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Spray Foam Near Recessed Lights

I'm about to install new canless recessed lights, but before drilling into the attic, I wanted to close a gap between an old ceiling and the new strapped ceiling to prevent any mice from getting ...
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Is a porch light with integrated outlet safe / to code?

I visited a lighting store in town that sells dozens of front porch lights. None of them have an integrated GFCI outlet, which would be handy for my situation. The sales manager said that such an ...
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Possible to control single ceiling fan + light with separate control switches?

I have two rooms with the same type of ceiling fan: multi-speed with dimmable integrated light (Hampton Bay Sidewinder). In the first room, I can successfully control both the light and fan with a ...
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Light Installation

I'm replacing flush mount lights in my house and when I pulled down the old fixture, there was insulation in the box. I had to remove it to find and connect the ground wire. Should I replace it or ...
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3 wires, 2 switches, 1 problem!

My friend had a stacked light switch in his kitchen, 1 switch operated the can lights, 1 operated the pendent lights. No 3 way lights, that’s the only switch there, tab broken off between the 2 ...
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how can I connect multiple lighting wires to one power supply wire [closed]

I have a 5 pendant light fixture where each pendant has a three wires: one labeled N, one labeled E and one labeled L. These need to be connected to black power wire, the white wire and the ground of ...
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Why are my low-voltage landscape lights flashing? [closed]

I installed a 300 W low-voltage transformer and new wiring and 36.8 W lights in my yard. When the transformer kicks on at the time, the lights flash one time five seconds. I disconnected each light ...
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3-way switches On/Off Positions Changed

The lights in my garage are controlled by two 3-way light switches. One in the hallway leading to the garage door and the other in the garage itself. For the last 5 years, the lights would be off if ...
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How to change bulb base in ceiling light?

House built in 2007, I unscrewed the glass cover to change out weak lights and found out the right side is using a smaller bulb base than the one on the left. Is it an easy fix to change the right ...
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How to disribute spotlights to provide best light results?

I'm working on wiring spotlights for my basement, which includes three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen, and a hall. Each room has different dimensions. For example, I have a rectangular room ...
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Installing new light fixture: unsure of multiple ground wires

Looking to install a new light fixture. From the ceiling there is a black wire, white wire and bare copper wire From the light there is also a black wire, white wire and bare copper wire The plate has ...
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How Wall Light Junction Box Is Mounted

Our light fixture is off centr by 2 inches and thinking about moving it. However I cannot tell how the current box is mounted. Id like to know so I have an idea of how much I'd have to cut into the ...
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Remove outdoor photocell and put a Lutron casita dimmer

So I have multiple outdoor eve lights. The lights have a LED module and I looked up the model number. They are dimmable. They are way too bright. Presently lights go on and off with a Photocell - ...
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I couldnt find this at Home Depot. What should I use to replace it? [closed]

Home Depot doesn't carry these. I am not familiar with these and have never replaced one. Seems pretty easy to replace though. More concerned with brand and quality. I am not sure if I should buy the ...
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Can I install under cab power to existing cabinets without destroying backsplash or cabinet?

We are owner/builders of a new construction house. We installed power under the cabinets for an outlet strip and then a light box. Except I completely missed - until now - that the electrician missed ...
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Help Me Identify This Type of Outdoor String Light Bulb

I have been stumped trying to find out what type of bulb this is. I have some strings of outdoor lights and this one string has this unusual bayonet style attachment instead of a typical S14 ...
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What connectors to use for under cabinet lights?

I'm replacing a series of small, under cabinet lights and don't know how best to proceed. The lights come with a connector already attach (Picture A below), but the original lights were hard wired ...
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Lamppost replacement with different size base

I am trying to replace a set of lampposts the old owners installed. The new ones are about a 10in diameter but the old was about 14. Looking at the old it almost looks like there is a riser/adapter ...
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Mini junction box

Our designer picked out a picture light, but when it showed up the base plate for the picture light is only 1 3/4 x 4.5”. That means if I install it on the smallest box that I can think of, a handy ...
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LED Light fixture suggestions [closed]

I recently moved my office to a basement room. The lights in this room were never a concern before but now I am noticing that they are blindingly white and one of them obstructs my camera quality on ...
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Why does my outdoor light sensor not turn the lights off during the day?

Bought our house just over a year ago, and the outdoor lighting has a Tork 2021 Photocontrol sensor (pic attached below) that has been working absolutely great until about a month or so ago. The ...
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New remote control ceiling fan. When switch is on can't turn off light

Installed a new remote controlled ceiling fan. Went from 2 switches to 1. New fan only has black, white, neutral. I capped off the red. Fan works, light works, but doesn't shut off unless I turn ...
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How can I block out the sun in this window for a few hours a day? [closed]

I've moved house and this area is the only place I can fit my work from home set up. It's amazing and bright and I love the view. However, when the sun hits (south facing) during early afternoon I've ...
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How can I find an LED bulb that works with my light's high/low settings? [closed]

I purchased 2 different brands of the required LED lights for my oven hood; the lights are dimmable. However, the oven hood has only a toggle switch for High and Low; there is no visible difference ...
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1970's house new light fixture with connectors

Installing ceiling light fixture in a 1970's house. The new fixture has push-in connectors to all wires (black/white/ground). I am replacing an old light/heater which was grounded to screw in the ...
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How does an illuminated 3-way toggle switch advertised as "illuminated when off" know that it is off?

Since the lighting can be off with a 3-way or 4-way toggle switch in either the up or down position depending on what the other switch is doing, how does a toggle switch operate the light to "...
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Strange behavior and dim lighting on a ceiling fan light

We have a ceiling fan in a room that's always had electrical problems since we moved in years ago (grounding mostly). (A few months ago we finally got a bad grounding issue fixed, or so I thought.) ...
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How should I connect my light with two cables in the box? [duplicate]

I have been searching far and wide for video tutorials for how to install a pendant light when there are 2 set of ground, black, and white wires coming out the ceiling box. Is this a new type of setup ...
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One Fluorescent Fitting not working in parallel

I know it's not the bulb or the ballast (it's a starterless ballast), I've swapped bulbs to a different unit in same circuit, the bulb works in both of them but both don't work at the same time, I've ...
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earthing a metal fixture

I have a metal ceiling rose and a metal bulb holder. The bulb holder is earthed and I'm using three core electrical wire so will be earthing the bulb holder but the metal ceiling rose has a soldered ...
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Replacing light fixture on switch, 1 hot wire powering 2 rooms

I had to replace the light fixture in my bedroom thats on a switch. There is 1 hot wire that powers the bedroom light and also 2 other rooms. after installing the new light i became a bit confused on ...
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Cannot reinstall trim into a can recessed light

I have about 15 of these same recessed lighting fixtures in my home, all with MR16 halogens. To change them I grab the edge of the trim and pull down - takes from force but it comes out, then swap the ...
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How can i unscrew the cap on this light fixture? [duplicate]

The bulbs in this light fixture I have on the ceiling on my second floor burned out. I want to take of the glass over the bulbs and replace them, but I'm having trouble unscrewing the nut that holds ...
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How to install a European chandelier with a fixed canopy to US electrical box?

I have a wooden chandelier with a fixed canopy that I am trying to install. It's a European fixture so the threaded rod is smaller than what would connect into the US junction box bracket bar. I ...
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Wiring new light fitting

I am trying to change a light fitting but the old one has 4 terminals, L (I'm guessing means loop) E (earth) but nothing on the others. but the new one has a standard 3 terminals: Earth, live, natural....
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What would cause ceiling lights in a circuit to stop working after the first one?

enter image description hereSo, I have three recessed ceiling lights on a single switch. The first ceiling light turns on, but the next two do not. Because the lights downstream of light 1 don't ...
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Replacing bulb in outdoor light fixture

I have changed this bulb in the past, and know that I must unscrew finial at bottom of light fixture, but it absolutely will not unscrew for me. I’ve used pliers, a wrench, my strong husband. We live ...
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Ceiling fan extra pair of wire for light

I have two power switches in my study which go to the ceiling fan. The ceiling fan is a fan+light combo and uses only one pair of wires. The other switch is unused. The light from the fan is not ...
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Pendant Light is Hanging Crooked- How to align it with three screw mount?

I have a pendant light that was installed before I moved into this home. The pendant cover is held in place by three screws, in a triangle. I recently replaced the lights, but cannot figure out how to ...
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Controlling a Light using two switches to function as... Sensor-Off-AlwaysOn [duplicate]

I have an outdoor floodlight I'd like to switch between [Sensor-Off-AlwaysOn], which I've found a solution for on this platform, which utilizes a SPDT switch [Solution illustrated below]. However, I'd ...
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Am I allowed to place a light in my small closet per NEC 2023?

I've been redoing all the electric in my house (because I'm pretty sure it's asbestos-wrapped aluminum cable everywhere, and I don't trust it at all), bringing it up to the 2023 NEC (which my ...
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Separating two lights from one switch

I recently converted one big room into two. The original lighting in the room was two ceiling fans on one switch. When building the separating wall I pre-installed a new switch and stubbed up about 20 ...
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How do I replace this undercabinet light strip?

These under cabinet lights were here when we bought the house. Recently one stopped working & I can’t for the life of me figure out if we can replace the LED strip on it or if the entire unit ...
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Looking to DIY some LED crown moulding in my home, I feel like crown moulding is something I can make myself. Looking for cheap ideas [closed]

I have a small livingroom that I'm looking to add some LED crown moulding to as a form of indirect lighting since there's no overhead light in this room. I've looked at some websites and found a few ...
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Why do my bulbs flicker with a TCP 1-gang Smart Switch?

I just had a TCP 1-Gang Smart Switch installed to control two outside wall lamps (Pictured - and it is NOT a dimmer) and the LED bulbs flicker and go dim when I switch on. But it is supposed to be LED ...
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Does my light switch need a box?

I noticed one of my light switches doesn't have a normal box. Is this some sort of new open / no-back box that I'm unfamiliar with? Or do I need to replace it with a normal box?
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A spill of fabric softener has dripped thru floor to ceiling and light fixture below

Spin cycle of washer caused large fabric softener jug to fly off the top and spill/spatter everywhere (yes. as bad & April fresh as it sounds.) a small amount of Downy made it thru floorboards to ...
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Options for replacing a remote-operated ceiling fan/light?

I have a ceiling fan/light in my bedroom that I want to replace with a standard light. The issue is that the ceiling fan and light can only be operated by remote. There is a single hardwired switch in ...
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Rewire floor lamp: how to replace bulbs (from fluorescent to LED) and remove ballast units?

I have an older but quite valuable floor lamp, which I want to retrofit by replacing the fluorescent bulbs with LED bulbs, and by removing the ballast units. The floor lamp features four bulbs with ...
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How to fix strobing ceiling light fixture

Recently moved into a new apartment and noticed this ceiling light strobes when I flip the switch. When I took the cover off, this was underneath which I wasn’t expecting. Any idea how to stop the ...
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