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Installed a new two separate single-pole switches, cannot turn on one of the lights

I replaced my two separate single-pole switches and now I cannot turn on one of the lights. The left switch is able to turn off and on the lights normally but the right one doesn't do anything to the ...
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Ceiling fixture. How to go wireless? Electrician?

The light switch for the kitchen ceiling fixture is located between the refrigerator and the dining room wall, which is plaster. That space is not wide enough for me to reach the switch. I think ...
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Wiring new light fixture to 2-wire ceiling rose

Any word of wisdom greatly appreciated. Wanted to install a new light in the living room and unexpectedly (for amateur as myself) i see 2 sets of wires in the ceiling rose i.e 2x L/N/E. The room has 2 ...
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Fluorescent To LED Tube Swab - Only One Side Works

I have old 4ft fluorescent fixtures in the basement (about 10 years). They are the NEW232120REBN from Lithonia. The T12s are dying out so I bought some Philips InstantFit 32W-equivalent T8 LED tubes. ...
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Adding a wall sconce off of an existing 3-way switch

I have a basement stairwell with 3-way switches (at the top and bottom of the stairs) and a light at the bottom of the stairs. Each switch only has a single 12-3 Romex cable, and the light has two 12-...
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Making sure I'm connecting wiring in new ceiling fixture to the box

We wanted to replace a light fixture in our dining room, and I thought it would be straightforward, but I find myself second-guessing myself. The fixture comes with four wires and instructions that ...
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Lighting for Home Office [closed]

I was wondering what kind of setup would be the most appropriate for my situation? I currently have a room that I am using as a home office and is being illuminated by a single dome light which is not ...
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How To Select Correct Cable and Transformer For LED Lights

I'm about to install some 12v LED lights and have been surprised by the amount of current required, especially if multiple strips are used, and the effect of voltage drop. I will be installing RGBW 4-...
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Attic Wiring Using 12-3 and 12-2 pulling from ceiling outlet

I am adding attic lights, and will be pulling power from the garage's constant power ceiling outlet. The switch will be close the the attic ladder opening. There will be 3 lights daisy chained in the ...
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Why does my bath fan timer will only work if the light is off?

The switch and the timer are together in a two gang box. There is power to both however the fan timer will only work when the light is off.
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Can I damage a fluorescent fixture by removing the bulb and powering it on?

My basement lighting is all wired on a single circuit, it used to be one room but previous owners have split off sections. Yet all the lights come on at the same time. The furnace room has a ...
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Replacing existing light switch - what the...?

Located in the US, I have done some basic rewiring of fixtures and have replaced a few switches in this house. But I am stumped as to what is going on in this box. No idea how to proceed and ...
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Help wiring a ceiling fan with fan speed and light switches

I am attempting to install a new ceiling fan that has lights (the old one only had a fan). I'm unsure of how to properly wire it with the various wires coming out from the fan box. The fan wires are ...
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What does the ground wire on a light's mounting bracket connect to?

I am replacing a chandelier in our dining room. I turned off the breaker and took the chandelier off and see two wires (hot and neutral): The replacement light only has two wires (hot and neutral): ...
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The 12.2w dimmable LED bulbs in living room trio wont work after they first turn on, what changes during that first flick?

Installed a set of 75w equivalent (12.2w) dimmable LED bulbs in my living room to replace a trio of 60w equivalent (8.8w) LEDs that were flickering when i dimmed them. The new bulbs seemed to work ...
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Which Circuit Does this Switchbox Common Wire Belong To?

I'm replacing a single-pole switch with a Lutron Caseta, in a switch box that houses two switches, each on a different circuit. The old switch that I've removed was connected to two wires: line (red ...
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Adding an overhead ceiling light off switched receptacle

I would like to add a ceiling light to a bedroom that currently does not have one. It has a switch which controls a receptacle. I would like to convert that receptacle to always be hot and add the new ...
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Lamp socket and wiring

I have 3 lamps with wattage restrictions of 30,70,100. I would like to have wattage changed to 50,100,150. I have 3 other lamps that I could change from. Do I have to change the wiring too or socket ...
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How do I add a pigtailed receptacle to an existing, continuously wired set up?

UPDATE 01.01.22 - thanks everyone for the comments and feedback. I’ve tested the circuit and determined everything is fine. I.e. no dead neutral. I also tested bulb contact on the existing fixture (in ...
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Dimming an LED HIGH BAY LIGHT FIXTURE [duplicate]

My LED light, is from H.D. It is a Commercial Electric brand. 2ft. linear high Bay Light. When I take off the power supply box cover, ( access to hook-up wiring), I find the line, load, and grnd wires,...
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Light on dimmer switch will not stay on

I have an LED light bulb on a dimmer switch that will not stay on. If we turn it on just a little bit, it will stay on for a longer time. If we turn it on to full power, it will stay on for a shorter ...
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How Can I Properly Ground this Light, What's the Risk if Ungrounded?

I'm installing a wall lamp purchased recently that has a ground wire that should be connected. It has two modes of installation, 1) either wired directly into the wall to a switch, i guess, or 2) by ...
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Getting voltage on both travellers on a 3-way switch

I recently moved into my current home. I tried to replace a lot of the switches to smart switches, and most of them worked except one. After switching that one (one of the two 3 way switches) to a ...
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Why are there 2 breaker circuits running into a single light switch?

I have a large bank of fluorescent lights in a detached garage ceiling that pull of lot of electricity if someone leaves them on, so I was going to install a smart switch to be able to turn them off ...
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Led bulb dims slightly and then brightens, repeatably, but very slow

I have googled a bunch on this, but everything talks about a fast flicker. This is a real slow slight dimming, followed a second or to later by returning to full power. And no descerable pattern, ...
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Which is the live, neutral and earth wire?

Currently doing a small renovation and replacing all the lights around the house. I have just dismantled the previous lighting, and trying to figure out which one is the live, neutral and earth. The ...
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Installing a new dimmer switch with screw terminals in place of old rotary dimmer

I have an existing rotary dimmer in my dining room. It is the only light switch in that room and as far as I know only controls that light that is in that room. I want to install lutron maestro dimmer ...
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Battery powered sconce for pictures [closed]

I have hung a couple of nice pictures around my house and I would like to hang a lighting sconce above them. Is a battery powered sconce a thing? I don't want ugly cables about. How do I light my ...
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Halo LED can (H455 series) troubleshooting

A set of five Halo EL405827 LED lights mounted in H455ICAT120D cans was installed in our kitchen about ten years ago. Recently one light went out. When that EL405827 is put in a different can, it ...
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Multiple motion switches in parallel OR operation for stairway

2017 NEC 210.70.A.2 gives the following exception: Exception to (A)(2)(1), (A)(2)(2), and (A)(2)(3): In hallways, in stairways, and at outdoor entrances, remote, central, or automatic control of ...
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Power one 120vac light from two circuits

I have four 120vac front yard lights controlled by a switch on one circuit and five 120vac back yard lights controlled by a switch on a different circuit (same or different phase not currently known). ...
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Can I safely swap an incandescent in a shower recessed fixture for an LED?

I have an "airlock" (I believe this implies humidity reduction) recessed ceiling light in my shower. It has a 40W A15 incandescent bulb, which is now dead. I'm looking to swap in an LED bulb;...
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Convert Ceiling Light into Globe Light, Plastic Ceiling Shade Upside Down

I have a recessed dimmable ceiling light with the clips as below. Sometimes the light is very bright, and I want to disperse over a larger area. Is there a product to install a cone plastic shade (...
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Is it possible to safely wire nut the hot wires and remove the extra 4 way and 3 way switch?

I want to install smart lights and 1 single smart switch in my living room. However the lights in my living room currently are on a 4 way. Is it possible (and safe) to just have one wired smart switch ...
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What is the purpose of this wire in these string lights?

These lights are from a pre-lit tree. Segments of the string have an additional wire that truncates with these different sockets. I thought that these sockets provided a splice to make a connection ...
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Can’t get my 3-way Lutron lights set up properly. Toggle switch still keeps lights off

The original toggle switch –if turned off – prevents the Lutron Caseta side from turning on, so I assumed I wired it incorrectly. I’ve attached my wiring on both sides and the instructions (see page ...
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Why are Fauxwood vertical blinds not as thick as Fauxwood horizontal blinds?

Why are Fauxwood Vertical blinds not as thick as Fauxwood Horizontal blinds? I received a lot of samples. Is it because vertical blinds structure rail cannot hold something as heavy? I buy blinds, not ...
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High amperage lighting loads prohibited by NEC?

2017 NEC 210.23.D says: (D) Branch Circuits Larger Than 50 Amperes. Branch circuits larger than 50 amperes shall supply only nonlighting outlet loads. What's bad about making light with more than 50 ...
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Ceiling fan with remote for fan/light and two wall switches [duplicate]

Wire Colors/Locations Ceiling - Copper, Black, White, Red Ceiling Fan Mount - Green/Yellow Ceiling Fan Remote - Yellow, Blue, White, Black Ceiling Fan - Black, White, Blue, Green/Yellow Trying to ...
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Remove night light wall fixtures and switch

I recently bought a home built in the 60s. There are two little night light fixtures in the hallway walls that I would like to permanently get rid of. Since I live in Chicago, they are housed in metal ...
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Why am I reading 120V in junction box but 100V four inches away downstream at screw-in bulb

Just moved into a house. External sconce light wasn't working. I swapped it out for another bulb rated 110/120V. The light flashes on and off repeatedly. I removed the bulb and put my multimeter leads ...
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How do the old and new (post-2021) EU energy labels for LED light bulbs compare?

One of my light bulbs recently failed, for the first time in a few years, and I had to go buy a replacement. Usually I try to look for the ones with the best EU energy label rating, since not only do ...
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Does this light switch wiring seem wrong?

I'm trying to replace this regular light switch with a dimmer. After I open the cover, there are 2 groups of wires from the wall. I don't know why the white wires are not used, but this is the ...
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Electrical Wiring Shelly 1L Breaker Shared With Sockets

I have lighting/wall circuit which I didn't put in place so don't have definitive information on its layout so bear with me. I want to put the Shelly 1L into the circuit at the switch. What I know ...
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Trim piece to allow flush install of exterior light with surface mount box

Is there a term for a trim piece that surrounds a surface mount electrical box to accomodate a flush install? I'm replacing some exterior lights by our garage, but all the lights my wife has selected ...
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Kasa HS200 Smart Light Switch Wiring Question (multiple neutral wires)

I'm trying to install a Kasa HS200 smart light switch into a box that has 2 light switches already: an exterior light and an interior light. I'd like to replace the switch for the exterior light. The ...
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Non-contact voltage testing on 12vac landscape lighting

I have 12V AC landscape lighting. Some of the lights are not turning on, so I got one of these 12v AC non-contact testers to try to determine if the cables have been chewed through, etc.: https://www....
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Help lost all lights in the house!

Can anyone help me, I've tried to wire up a light today and I've lost all power to the general lighting in the house! I re wired one light previously, reading on forums I had to set up the 3 cables as ...
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Turning on light no matter which switch is on

I have 3 lights in my house which are controlled by 3 individual or single pole switches. Now I want to add another 4th light which should be controlled by these 3 switches meaning if at least one out ...
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Can I replace a bulb with one with more watt?

I have a lamp (from IKEA) that had a light bulb 3W 200lm 67lm/W 26mA I bought a light bulb that says 4W=35W 230LM Can I replace with that light bulb or even with higher watt? I mean is the only ...

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