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Replacing 2 wire switch with 4 wire switch, box has 3 wires. Help?

I’m trying to replace a light switch that has 2(Red & Black) wires directly connected to the switch itself with a 3rd(White) wire that’s capped off in the box with a new smart switch that has 4(...
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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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Apartment using ground wire as neutral

I was answering a trouble call in an apartment today that a pendant light fixture had come down and was hanging by the wiring. I went to remount it, but noticed that the light fixture wiring was ...
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Bathroom Exhaust Fan/Light wiring

I am replacing the exhaust fan in my bathroom, however it seems like there is an extra white wire on the fan. The wires came with “quick connectors” - do I remove these and tie the whites together? I ...
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Bathroom Light Fixture with no stud or box

I uninstalled my old bathroom light fixture to replace it with a nicer light but found that there is no stud and no wall box behind the sheet rock. The old light fixture is very light but the new one ...
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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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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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One circuit of lights comes on dim when another is switched on

We have three separate circuits of LED lights in close proximity to each other- one in master bath, one in master bedroom, and one in master closet. All are on dimmers. When any one of these three ...
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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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Replacing bulbs in Harbor Breeze ceilng fan with remote

I'd like to use the brighter better energy LED bulbs but when I put them in - they blinked continuously. I think this MAY be because the fan is on a remote control.This blinking seemed dangerous so I ...
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Flickering lights when appliances turn on

Recently our lights started flickering whenever a major appliance comes on. Such as the furnace, dryer, fridge, washer... All of them flicker only once, except for the washer. The lights flicker in ...
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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 my light switch have 2 wires on the top?

I went to change my light switch to a new touch light switch I ordered and for some reason it has 2 wires on top. I googled this and searched for awhile but nothing came up about this topic and all I ...
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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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Wiring help needed with 2 separate lights and switches

I have a single switch in my garage for the light outside my garage. I have a single switch at my front door for my porch. I want to have it so either switch will turn on both the garage, and porch ...
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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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Fried switches, light fixtures, or wire?

In an attempt to fix a wiring problem from five years ago, I made a huge error. Here's the scenario: Box 1: Has switch #1 in a four-way set up (it's a 3-way switch) and is where the power comes in. ...
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How to remove broken light protector/cover from inside oven?

I bought a 6 year old house, and the Previous Owners did basically zero maintenance. The oven is a Bosch underbench electric unit, and it looks like the glass cap/protector for the interior light has ...
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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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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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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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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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What kind of bulb is this? How to remove it?

I have a few burned out bulbs in my rental unit, which need to be replaced. Have never seen bulbs like this, cannot find any labels, and can’t even figure out how to remove it! Does anyone know what ...
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Electric switch

My light switch in the family room and garage light switch is on the same circuit, so if I put on the family room light the garage light has to be on and vice versa. How can I split them to work ...
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Double light switch issue

We have just wired a new 2 way, 2 gang, switch plate, which works, but for one side the 'on' position is up, and for the other it's down, which looks odd and is impractical. Is this a problem with the ...
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Pool light not working

Just bought a home and the only pool light is not working. If the GFCI breaker is not tripped and there is no outdoor switch or GFCI, does that mean it’s probably the bulb itself thats dead? Or could ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Does anyone know how to remove the wires from this light socket, does anyone know how I find information about this type of socket?

The socket is from a wall mounted light fixture, the side of the socket says AI YACHT AT578 4/250. I've tried googling this product information but all I get is advertisements for yachts. Does anyone ...
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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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Light switch with 3 sets of wires (not 3 way)

I'm trying to replace a couple of old switches with new dimmer switches that have the wifi capability. I understand electronics fairly well and have done basic electrical work around the house before. ...
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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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14/2 wire 2 way switch adding 14/3 wire to make it a 3 way

I want to turn a 2 way switch into 3 way with 14/3 wire. I am assuming wire nut the white wires, and put the other wires on the switches. I bought 2 3 way switches as well.
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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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Light switch arcing. Is this a fire hazard?

H, I am new here. I have a few questions about some electrical stuff. I live in a late 80s mobile home (87-89). It is a 2 bed one bath. The light switch in the bathroom is pretty worn out and gets a ...
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Odd wiring setup in light switch

Hoping for some help after trying to get this setup to work. I’ve purchased a smart switch that requires two load wires, one neutral wire, and one ground wire. When I took out my existing light ...
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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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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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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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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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how do i remove this light fixture

Ok, I want to thank you for your time for reading my post. I need advice on how to remove this old candelier, I have already unscrew the two nails but the cover plate is still stuck to the ceiling, I ...
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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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3 way light switch with timer - flickering

I have a 3 way light switch which works fine with a regular light switch. That is, I can control on/off without issue from either switch. I moved one of the switches to a timer, the Intermatic ST01, ...
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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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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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How can I darken a bedroom yet let 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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Grounding light switch to electrical box?

I've been replacing a few light switch in the house. Ran into a small snag. Old house, so there isn't a ground wire in the box for the switch, just the line and load wires. I've connected the new ...

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