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How can I get the light cover off my fixture?

I have a light fixture in my bathroom and I’ve no idea how to remove the cover go replace the bulb, tried turning it, tried prying it off withno avail. There is a slight notch however trying to pry it ...
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What is the difference between Philips Essential LED bulb range & their normal LED bulbs?

I have come across two ranges from Philips for their LED bulb ranges, there is the 'Essential' range, which is the budget value range, & then there is the normal 'Philips' LED bulbs range. The ...
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3-1/4" Pancake Box? - Want to Update Old Ceiling Fixture

Previously, I asked another question regarding this ceiling fixture. I wanted some advice on how to go about attaching a fixture with more than one bulb and whether or not the insulation in the old ...
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Breaker trips immediately

I am new to this site and appreciate all your help. I tried to replace a light fixture in one bedroom with a newer, heavier one. The house was built in 1971 and has 2 circuits for all the lights. ...
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How can I wire up my new light? Old one was a fluorescent strip light

Also if I turn off electric at the mains so no electric in house at all am I quite safe and not likely to electrocute myself? 😳 Thanks
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Is it ok that a hot wire connects to two separate switches?

I recently tried to replace my light switch with some smart switches but when I open it, the wiring was a bit odd to me. The top of wire of the first switch was piggy tailed/connected to the bottom ...
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Single pole light switch with live wire not terminating

I'm trying to replace a regular single pole light switch with smart light switch and I find the black wire coming from source to the switch but it's not terminating, it goes up to the ceiling. I ...
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Friendly light bulbs, I want them to turn on slowly

I want that the light bulbs in my house turn on slowly, just like when you use an impedance control, but with a simple switch, is that possible?
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How should I improve the wiring in this light fixture junction box?

Is it legal for blind people to wire a ceiling rose? I mean, it's the only reason I can imagine this happened Jokes aside, the light is actually functioning as is. I only discovered this when I was ...
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Is the light/fan combo in my shower safe? [duplicate]

In all of the bathrooms, there is a recessed light/exhaust fan combo installed. I assume, due to the combo feature, is the reason there is no cover over the light fixture. However, the same light/...
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Does my Remote Light bulb use power when not turned on?

I just recently bought an RGB light bulb which comes with a remote and I was wondering if you turn it off with the remote but you leave the switch on does it still consume power?
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Weird wiring configuration, neutral is live

I'm trying to install a wemo dimmable smart switch to replace a regular switch. The original wiring pictured below is unlike the other 8 switches I replaced in my home. It looks like it's hooked up to ...
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Thoughts on this 3-way wiring job

Greetings from Australia I'm in the process of putting Z-wave nano dimmers behind my 240v light switches and up to wiring an interesting 3-way switch config backing 3x LED drivers. This is what I ...
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How do I wire a one lamp fixture with a two lamp ballast? [duplicate]

I have a two lamp ballast with two blue, one red, one white, and one black. How do I connect that to a one lamp fixture????
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How would I go about grounding this light switch?

I am trying to replace a light switch (so it's white and matchs the room, it still works) but the switch in this room is not grounded (there is no ground screw, it's an older switch). There are two ...
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Can I upgrade to a dimmer switch in my bathroom without using the ground conductor?

I'm installing a dimmer (and thus replacing the left switch in my bathroom) and from the four wall wires only the white and red attach to the left (light) switch and the bare wire (I'm assuming the ...
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Trying to add a light at the end of a 3-way switch

Let me caveat by saying that I am a new homeowner with relatively little electrical experience, so please bear with me... Our house has a standard 3-way switch with the light between the two switches....
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Non dimmable switch where dimmer switch previously was?

I just found that the dimmable switch to my dining room overhead light had stopped working. I currently have 4 dimmable led bulbs in the overhead light. When the light switch (and the overhead light) ...
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Wiring multifunction fixture to 2 switches, 2-wire cables

I'm replacing a fan in a bathroom. The setup I have currently cannot be changed with new wiring. I can add pigtails but I can't run a new 3-wire cable through the chase. Power supply runs to the fan ...
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Can i use a 6amp lutron caseta light switch with a 15amp breaker?

I am looking to install several lutron caseta light switches in my home. The problem is the lutron switches are all rated 6amp but the existing switches and breakers in my home are 15amp. Will be ...
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How to connect earth(grounding) that has copper wire attached?

This is my first time doing a light fixture. In the ceiling, the wires are black, white and green wire with a copper wire attached to the green wire. In my light fixture, there is a brown wire, blue ...
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LED lamp turns off when turned on

I just bought a new LED lamp and, when I turn it on, it slowly turns off in a few seconds. Why does it so that? Is there a way to fix it?
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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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T8 retrofit with direct LED

I have replaced 4-foot T12 fluorescent bulbs with direct wire LEDs: the fixtures were re-wired and ballasts removed to accommodate the LEDs . In the future the LED bulbs can be replaced unlike models ...
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Connect all 3 switches in a 3 gang to be controlled by a single switch? [closed]

My kitchen has three light switches (1 main light, 2 under cabinet lights), all in a single box (3 gang). I want to connect them together so that a single switch turns them all on/off at once. Can I ...
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Switch install is tripping the breaker

We recently bought a home with a defective ceiling fan (stuck in reverse), so I bought and installed a new one. The switches were kid of old and ugly so I replaced those as well. (1) switch for the ...
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Overhead Light Fixture - Didn't Use Green Screw

I, with the help of a neighbor, installed an overhead light fixture. It was a little awkward and I'm not sure the unit came with the right bracket - it didn't match the one in the instructions. The ...
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Lamp between switches in multiway-switching

I've noticed that using my mains tester the light in the screwdriver lights up regardless of the position of the light switch near the door. It seems to only not light up when both switches are in ...
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kitchen-counter light replacement

I have a tube light above my kitchen's electric cooking range . It is a Philips light that has "F15T8/CW/24" written on it. I think that it's this product. Are the below guesses correct? "F15" means ...
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What type of bulb fits in this slot type?

We have this light fixture outside and the the bulb has always been missing. It has two side slots and twists into place once fully inserted. My Google searching and hardware store searches have ...
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Wiring 2 lights with 2 switches in a double gang box

I am trying to wire 2 lights, one ceiling and one over my door for my porch. I have 2 switches in a gangbox already as well. This was the previous set up before I redid our porch. Currently have 3 14/...
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Changing light switch, help with wiring needed

I changed my old lightbulbs to dimmable LEDs, now I need to change the switch accordingly. Before: (stacked switches from top to bottom) small light switch 1, small light switch 2, small switch for ...
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4 electrical lines into one ceiling box

I just installed a ceiling fan and light and not sure how to wire it. The wall switch box has 2 switches, one for a closet ceiling light and the other is to operate my new ceiling fan. In the ...
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LED Bulbs not Starting Properly

Hi: I have some undercabinet light fixtures from IKEA that each take 3 small 12V G4 size bulbs. These bulbs are about 3/4" long x 1/4" wide with two plug-in prongs at the end. The original bulbs ...
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Can I replace 1 switch of a 3-switch box with a Motion Detector switch

Our bathrooms have a 3-switch box: 1-sink lights, 1-shower light, 1-fan. My son doesn't shut off the light, so it is on all night (or all day). Can I replace one of the light switches with a motion ...
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Problem installing outlet off pull chain light fixture

Today I ran wiring from a pull chain light fixture to a new receptacle for my sister. It works great except the receptacle goes on and off with the pull chain light fixture. It is currently wired ...
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Adding 3 way switches

I have a switch that controls the top and bottom of an outlet. I would like to make the outlet hot all the time. Additionally I would like to install a light fixture, convert the existing single ...
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Installing a ceiling light and rewiring switch and outlet

I have a bedroom that has no ceiling light. The bedroom is on the first floor, below our living room so there is no access from above. There is also a light switch that controls an outlet. I would ...
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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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electrical connection for fan/light

enter image description hereinstalling fan and light kit Issue: have 2 white wires and 2 black wires in ceiling box .Both black wires always have power Neither white wire has power whether the wall ...
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If a light bulb is dead, does it still consume electricity if the switch is in ON?

It's been a week since a light bulb in the bathroom died. I'm wondering if the bulb is dead, does it still consume electricity if the switch is in ON? The light is completely dead, no light ...
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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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What is the ideal lumen output and temperature range for my computer room?

I have replaced an older 100W incandescent light bulb with an led 3000K 1400 lumen light bulb but it seems very bright so I wonder if the lumen output is too high. How can I calculate the correct ...
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Bronze Low E VS Obscure

I am deciding on new glass for my window, with a goal of keeping light out. Is there a big difference between bronze low e glass and obscure glass in terms of light blockage?
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How to: Change a bulb in my shower fixture/glass won't come out/down

have a light fixture in the shower with a (hopefully just) burnt out bulb. I got the metal cage (held on by two screws) off but can't get the glass cover off. The whole thing rotates 360 so it's not ...
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can an outside spot light block visibility into house window at night

I have 4 very large windows in the front of my house that currently have no window covering. I want to tint these windows for privacy but when I have my lights on at night people will still be able to ...
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Jumped light switch wiring

The house was built in 1950... I have 2 switches in a dual gang-box. The switch on the left is a single pole switch which controls 2 lights mounted outside on the front of the house. The switch on ...
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How can I wire my bathroom light and fan?

In the bathroom I am remodeling there is a fan in the ceiling and a light above the sink. The light currently works on the switch shown in the box below. The fan is not currently hooked up to power ...
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Change 1 gang switch two lights to 2 gang switch for each

Hi I have a single 1 gang switch that turns on two lights together, now I want to replace it with a single 2 gang switch to control both lights individually. What I found behind the switch are 7 ...
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Installing Touch Light Switch

I'm looking to replace a light switch but the terminals are labeled differently to my existing one and i'm wondering if anyone can offer advice. My current switch looks as follows with two wires ...