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Questions tagged [lighting]

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

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What tool can I use to block light from a 50W bulb?

I bought a lamp & the incandescent bulb is not fully covered by the shade. Since the shade is at eye level that hurts my eyes. What can I use safely to block the light? Any tape safe to use? Or ...
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turning the light off leads to circuit breaking

I am a novice when it comes to electrical work! I have a 3 way switch to a light. I am trying to replace one of the switches to be an always hot smart switch (to control something else entirely) so ...
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Capped off outlets and light switch wiring, now no power to half the house

I am in the process of removing a wall from my home separating the kitchen and dining room. To do this, I needed to remove the wiring from the wall. Steps I took: Shut breakers off to kitchen lights, ...
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Why would a light fixture be incompatible with dimmer switches?

I'm considering buying the Aero Pure AP80-RVL, which is a recessed bathroom light/exhaust fan combo. It's important to me to be able to use a dimmer switch for the light, but the installation ...
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Multiple switches on a linked system of strip lights

Is it possible to link 4 strip lights together, with only one cord plugged into a wall, and then install what I think are called in-line switches between each strip light, and be able to turn each ...
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Probably “orphan” hot lead

So I decided to replace the ailing motion sensor light on the garage eave of my nearly 50 year old split-level. I have replaced motion sensor lights several times in my small barn, but all the ...
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Why does one of my LED flood lights randomly turn on and off?

One of my outdoor floodlights stays on for approximately an hour then goes out.The other led floodlight on the same fixture randomly goes on and off also, but not as much. Are the bulbs going bad, or ...
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How to convert 2 3-way switches to one single pole switch with dimmer?

In the past I've purchased Kasa's smart switches (HS200). I have two wired right now, and working properly. These were single pole switched that replaced single pole switches. So, pretty straight ...
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Exterior mirror to bring more light to a window

I have a window that doesn't get very much light. Perpendicular to it there is a wall of the house, which gets more light. I would like to put a mirror on this wall to get more light on that window. ...
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Wemo Light Switch + Niko Dimmer Switch combined

In order for my smart lights to be on permanently, I need the light switch circuit to be "permanently on", while the light switch instead controls my Hue lights. While I know this is accomplishable by ...
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Identifying Dusk to Dawn Floodlight with 'Modern Light sensors'

The context is a set of outdoor Florida stairs. This post indicates: The light sensor is obsolete Modern light sensors "learn". It takes them a day or two to learn "This is as bright as it gets" ...
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Dusk to DawnFloodlight Flickering

The context is a set of outdoor stairs. Are there any clever techniques to minimize flickering that occurs when the sun is transitioning (setting / rising)? If not, is there a method to determine ...
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Spark from light switch

I just installed a new led switch in a box with two other switches. When I ran power to it and tested the non led switch in the box I received a big spark. I went and turned off power again, removed ...
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Best way to get power to stair lights

I'm looking to install a stair light above my stairs. I plan on using a proper box, stress clamp, and all that. The wiring will have to come from my basement, through the wall. The question I have is ...
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Fault on alcove lights

Changing lights in alcove in, these lights are controlled by a pull switch. Disconnected one light, put loose wires in a connector block, tested continuity, it was ok, checked with power on had 240 ...
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What type of bulb is this?

This bulb is found inside a fancy light fixture, I haven’t seen one before and it doesn’t have any markings on it. I need to order replacements. More images showing the context of where I found this ...
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What’s this button? [closed]

I’m a renter and have no idea what this button is on my bathroom light switch plate. It’s in every bathroom in our unit, and including a half bath. It changes color when you press and hold it, and ...
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How do I change these MR16 light fittings to GU10? (pics included)

I'm looking to change to GU10 from MR16. I bought this: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0785RKFNN/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1 I've circled in blue where I attached the new ...
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Changing a Switch in one room but lights in other rooms go out

So there are 2 sets of wires coming in on the right (black, white ground) and 1 set of wires going out to the left (black, black), which seem to connect to the next room. When I change the switch, I ...
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Adding a light to existing circuit

I have a light in my garage and I am trying to add two new recessed lights. Currently the light has power running directly to it as well as the switch wires. When I tried to wire it. The new lights ...
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Is there an LED-compatible dimmer switch that can work in series with a second dimmer?

I just installed 3 LED shop lights in my workshop (ok they're actually meant as bathroom lights, but the price was right). They are wired in parallel, with a master switch in front of everything (in ...
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Remove recessed lighting can

I am trying to remove a recessed lighting fixture (see photo below). This fixture was installed in the ceiling of a new addition in 1993 and I believe it is therefore a ‘new build’ type fixture rather ...
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Adapt Porch Light for Power over Ethernet (PoE)

Similar to the question presented here, I was curious, is it possible to adapt the porch light or the cabling where the porch light itself is to covert it over to PoE? For example, are there face ...
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Kitchen lit with exclusively PAR20 spot lights, how can I reduce shadows?

At some point somebody installed 6 can lights that accept PAR20 bulbs in my kitchen. It appears that PAR20 bulbs are for spot lighting, which means focused lighting, which means shadows everywhere. ...
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Flickering lights on same switch

Hello I’m curious about possible causes for the following scenario: I have two lights on a three-way switch and they flicker every once in a while. Tonight they started flickering quite violently (...
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How should I splice the very short wires for this LED shop light into my 12/2 NM-B?

I'm installing 3 LED shop lights in my basement workshop. I've already run new 12/2 NM-B wire to a few junctions and switches, per light. The attached picture is an example of the final splice I need ...
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Installing smart switches, instructions don't match my wiring?

I'm trying to replace a couple switches with smart switches and the instructions provided with the switch I have (TP-Link HS200) don't match my wiring set up 100%. I'm thinking (hoping) I have the ...
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How to remove cables from the Philips ballast for fluorescent lamps?

I have a few HF-Performer III TL5 ballasts to to which I connected cables in past. Now I can't take them out http://www.lighting.philips.com/main/prof/lighting-electronics/fluorescent/fluorescent-...
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Can I put a low-voltage transformer in the attic?

I'm planning a low-voltage monorail light system, fitted with 10x 7.5W 12V AC LED light heads. The manufacturer provides a "remote electronic transformer", and the installation instructions call for "...
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What should I watch out for when installing lighting in my flat?

I've decided to add a layer at the ceiling and rig a bunch of spotlights there. The distance will be about 60 cm between them. Is there anything special to consider that a noob like me might miss? ...
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Recessed lighting wiring questions

I have installed (5) recessed lights to my ceiling. I just wanted to double check two questions. Is my wiring sequence correct? Switch to light #1 (3 blacks, 3 whites, 3 grounds in #1), light #1 ...
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Can nonworking half of light set be removed?

I have a set of regular Christmas lights, and one half of the set doesn't work. Can the half that doesn't work be removed and somehow join or solder the two remaining wire ends? The last working ...
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Add outdoor lighting under stacked porch

I recently purchased a new home and have been replacing the interior and some exterior lights to a color I prefer. My home has a stacked porch. It's constructed in a way where it's open so when it ...
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Why doesn't my light stay on unless I wiggle the switch?

The light switch in my bathroom has been acting oddly the last month. When I flip the switch on, the light turns on, but doesn't stay on. If I wiggle the switch, it will stay on. Sometimes I barely ...
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Garage door lights: which cfl bulbs work?

I discovered yesterday that led bulbs cause RF interference and disrupt the use garage door remotes. While I could look for a low interference led bulb, they are rather expensive. I had some cfl ...
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changing from a 4-way switch to a 3-way switch

Hi, I have a 4-way switched light in my entryway. I am hoping to install a 3 way smart switch for this light and cap off one of the switches. Referencing the attached picture, I am hoping to replace ...
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Bathroom Light Going out

So I have a Recessed Retrofit Downlight in the shower that began flickering and now is mostly dark, although sometimes it will go on. I removed it and here are the parts: Recessed Retrofit Downlight ...
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How do I diagnose light dimmers that have become erratic after installation?

I used to have light dimmers in my house that worked just fine; but after an electrical panel upgrade they became erratic and/or noisy. All the dimmers are powering LEDs which claim to be dimmable ...
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LEDs won't turn on

I have a garage door opener which can have two lightbulbs screwed, that for some reason burn out LED lightbulbs approximately every 3 months. However, this time, the new LED bulbs I bought work ...
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Can I put 6” recessed cans into 7” holes?

I want to replace these 7” speaker holes with recessed lighting. Are there any issues with using 6” cans and have a 0,5” border opening? I’ll be using the new-construction cans to nail to the wood ...
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Installing 3 Eve Light Switches - one works, but two others just flash the lights every 6 seconds

I recently purchased three Eve Light Switches to smart-ify three sets of lights in my house. I installed one on a dining room chandelier (with 9 LED lights) and it works just fine. I tried ...
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How to get lighting in the shower like this?

I'm remodeling my bathroom and I'd like to know how to get a lighting effect as seen in these photos. To get this, do you basically drop the ceiling to create a soffit over the shower, with a rope ...
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Can't find enclosures for custom deck stair lighting

I'm building a custom deck stairs lighting system. I have purchased RGBW 40mm diameter waterproof LEDs and want to install them in the stair risers. https://www.aliexpress.com/item/DC24V-RGBW-DMX512-...
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Is it OK to have a light that can only be controlled via automation?

I am retrofitting the main light in a room to be controlled by a home automation system, in this case, I'm using z-wave, but for purposes of this question, it could be any digital protocol. I would ...
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Light fixture measuring 120V for both hot and neutral

Hello I’m replacing a lighting fixture and I’m finding that both white wires are reading 120V. To be clear - it doesn’t matter where I place the red and black leads of my multimeter - I get 120V ...
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2 light switches controlling one light fixture?

In my family room I have a light fixture. There are two light switches controlling this fixture. Yesterday I decided I want to get rid of the ugly brown switches, and change these to light. I have ...
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how to control all shop lights from one motion sensor shop light

So I recently replace a big 8 ft CCFL shop light with 3 smaller 4 ft shop lights. 1 has a motion sensor built in. My thought when I bought them was to install the motion sensor might above the ...
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How to wire this to Levinton IPS02

I have been trying to wire this to a motion sensor switch, but after turn back on the power, the sensor is blinking, but the lights won’t turn on.
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Why is this panel like this and what should I do to fix this problem

I'm trying to rewire my house and I found this in the attic. What tips could everybody help me with so I can replace this or I can make it better toward the wires or not I'll run in here like this. ...
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How to remove light cover

Does anybody have a similar light covering to this? I have tried pulling all the arms outward, pressing the arms up, looking for screws on the arms, and just sliding it out with a little bit of force. ...