbs 6W. and doesn't work. Only when I switch on then flashed for second but only 3 times. Normal lamp works without problem. There is 2 cables. 1 cable to ...
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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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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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Replacing light fixture, current box has too many wires for new fixture

I've been working on setting up a new light fixture for a few hours now and ran into a bit of a problem. This fixture was replaced about 6 years ago with the current one, so it's not too old, but it'...
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Mixed Recessed LED Lights Not Working

I purchased a home that has recessed lighting throughout. They are the LED lights that clip into a standard light bulb screw-in socket. They all point straight down and I wanted to purchase some that ...
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Have a weird light switch issue happening

Trying to set up a new pantry light. I want to tie this into the outlet that is controlled in the switch in the pantry. However when I rigged it like in this image it's all reversed. When I turn the ...
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LED in recessed fixture occasionally dims

My house was built in 2011 with 6 recessed fixtures in the kitchen ceiling. I replaced the original incandescent lights with CFLs first then LEDs. I replaced the CFLs after one light went out. The ...
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ALKCO L40 Replacement Bulb Availability

Are there replacement Bulbs for the ALKCO L40 Incandescent Bulb? Length =40 inches. Saw where someone had question about removal. Snap into a very large vanity mirror. Without Bulbs, talking major ...
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Advice on connecting this light to a ceiling rose

I have bought a vintage light but i'm not sure how to attach it to my ceiling. I currently have a regular ceiling rose (UK) but I can see I need to replace that with something else. Just not sure what....
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I installed a new light fixture and it won't turn off!

I removed a fan/light combo and replaced with a typical light fixture. The wires from the ceiling coming out are white, black and ground. The light fixture has a positive and a neg and a ground. I ...
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Front Garage Lights no power

I'm a new to doing home improvement stuff and I've been doing okay electrical stuff for the house so far but today I ran into an issue out of my skillset while wiring up the front lights on the ...
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How to wire light switch passthrough

I've swapped a 2-gang switch for a simple 1-way switch to control the ceiling lights. Previously the room had wall lights on the 2nd gang which I've now removed. In doing so, the light in the next ...