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Planning, installing and using either indoor or outdoor artificial lights.

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How much light is too much light? [closed]

I'd like to improve the poor lighting in my 10' x 12' home office (currently a single small overhead LED located in the center of the room; my wife and I have desks at either end of the space). The ...
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Is there any code requirements determining how close a ceiling fan can be to a pendant light?

Is there any code requirement on how close to a pendant light a ceiling fan blade can be? This is Oregon, which is based on 2018 IRC and 2020 NEC code.
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Adding a smart switch to a box originally containing two single-pole switches

I currently have two single-pole switches in one box, with the first/upper controlling an interior light and the second/lower controlling an exterior light. I want to replace the second/lower with a ...
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Mounting an outdoor electrical box to a lamp post

My home has a couple of lamp posts in the front garden. One of the posts has a 1-gang metal outdoor box mounted to it, with a regular non-GFCI receptacle which I intend to replace with a GFCI so I can ...
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Follow-up to Nov 8 2020 post: [duplicate]

" "My deck has 3 recessed soffit floods controlled by an indoor switch and a small wall mounted motion sensor. I want to install "dusk to dawn" light bulbs in the soffits and NOT ...
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Installing a ceiling fan, 1920s home

We are attempting to install a ceiling fan into our 1920s home. The light fixture was centered in the room, above it are two wooden cross sections (I’m guessing to support the floor above). We can’t ...
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How to put Christmas light net on top of very tall tree

I have a 9 meters tall tree, and 5 christmas lights nets. I have a 5 meter ladder, some ropes, some 3 meter long sticks, and some other tools. I want to cover the tree with the christmas lights from ...
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Why can't I connect a dimmer in line with an outdoor security light?

I have an outdoor security floodlight (with motion sensor and photocell) that I'd like to be able to dim. The user manual says to not connect it to a dimmer, but doesn't explain why. What is the ...
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Adding a ceiling light to this circuit

I currently have the following circuit in a room:  I plan to add a ceiling light and was going to tie the light switches black and ground to the new ceiling wires black and ground, and then use a ...
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Switched outlet needs to be on for an exterior light switch to work; how can I fix this?

I have two switches in a box connected via a jumper wire; one for an outside light and one for the top plug of a wall receptacle. My problem is that the receptacle switch has to be switched on in ...
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Integrated LED sconce turns on and then immediately turns off

I just moved into a new home which has two bathrooms with identical LED vanity lights, https://www.minkagroup.net/p5217-077-l.html. In each bathroom, when you flip the switch for the vanity light, it ...
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How many spurs from lighting terminal?

I am looking to add a new light and the best access I have is from an adjacent room's light fitting. This ceiling rose has 3 supply lines, which I assume is a supply in, supply out and a spur. Is it ...
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Is it safe to plug christmas lights into a power strip or surge protector that's connected to an extension cord?

I want to plug my christmas lights into a power strip or surge protector that is itself plugged into an extension cord. The extension cord is plugged into the side of my house. Is this safe?
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Setting up makeup lights on this rotating jewelry cabinet

I want to buy this jewelry cabinet for my wife (white one). Now to ensure her face is sufficiently illuminated while getting prepared, I want to setup some lights along the wooden frame around the ...
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5A Round Pin Socket Wiring and Fusing

I am looking to install 4 5A round pin sockets on the lighting ring, so we can switch on lamps around the room using a switch by the door. I have 2 questions; Wiring and Fusing. Part 1 - Wiring How ...
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How do you open this fluorescent light fixture?

The blubs have flickered and gone out on this light in my kitchen. How can I open this fixture? I have taken one of the plates off but I wasn't sure is that was the right place to look. I heard a lot ...
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Light with Dimmer and LED bulbs blinks when on by itself

I have a light and the switch is a Lutron LED/CFL compatible dimmer switch. If only that light is on it will blink a lot, 2-3 times every 5 seconds. However, if I turn on another light that is on the ...
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Can push in connectors be used for parallel circuits?

Adding in new construction can lights that come with push in connectors. Rather than using the old yellow cap twists, the connectors have 4 slots and I wanted to know if I can just run a line from one ...
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Is a junction box required in my situation?

I’m moving my vanity light fixture (from where it was on the left to the hole on the right), and the cable is just barely too short to reach the new location (in particular the ground wire). I’m ...
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How do I wire this ceiling light?

I know I can connect the loose cable from light switch to light fixture, but what do I do with that extra cable coming down to the outlet? Previously this was a fan/light combo with remote that had ...
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What fixture would give the best light in this high-ceiling room?

My high-ceiling living room has only 3 plug-in lamps, but there are two live, switched electrical boxes on the wall, a few feet apart, just above top of the bookcase in the photo below. The easiest ...
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How can a circuit be designed with a switched live connected to multiple PIR motion sensors? [UK]

If you want a light or generic circuit to be switched by multiple PIR sensors, how is this best achieved? For instance you might have 4 sensors on the corners of your house and if any of them detect ...
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Honeywell programmable switch: lights always on…?

I have a Honeywell programmable switch for outdoor lights. Recently, I realized that even when the switch is supposed to be off (during the day), the lightbulbs are not completely turned off. They are ...
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Electrical wiring issue with Ring Camera

I am replacing an old floodlight with a new Ring spotlight camera that is on the same breaker as a pre-existing Ring spotlight. I’m adding a second Ring for additional coverage around our property. ...
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Can my cabinet lights be operated with a dimmable switch?

The previous homeowner underwent a kitchen remodel and cabinet lighting was installed. I did a “Google” search for what I think is the model number listed on the back side of the unit but came up ...
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After Lamp Blew and Circuit Breaker Popped Light Won't Go Out

(USA 120v) There are two recessed ceiling lights in the bathroom. The switch is a modern code one that senses if somebody is in bathroom but for years it seems to have been in a mode where it just ...
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Help wiring a new light

Good day everyone I need some assistance with wiring a new light. All other wire outlets in the house have a standard brown (live), blue (neutral) and green (earth) cable apart from this one (see ...
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How to permanently deactivate motion sensor

My deck has 3 recessed soffit floods controlled by an indoor switch and a small wall mounted motion sensor. I want to install "dusk to dawn" light bulbs in the soffits and NOT have the ...
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2 out of 5 ceiling lights in basement won't work

2 out of 5 ceiling lights in basement won't work. The fuse never tripped. The lights never flickered. They worked perfectly before. The house was built in 1997. The basement is unfinished so I can see ...
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Lighting wiring questions 101

I'm working on a remodel of a 1960's home and redoing the wiring from scratch. I'm drawing up electrical plans. I understand most of the codes and have all of the outlets planned out. I'm having a ...
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How To Replace Broken Light Junction Box in Ceiling

When I opened the door to my storage closet I discovered the light fixture hanging. The junction box has broken at the two screw mounts and the ceiling around it is fully drywalled. This is in a ...
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Placement of transformer for indoor/outdoor LED light string

The LED light string is labeled for Indoor/Outdoor use but there is a warning on the box that the transformer must be indoors. That seems as though the light string is NOT suitable for outdoor use. I ...
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Should I add outlets inside my cabinets for LED lighting?

I'm replacing my kitchen cabinets. I'm planning on having two independent runs of LED strips: under the wall cabinets and toe kicks. I'm also considering lights inside some cabinets such as the lazy ...
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Install Fluorescent Tube Light, Correct way to Rotate?

When I replace a Fluorescent/LED Tube Light, (a) When removing the tube light, Which way should I turn, toward me or away from me? (b) And when Reinstalling, which way should I turn tube light, away ...
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Can anyone help me regarding a light switch

I’m trying to install a smart switch, from a 2 gang one way one dimmer (which worked fine) but it’s baffling me; it appears that two other rooms are affected as they both no longer work at all; I’ve ...
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How do I replace the LED bulb in this ceiling light?

I'm moving out of my flat next week and yesterday (!). This ceiling light went on the blink. I've managed to get it out of the ceiling but now I'm stuck. It won't come out any further and I've tried ...
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What batteries are available for powering outdoor LED lights?

I'm trying to build one of these myself (TLDR; It's a lighting setup for outdoor usage to illuminate a pingpong table). I would like to know what sort of batteries are available that might help me ...
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Why do led/incandescent combo dimmers specify lower led wattage?

When looking at combo dimmers most of them are rated for 600 when using incandescent, but only 150 when using leds. Surely the switch should be able to shed the same amount of heat regardless of what ...
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Electric question

new bathroom Remodel will require a 120V / 20A GFCI circuit and outlet by the lavatory sink, this can be shared with the now enlarged adjacent master bedroom's lighting/power circuit. Is it true?
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Hanging lights from a gap?

I live in an apartment complex with a small-ish patio. Every year they have a decorating contest, and I always try to hang some lights using command hooks, but they never quite hold on to the concrete,...
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LED lights switch off every 30 seconds

So recently I have purchased a set of LED fairy lights. As soon as I turned them on without even putting them up, the lights would only turn on for 30 seconds. For example, I pressed the colour blue ...
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How to install vanity light - wall box has 2 white, 2 red, 2 black, 2 ground wires

Bathroom remodel where electrician wired the following: GFCI outlet (installed) Vanity light (not installed) Fan/light combo (installed) Shower light (installed) There are four switches on the wall. ...
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Alternate LED controller for LED light fixture

My wife and I bought and installed this light fixture the other day. We've been satisfied with the look, however, the LED controller and remote that came with it are absolutely awful. We were hoping ...
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One hot white wire in a switch box?

I have switch box that controls my under cabinet lights. I was replacing the lights themselves and had issues with them working, started troubleshooting and found that there is a single hot white wire ...
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Replacing an Intermatic EJ351 mechanical light switch timer with a wifi Smart Switch KS-602 timer in 1935 house

In the entry way of my 1935 home, there is a double switch box. One switch is a basic,two wire light switch controlling the indoor entry light. The other switch is a mechanical Intermatic EJ351 timer ...
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Connecting Earth Wire to LED Ceiling Down lights

The old lights in the ceiling had an earth connected to the metal ceiling light housing. My new LED down lights are metal but don't have the earth connection, I think they are double insulated so don'...
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3 way switch conversion to single pole to separately control an additional light fixture

i currently have a 3 way switch with power coming in from a 14/2. there is a 14/3 going to a second 3 way switch with a 14/2 then going to a light fixture. there are white neutrals connected to each ...
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124V neutral to ground and 65v hot to neutral when circuit is off?

I moved in to a new apartment a couple months ago and noticed one of the LED light fixtures never really turned off, there was always a faint glow from it. Today I went to install some smart dimmers ...
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Light Fixtures will not work, even though I have power

I have two pendant light fixtures in my kitchen hooked to 3-way switches. One bulb burned out and while replacing that bulb the other blew out. I've replaced both bulbs, but get nothing. I removed the ...
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Replace light switch with smart switch, existing wiring used to be three way

There is a light switch that controls some recessed lighting that I want to replace with a smart switch https://www.belkin.com/us/p/P-WLS040. The old light switch is a three way switch that is wired ...

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