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Rewiring outlet from half-hot to full-hot

I have multiple outlets in my room where the top plug on the outlet is controlled by a light switch. My objective is simply to make it so that these top plugs are always hot, regardless of the ...
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This is a model for a light bulb that I have never seen. Does somebody recognize this model?

I have purchased a lamp time ago. One of the options why I have choose it, is due to has replaceable bulbs and not integrated leds. After purchasing it, I have unmounted to discover the kind of ...
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How to identify which common terminal of the 3-way switch is connected the hot wire

The goal is identify hot and neutral wires in a 3-way switched line-array of lights, so that the array can be controlled by an Acuity SP20 Secondary Relay Pack (bottom device): Said line-array of ...
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4 Way Switching Wiring Diagram Nightmare

I am having trouble making my 4 way switch working in the home I just bought (quite an old one). As of now, I don't want to remove the light fixture as it quite big and it will be a big trouble... but ...
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Help identifying possible dual pot light plug

In my kitchen, I have a number of ceiling lights that take MR16 bulbs. However, I noticed that the plugs seem to also accept another kind of bulb as well. At first, I thought these other sockets were ...
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4 New LED lights, Last one flickering

Just bought a house and took out old ugly garage-looking lights from the kitchen (long bulb in a frame with thin plastic covers), and cut some holes to put in 4 slim recessed LED lights. There are two ...
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Help to find out Hot/active, Neutral & Earth in this junction box in Australia, NSW

Help to find out Hot/active, Neutral & Earth in this junction box in Australia, NSW It got Red- ? Back-? Green&Yellow - Earth. It seems an old house & wiring with old color standards. Just ...
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How to wire lighting fixture with two sets of hot, neutral, and ground?

I'm installing a light fixture in my crawl space. The fixture has a set of hot, neutral, and ground wires coming into the fixture from utilities as well as a set of hot, neutral, and ground wires ...
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How to wire 2 gang smart switch with two neutral wires and wire connecting both COMM

I am finding it hard to find a diagram for my specific case. I have 2 gang light switch and I would like to replace it with a smart switch. I have attached images Am I right in saying the left COM ...
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Installing motion lights on a fixture with a dimmer switch

I'm replacing an old led light fixture that is on a dimmer knob. The new light fixture is also LED but motion activated. The instruction manual says do not install on dimmer circuit. Basically I want ...
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How to Fix Flickering Lamp (That Stops Flickering When I Unscrew and Rescrew)

I just bought a set of two lamps (https://www.wayfair.com/lighting/pdp/alcott-hill-amell-2539-table-lamp-set-w003190357.html). The lamps have settings for off, low light, medium light, and high ...
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Wet rated recessed light in shower

Is it safe to install a wet rated recessed can/light in shower without gfci connection? No fan, just led light.
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PIR Sensor mounting

A Sensorswitch PIR sensor (right) was purchased because (hopefully) it will provide years of service in the hot Florida sun. It would be nice if could be installed in the Defiant (Home Depot) fixture (...
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Is it safe to put a 120W equivalent LED bulb in a 100W max fixture? [duplicate]

I bought a 15W led bulb which is the equivalent of a 120W incandescent. But, I can't find a cord grip ceiling bulb holder rated higher than 100W. Is it safe to put the 120W equivalent bulb in a 100W ...
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What does “class 2 input only” mean in my LED desk lamp?

What does "class 2 input only" means in my LED desk lamp? Is it the power supply? And is it the same as class II (can I use a power supply that is class II)?
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Why doesn't my ceiling fan's LED light kit work?

Casablanca 6 speed ceiling fan. The remote control is communicating with the receiver. The fan can be controlled at all speeds. The light does not come on. I will check the voltage coming out of the ...
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Powering a long 20M LED strip light run in large room through ambient lighting via crown molding

I'm looking to make a long run of LED strip lights (20m) in crown molding around a large room and am trying to figure how to power the entire unit. After quite a bit of research and testing, I've ...
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Replacing older Leviton dimmer with new Lutron different wiring

I'm trying to replace some older (late-1980s?) Leviton incandescent-only dimmers with new Lutron LED-compatible ones. There are three of them in a 4-gang box (the 4th switch seen in the pics is on a ...
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Is the 2nd black wire the ground?

I'm replacing a vanity light and there are 2 back wires 1 is hot and 1 white neutral wire. Also, the ground wire attached to the old light was connected to the hot wire.
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why are my LED lights not turning on?

My led lights have worked fine for awhile, but today they wouldn't turn on! When I plug them in they flicker once and shut back off. I tried a different outlet and it did the same thing.
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Hallway light switch makes bedroom light brighter

When I turn my bedroom light switch on, the ceiling light turns on and seems fine. (Older North American home.) When I then turn the switch for the hallway light on, the bedroom light becomes brighter....
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Help with ceiling fan wiring

North American home from ~1960s. Unfortunately I dont have a "before" picture of the old fan wiring. Trying to install a new fan which has a light, controlled by a dimmer switch on the wall. ...
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Extending power from 3 way switch with power coming into the fixture

I have a dining room light on a 3 way switch that also extends power into the hallway from the first switch. All the wires have been removed and now I'm lost. Trick is, there is a 14-2 power supply to ...
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Standard floodlight problem

I recently bought a house built in 1972. It had 4 double spotlight (standard switch controlled) at each corner of the house with the romex coming down thru a hole in the wood soffits. Two of the ...
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Attaching guide wire to guide wire for patio string lights

I am looking to start installing string lights on my patio, and my current plan is to zig-zag the lights between two runs of wire rope. Here's a picture: The brown squares are going to be posts set ...
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Options for lighting a finished room with exposed joists

We're finishing a basement room, but want to leave the old ceiling joists exposed (we like the look). I like how mr16 bulbs light up the room, but I'm having trouble figuring out a safe way to install ...
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What kind of dimmer switch do I have?

Moved into a new place recently and I don't know what kind of dimmer I have. The dimmer switch: (the whole thing is on/off and then there's an up button and down button; the blue led presumably ...
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What kind of dimmer switch and ceiling fan are needed to correctly wire and control a ceiling fan?

I’ve read a lot about how people incorrectly install ceiling fans and control them by dimmers. As a result I want to do it right, but nowhere can I find concrete directions on what I need to do. What ...
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Question about wiring multiple lights in parallel as well a multiple lights in a parallel 3 way

Images from electrical-online.com Is the following diagram of multiple lights in parallel valid? There were some people who claimed it didn't work (they claimed their flow followed the diagram, but ...
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Bathroom exhaust fan and light switch separation

new here and I tried the search but can’t seem to find an answer to what I’ve got. In my bathroom, I have 2 switches. When top switch is on, bottom off, the vanity light and the exhaust fan light ...
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Should there be insulation inside a light fixture?

I recently moved into a new home, and I was replacing a light bulb when I found this after removing the glass cover. Now, I don't know much about codes and regulations, and I'm new to working on my ...
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Connecting modern dimmer to two-wire junction box

I just bought two "smart" dimmers to replace some older ones. We have two different ceiling fixtures. The old switches only had two terminals, and both switches were tied together on one of ...
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Best way to convert all lights on one switch, to one switch per room

I’m about to tackle refinishing some parts of my basement. When you walk down the stairs, there’s one switch that controls all the lights; I’d like to convert that to one switch per room. Is it code-...
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Replacement of light switch connected by wires of 5 different colours

My light switch is connected by wires of 5 colours. After breaking the original one, I tried to replace but no idea about the colours, no label on the connector. Black and white were twisted together. ...
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Installing a new 4-way switch troubleshooting

I'm installing a new 4-way switch. When I flip any of the switches, it's not toggling the on/off state of the final hot wire. The final hot wire (which will supply the light) is always hot. All the ...
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Why do some LED bulbs stay on when my dimmer is off? [duplicate]

The front room of our rented house has 8 down-lighter spotlights on one of those dimmers that you use a silver disc to turn on and off and supposedly dim. Beside the switch is another separate dimmer ...
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Remove 1 Light/Switch to Operate on It's Own

I have 7 lights in my kitchen going into my butler's pantry. There are five light switches that controls the lights. 1 switch in the butler's pantry, 3 switches in the kitchen and 1 switch outside of ...
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Multiple wires in kitchen light fixture

I recently bought a house built in 1952 and am trying to change the light fixture in the kitchen ceiling. When I took the old light fixture off, I noticed that the wires coming from the ceiling were ...
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LED chandelier lights permanently dim

Our LED chandelier has 20 1.5w G4 bi-pin bulbs. About a month ago, all of the bulbs, in unison became very dim. We do not have a dimmer on this chandelier. I noticed that sometimes when I'd turn on ...
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Newly installed dimmer switch doesn't power off

My bathroom has a double switch plate: one for a fan and one for the light. I've replaced the light switch with a dimmer (Lutron Maestro Model# MACL-153M.) And I've also replaced the incandesent ...
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Can you put an electrical switch inside a walk-in closet according to NEC?

I have a walk-in closet where I would like to put a switched light ceiling-mounted fixture. According to NEC can I put the switch inside the closet (next to the door), or does the switch need to be on ...
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How to run electrical wires in an exterior wall with a low-pitched roof?

I am hoping to run electrical wires in my exterior walls, but I have a very low pitched roof which makes it tough to get to that part of the attic. To give some examples: One of my switches does not ...
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Low voltage vs. regular lighting for closets: What are the technical and code considerations?

I'm hoping to put some lights in a residential hallway closet, so it's easier to see inside. I am considering running low voltage lighting (eg. these LV pucks), or a small regular-voltage light ...
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Converting a Chandalier Hard wire to an outlet

we just moved in to a new apt in New Jersey and the previous tenant had this really nice string light fixture with colorful lampshades etc (pictured below). Unfortunately, he took them with him when ...
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Replacing Ceiling fan reversing switch for summer and winter mode

Hi I was looking to replace my ceiling fan reversing switch which has disintegrated the manufacturer of the fan does not hold any as fan is 15 years old,switch supplier in Hong Kong does not make it ...
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Wiring Kitchen Lights: 6 lights a 3 way switch with 1 light within the 6 being controlled by another switch

I am remodeling my kitchen and changing the light configuration. Currently I have one large light for the full kitchen controlled by two switches and another light over the sink controlled by a ...
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Can I replace 15 amp spiral CFL lights in garage with fluorescent lights?

1978 house. Garage has two crappy spiral CFL ceiling lights on 15amp ciruit, horrible lighting in cool spectrum. Can I replace them with big fluorescent or led shop lights? I need to better lighting ...
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Can I use a 220V rated LED lamp on a 110V line?

I am presuming the answer of this is no. (I haven't tried to use a 220V bulb from the supplier before but their supply of 110V or Wide Voltage bulbs is limited.) E27 6W LED Maïs Lamp Koud Wit 750lm ...
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How to wire a Hunter Remote Ceiling Fan (Exeter) and utilize both wall switches

I want to install a Hunter Exeter fan. The fan is remote operated for both lights and fan speed, however, I have two switches on the wall - one for the fan and one for the light. I would like one of ...
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How can I safely open, wire & close this E27 lamp holder?

How can I safely open, wire & close this E27 lamp holder? I’m afraid without a proper guide I’ll end up breaking it or damaging the external or internals. Update: Thanks to you I got it open (...

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