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

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Do LED dimmers work with non-LED bulbs?

I've been switching to LED bulbs wherever I can for the past few years but one thing I haven't done yet is switch my dimmer switches over to LED compatible dimmers. One issue I've had trouble ...
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Which electrical box to use for old-work outdoor light fixture and vinyl siding mounting block?

I have a garage which already has vinyl siding on it but the inside is unfinished and accessible. I would like to add an exterior wall lantern. The vinyl mounting block I purchased looks like this ...
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light switch 3 amp enough for a 4 watt led light set

Can i install a 3 amp switch next to a light? The led light is 4 watts. The light is for installing under the top cabinet. I have 3 such lights to be installed under the top cabinets. There is ...
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Ceiling fan light dims up and down continuously

I have a 13 year old hunter ceiling fan with a remote that dims the lights and turns them on and off. The fan works fine but the light just started to dim up and down continuously on its own. Anyone ...
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Ceiling fan trouble/question

I have been working with a ceiling fan for the last few days and I feel utterly defeated. The fan in question is the Clarkston 2 44in. LED. I went into the previous light fixture and disassembled it....
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Light Switch/Dimmer Question

Looking to re-wire a room with a bit different design. Goal: I have a room which is a living room on one end and an office on the other (two zones if you will) where I am installing can lights. I ...
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2 way 2 gang switch wiring

I am replacing a light switch that contains two modules ie two gang two way and each module is labelled “Common, L1 & L2” and works perfectly this way and with the other switch. All have one or ...
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Canadian (Alberta) Residential Electrical Code

Is there a homeowners version of the current electrical code for residential wiring in Alberta available at no cost? I’m renovating my kitchen and would be helpful to know the many changes and ...
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Is there a type of bulb other than incandescent that works from -50 to +40C?

My experience with fluorescent lights in my garage has been dismal.  They work fine above freezing, but are very slow to reach full illumination when below freezing, and never do more than glow feebly ...
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Tennis court lights no longer turn on

After not using a backyard tennis court for a few years, the lights no longer turn on. Any recommendations would be welcome.
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How to improve home (apartment) design up to a superior aesthetic interior standard?v [closed]

https://imgur.com/gallery/HQCso This is (was) my 2017 room, However I was constantly irritated by the stark color of the molding and unfitting design of some of the furnitures, So i decided to ...
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How much power do LED smart bulb wireless control systems consume when the light is turned off?

I've been shifting to LED light bulbs due to the energy savings but I've a question about the new smart bulbs that are controllable via Alexa etc. These need to be kept "on" via the switch for them ...
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Ground Wires in Bathroom Vanity Light

I am replacing a vanity light in my condo. I removed the old fixture, which was a cheap long shallow box with five round bulbs. Lo and behold, there was no junction box behind the fixture, as all ...
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Kitchen light wiring

Just moved in and there is no kitchen light. There is a ground, two whites nutted together and two blacks AND a white nutted together. My new fixture has a standard hot and neutral. How do I connect?
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unfinished basement light recommendation

about 45' long feet by 22' feet wide unfinished basement. stairs come down from the middle of the 45' long side into about the center of the basement. the 2x6 floor joists overhead are all exposed, ...
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New Dimmer Switches Work Inconsistently

I recently installed 2 new dimmer switches for new construction recessed lights in my living room (LED bulbs). At first these dimmer switches appeared to be working without issue. However, a few day ...
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What size light bulb do I need?

I’m assuming it’s an older model Hampton Bay ceiling fan but I bought an e12 bulb and it doesn’t fit, so now I need a converter! Please help I’m going crazy trying to find out the size. And, here's a ...
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Installed new LED transformer, light won't turn on

Transformer: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1AcPLA2Pc8bgubRKxyaK6iwiYcjKNx6BZ/view?usp=drivesdk LED light: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1A_YCzH6FLdCCPRd5q3_LZW30tqzxeZZ5/view?usp=drivesdk Things ...
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Led 30watt external light

My garage light has started to (after the sensor has been triggered )it works o.k. But as it is due to go off it just dims very low but stays on any advice on problem would be very much appreciated.
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3-way light switch mysteriously works, then stops working, then starts working again

I have a three-way light switch that is exhibiting really odd behavior. Sometimes it works and sometimes it does not. For example, just now the following happened. Lights are off. I go to switch A ...
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Changing bulb on hanging fixutre?

Light fixture is out is identical to the above photo, a hanging halogen light fixture. The previous owner told us to rotate the fixture by about 20 degrees and it should lower. I rotated the fixture ...
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Ceiling fan replacement, one wire is always hot

So when we moved into our place, the dining room light was always on unless you used the pull cord to turn it off, the wall switch did nothing. Replaced the switch, no change. Trying to change out ...
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What's the best way to separate house light from garage lights?

Currently, I have an outdoor house light connected to the same light switch as a couple other garage lights (see sketch). I would like to separate the garage lights from the outside house light using ...
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GU24 to E26 light socket adapter — any risks?

I recently moved to a new location where instead of the common E26 light sockets, they have GU24 light sockets. This is a bit of a problem for me, because I like to use edison-style incandescent bulbs,...
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Is a 3 way switch required at the stairs to a basement with no other entryway?

Is a 3 way switch required at the stairs to a basement with no other entryway? We were given a violation for not having a 3 way switch in a basement with no entryway.
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How do i connect multiple ground wires? There are 3 green and 1 bare wire on my light fixture

Fixture has 3 hanging lights, each light has 1 green, 1 white and 1 black wire. There is also a bare copper wire on the base of the new fixture. How do i properly attach the green ground wires and ...
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Track Lighting Issue

I recently installed track lighting, and upon turning on the power switch, none of the lights turned on. I went back, checked all of my connections, tested the power, checked each lightbulb, but that ...
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1 switch controls lights and fan, the other controls nothing. How can I make one control lights and one control the fan?

It seems like this was the way it worked originally, but someone had it changed. There is another area in my apartment that is in the same situation. I measured 114VAC from the right switch (I'm ...
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Landscape Lighting Wiring: Looping vs Straight

Context I'm looking to install some low voltage (12v) landscape lighting in front of my house. I had helped a friend in the past install some in their front yard using the straight method. However, I ...
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How can I reattach a chandelier light fixture to the chain?

My first night in my new rental house and I bashed my head against the low hanging chandelier in the dining room. Somehow my rock head hit it with enough force to snap the loop that attaches the ...
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Left switch on gang light pair not getting power

I’m trying to install a set of light switches to control my fan and lights. The left switch has two black cables running to it and the right has a red and black. I installed both switches and the ...
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Why Aren't These LED Bulbs Lighting?

I have a dimmable floor light with 6 G4 bulbs. I ordered a bunch of dimmable LED bulbs and now that they've arrived after weeks, they don't light up at all. If I take one bulb off and place a halogen ...
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Line to GRN or Neutral to GRN blowing my GFCI?

I just helped my friend change an outlet in the garage of a home he just moved into. The outlet was an old duplex that I replaced for a GFCI. The installation went fine, outlet tested properly and ...
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Round outdoor junction (not flush) to square

I have seen square to round adapters for junction boxes but not round to square. I have an outdoor mounted round junction box with a light that's mounted on the wall not in it. I want to convert it ...
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Can I suspend lights within my property boundaries, above my wall heights on my roof deck?

I have a condo with a roof deck (super awesome). The deck is very large, but is right in between two other decks (we share the same dividing walls) of two adjacent condos. The walls are not ...
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Stair Illumination: Location of light

Before I close this up, is this legit location for light at bottom of stairs? Yes, switch at top and bottom, and light at top as well. Through some quirk of symmetry, this can light (of 12 total), ...
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Is it possible to connect this wall light to the existing fixture?

I recently discovered a couple of what look like wall light fixtures in my apartment so I went out and bought a wall light hoping the connection would be relatively simple. The fixture looks like ...
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How can I bring more light into this shower?

Consider this shower alcove: The curtain is partially-transparent. It can't be made much more transparent for privacy reasons; so, it blocks a lot of the light. Also, hanging a towel on that rail ...
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Are fairy lights safe if you cut or break the wire?

My string of fairy lights I have got old and somehow the wire at the end broke and fell off. The lights still work, but is it safe to use with that broken wire?
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No place to put base for a ceiling lamp

I recently moved to a new house and there are no ceiling lights. I can only see the wires but no place to put a hook for my fixture. Any idea how should I install my lights?
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Replace G24q-1 (4-pins) with a B22 Bayonet

Having recently moved house, I've noticed that the majority of the lighting upstairs is running CFLs using a type of connection that I am unfamiliar with (research says it's a G24q-1 cap but see ...
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Ceiling Fan Wiring Confusion

Was expecting to find just 3 simple wires (b, w, g) and be able to hook up this ceiling fan quite easily but found this when taking out the old fan...3 sets of wires, #1 with 2 black and 1 white, #2 ...
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What kind of light bulb does this lamp use?

It is an old lamp from IKEA Here is a picture of the inside of it I could not remember what kind of light bulb it uses. Can anyone able to identify the right kind? It would be even greater if you ...
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Multi-light dimmer switch broken: one light dims, other lights brighten

I have 3 light installations in my kitchen that are controlled by one of two switches. The switches either turn all 3 lights on/off, or dims/brightens all 3 lights at the same time (with a long press)....
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LED flood light problem [duplicate]

The new LED strobes while the old incandescent light works fined. I replace one of the two bulbs on the motion detection light fixture with a 150w incandescent flood light bulb....and the LED flood ...
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Replaced lights & switches on 3 way switch circuit; not sure if I have wiring problem or product problem or both

Project description: Replaced 2 ceiling light fixtures with 4 recessed LED lights on 3-way circuit. Also replaced (2) 3-way switches, one with dimmer and one standard, and (1) standard 2-way switch ...
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Help adding a 3 way switch

I have a 4 season room with some lights but the switch is in the kitchen. I installed a 2-gang box in the room and ran a 3-wire romex wire from the new box to the existing box (they are on the ...
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Ceiling Fan Toggle Switch No Longer Used - Can I do anything else with it?

I have a ceiling fan with a light kit in my house that USED to be controlled by two toggle switches. The light and ceiling fan used to be controlled separately - you flip one switch to turn on the ...
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Light required at bottom of L-shaped stairs or is on landing only sufficient?

I have a L-shaped stairway with connecting landing going from my ground floor to my to-be-finished basement. There are 11 risers going down to the landing, then a 90-degree turn to the left, then 5 ...
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Adding a ceiling fan to circuit of light fixtures

I have 4 recessed 40 watt lights in the ceiling of the living room. They are all on the same switch (circuit). Can I add a ceiling fan to the room and splice the conductor into one of the 4 J boxes so ...