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How do I fill in this hole in my ceiling around pull light?

I recently had my bathroom done and a new light fitting was added. I have a hole left around it where the new light fitting is smaller than the previous one. How do I fill this in please?
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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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Laundry Room outlet and light not working

My overhead light and outlet in my laundry room are not working, all of the sudden. They are on the same breaker and nothing else in the house is on that breaker. I just replaced the light switch and ...
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Red wire spliced into a bundle of blacks?

This switch currently provides power to the top half of an outlet, through a junction box. I installed some pot lights and want to tie into the circuit, at the junction box. I attach the black ...
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Replacing double light switch 4 black and one red

I hear a popping from one of my old double switches. I opened it up to understand the wiring before replacing. I have 4 blacks and 1 red. I have attached pictures. One of the switches controls a light ...
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How do I properly align an outdoor light fixture?

I was trying to install an outdoor light this afternoon. Unfortunately the outlet box is interfering with the mounting bracket. I looked around at a few different lights and it looks like I would have ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Wiring confusion with 3-way switches that control 2 lights

I have no issue troubleshooting 3-way switches but this is an odd one. At some point a handyman replaced switches and messed up a 3-way switch setup. However it's 2 lights and 2 switches: - light A ...
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wiring a double light switch in bathroom

so i attempted to install a vanity light which i did but as anticipated the wiring is mixed up or wrong. here we have the vanity light, the ceiling lights, the outlet next to the switch, and an ...
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Dual pole light switch w/ 2 live, 1 neutral-can I remove the tab?

I have a set of two dual pole light switches that only one switch works on each(the bottom of each set)-the switch that works out of each set will turn on a all lights at once (i.e. porch and kitchen ...
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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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Replacing an old light switch with a new one. Trying to figure out correct wiring

My old light switch did not have the common labeled and just had two brass screw connectors. Coming in the bottom of the box was a black, a white, and ground wire. The ground was connected to another ...
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Switch with 2 black, 2 white, 2 ground and 1 red wire connected to ceiling light and a receptacle?

I am living in a condo and the owner has asked me to replace a switch from a dimmer to single pole to operate a ceiling fan. Upon inspection the ceiling fan has one 14/2 cable coming in with a black ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How can I bring more light into this shower?

Consider this shower alcove: The curtain is partially-transparent. It can't be made much more transparent for privacy reasons; so, it blocks a lot of the light. Also, hanging a towel on that rail ...
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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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Do I need to retrofit a junction box when replacing a vanity light?

I am installing a new vanity light. I took down the old one from 1997 and found that there is no box behind the light, only the cable coming through the drywall, (black, white and green/ground.) Is it ...
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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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Connect Single 3-way Light in 3-gang Box (Lutron Caseta)

I have a 3-gang box with the following 4 cables that I need to wire up 2 indoor lights and remove 1 outdoor light from the circuit. (I plan to connect the outdoor light up to a different breaker ...
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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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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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Light fitting won't work with more than one bulb in place

I have a light fitting very similar to this. i have purchased the correct bulbs but when more than one is fitted none work. i have tested each individual fitting and each works. i have purchased a ...
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How to replace a small halogen bulb in outdoor accent fixture that my fingers barely fit into?

Any ideas on how to replace a small halogen bulb in an outdoor wall accent light. The bulbs are small and the light cups are long and low to my planter I can't see and can barely get my fingers up in ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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How to connect earth(grounding) that has copper wire attached?

This is my first time doing a light fixture. In the ceiling, the wires are black, white and green wire with a copper wire attached to the green wire. In my light fixture, there is a brown wire, blue ...
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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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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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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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Why does my bath fan turn off when light switch is on and vise versa?

I just put a new exhaust fan in the bathroom and connected it to existing light switch, which is connected to the bathroom light. When I turned the power back on, the bath light came on but not the ...
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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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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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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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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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When I turn the bathroom light off it doesn't always go off

The light always comes on but I often have to switch it 2 or 3 times to get it to go off.

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