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Uncapped wires in light switch box

I was trying to install a smart light switch, I don't have a neutral, so I can't do that. However, when I looked in the box, I noticed this other group of wires pushed to the back. They aren't capped ...
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My light won’t turn off

We are trying to replace a lamp but the switch won’t turn it off. The old lamp had 3 cables but the new just has 2. The old lamp had a blue connected to the red. We tried different combinations (...
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Ceiling light with 6 wires

I'm trying to replace old ceiling light with a new one. New light has only blue and red, no green. There are 2 cables coming from the ceiling each with 3 wires. Green/blue/red and green/black/red. ...
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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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How do I install my new ceiling light fixture?

Hi I’d like to install a new light fixture. The fixture is made out of plastic and has a blue and a brown cable. The image is of the old fixture that works. In case the image isn’t clear enough - ...
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How can I add a light fixture to a three-way circuit by connecting to the switch?

I would like to add a new light fixture to a 3-way circuit in my stairway. The new light will be closer to the second switch and therefore would like to wire it from there (the other fixture is in the ...
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Problem with old light switch

The screw on my light switch somehow came loose on its own, and when I screwed it back in it made the light flicker and go out. Would it be safe to unscrew it again? What would make this happen?
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Is there a way to darken a bedroom yet letting air in as much as possible?

Of course one could use a vent but this is not feasible for me. Is there a low-tech solution, like some kind of a specific curtain? I could also cover my window with an opaque board, letting some ...
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Simple light switch wiring upgrade to new switch - NO NEUTRAL

I'm trying to upgrade a light switch and would be grateful if someone could tell me what goes where. I've tried various combinations but the light either does not turn on or stays on permanently.
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Trying to hook up dimmer/fan switch but have an extra wire?

I am trying to replace a switch that had a 4 position light knob and a 4 position fan knob. The old one had three wires coming out of it and the new one has 4. Below is a picture of my wall and the ...
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South Africa - Helping a layman with connecting multiple strings of lights on one plug

How would I connect 10 x light strings (20 lamps x 3v/0.06w) to one plug the transformers that come with the light sets are Input: 230-240Va.c 50Hz Output: 24Vac 6va Can I just get a bigger ...
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Why does the inner circle fluorescent light not work sometimes?

We have double circular fluorescent lights however the inner light doesn't work sometimes. It has a pull string to operate. It is working today (7th March). Panasonic Parc Premier Round Fluoirescent ...
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Separating 2 Light Switches (1 is a 3 way) Hardwired Together

I have 2 light switches (in one box) in my laundry room. The one switch is a 3 way which operates the light in my garage (just behind the laundry room). There is only 1 switch to the laundry room. I ...
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Laundry Room outlet and light not working

My overhead light and outlet in my laundry room are not working, all of the sudden. They are on the same breaker and nothing else in the house is on that breaker. I just replaced the light switch and ...
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LED track lights slowly turn on one by one only to work at a fraction of output

I'm having a weird issue with my LED track lights and I can't seem to put my finger on what exactly is causing it. They seemed to work just fine until recently. Now whenever I turn on the lights, they ...
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Strange bath lighting vanity light

Went to change in the lighting above our bathroom vanity and was greeted with this strange fixture. I am at a loss how to remove it to get replacement. I do not see any type of markings or model ...
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No power/lights in part of our garage

I am having an issue in my garage where 3 outlets dont work and my 2 fluorescent hanging lights dont work. I have put new outlets in to see if that was the issue, I have checked our breakers and no ...
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Fan light won't turn on

I have a fan with a light. It's controlled by a single pole dimmer. Recently the light stopped working. The bulb is fine (works in a lamp), and the pull chain is fine (just replaced it recently). What'...
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How to slave a new light to an existing pull chain light

We recently remodeled our house and had new outdoor lights installed. Well after the fact that only one works. We realized that the one that doesn't was on a pull chain. Well I'm not the smartest ...
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Light bulb suddenly only turns on for a moment, tried multiple bulbs

So when it happened, I tried to turn on the light (that worked fine before) and it lit up only to go off shortly after. subsequent tries were met with failure. So I changed the bulb for a new one. No ...
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Does a GFCI-protected bath light/fan unit need separate neutrals?

I hope there is an electrician on this forum who would know the answer to this. I am in the US and must have permits in my area and install per NEC. This is new construction. Installing a fan/light ...
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Legrand switch invert light

Here are two photos of the switch I need help. So basically I want to change the left light to the right one and the right to the left but I don't understand the brown cables. Which ones do I need to ...
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limit detection angle of a motion sensor light switch

Is there a way to limit the horizontal angle of a motion based indoor (occupancy) light switch to it doesn't pick up movement within, say 90 degree horizontal angle only
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What is wrong with my light

I have two ceiling light fixtures that just will not work. I checked the incoming power in the ceiling. Its fine. I did a continuity test on the wires/socket and they are fine. As a test I ...
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How to properly install a Hayward Colorlogic Light Controller…?

Trying to swap out an existing pool light switch with a new LED light w/ inclusive switch. The old switch was a standard toggle switch, 3 wires (meaning the outlet is wired white, black, ground) . ...
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How to deal with halogen lights hurting your eyes?

I have gable roof and there are 4 halogen lights on ceilings. If I am sitting upright, it's good but due to the angle of the ceiling, if I move slightly to any direction the light goes directly to my ...
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Hang Pendant light with loop

I want to update the lights in my kitchen with pendant lights. However, for one light, the current light has a loop over to a hook to hang the light in the appropriate spot. Like this.... I want ...
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How should I connect my new light switches?

I have 2 bedrooms in which I am trying to swap the old light switches out with new switches. After removing covers, found the old switches had 2 black wires connected to the two terminals, and 2 white ...
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Why is my oven bulb so hard to turn?

My oven light burned out. When I try to turn the new light bulb in my Kenmore oven it's like sandpaper against sandpaper. Why is this?
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Existing light fixture is connected to 2 white wires, black wires are capped

I started to replace a light fixture in a closet and discovered that although 2 wires (each containing a black, white, and ground wire) come into the box, only the white wires are connected to the ...
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How can I add lights and a switch downstream of a pull-chain fixture?

I have a challenging wiring question. I have power coming in to a pull chain light fixture(beginning-of-run). it needs to stay in its current position. I need to borrow power from it and add two ...
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Can I replace my halogen with led? [duplicate]

So, long story short: An Halogen (MR16/GU5.3) light in my bathroom went out and I replaced it with an led light (from Wilko UK, 3 pack). I know nothing of electrics, but thought heck, I should be able ...
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Electrical Problem

I have two lights I am trying to install in my garage. The switch for these lights has a black and a white wire. However, when I look at the junction boxes for both of these lights I have a red wire ...
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Why does my bath fan turn off when light switch is on and vise versa?

I just put a new exhaust fan in the bathroom and connected it to existing light switch, which is connected to the bathroom light. When I turned the power back on, the bath light came on but not the ...
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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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Outdoor porch light problem

My light (LED) burned out, I think and when I replaced it the light would not work. Then, when I put in a regular light, it would go on for a second or more and then flash three times and go out ...
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How can I bring more light into this shower?

Consider this shower alcove: The curtain is partially-transparent. It can't be made much more transparent for privacy reasons; so, it blocks a lot of the light. Also, hanging a towel on that rail ...
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reducing light reflection on a wall

I have a wall across from the doorways of a bedroom and "office." It reflects light into the bedroom which bothers people trying to sleep with the other door open. What would be a good way to reduce ...
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Master bedroom light switch is controlling the bathroom too?

Ok so I’m changing out the old outlets switches from the 80’s cause they are old and yellow from age... and the outlets will occasionally spark when you put a plug into them. They are all grounded ...
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Adding lights to a 3-way switched circuit

I currently have a circuit that goes like this: Panel -> 3-Way switch -> 3-Way switch -> light I have the wiring run through 2 additional boxes between the switches and I'd like to add ...
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I have two lamp post lights, wired in line. No dusk/dawn eye. The first post light lights. The second does not

There is power to the second post light. There is also power in the light socket itself. I've checked the ground at both lights and they appear to be working fine. What could be the problem?
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How do i ground a new overhead light fixture? I'm replacing a 2 wire fixture with a new 3 wire fixture wich includes a ground wire

How do I ground a new overhead light fixture? I'm replacing a 2 wire fixture with no grounding wire with a new 3 wire fixture which includes a ground wire.
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Red wire spliced into a bundle of blacks?

This switch currently provides power to the top half of an outlet, through a junction box. I installed some pot lights and want to tie into the circuit, at the junction box. I attach the black ...
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I want light controlled by one switch, not two

I have two switches that control one light. I would like to close one of the switches, so that the light is only turned on and off by one of them. I removed the light switch from one of them (pictured)...
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Outside light fixture

I am replacing a very old outside light fixture and have hit a roadblock. All of the fixtures I see in stores are sleek in design but mine is connected to a pretty large electrical box. The picture ...
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Why doesn't new dimmer switch brighten completely?

I just replaced an old Pass and Seymour slide dimmer switch with a Lutron single pole switch with a side toggler. I'm using incandescent bulbs. The new switch dims the lights fine, but when I slide ...
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How deep of concrete base do I need for a 35 foot

I have a 35 foot aluminum light pole that has 4 bolts holes in the base of the pole. I need to know how deep and wide should I pour the concrete into the ground. I'm not going to use the light pole ...
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Installing WeMo Wi-Fi Dimmer Switch - Lights not turning on

I have attempted to install my WeMo switch; however, it does not seem to want to work. Before I contact Belkin or my superintendent, I wanted to make sure that it is WeMo that is broken, and not my ...
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Remaining AC Voltage [duplicate]

So I have a three switch box and one goes to a light/receptacle outlet on the wall. The other two go to my ceiling fan. When I read the wires out when they are switched off I get 0vac. When I turn ...
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Connecting a Leviton light timer w/ 3 way set up

I am trying to connect the Leviton VPT24-1PZ Vizia 24-Hour Programmable Indoor Timer with Astronomical Clock in a 3-way setup w/ LED lights. There was previously another light timer there (prob ~30 ...