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Questions tagged [lighting]

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

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Wire colours reversed on switch

I've just installed a new (1 way, ceiling pull cord) switch in my bathroom since the old one broke. When I came to change it, it was not wired the way I expected with the live into the COM terminal ...
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Does it matter which wire goes where on single pole dimmer?

I’m updating the switches throughout my house. I have an old rotary style single-pole dimmer controlling the just-as-old chandelier in my dining room. This dimmer shares a double-gang box with a 3-way ...
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Can someone explain this wiring configuration to me?

See my previous question for more detail on my household's bizarre wiring. Three of my bedrooms have dimmer switches connected to outlets and ceiling fans, which is electrically unsafe and just ...
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Adding a vanity light to a switched knob and tube ceiling light

I shut off the main breaker, disconnected an ancient light fixture, taped new wire to the existing knob and tube and pulled it all up into my attic. Next I pigtailed from the K&T to two new (WBG) ...
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Can someone explain how this makes sense electrically?

The wiring in my house is... odd. Nearly every pair of outlets has one of the outlets connected to a light switch. Sometimes that switch is quite far from the outlet even when there are other closer ...
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How to install new chandelier when impossible to fish wires?

. Want to run a brown external wire to point where I can hang chandelier. I can’t cut thru beams. Any suggestions for where to find wiring, etc.
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Switches in other bedrooms turning on different lights after I put new light up

I recently put up a light in my bedroom but the switches in other rooms now turn on different lights, there are 9 wires altogether coming through the ceiling, 3 earth which are connected together, 3 ...
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Tie lighting on Knob and Tube to a low voltage (12v) system?

I have an old stone 18th C. Pennsylvania farm house. In several rooms, wall sconces were installed when the house was first electrified - with knob & tube wiring. The knob and tube wired to old ...
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LED downlights working in conjunction with bathroom fan

There are 3 led downlights and an extractor fan wired with a bathroom fan isolator and separate light switch. The light switch also, when on, provides the live connection to the fan isolator switch, ...
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Black wire crossed with white in box

I was helping my dad install Alumiconn pigtails in his home when I spotted something weird in a 1-gang outlet box: a black wire shorted with a white wire. Alarm bells went off in my head, so I spent ...
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Ceiling fan gets voltage but lights do not turn on

I just connected a new ceiling fan with lights and the lights and fan won't turn on. I tried to hunt down the problem and used a non contact voltage detector and the voltage does flow to the wires on ...
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How do I know what LED bulbs are safe to use in fixtures that are part of construction?

In a recent question, I asked about different power ratings for LED and traditional incandescent light bulbs. In the accepted answer, the author explained that the different ratings are due to heat ...
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Ceiling light goes off itself

My ceiling light goes off itself after 10 mins or sometimes even after an hour, no loose connection from the ceiling fixture and the switch, nothing seems loose even breaker too. How can i find the ...
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Raising a porch light and doorbell?

A previous owner of our house installed a front deck over the top of the two concrete steps leading up to the front door. Unfortunately they did not raise the front porch light and doorbell. So many ...
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There appears to be no ground - what do I do?

Hi! Trying to change a light switch in my house. I am Chicago within city limits. House is pretty old...it was “gut rehabbed” in the 80s but that doesn’t really mean anything. Actual building been ...
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G24Q CFL Line Voltage

I am working with a CFL that requires a ballast to fire the lamp. This lamp is a G24Q-2. The lamp has four pins on the base. I am assuming that two of the pins are for the ballast connection and the ...
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Also have 3 black, 3 white and 3 ground wires coming from ceiling but difference in current

I'm replacing a ceiling fan and found the same problem as Cathy Ashley with 3 each white, black and ground coming from ceiling. None were marked, and I couldn't remember how they were originally ...
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Replacing light and fan set up to a plain light

I am replacing a Hunter ceiling fan with a regular hanging light. The ceiling fan had a knob for the fan and another for the lights with a dimmer switch. I took off the fan assembly and have a black ...
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Adding Recessed Lighting to bathroom circuit

I currently have a dedicated 15A breaker connected to 2 outlets (with GFCI) in a bathroom using 14/2. These 2 outlets are all that is connected to the breaker. I plan to add some recessed lighting ...
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Multiple motion sensor lights on one switch

I have a switch inside my house which feeds power to two fixtures on opposite corners outside. I installed LED motion sensor fixtures which have their own sensors and lights but they have never worked ...
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Why do some LED lights go dim while others go out completely?

When dimming LED lights with an LED dimmer, why do the LED lights at the end of a string of lights go off when LED lights at the beginning of a string of lights go dim but stay lit? This application ...
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Can I connect this 3-way smart switch based on the current wiring?

I have a 3-way smart switch (and the required add-on switch) that I would like to install but the current wiring does not look how it needs to be based on the instructions. Based on the current wiring ...
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How can I remove the glass domes from my light fixtures?

This is embarrassing to ask, but I can't figure out how to change the light bulbs in my house. The light fixtures are unusual and when I first bought my house I thought they were a selling point ...
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Conflicting wiring diagrams

I've spent the morning looking at YouTube videos and I feel I've gotten my wiring correct. I'm trying to add a rose / pendant to a room. As I took the original light off, I noticed there is only 1 ...
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What is the best way to split a series of recessed ceiling lights to two switches?

I have a large basement with 10 can lights in the ceiling controlled by a single pull switch at the bottom of the stairs. I have framed in a bedroom that essentially cuts the area in half with 6 of ...
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Under cabinet LED lighting on opposing sides of the kitchen - no wire in between

I would like to put LED lights under the cabinets of my kitchen, and have them controlled by wall switch. Here is the situation, I have cabinets on opposing sides of my kitchen (facing each other). ...
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Is my 4-way switch replacement job safe and up to code?

I recently replaced a 4-way light switch setup with a smart dimmer setup (GE Enbrighten 14294 and GE Add-On 12723) and wanted to check wanted to check that everything I did was safe and up to code (...
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LED not working on some sockets

So I've gotten one of those wifibulbs that you can change the color through an app and all that. My problem was that it works with table lamps and standing lamps but it doesn't with the hanging ...
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8 Foot T12 Flourescent ballast Requirements

I would like to understand how to evaluate a ballast and determine if it is suitable for a T12 8 foot flourescent bulb. What is the process / questions to ask? I have several known good working ...
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Commissioned to build a row of lights, want to make sure I'm doing it right/ no easier way [closed]

I'm building a set for a theater group and they want me to build a row of lights to go along with it. They want it to look as though a row of Edison lights, 5' high and sitting atop 1/2" black pipe, ...
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Control individual bulbs in a 6-can dimmer series

This is a complicated question, and maybe there is no way to do it, BUT... I currently have a 6-can series dimmer in my basement (home theater) aligned in 3 pairs. I would like to be able to control ...
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Can I use standard electrical cable from a waterproof junction box when replacing an exterior light

I am replacing a faulty exterior light with a waterproof (IP66) LED one with a PIR sensor. There is an existing conduit through the wall, but it is a thick stone wall of an outbuilding and the ...
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Is wiring a motion sensor switch with 18 AWG wire on a 20 amp circuit innapprorpiate?

I bought some motion sensor switch. They don't come with screw mounts, just 18 AWG wires that pop out. The load is 2 light fixtures maybe drawing 200 watts total. It's on a 15 amp circuit though. I ...
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Removing a light switch cuts power to my entire room. Breaker not tripped. Smart Switch Install

I have installed smart switches before, but I moved into a new apartment recently. I have never had a problem before. I removed my old light switch and installed a new smart wifi light switch, and I ...
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Could I have broken my light fixture whilst changing the light bulb?

Ok, so not proficient in changing light bulbs... I have taken out the bulb before and put it back in so I know how to do it. I wanted to put in an adaptor so I could put in a colour changing bulb. I ...
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wiring of occupancy switch in 3-way situation (odd-looking instructions)

I'm looking to replace one of the two switches (wired in a standard 3-way configuration) which control an overhead light in a utility room, with an occupancy sensor switch. The room is small enough ...
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Lights won’t work on dimmer

I just installed some recessed lighting in my basement and I can’t get the circuit to work properly. The installation was: feed to multiple lights to dimmer switch. I used 14/2 for everything except ...
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Dimmer rotation span wider than the light intensity span

I had a guy install a dimmer for my kitchen's spotlight. It works as supposed to except for one small detail. The spots are totally off not at the end of the rotation of the controller but at about 40%...
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Is there a specific type of motion detector for use in long hallways?

I would like to select a single motion detector to drive lighting in a 70 foot hallway (straight corridor approximately 6 ft wide). A 70 by 6 foot rectangle is to be covered. If it is necessary to ...
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Connect light with 3 wires to box with 6 wires

I'm trying to replace a couple pendant lights in my kitchen, I replaced the first one just fine but I'm not sure how to wire the second light. Both lights are controlled by one switch, and I've ...
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How to Open Housing to Replace Light Bulb?

I need to replace a light bulb, the problem is I have no idea how to open the housing as it has no screws or anything visible where I could open it from. Here is a photo, any idea how I could open it?
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Lumen output for a new room

I am building a game room and want very good lighting in at least the portion that will include the table tennis table. I would like 500 lux (46.5 foot candles) of light in this part of the room (at ...
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ELV fixture + Maestro ELV dimmer does not dim, it simply switches

I just installed a Maestro ELV dimmer connected to a LED ELV-compatible fixture (WAC lighting). The fixture does not dim however, it is 100% on at all dimmer settings and shuts off when the dimmer ...
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Light fixture killing Smart LED Bulbs

I live in a an older building in a studio apartment. I bought five Sylvania Smart+ LED Lights, one for each fixture. There's a cheap lamp, an overhead fan/light combo, and a kitchen light fixture with ...
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Wiring a 3 way Leviton VPT24-1PZ Vizia 24-Hour Programmable Light Switch

I'm trying to install a Leviton VPT24-1PZ Vizia 24-Hour Programmable light switch replacing an existing 3 way switch. the electrical box for this switch only has a black wire, white wire, red wire ...
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Light works half the time

its strange cause the light in my bathroom ceiling works only half the time. No flickering. does NOT seem to be after long use (so NOT from thermal overload). Any ideas???
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Troubleshoot motion detector that turns on for only a few seconds at a time

We have a light connected to a motion detector in our backyard. It detects motion and turns on the light for 2-3 seconds, then the light turns off again, and won't detect further motion. A single ...
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Installation of a recess can over the shower does it need to be GFCI protected?

When installing a recess can over the shower does it need to be placed on a (gfci) ground fault circuit interrupter circuit?
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How deep should I embed a 30-foot light post?

I am installing a 30 Foot Round Straight Steel Light Pole, 5 Inch Diameter that I am purchasing from LightMart. I live in the outside of Las Vegas, NV near the mountains where sometimes its very windy,...
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How can I connect a smart switch lead wire to a screw eye loop from the old switch?

I have two black wires, one of them is a continuous wire with a small loop of bare wire which connects to a screw on the old switch. My new Lutron on off switch has wires, not screws. How do I ...