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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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Can a Smart light switch be used for a Gas fireplace insert?

I have a gas fireplace that the on/off function is controlled by a light switch. The switch is connected to two wires only, a black and white wire. There is no ground wire. Can a smart switch be used ...
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How to remove this light globe?

I have not been able to get the glass dish removed from this ceiling light fixture. There are no holes, visible clips or any other clues at how to free the glass. I have tried to turn the dish but ...
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How to open bathroom light cover to replace bulb?

I cannot open the cover. I tried to twist it anti clock-wise, or clock-wise, or pull down. No success. Can anyone help? Thanks.
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How should I connect a new smart switch to my wiring?

I think I have a regular 2-way Switch but there are 3 wires connected to it: 2 black wires going to the same screw and a red one going to an upper one. I'm not sure which wire is doing what. How can I ...
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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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All lights have tripped out!

The existing kitchen light was taken down, it was always blowing the bulbs. Currently, there's no light fixture up, just a connector type thing. Is this wired correctly? I've attached a photo, the ...
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Motion sensor to flash a 12v light [closed]

I'm looking for a way to put a motion sensor at the end of the driveway and wire it about 150' up the driveway to a 12v light. The operation I'm looking for, is when the sensor sees a car I want the ...
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Light fixture still live when power turned off

I'm sorry if this is an ignorant question, but it is one that I cannot seem to figure out. When I was changing a light bulb in my ceiling pot light fixture, the power switch was turned off, and I ...
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Bathroom light switch changed, now the light only turns on when the fan switch is turned on.

I switched the light switch in the bathroom today because the toggle broke off. I took out the old one, which is the Leviton 15 Amp Duplex Style Single-Pole / 3-Way AC Combination Toggle Light Switch ...
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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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Can't get bathroom light cover off!

We have tried twisting both ways, pulling etc. No screws visiable. Sorry for awful photo, it's pitch black in the bathroom now!
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Ceiling Fan Light won’t work

My ceiling fan light stopped working in my kitchen. I thought one of the sockets broke so I bought a new light kit. Installed it ...correctly...and still no light. There is a remote control receiver ...
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How do I wire in a bathroom light/fan to this box?

This is a very old house. I wanted to add a light/fan to this bathroom while the ceiling was down for repair. When I opened the switch box this is what I found (second picture). A GFI wired correctly,...
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Help replacing a dimmer switch

Hi. Hopefully someone can help me with this. I have a dimmer switch that controls a ceiling fan with lights. I want just a regular on/off switch. When you run the fan it makes a noise unless the ...
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3 wires hanging from fixture

I have a light fixture that no longer works after a space heater blew the circuit. I removed it from the ceiling and it looks like a few wires were burned. i was able to connect the black and white ...
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How can I replace a halogen light bulb inside this glass enclosure?

I have to replace this fused lightbulb but it is being caged by the glass as seen in the photo. How do I remove the glass?
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LED lamps glow with switch off [duplicate]

My stairway LED ceiling lamps on 3-way switches glow next morning after being off all night. Is this an indication of stray voltage, bad switch or short circuit? They still glow today after 14 hours.
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Pole Light keeps tripping Breaker

I have a post light that I replaced. The old post rusted out at the bottom and fell over. So I dug a new hole and set in a new post and fixture. Before this, I tested the breaker with a generic light ...
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My bulb is permanently on. Why?

Any help on this would be greatly appreciated. Setting: Victorian house, kitchen. Light switch. 1 red wire going into common. 1 red wire going into L1 Original set up in the ceiling rose. 1 ...
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Dimmer stopped working but light switched on after maybe short-circuiting ceiling light

I pulled out the pendant light bulb that was hanging at the center of this metal framed Turkish style lamp. The light bulb touched the metal frame and there was a sudden explosive sound, burning smell ...
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laundry room fluorescent lights dim and flickering

Starting about a week ago, the fluorescent lights in my laundry room became dim and flickering. I bought two tubes from lowes (F40KB-ECO 48", I don't think that's relevant but anyway), put them on, ...
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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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Can I replace a plug with a switch?

I have a dilemma. In my kitchen, there has always been an unused electrical box in the ceiling. On the wall in my kitchen, there has always been a switch that doesn't control anything. I always ...
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How to remove the flush mount ceiling fixture

I am trying to change the bulb in the ceiling fixture as shown in the pic. However, it is not easy to remove the fixture. I twisted the cover counterclockwise but I could not make it. Please help me ...
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Illuminated Mirror Wiring

I've purchased an illuminated mirror (with a built in light strip around the outside) for my bathroom remodel. I'm trying to figure out the best way to wire it. I have the wiring prepped for a new ...
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Two dimmers (for two separate lights) in one junction box where there's only White, Black and Red coming out of the wall

So, 40 yr old townhouse, there are two ceiling lights in the "rec room" area of the bottom floor/basement. Two dimmer dials/switches (push in for on or off, twist for dimmer function) in one ...
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How can I continue a circuit from a light switch through a light using 12/3 cable?

I'm remodeling my master bedroom, and in the process I have to fix some shoddy electrical work from previous homeowners. It seems that they tapped into the existing circuit to add an exterior flood ...
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Replacing an Apartment Light Fixture that has a Built-In Switch

I am hoping to replace a vanity light in my bathroom over my sink and I have already gone ahead and ordered a light fixture. However, I realized I may have made a mistake in choosing the new one... ...
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In a one-way dimmer, can C and L1 terminals be swapped?

In a one-way dimmer switch, does it matter which way round the C and L1 terminals are connected (both electrically and in terms of UK wiring regs)? For context, I have a dimmer that's wired the ...
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How to change ceiling light on a flush flat light fixture

My ceiling light fixture looks like this. I can't seem to be able to remove it no matter which way I try. Any suggestions?
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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 ...
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Black wire x3, white wire x3, ground wire x3.

I took out a ceiling fan in a bedroom. I didn't pay much attention to how it was wired up because I've replaced 5 ceiling lights in the house previously and they've been without issue. My issue on ...
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Help with untangling an ancient wiring mess

So, let me preface this by saying I live in a 100 year old apartment building, and I can't tear out all the wiring and start over again. (As much as I'd like to.) In my living room, there existed a ...
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Ceiling box has 2 black and white wires but fan/ light only has 1 of each

Installing a new fan/light with 1 red wire 1 white wire and 2 green wires The box in my ceiling has 2 black wires, 2 white wires, and one bare wire. (The 2 black wires were capped together, and the 2 ...
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Ceiling light won't turn off

A living room ceiling light was working this morning. I wiped around the switch on wall with damp duster and now it won't turn off. As I am elderly and disabled I can't do anything other than try to ...
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Double Switch but only Two Wires

I'm trying to switch from a single switch to a double switch so I can turn on my fan and light separately. I've got one hot switch and one other black wire. The white lines are tied together so I'...
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How to wire a light with multiple black/white/green wires from the ceiling?

There are multiple wires coming from my ceiling, 4 black, white, and green, and 1 yellow wire. Our light has 1 black, 1 white, and 1 yellow/green. I wired: - the black on the light to the bundle of ...
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Timed Light that turns ON every 30 minutes, press button to turn off [closed]

I actually need this set up for my workplace, but I believe you folks here will have the answer. We need a light to come on every 30 minutes to alert staff to check something routinely. Newer staff ...
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Led light - trip breaker

I tried to install an LED light in our pantry to replace an incandescent bulb. It is not hooked to a normal light switch but to a push button on/off with the door open and closing! The breaker remains ...
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Light wiring confusion

I’ve bought a new place and it’s a Sunday morning I accidentally smashed a light. Ducked up to Bunnings to try and replace he glass part but they don’t have anything similar so the Bunnings fellow ...
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Shower light blinks immediately after vent fan is turned off

When I turn "off" my bathroom vent fan, my shower light turns on momentarily until the fan stops spinning. Both the light and the fan are wired in parallel on the same circuit. If I drop the shower ...
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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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Bathroom Ceiling Fan Installation

I would like to intall a bathroom ceiling fan directly over my shower, where there is an existing light that is turned on by an adjacent light switch. I have several questions regarding this project. ...
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Putting a recessed light in over the shower unit

There is 1 ordinary light in the bathroom. ( old house ) im going to change this to a ledlight, then i am going to wire from this light to put an IP65 recessed light over the shower unit. Is it ok to ...
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Wiring Help in a Camper/Tiny Home

So, my father-in-law just recently bought a camper/trailer and the bathroom light was busted. He disconnected all power to the trailer, removed the busted light, and then ordered a new one off of eBay....
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Can someone tell me where to connect the white, black and ground wires from my new light fixture to these existing wires.

. This is what I'm looking at I'm just lost as what to connect to what
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Risk of overloading a light fitting?

I have a couple of fittings with 3x E14 bulbs in each. Each of the fittings is labelled with a max of 4w for LED. Problem is, I’d like to upgrade to Philips Hue, which only offer 6w. I didn’t spot ...
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How do I diagnose fluorescent light flicker?

We have 2x4 troffer fluorescent lighting throughout the building. These are consistently flickering and it is annoying. Nearly every light in the building flickers, including in my room. (This ...

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