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Ontario condo light installation

My friend's condo has a junction box installed in the ceiling, but no light. Can we legally install a light here? Ontario's ESA page states that installing a light requires a permit, but does that ...
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Vanity light installation using an old work box

I have a vanity light that weighs 5.6 lbs. The old work box I have is rated for 6 lbs. This seems very close to me. Is there something else I should be using?
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How can I use a switch for outlets to control a new overhead light?

I am trying to rewire our bedroom so that a wall switch that turns on/off half of all receptacles in the room will instead control a ceiling light and leave the receptacles (both halves) always hot ...
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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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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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Ceiling fan light flickers whenever fan is turned off

I recently remodeled my room and added in a ceiling fan. The room only had a dimmer switch installed which I didn't think would be a big deal because it would either be on or off. However, I'm now ...
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Light switch sizzled

I had maintenance turn off my breaker and fix the pull tab on my ceiling fan. Then turned it back on... Few minutes later.... I turned on a light switch and it made a sizzling noice! Maintenance came ...
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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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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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4 way circuit, need to reduce it to 3 way

I have a 4 way circuit (two 3way switches and one 4way ) controlling one light in my back patio. I would like to add a second light and use one of the 3 existing switches to control it, turning the ...
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Install Vintage Ceiling Light Fixture

We purchased a vintage ceiling light fixture in Europe and I’m trying to figure out how to mount it. I’ve attached photos below. It seems to have a sort of hickey attached to the end of the post ...
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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 ...
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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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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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How to get lighting in the shower like this?

I'm remodeling my bathroom and I'd like to know how to get a lighting effect as seen in these photos. To get this, do you basically drop the ceiling to create a soffit over the shower, with a rope ...
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Installing light switch timer

I am replacing switches in my 1950s house and want to put a new switch timer for my porch light. There was a old one already in place. I am confused because I installed the switch next to it using the ...
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How do I open this flush mounted light fixture?

Having trouble opening this light fixture to replace bulbs. The blue/white glass appear to be one piece. No visible screws or on base. I tried twisting it open, but whoever installed the box behind ...
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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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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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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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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 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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Ceiling light wiring problems, please advise

I was changing my light fittings as they were old and yellow. My living room has 2 lights on the ceiling at opposite ends Controlled by a single on off switch. The first fitting was normal, red/live ...
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(Need help)- Can I wire a ceiling fan/light fixture from an existing 3-way switched outlet?

Link to Imgur for pictures with reference drawings: https://imgur.com/a/ETfCvZl As title says, I'm trying to wire a new ceiling fan/light fixure. I currently have a 3 way switch that controls one ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Remove Light Switch - Bury or Move?

I have an interesting concern. I bought a house built in 1978, and since then the previous owners made some changes. One of which I can't figure out how to do safely and up to code. And I have read ...
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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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1 switch - 2 Lights

I'm replacing a switch, in a mobile home, just to update and have a white one. I removed old switch, which was a self-enclosed box switch. What is the right way to wire it. I wired it up to new switch ...
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One box has 2 black, 2 white, 2 ground, and one red; the other box has 1 black, 1 white, 1 ground

I'm trying to connect two simple ceiling pendant lights, and my contractor put in a new single pole switch box with 1 black, 1 white, 1 bare. No power runs to it (checked it with the meter) so 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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Replacing ceiling fan with standard light fixture

Ive replaced a ceiling fan with a standard light fixture in our living room. However the light turns on but the switch to the light doesnt work. There is a red wire in the wall and in the ceiling ...
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Motion sensor light sqitch

Replacing single pole light switch with a new sensor light switch the new switch requires a neutral wire witch my old switch does not have... In the box where the switch is I have 3 wires copper.. ...
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ceiling fan light kit wiring problems

When I try to add a light kit to my ceiling fan the light seems to short. It is a separate circuit and I checked the wires for the light and they are 120v not 240 I thought maybe I was wiring two hots ...
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Could I have broken my light fixture whilst changing the light bulb?

Ok, so not proficient in changing light bulbs... I have taken out the bulb before and put it back in so I know how to do it. I wanted to put in an adaptor so I could put in a colour changing bulb. I ...
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Odd wiring at switch. Please help

I plan to run a ceiling fan/light to this switch which is already connected to an outlet. Can you explain this wiring and if it is safe? I don't understand how or why there is a black wire sitting ...
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Can I tap into an exterior light fixture to connect different things

I just ran mc cable to a exterior light fixture(dusk to dawn one) from an exterior gfci outlet (which is outside near ground level), I'd like to put and outlet, switch and/or lights in attic close to ...
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Why do my bathroom lights keep blowing?

Hello: I have a wall mount light fixture that uses 5 globe type bulbs. I have had the fixture for about 10 years, recently each time I replace a bulb - the new bulb burns out within a few hours. ...
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Electrical workaround for wiring a smart switch

There's the following setup in my bedroom: I need to wire the WiFi Switch in the setup above so I made the following workaround: Basically I dimissed Light Bulb 2 in order to get the power line to ...
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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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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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5 way wiring question

I’m changing light switches to decora from toggle. I have 4 switches to one light fixture where 4 of the 3 switches have 5 wires and the 4th switch has 3. 1: 2 red 2 black 1 ground 2: 2 red 2 black ...