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Does a lighting fixture without a ground wire need one? [duplicate]

I just bought a lighting fixture (a LED light) that has a power and a neutral line, but no ground. Is this typical for newer low power lighting, or is this lighting fixture just trash? There are no ...
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How to do Christmas lights in the rainy PNW?

I have an outdoor outlet in a covered patio ceiling that is labeled in my breaker box (in the garage) as a dedicated 20A XMAS lights circuit. The GFCI trips non-stop on rainy days, sometimes after a ...
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Fridgedaire glasstop stove [closed]

My Frigidaire glass-top stove indicator light sparked and melted from a kitchen fire. Is it still safe to use if it's unplugged and wrapped with electrical tape until new one is delivered?
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How to work with old 3.5" pancake box in stucco for exterior wall light?

The 3.5-inch round pancake box is a bit proud of the stucco. I've installed a new exterior wall light but its not flush to the wall. This is not protected from sideways rain or fog. Is their a ...
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Help with 3-way switch/light troubleshooting

I've been helping a friend out to add some improvements to his house, and we've run into some issues with a 3-way switch/light setup and could use some assistance. For context, he bought the house ~3 ...
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Running exposed wiring from outdoor light fixture to other lights/camera? Exposed nuts? safe/code?

After a neighborhood break in, a neighbor had someone come and do wiring so they could have camera, etc. I thought it was odd and might be unsafe, as well as non-code to have wires coming out of a ...
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Why don't my low-voltage LED lights work without an incandescent? [duplicate]

I have three T3 puck lights on each side of my kitchen under my cabinets. The 3 for each side are powered by a 12V supply (2 supplies) from the basement and each individually have a low voltage wire ...
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Is it safe to only splice the hot wires to new switches?

I have an old house and in my basement I have a 4 gang switch box for some ceiling lights. I want to move 2 of those switches to another wall (technically to another room, as I have built a wall ...
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Did they switch the neutral wire on accident? (1970)

Replacing a ceiling fan in 1970 house on a slab - most power is run to the J box in the attic. But from my limited knowledge it looks like they switched the common and not the hot? Q: Why would they ...
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When installing multiple lengths of LED lighting, can I just run them in "parallel?"

. Hey, all! Wondering, if I am running three sections of LED lighting from a single transformer, would the following be an appropriate solution? I would run a single NM-B line from the dimmer to the ...
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Switch plates for uneven wall

We put in a new backsplash and it extends to the center of a wall switch with two rockers. One of the rockers is at the level of the tile and the other rocker is at the level of the drywall. Is the ...
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Replacing light fitting with a lot of wires

I've tried changing the lighting in a room and I found a set of wires that I don't know to to connect in order to have a live, neutral and earth. Can anyone explain?
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Two light three way circuit to Single light three way, single light single pole

I have two existing dining room lights that are controlled via a three switch. The existing wiring has two switch locations: Box 1 (garage) One 12-2 romex (black to black terminal on 3-way) One 12-3 ...
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Need Help with Replacing a Bulb for QL 1500 Hubbell Outdoor Light

I've just moved into a place with a pickleball court that has a QL 1500 Hubbell Outdoor Lighting fixture. Unfortunately, it's missing its bulb. I contacted Hubbell, and they told me the model (QL 1500)...
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GIRA eNet and a new light fixture/bulb

A year ago, we bought a house, and, with the house, we were handed a small, three-button clicker. Something like this (but with no labels on the buttons) The first button turns on/off a series of ...
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Want to replace dimmer switch with smart switch. I think I have a 3 way dimmer?

I have a dimmer switch and a regular switch in two different locations. Both control one set of lights. Is this called a 3 way dimmer switch? The 3 way dimmer switch is the master and the regular ...
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Replace under cabinet halogen lights with LEDs

In my theater room I have 8 halogen puck lights that are mostly not working and I want to replace them with LED puck lights. On one side of the room I have access to the wiring in the attic. The ...
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Replacing 1w led bulbs with 2w led in string lights

I have a set of 24 (over 48 ft) string lights that came with 1w led bulbs. I need more light, so I was wondering if I can replace the bulbs with 2w leds that produce more lumens.
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How to install ceiling light fixtures in these strange locations (Austrian apartment)

I recently moved into an apartment in Austria, where you're responsible for installing all light fixtures yourself (tenant/landlord laws are very interesting here). Most of the wiring is ...
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Why does one of my new post lights not work?

I installed two post lights. The one on left works, the one on right does not. There is power to the light but still doesn't work. Changed bulbs and still doesn't work. I moved it to the left side and ...
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Any tricks for dealing with blown-in insulation when replacing recessed LED lights?

My kitchen has a dozen 4” LED pot lights that were installed by the previous owner. We've been here a couple of years so they aren't new, but aren't exactly old either. Recently a few have started to ...
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Merge 2 existing 2-way light switches

I have two separate lights, both are wired with two 2-way switches, four in total. The box in the center contains one of each circuit. I wanted to replace them with a 3-way switch to merge both ...
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Why would a smart switch not turn on if seemingly wired correctly?

We have floodlights that I would like to put on a timer using a Geeni Tap smart switch. I killed the power, uninstalled the old switch. Gang box has 2 black wires, a white wire, and a bare copper wire....
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Light won't turn on with new bulb

I am trying to replace a wall light (3 way switch that controls 2 lights simultaneously, shouldn't matter but just in case) with a new light bulb. Note the existing light is operational, so I know the ...
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Is it possible to replace the cover in this old landscape light?

I don't know what model of light fixture this is. I presume it is a few decades old like the house. It takes GU5.3 bulbs. The cover slips over the body (and the red o-ring) and holds the clear(ish) ...
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3gang switch old house to new 3gang switch

I’m trying to help my mother in law with replacing some old 3 gang switches. Sadly the cabling is all the same colour and incredibly frustrating. I tried connected it up but ended up with 1/3 lights ...
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Proper wiring for two 2-gang boxes on one circuit

I have a system in my bathroom that was causing a flicker in one of my lights, so I investigated and found a wiring setup that I was unfamiliar with, so I thought that it was the cause of the problem. ...
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Ceiling lamp (LED) with dimmer function [closed]

I am looking for a LED ceiling lamp that should have at least the following characteristics: warm white light luminous flux at least 2500lm flux gradually dimmable via rotary dimmer switch in the ...
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Dusk to dawn candelabra bulbs in a single fixture

How can I stop the 3 dusk to dawn bulbs in a single fixture from interacting with each other?
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How to connect a 2-channel smart lights switch module?

I currently have this, with a "dumb" light switch connected (diagram included as the pic is a bit hard to see), it manages two ceiling lights: I want to disconnect that, and instead connect ...
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Options for hanging string lights on patio?

I'm wanting to hang string lights to cover my 20x20 patio but struggling with the best option. I had been planning to use two 8' 4x4 posts secured to 26" half whiskey barrels by retrofit post ...
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Can a 4 wire dimmer lamp be installed with 3 wires?

I'm sorry about not knowing the terminology/what exactly is going on but our maintenance worker told us we can't install our ceiling lamp with a dimmer switch and I just wanted to check on here to see ...
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Kasa HS210 wiring setup

Switch-1 has one black, one white and one red and green neutral connected to the switch Switch-2 has two cables coming into the box. The red and and white wires coming from the cables are connected to ...
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Light bulb Flickering In Wall Socket but not plugged in Lamp

In my living room. When I screw in a light bulb with 5000k in a preinstalled wall socket, then turn on the light, it flickers on and off indefinitely. When I screw it into a lamp I plugged into an ...
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Seeking Help Finding A Dimmer Switch and Setting It Up

I have a 3 way light switch set up for my basement lights. I have a single light switch in the basement that controls all the lights in basement. At the top of the stairs going down to the basement is ...
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Are deep-cycle batteries for off-grid power tolerant of temperature changes? [closed]

I have a small shed that is off-grid and needs occasional lighting. During the day I can open up the doors and have sufficient light, but during the winter when I am out there more in the evening, I ...
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Is this switch wiring normal?

New homeowner here and total electrical newbie. These switches have been smelling lately, and was told this means they need replacing. No signs of any other issues in the wall, so assuming this is so. ...
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Do 3-way switches burn out?

I have a light (that is on two three-way switches. 1 AT top of stairs, 1 at bottom. It has worked for years.) the light burned out. I replaced it and the new one did not work, either. I checked the ...
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Installing leviton ODS10 motion occupancy switch on 3 way switch

I'm trying to install a motion sensor occupancy switch on a 3 way switch. It can be used with sensors in 2 locations as shown in instructions below, but I want to use the regular switch at the other ...
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What is this lightbulb fixture, and how do I change it?

This is the lightbulb above my shower. I have removed an outer fixture covering already, but now I am faced with a light bulb that cannot be unscrewed easily. It is mounted to the ceiling in a plastic ...
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Can I disconnect a light and leave wires capped on a live circuit?

In an apartment with 2 separate LED lights, so I can’t simply take bulb out. Hate one of the lights. Am I okay to disconnect one and leave the wires capped while still using the same circuit for the ...
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How to Replace One of the 2-way Light Switches with Smart Switch

I have 2 light switches on separate walls of a hallway that power the same light, and I am wanting to replace just one of these light switches with a smart wifi-powered light switch. The smart light ...
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Where to Tap Into Neutral Wire for Smart Light Switches Install? (country: US)

Originally, there was a set of 3 light switches in one box. The 1st one switched my porch lights, the 2nd one switched my garage lights, and the 3rd was to switch an electrical outlet outside (used ...
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New construction: rectangular boxes in ceiling for LED lights?

I’m new here and looking for input on what to do with our partially finished basement re. ceiling lights. Long story short, the original contractor bailed halfway through so I’m seeing how much I can ...
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How to remove circular fluorescent light bulb?

Circular fluorescent light bulb burned out and I'm hoping someone can guide me in the right direction. You can see in the picture below that there are wires connected to a clasp. Removing the wires is ...
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What kind of light bulb is Cooper R10 PLC-13W?

Seems like there are a lot of different types of bulbs like this one, but so many different specs. How do I go about replacing it? Various bulbs I am seeing on Amazon specifically say things like &...
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Can't remove outdoor security light fixture

first time poster and home improvement newbie here, please be gentle. My husband and I are trying to replace a broken outdoor security light that was installed by the previous owner. My husband ...
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How to Remove 1940s Stem Mount Light Fixture

I’m trying to replace this light fixture in my rental home in San Francisco. I removed the old chandelier but there is a fixed “stem” protruding from the ceiling and it will not budge. Any ideas for ...
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Ceiling fan w/remote to two switches with fan and light

I wired my ceiling fan with remote like the picture. Currently 1 wall with 2 switches turns the fan and light on, 2 other wall switches just turn the light on. The remote only controls the fan. Is ...
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Can someone confirm one of these is the neutral wire?

Can someone confirm one of these is the neutral wire?
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