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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 ...
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How to cut opening in 12" pilaster block-columns for electrical box (porch light install)?

I have two 12"x12"pilaster block columns in my front porch with a poured lintel above and slab below. The pilasters are also poured solid with down-rods and rebar in footer. It is new construction. I ...
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Ceiling fan lightbulb replacement

I have tried unscrewing the top four screws and the bottoms four. I have no ideas left on how to take the glass off eithlut basically completely disassembling the fan.
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6" recessed can light to track light [closed]

I have a single 6" can light which isn't good enough for our needs in our entrance hallway. I want to know if there is a way to convert it to a track light and that way attach multiple lights to the ...
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i want to install a ceiling fanlight without connecting it to the wall switch

i want to install a ceiling fanlight without connecting it to wall switch, but now that it is installed the ceiling fan light come on every time i turn on the light switch and I don't want that,please ...
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my fan over my table works from wall switch but the light fixtures doesnt come on unless i flip the switch numerous times

my fan over my table works from wall switch but the light on the fan wont come on unless I flip the switch a number of times before light will come on. what is causing this problem. if I use the pull ...
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how easy is it to install and american light in the UK?

I am looking to buy this light from the US. Keen to understand if this is possible and what I would need to install it. Many thanks M
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Installing an additional Kitchen Lighting circuit

I would like to install an additional Kitchen Light above a Breakfast Bar as a new circuit but would like to avoid lifting the floorboards on the floor above if possible as it is the bathroom and I ...
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Dedicated wiring to luminaire - what's the minimum gauge

I am wiring a luminaire fixture through a short dedicated 1/2" EMT conduit (a couple of feet). The maximum rating on the luminaire is 100W, although I expect to use much lower wattage. What is the ...
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How can I connect my new light fixtures to old fluorescent fixture bases?

I have these old 6 inch recessed fluorescent light cans in my kitchen. I can hardly find the bulbs anywhere so I decided to replace them. I pulled them apart thinking a could simply wire a new ...
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Why does my oven light flicker when I close the bottom drawer?

I have an electric oven. Recently the oven light flicks on then off when I close the "pan drawer" on the bottom. Any ideas why and repair suggestions appreciated. Thank you.
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candelbra base too long, is it safe?

I bought a candelbra bulb that fits correctly in every way except the length of the base: As you can see the bulb's base on the right is longer than the one on the left. Is it safe to use the bulb on ...
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Using 12-3 to wire lights/fan, sharing neutral

I feel like I am being super paranoid here but I want to make sure I am going to wire these lights correctly... I am going to have two recessed lights and a fan/light combo. The plan is to run 12-3 NM-...
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Two GFCI on 20A bathroom circuit

Long time reader, first time poster... so I thought I had my bathroom wiring layout pretty well nailed but the guy in the electrical department at the local big box store made me rethink my entire ...
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How Do I Program this Timer Switch

There is a timer switch in my garage which I can't figure out how to properly use. What I know about it: It controls my driveway lights There are time tick marks around the circumference of the dial,...
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What thickness cable should I use to wire these outside lights?

Looking at purchasing a few of these: 3X 30W Warm White PIR Motion Outdoor Sensor Security LED Floodlight Security Spot Lights IP65 LED PIR Motion Sensor Induction Lamp We have two existing that ...
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Converting a 3 way circuit from controlling outlets to controlling a fan

I have two switches in the livingroom that control the outlets in the room. We never use them and in fact since we swapped out all the outlets due to age, we didn't split them so they're hot all the ...
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Is there a lighting code restricting where lights can be placed?

I am having a new home built in New Brighton, MN, USA. We went over the plans on where we would like our lights, outlets, switches to be placed throughout the home. I asked them to place a light in a ...
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Replacement motion detector light only works with neutral connected to ground

I'm trying to figure out what is wrong with the wiring going to my replacement garage outdoor fixture. I'm replacing an old burned out fixture and i just moved in so I don't know if it was bad to ...
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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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Changing adjustable fixture light bulb when socket and housing are loose

I'm having trouble changing a ceiling mounted adjustable fixture lightbulb. So there's two issues: one, the metal housing is loose and when I try screwing it in, there's a lot of grinding and varying ...
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Add light to a 3-way circuit - no neutral

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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Viber bathroom mirror light replacement

I own a Viber bathroom mirror that houses some halogen lights at the top. Does anyone know how I might replace the bulbs on such a unit? They don't appear to twist, push or pull, and I can't see any ...
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making sense of a confusing light switch box

I'm trying to install a GE Z-Wave 12724 Smart Dimmer and my light switch box looks nothing like I imagine it's supposed to with wires properly identified. This wouldn't be the first improperly ...
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Ring Main trips when turning off kitchen flourescent light sometimes. Lighting trip does not trip out

My kitchen light seems to trip the house ring main trip when switching the light off. I have replaced the switch. But sometimes about once a month same thing happens. The lighting elcb does not trip.
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Replacing light switch with dimmer - can't identify wire colours; no ground

I'm trying to do a straight replacement of a single pole light switch from a regular rocker switch to a dimmer. I pulled the old switch out of the box and found the following: two wires coming out ...