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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Light fixture is tripping the circuit breaker

So my wife purchased an antique light fixture at an antique fair. It is an old brass chandelier with 6 regular bulbs and 1 small bulb in the center. The guy that sold it to her said the wiring was ...
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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 ...
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Security fluorescent outside lighting with timer and breakers wiring

I have two outside seperate flurescent light circuits that are wired to two seperate breakers in the breaker box, i need a timer wired into the circuit that will control these two outside lighting ...
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hook up light, but end tied into attic wiring

Easy to install to black and white wires hanging out of ceiling, BUT other end of wires hooked into existing wires in attic. Not place for switch . Have pic
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Trying to install Cooper surface LED down light to ceiling but don't see a ground wire

I'm trying to install a Cooper LED down light to a pre-existing ceiling metal electric box that has been un-used. I know to turn off electricity at the breaker and that white wire from light ...
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Lights randomly flash

I just moved in into a rented house. Suddenly, usually a few minutes after being turned of, a light bulb goes and flash once. They're fluorescent and LED lights that flashes once after a random time ...
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How can I uninstall this bathroom light fixture?

Remodeling an older house and am trying to remove this bathroom light fixture without damaging the wallboard. Rectangular, horizontal fixture, 3 sockets across. seems to be an open-sided metal box ...
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Three hots and a neutral in a recessed light

I was wiring a Lightolier recessed light (model 1000AICM) and I noticed that the junction box has three black wires and one neutral. I've never encountered this before. I conjecture the following: the ...
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How close can light be to exposed insulation?

I am mounting a few of those porcelain light lamp sockets in my basement between a few joists. The joists are exposed in my basement and one of places I was going to mount one has insulation batting ...
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What kind of bulbs does this lamp need?

I have recently gotten hold of a lamp that seems to require some weird bulbs. I can't seem to figure out what type of bulb goes in there... It looks like it could be in the G9 family, but there is no ...
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Are ungrounded three-way switches dangerous?

I have 3-Way Switch 1 and 3-Way Switch 2 going to a light / ceiling fan. Older house. I replaced the old switches and the light works when I wire them as below, but I'm worried about the safety: ...
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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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Multiple switched circuits in single exposed raceway with T-style conduit body to branch them

I’m looking to add a new fixture to a masonry ceiling of the living room an open floor plan home. Current Setup The existing electrical raceways to all ceiling fixtures are done with exposed 1/2” ...
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How far can I run a DC line to some LEDs

I'm working on a project where I want to mount an LED Light bar to the side of my house. The light bar will be closer to the peak of the roof, and the power supply ideally would be in the basement so ...
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How to bypass the ballast on this fluorescent fixture?

I have some fluorescent fixtures in my basement that I would like to convert to LED, using bulbs that require a ballast bypass. However, these fixtures don't have a centrally mounted "black box" ...
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Is it safe to wire a light junction box to a plug (which could then be plugged into a switch-controlled outlet)?

EDIT: I'm rephrasing the question, as it seems the original was unsafe. If I install a light box in the ceiling (both to mount the fixture to, and to make the connections between fixture wires and ...
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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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Single pot light in room continually dimming / flickering, before dying after a few days

I've just moved into a new apartment and am having trouble with a specific pot light in the main area. There are 4 lights on the switch (all recessed), and they are all working fine except the one. ...
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Converting an outdoor light socket into a light socket and outlet

I've just moved into a new apartment on the top floor of an old home. It's got a balcony / porch area big enough to put some seating out on, and the whole place is surrounded by tall trees. What I'd ...
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How do I ground a light fixture with two ground wires and only one ground at junction box?

I am replacing a light fixture and there is a black wire, a white wire, a green wire, and a bare copper wire. At the junction box I have a black wire, a ground wire, and a bare copper (ground) wire. ...
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Opening a dome lighting fixture

I have a couple of lighting fixtures in my apartment that look like this: The metal base goes directly to the ceiling and the posts holding the glass dome, while threaded, do not turn or slide in any ...
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CFL integrated or non-integrated

My parent place come with non-integrated CFL fixture. Over the year, some of the socket, ballast and bulbs are out. I wondering if I should go to replace all of them to integrated CFL fixture. Is ...
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What dangers present themselves when someone uses the grounding system as a neutral? [closed]

What dangers present themselves when someone uses the grounding system as a neutral? I'm just looking for insight into the theories.
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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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How to remove a stuck bayonet-mounted light bulb?

The bulb looks like this. It's been mildly broken from my earlier effort to remove the light. I've tried holding at the base, pushing it in a bit, twisting left/right and then trying to take it out, ...
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Light and fan not working - is the wiring correct?

So I've come home today to see that the bathroom light and fan is not switching on. Having unscrewed the switch, I can see this: Now it looks like the earth has come completely off, but I wouldn't ...
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A light fixture with 2 white, 2 black wires, 1 copper. How do I connect this light fixture to a ceiling junction box? (See drawn diagram)

I have a problem with this configuration and can't figure it out on my own. Configurations I've tried: 1: Bulb1 and Bulb2 white and black wires connected to light switch black and white wires. ...
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What smart device options do I have for poor lighting in living room?

My living room does not have great electrical lighting. The room is about 18'x12' with a fireplace on the far, short wall. Above the fireplace there are two angled recessed lights (can aim them in a ...
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Attaching ceiling ground wire when fixture socket does not have the green screw for attaching grnd wire

Ceiling ground wire is available, but fixture socket does not have the ground wire screw for attaching same. Is there a way to "fake" it?
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What is the purpose of these removable “collars” on ceramic light fixtures

This fixture happens to be plastic, but all my ceiling juntion box mounted 600w rated light fixtures have a removable collar. I don't see the point in this extra part. Is there some sort of shade I ...
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Why is my light connected between two red wires on a circuit with two switches?

I'm trying to wire up a new ceiling fan that has built in lights where my old light fixture used to be but am a little confused with the wiring. In the electrical box (pic below) there are two black ...
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How can I control lights on a 3-way circuit with a timer?

I have a roommate who comes home at night and leaves the f@$%ing light in the hallway on, and I find it really annoying. She's not malicious, just a bit distracted, so I want to install some sort of ...
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How does one identify a type of ballast?

In a building how does one identify a type of ballast? We have lights all over this place, and I was recently recommended that replacing our ballast with LEDs would greatly save on our electricity ...
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replacing with A-19 Halogen bulbs

I am thinking to replace the regular CFL bulb on a light fixture to a 'Smart Guardian 42-Watt Halogen A-19 Clear 6-Hour Cycle Timer Light Bulb', but because its called 'Halogen', I am little concerned ...
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How do I connect a new fixture to a box with two black and two white wires?

I am attempting to change/update a chandelier in our dining room. I (mistakenly) disconnected the previous fixture without noting the connection first. When I attempted to connect the next ...
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How to get access to and change bulb in a hanging lantern

My task today was to change the light bulbs of a hanging lantern that we have on our porch. I simply cannot determine how to get to the actual light bulbs. I've tried turning the bottom finial, which ...
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What to do with wires from old outdoor light?

I'm permanently removing an old stair light from a porch. I've disconnected the fixture but the wires come from the house through a hole in the wall. So now I have about 2 feet of wire hanging from ...
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Bathroom over sink lighting bar

I have a newer stainless three bulb light bar over my sink, and one of the lights single glass shades keeps loosening up and wants to fall off,only the bulb keeps it from doing so. The retaining ring ...
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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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Brand new 3-way lamps not working correctly

Ok so I'm at my wits end on this...I've bought two different 3-way lamps this week. Both are not cycling correctly through the three brightness settings. The first lamp was 'Better Homes' brand from ...
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Converting two three-way switches to a single dimmer

I recently replaced my kitchen lights to dimmable LEDs. Right now there are two 1 gang 3-way switches, so I can control the same lights from two switches. I wanted to replace one of the switches with ...
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Sockets burn out on light fixture

I have a ceiling fixture that uses three 40w candelabra-base bulbs. It was burning out bulbs frequently (about one per month). Over time, two sockets were not working (confirmed with a meter test) and ...
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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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How do I put a recessed light in a wet location, where the can itself will get wet?

I have an underdeck porch that has a ceiling made of metal roofing panels, that diverts deck drainage into a gutter. I would like to install recessed lighting in the ceiling. However, the cans will ...
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Which wire is the ground in this light box?

So I'm trying to fit a new light fixture that's got the usual black, white, and copper/green wires coming out from the light itself. However, when I took off the old light and looked at the wires in ...
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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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Identifying light socket in kitchen

I have 5 light sockets in the kitchen. Two of them are A19 style sockets and three of them are the following sockets: They fit a CFL type bulb in them. I would like to replace it with an A19 socket ...
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I need to replace the spring-loaded lighting cover for the light in the tub

Anyone know where I can get a trim kit for this basic round ceiling light? It has an outer edge/flange that seats against the ceiling and there is a plastic light cover inside the outer edge. It has ...
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Ceiling fan bulbs repeatedly fail

My Ceiling fan light in my bedroom keeps going out. I changed the bulb and it worked for a few days and went out again. I changed it again and days later it went out again. The ceiling fan itself ...
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Lamp not working

I have a lamp (see picture) that has stopped working. I replaced it with a new bulb and that did not help. Any guidance for a novice regarding next steps?

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