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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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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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Is it OK to splice NM and NM-B cable?

I'm replacing some light fixtures in my house, and the existing cable coming out is very old. I was able to make out the stamp along the length, and it's 12/2 NM cable, rated to 60C. It's got a ...
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Shop light wiring

I am hoping to put two 4ft flourescent lights in my garage where it only had a single light bulb before. I have never done anything electrical so even the simplest job is all new to me. My question ...
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How do I ground this metal switch faceplate? (UK electrical)

I'm replacing a plastic light switch with a metal one - so need to ground it. Have done this before - where backbox has been metal, so easy to run a flywire from switch to grounding point on metal ...
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Replace light switch connected to a power outlet with dimmer - two black wires to one black and red

I have a light switch that is connected to a power outlet. The light switch has 2 block wires, one coming from the wire and one coming from the power outlet. I want to change this to a dimmer and I ...
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Why was a light fixture installed with dry wall anchors? [closed]

I came home to a light fixture hanging off the wall today. The light was never attached to the electrical box, instead it was installed with drywall anchors to the edge of the drywall against the box. ...
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Replacing a smart light switch with a standard one

I’m trying to replace a lightswitch but there’s some unusual wiring inside the box. It looks like there are three sets of wires coming into the box. Black/White, Black/Red/White, and Black/White. I ...
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How to check if light is “Power Through Fixture”?

This is related to my other question here. I just learned of the "power through fixture" concept and it seems that WeMo dimmer switch isn't compatible with it. I want to believe that what I have in ...
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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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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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Help wiring new overhead light that uses SPT wire

I am wiring a new overhead light fixture in my study. I have done lots of light fixtures before but the wires of the new fixtures I have done in the past have always matched the black and white wires ...
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I'm trying to replace a ceiling light fixture but the wires are different

The existing box has one black wire and three white wires twisted around each other coming out of it. The existing fixture has one black wire and one white wire. The black was connected to the black ...
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Lightswitch zapping me

This single lightswitch zaps every time it is touched. Including twice in a 30 second period when touched by different people. It is not the screws, but the switch itself. The zap is powerful enough ...
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a non working single 10W MR16 in a recessed light (LED)

One of the bulbs is not lighting up. I tried a new bulb and replaced the ceramic bulb holder and that did not help. What am I missing? Could it be a transformer that suddenly went bad? If that is the ...
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Adding Light to Existing 3-Way Switch Configuration

I currently have a 3-Way light setup like the one pictured below but I want to add an additional light to the circuit on the right hand side switch. I can not add any wires between the two lights as ...
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How to change lightbulb inside a fixture

I want to change this burnt out light: How can I get at it to change it? Thanks
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Fluorescent fitting problem

I live in France. I have just received a replacement twin fluorescent fitting to replace a unit that failed after 3 months. I have tested the new fitting on a bench, connecting live neutral and earth ...
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Light with 3 way switch does not work. Need help!

I have a 3 way switch with Source at First Switch and Light Between (same as below diagram) I opened light fixture to pained the wall and after putting the light it did not work. I have tried ...
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Using backwire to power light fixture

I recently hired an electrician to add a light fixture in my home. The electrician used the backwire holes on the back of an existing outlet to power the new light fixture. I had to disconnect the ...
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Can I connect a shared neutral to my Wemo smart light switch?

Both switches depicted in the diagram are controlled by the same breaker. The other two switches in the box which aren't labeled are controlled by two other breakers. Since I only want to replace ...
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How to make outlet half-hot in this situation?

Current state: Outlet is completely controlled by light switch, top and bottom switch on and off from this switch. Desired state: Only top of outlet is controlled by light switch, bottom to remain on ...
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How many recessed lights should I install in my living room?

I've got a 18" x 12" living room that I want to install recessed lights into but I am stuck as to if I should install 6 or 8 lights (6 inch each). 6 already "looks" like there are a bunch of holes in ...
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Ceiling Fan Lights not burning brightly

My Hampton Bay ceiling fan with light is about 8 years old. The light recently burned out, so replaced with with a 100 E11 halogen 100 watt bulb, resulting in very little light - about 50 watts. I ...
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Window treatment that allows for a projection to be visible?

As a creative project, I'm trying to project some lines or text onto a window. That is, I have a large window that I still want to see out of, but I want to use an LCD projector from the inside to ...
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Dimmer switches have no ground wire

I went to replace two kitchen dimmer switches with new toggle dimmers (the old dimmers work, this is only cosmetic). When I removed the face plate, I found the existing switches did not have a ground ...
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Light switch tripping

hoping to get your feedback on what could be going wrong here. Hope you can understand my diagram. When switch 2 is flipper on it trips the breaker. In the light 2 jbox there is no light installed yet ...
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Why can I not turn off my ceiling lights?

Three ceiling lights which worked for years, cannot be turned off. There are three switches, each of which controls all three lights (they are all on or all off). Is there a simple fix or must I ...
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Trying to set up a new light fixture and confused by wire situation!

I am attempting to set up a new night fixture but I was confused when I opened the junction box on the ceiling. It contained two green wires together, two white wires together, and one blue. There was ...
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Installing an insignia connect smart switch to three black wires and a bundle of three white wires

I have the configuration coming to my new smart switch. The smart switch requires a line wire, load wire, and neutral wire. I originally connected my manual light switch as seen in the picture, but ...
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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 ...