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

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120 V on 2 light sockets, and 15 V on a third

I just bought a new ceiling light that has 3 heads (3 light sockets). One of the lights doesn't work. When I use my multimeter, I read 120 V on 2 of the sockets, and about 15 to 20 V on the third one (...
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Master on/off with independent on/off light switch diagram

I'm trying to figure out a way to have: 3 banks of lights, each with individual switches for ON/OFF independent of master switch position. One master ON/OFF switch that HAS to turn all other switches ...
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Best place to screw in eye hooks for string lights?

The wife has asked me to put up some string lights (2 x 45' lengths weighing 9 lbs/strand) over our deck in the backyard and I'm looking for the best way to hook it up to the house as I don't have any ...
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Best method for NMB cable to enter an outside junction box?

I intend to install motion-activated lights outside a garage (there is a breaker panel with available capacity for lighting). I can run regular NMB #14/2wG wire within the open walls or down from the ...
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Three Way Switch Weirdness

Switch AI went to replace two three-way switches in a bathroom. I turned off the breaker and pulled the two three-way switches out. One switch had red, yellow, and orange wires connected to it (with ...
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Not interested in LED lighting

I would like to buy a ceiling fan that says it has an led light. Can I use an incandescent light bulb in place of the led?
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wiring outside lights and adding a double socket

I've just wired up a daisy chain of GU10 LED fence lights in my garden and my plan was to run my 2.5mm cable from the house to an outdoor light switch and then carry on to the first light. My wife ...
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New light fixture won't turn off

I tried installing a light fixture in a previously unused light box (so cannot use how previous light was wired as a baseline). My light fixture has a black live wire, a white neutral wire and a green ...
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Installing lights on wooden ceiling

I recently moved into a new rental house. The house came with a detached garage. Unlike the house, the garage itself seems to have been built very poorly and neglected for a long time. There are no ...
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New LED tube lights will only switch on if another light on the circuit is turned on

I have replaced the 48" T8 fluorescent tube lights in four separate single-tube ceiling fixtures in one room with direct-wire LED tubes, removing the ballasts in each one. An adjacent room also ...
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How can I add lighting using 14/3 wire to an existing 20A circuit? [duplicate]

I currently have a 20A breaker with 12/3 wire leading to a double gang box which contains two 15A receptacles, that leads into another double gang box with two more 15A receptacles. I'd like to ...
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Ceiling fan light flickers one time when fan is turned off with switch

We recently updated our knob and tube wiring to grounded wiring. We have a ceiling fan with a light (I believe it is Merwry 52 in Integrated LED Indoor from Home Depot, but not positive - it came with ...
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Resolving strange dual switch configuration

I've been trying to sort out some strange wiring of a couple switches in my home and I could use some help. I have two switches SW1 and SW2 that control two light fixtures L1 and L2. SW1 turns L1 on ...
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Ceiling light hole in Switzerland? How to fit a chandelier or other heavier light into Swiss ceiling?

I have moved to a new apartment in Switzerland and it has these holes for the lights in the ceiling. I cannot drill the ceiling as I am renting and any kind of modifications will have to be undone. ...
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Can I wire this three wire fixture to my two wire junction box?

I have this three wire LED motion sensing outdoor fixture (labeled grnd, Neutral, Black) And I’d like to wire it to my current junction box which has only two wires, red (!!!) and white. Is this ...
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How is my ceiling rose/light switch functioning?? UK

I recently changed a couple of ceiling roses for a newer ones that weren't grubby and yellow. I noticed something odd... in the fact there was only 2 cables going to them. In previous houses I have ...
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Connecting an exterior string of patio lights to an existing permanent exterior CFL fixture

Context I have a small covered patio illuminated by an unattractive wall-mounted CFL fixture. For an improved ambiance, I have hung a string of LED patio lights that are plugged into an exterior ...
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connecting ceiling light to existing, what to do with the only existing red

My kitchen light works on a dimmer switch. In my original setup the light (from 2002) had some sort of transformer box inside the top with two red wires on one end, one black and one white on the ...
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How to wire two separate switches off one main 4-way switch

I have a room with 3 entryways (so 4-way circuit) but I would like to have the three entry switches activate two separate switched lights ...at the same time...but also individually addressable at ...
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New LED light fitting flickering

Recently moved into a new home and replaced the main light fitting in the sitting room. We replaced it with this dimmable LED fitting: https://www.leycroftlighting.co.uk/endon-rubens-6lt-semi-flush-...
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Does an actual dimmer switch exist?

I'm looking for a dimmer switch. Not a knob I can turn, an actual on/off switch. I want to have dim lights for the bathroom, but rather than a knob just a switch that turns them on dim or off. And ...
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Hall light flickers when bedroom ceiling fan is on

I came across a house today, that someone installed new ceiling fans in. Before, they were fans with dimmer switches for the lights. The new ceiling fans are led non-dimmable. The power is shared with ...
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Malfunctioning LED bulb flickers when switch turned off

I have a bathroom light fixture that has three LED bulbs in it. One of the bulbs died the other day, and I haven't gotten around to replacing it yet. When the light switch is on, two of the bulbs ...
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Is phantom voltage controlling my Lonsonho Tuya Zigbee dimmer?

I just finished installing my new Zigbee dimmer switch that also has the ability to be controlled with a press button which is powered by the power line. The idea was to connect three such buttons in ...
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How should I connect wiring for this ceiling light?

Firstly, for context, I should say that this is British wiring and in a fairly new home. I have a ceiling light that I have to replace. Annoyingly I couldn't get a clear view of the wiring in the ...
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Control a light turning on from multiple switches, but not off

I want to do something that seems a bit more complex to myself. I want to have 4 switches in my garage that I can use to turn on the garage lights I'll be installing. (Switch on workbench, by the door,...
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How an I retrofit smart bulbs in a LED fixture?

I have a lot of these lights in my house (kitchen, bathrooms, bedrooms) They look like LEDs but it also looks like the only way to change them is by soldering. is this true? I really want to upgrade ...
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Why do a few of the LEDs in my lamp stay on at very dim light?

Bough this lumiere for my room, but have one question. When I flip a switch on and on remote of the lamp OFF, most of LEDs turn off, but in first line of LEDs four of them dim out to like few percent ...
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2 way switch operates opposite to my preference

I have two sets of 2 way switches in my new home but I prefer the lights to be off when both ends are in the "off" (as compared to regular switches) position. Conveniently there is one ...
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New light fitting coming on with wrong switches

I've replaced several lights in my house no problem, house is 70's build old wiring etc My kitchen light had an old tube light that was on the way out so I bought an LED replacement. When coming to ...
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How do I add an external power socket to a lighting circuit?

I'm installing some ELV garden lights and would be grateful for some advice on connecting up. I'd like to control them from a spare light switch (the 2nd switch controls the exterior wall lights) just ...
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Are there LED lamps available for ovens?

The only place I now use an incandescent bulb is in my oven. It went out the other day and I was looking for a replacement. I am using LED all over these days but realized it may not be possible to ...
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Replacing both 3-way switches I found 2 hot wires one in each box

Since the new switches were not same make\model as the old ones I had to remove both switches (6 wires) and test for the hot wire and I found 1 hot wire in each to the 2 boxes. Now what? It seems ...
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Multiple motion sensors for multiple led strips wiring

im trying to prepare a wiring schema for my home lighting: Lobby sensor should control only lobby led strip. Stairs upper sensor should control lobby and stairs led strips. Stairs lower sensor should ...
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How can I mount a side-mount light onto a top-mount area?

I have an existing light on top of a retaining wall: I found some light fixtures that I will be using everywhere else around the house, but they are side/wall mount: Is there some way for me to ...
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Dimmed LEDs flickering: is it the bulbs' or the dimmer's fault?

I have this dimmer https://www.amazon.es/iolloi-interruptor-regulador-encendido-incandescente/dp/B0894KNN65 feeding two of these lightbulbs: https://www.efectoled.com/es/comprar-bombillas-led-e27-...
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How to prevent outdoor landscape light water leaks?

I installed low voltage landscape lights on our fencing around the perimeter of our backyard in September. The lights are supposed to be IP66 waterproof, but within a month of installing, I found ...
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How do I attach the cord from a pendant light to a nipple/threaded shaft?

I have a pendant light, it has a cord but no threaded shaft/nipple on it so it can be attached to a bracket on in a ceiling junction box. I can feed the cord nicely through the shaft but how do I ...
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Light flickers after replacing different fixture

I have spot lights in the kitchen and I replace a light fixture on the dining area. I replaced it with a chandelier. Now I noticed the kitchen spot lights flickers at very random time and actually ...
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Max watt on LED dimmer

I have 16 9w (144w total) LED on one switch. Is it ok to change that switch to a 150w max LED dimmer or should I go to a higher 300w LED dimmer?
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Need to separate 2 lights on the same 3way switch so each switch only controls 1 light

I've been researching this for about 8 months and finally learned enough to be able to ask my question properly. Background: Bought a house last summer that was built in 1966 but since renovated maybe ...
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Why do my replacement light bulbs not function?

I have a 3-light, old-looking street light at the end of my driveway. I'm replacing the 25W incandescent light bulbs that have died with either 40W round clear bulbs or 7W LED's. I can NOT get ...
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Replacing pendant but there are extra live wires

I was going to replace a pendant light. But during removal of the old one I've come across this wiring which don't really understand. The thick brown one on the left is the live wire which is ...
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Converting pendant light to wired hanging lamp - what to do with ground wire?

The short: what to do with ground wire from pendant light when converting to hanging lamp? The long: I've found several tutorials on how to add a plug to my wired pendant light, and I've determined ...
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How Much Power Do LED Drivers Draw When Not Loaded?

Question is about those LED drivers that convert 120V (or whatever your house voltage is wherever you are) AC to 12V DC for driving LED light strips and the like. Do they draw power when plugged in, ...
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Installing a celling light with 2 black and 1 yellow wire

I moved into this apartment and there were no ceiling lights just bare wires hanging from the ceiling socket. Now i have this light i bought from Ikea which has 2 wires 1 blue (N) and 1 brown(L) and ...
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Best Lighting options for Long Basement

I have a half basement that I'm keeping open and its 45'x12'. I had always planned on doing a drop ceiling with recessed lights but I'm wondering if there is a better option considering the length of ...
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Mounting ceiling light with screws on side

I bought a new ceiling light that has screw holes on the side. Our previous light had screw holes on the bottom. How can I attach the new light to a regular bracket- or do I need to buy something to ...
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External light was not earthed properly

I have a 50W external light, installed on an outside wall, high on the wall. When touching it, I received an electrical shock. I cut the electricity, and opened up the electrical junction. I saw there ...
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Maestro Lighting Switch Wiring

I am trying to replace an old dimmer switch in our kitchen with a Maestro Lutron dimmer switch. The issue I'm having is one of the boxes contains both the hot line and the light. I can get the ...

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