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

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Swapping G8 Halogen Under-cabinet fixtures for LED

I've got 6 under-cabinet fixtures that use G8 20V bulbs. I'd like to swap them for LEDs. I've tried putting in bulbs but there's some difference in the voltage load and there's a lot of flickering. So ...
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Help reconnecting light to existing ceiling box wiring

I had to replace an improperly used plastic ceiling box with a metal box to correctly ground existing old armored cable. I thought I took a picture of the box before but I don't have it so I'm having ...
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Removing light switch from 3-way setup

I'm definitely lacking in electrical skills, so please help me out on the right procedure here. I have two switches controlling one light. I'd like to REMOVE SWITCH A and completely control with ...
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Should I use a GFCI breaker or receptacles for my shed run?

In my question about running a circuit to my backyard shed, a discussion arose in the comments about whether I should use a GFCI breaker or have the convenience outlet be a GFCI. Instead of debating ...
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How do go from a single light/fan bathroom switch to a double paddle with no ground or hot wire?

The old switch had just 2 side wires, one for the fan and one for the light. There was no ground of hot. I'm installing a legrand radiant 2 in 1 paddle switch, and it's not working. I'm assuming that'...
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Motion Sensor Light Setup

I want to install a motion sensor flood light in my yard. However, I want it to always function as a motion light, but when I want constant light back there without worry about the sensor. I want to ...
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outdoor light fixtures not lighting properly

I have 2 outdoor wall lights that I noticed do not work. One does not work at all and the other is extremely dim. Seemed like a simple light bulb fix but I replaced with 3 different led light bulbs ...
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I have a Harbor Breeze ceiling fan and I need to replace bulbs

My ceiling bulb socket states Max 60w A15c. What candelabra bulb should I look for to replace them?
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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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Turning two-way switches into three-way

Picture in the link is in my garage. I have four 14/2 cables. All whites are nutted together. 2 blacks are nutted together, and 1 going from that nut to each both switches. The below pic has three ...
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Trying to replace three pendants lights with a single fixture that has three lights

I had 2 can lights and three pendant lights about 12" apart over island - they worked fine on the same switch. I removed the three pendant lights to put in one light fixture that has three light ...
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Lighting fixture: 2 live, 2 neutral, no ground - Is is okay to have the 2nd neutral used as a ground?

I live in Germany and I have just moved into a new apartment and started to change the light fixtures, but I ran into confusion. Wires coming out of the ceiling are - two black & two white (no ...
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Replace dated light fixture mounted to metal stem in ceiling medallion

I recently took down an old chandelier that I found was screwed into the metal stem. Stem is hanging about 2.5" below the hole of the medallion, and the threaded nipple at the end of it is 0.5&...
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Ghost current in 3-way light swtich

I have a 3-way light switch in my hallway with 2 light bulbs. I canceled one of the bulbs (I don't necessarily need 2 lights) and install an LED light on the other. Now, when I'm turning off the the ...
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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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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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Extension cord requirement for outdoor string lights

I am getting ready to hang outdoor string lights in my back yard for which I will need an outdoor extension cord about 20’ in length to reach a GFCI outlet. The string lights have a two-pronged ...
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Why do light bulbs all over the house burn out disconcertingly fast?

I've found a couple answers to this question. This generally revolve around the scenario where it's bulbs in a general area such as a fan. My issue is that light bulbs all over the house burn out ...
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Where can I put holes in my yard?

I bought string lights and I plan to put them in my small indoor/outdoor yard (<== I am not sure whether it is indoor or outdoor). I used a strong magnet (see picture) to detect where have metal ...
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Can I connect two LED strip controllers for three-way control?

I am using led strip on 12 treads of a staircase. The lighting is to be controlled by a 4 zone rgbw dmx controller. Can I connect 2 controllers so I can have 3-way operation ie. on controller at the ...
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Splitting Earth Wire in Attic for Light

I moved into a new home and found the downstairs light fittings all have earth wires leading into them, but only one of the upstairs fittings has. Is it safe to split the single earth wire in the ...
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Seeking advise on replacing light switches (1-way, 2-way, 1-gang etc) (UK)

I would like to replace some wall switches ("like for like", circled red in the picture below) These are for overhead lights but i have confused myself with whether I need 1-gang, 2-gang, 2-way etc.....
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Trying to find missing switch for outdoor light

I'm currently in the process of trying to figure out which switch in my house turns on an outdoor light fixture. Apparently this switch doesn't exist. The bulb is new, known to be working, and of the ...
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What type of light is this?

I have inherited 4 of these outside lights which appear to be very solid and well made but i'm not sure how to make best use of them.
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How to permanently get rid of light fixture?

I'm renovating a bathroom, and there is one light fixture that I'd like to permanently remove. I know that I can't leave the junction box in the wall once the fixture is gone, but I have two related ...
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Can I direct wire a light with a fused plug?

I would like to add lighting to a built-in bookshelf. Is it possible to cut the plug off of the wires (shown here) and join them in a junction box with a line coming from the switch? I would like to ...
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How can I get this light fixture to light up?

Summarize the problem After replacing several light switches on the same circuit (one switch at a time), one light fixture will no longer light up. The light fixture is controlled by two three-way ...
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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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Marine Exterior Lights on Seaside Home

On a residence located about 20 feet from the ocean in a severe weather climate. I am contemplating putting stainless steel well sealed marine lights on the house for some exterior deck lighting and ...
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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 my electric fence arcing cause my LED lights to flicker?

Barn. Electric fence. Electric fence drifted a little too close to the non-electric fence and it started arc'ing between them with every pulse. Very small arc, across about 1mm. No big deal - ...
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LED 12v Not at Full Brightness

I just replaced 12v halogen with 12v Led bulbs on two separate recessed lighting circuits. One has 9 lights, one has 5. On each set of lights, a single bulb is not coming on at the brightness of the ...
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My new ceiling fan lighting issues

I paid a contractor to take out a light fixture and replace with a ceiling fan/light combo about 2 years ago. The fan has a remote that includes a dimmer for the light. Here is the issue-at night, ...
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In the UK, how do I run wiring from indoors onto a balcony for a light?

I am trying to install a light onto a balcony and would like to do so according to the UK electrical code. I have a power socket on the other side of the wall, so I would like take power from that, ...
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Can I use a standard on-off switch for lights on a magnetic low voltage transformer?

My closet has two magnetic low-voltage halogen fixtures and a regular halogen fixture wired to a pair of Lutron Maestro dimmers. The full-voltage halogen fixture has stopped working, and I measure ...
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Bathroom light switch turns off kitchen light randomly

My kitchen and bathroom share a wall. The switches in both rooms are not set up in an intentional 3-way switch setup. If my kitchen light switch is on, turning the bathroom switch to either on or off ...
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Simple light switch wiring isn’t working

I have power coming into box from black and white wires. When wiring black to light switch and white to white leading to fixture, the breaker goes every time. When wiring the two whites together ...
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Electrical wiring to indoor light switch — two black hot wires or one line/load wire?

I'm replacing a light switch that controls outdoor house lights with a hardwired timer switch. I tried attaching one of the top black wires in the pictures below to the timer's line wire and I ...
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Dimming led ceiling fan with remote and dual switch wiring

I currently have a similar setup for my Stile Anderson 22 in. LED Indoor/Outdoor Brushed Nickel Ceiling Fan with Remote Control. Black wire controls the fan, while the blue controls the light kit on ...
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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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what lamp “ceiling” support to use having only a plain 5cm diameter hole

I moved to a flat that has on the ceiling 5cm holes with no way to screw or a hook to hang up a lamp, just the cables coming out, like the pictures attached. What type of support could I use to ...
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Accessing light bulbs on ceiling fan

We just bought a house and it has this ceiling fan: The upper portion has bulbs in it, but for the life of me I cannot figure out how you'd get to them. The top of the unit has a metal plate secured ...
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Ceiling electrical box wires -trying to install a light fixture

I have recently rented a condo in a new building in Toronto (2020) where they didnt have lights installed in the Living room. I went to homedepot today and I am trying to install a light fixture that ...
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Why don’t I have power to new light fixtures I installed?

I have installed two new light fixtures that are on the same breaker; a hallway and bathroom vanity. I simply replaced the outdated ones. The first one in the hallway worked fine. Started working in ...
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LED strips quit working

I replaced all of my under-counter fluorescent light strips with Connecting LED strips two years ago. I thought they were supposed to last forever? Last week, one strip went out. A week later two ...
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What should I do with the extra grounding wire in my ceiling fan box?

I am installing a Hampton Bay Ceiling Fan that has a transmitter install for the remote. I have a green ground and a bare copper ground coming from my ceiling box. I have a green ground coming from ...
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Bathroom remodel & Calif Title 24 requirements

I'm told that any permit work in my bathroom will trigger Title 24 requirements for humidity sensing exhaust fan and motion sensing lighting. I've found basic info but am confused about a couple of ...
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Why did my desk lamp flicker after being turned off for a while?

Once when I turned off the desk lamp and went to sleep, it suddently started to flicker drastically and would not stop. So I could only get up and turn off the switch of the plug, the flickering ...
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Removing light fixture causes circuit breaker to trip

I was replacing a ceiling light fixture with a lower one. I had turned off the circuit breaker to remove the lamp and disconnect the 3 wires - black, white, and bronze. Then, I tried to turn the ...
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Are junction boxes needed for LED strip light wiring splices?

Are junction boxes required for 24v splicing in the United States? Are small plastic enclosures sufficient or would you use standard junction boxes for 110v? The application is a 24v lighting system ...

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