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Questions tagged [lighting]

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

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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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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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How can I connect a smart switch lead wire to a screw eye loop from the old switch?

I have two black wires, one of them is a continuous wire with a small loop of bare wire which connects to a screw on the old switch. My new Lutron on off switch has wires, not screws. How do I ...
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Add additional circuits after 3-way switch

I would like to add a circuit at the far end of a 3-way switched circuit. I choose to wire the first circuit this way: I have the source coming in from the breaker to a light switch with 14/2, then ...
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Can I use any shaped bulbs in a lamp if the base is the correct size?

Been using the A19 bulb shape my whole life for things like fixtures & lamps. But is it okay to use different shaped bulbs as long as the base is the correct version? I always presumed if a lamp ...
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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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LED Lighting On Staircase

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 2-way operation ie. on controller at the ...
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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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How can I figure out why my bedroom light won't turn on?

I changed the bulb though it was good still. I changed the switch. From the breaker box it goes; bathroom light, hall light, bedroom light, porch light. All other lights work just fine.
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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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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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What height/ distance from ceiling or above surfaces would be good for uplighting wall lamp?

So in Houston, I had an Uplighting Floor lamp like this with a 3 way/ mode 110 W bulb. The lighting was not as jarring as a office CFL tube but perfectly bright for all that I needed to do in my room/ ...
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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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Extension cord can't plug into christmas light string?

I am setting up christmas lights. I have two shrubs which are about 6 feet apart, and I want to put an LED string set on each. I bought a two-prong outdoor extension cord to run between the shrubs. ...
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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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Ceiling fan light dims

I have a Harbor Breeze ceiling fan and light kit. When I turn on the light, it starts out bright, but then in a second it dims. It doesn't turn off, it just dims. What could be causing this to ...
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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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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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Troubleshoot a circuit

I have 8 wall sconce lights installed on a circuit, controlled by a dimmer switch. These are the only items on this circuit (20amp). The lights had been working fine until they stopped turning on this ...
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Wiring toggle switch (on/off/on) to PIR motion sensor and led strip

I would like to set this up so the first on position goes through the motion sensor and the second on position would be for just turning the led strip light on and bypass the motion sensor. When I set ...
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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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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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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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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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A remote for a fluorescent lamp pull chain

I have a fluorescent lamp deep in my closet with a pull chain that can be tough to reach. Any recommendations on how to add a remote without replacing the fixture? Thanks
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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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multi light 1 switch each, and one switch for the all light

in my garden i have 6 lights each one have a switch, last week i connect all the lights to one switch so all the 6 lights will turn on with one switch, but some time i don't need all the 6 lights on, ...
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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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How to eliminate a small voltage in a home AC lighting circuit

I have a strange problem with a domestic circuit. I live in Belgium and in some old areas with old electrical installations the AC supply provided has a hot "live" and "neutral" wire (as opposed to ...
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Choosing correct dimmer for halogen bulbs

Apartment I moved into has a light with 5 halogen bulbs - rated 20W, 12V each. I'd like to replace the current on/off switch for all of them, with a dimmer, but concerned there might be issues to be ...
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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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Do I need an outlet box to install an outdoor light fixture?

We're getting a sliding door and deck installed this week and the town inspector said I need to have an outside light by the door. I'm ready to tackle this part myself. Most of the howto stuff I ...
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How to install a chandelier onto a pancake box?

We removed a ceiling fan that was installed on a pancake box that is mounted directly to the joists in the ceiling/attic. The bolt on the new chandelier is too long to be fit inside the pancake box ...
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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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What type is this switch?

This switch has 3 screws, but 4 stab-in holes on the back. Is this a 3 way or a 4 way switch? I'm having quite a bit of trouble re-wiring the new switch (got a 4 way, but wondering if this is some ...
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Ceiling LED lamp blinks

After a few months of installed my Home Depot round ceiling LED lamp started to act like its being possessed. After turning it On, it goes Off and On repeatedly. Sometimes after a few minutes it ...
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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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Replacing bathroom exhaust fan without ground

I'm replacing a bathroom exhaust fan. The previous fan is probably about 30 years old and was not grounded. In fact, the wiring in the bathroom does not have ground. The fan will be mounted to a steel ...
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Changing a three-way switch to a two-way and connecting a timer switch to it

I abandoned the idea of connecting this timer (Intermatic) to a 3 way switch. I was hoping to change the wiring to a two-way switch set up, but this didn't work for me. I thought I could disconnect ...
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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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Ceiling light/fan remote problem

I have a ceiling light/fan controlled by remote only - no light switch or pull cables. Now the remote receiver is broken and the company doesn't make the replacement part anymore. So in buying a new ...
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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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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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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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Installing a ceiling light with screw holes that don't match the ceiling bracket

I want to install an IKEA Calypso ceiling light. The screw holes in my ceiling measure 7 cm across. The screw holes on the light differ - they measure 9 cm across. How would I screw in the light if ...
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Neutral / Hot wire installation confirmation

I removed our ceiling light today and the house wiring had no distinction between the two wires connecting to our light. The light fixture's wire had the same color insulation, but inside, one of the ...
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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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Track Lighting LED bulbs flickering

I recently bought a 5-bulb track lighting & installed GU10 base MR16 shape, dimmable LED lights bought off of eBay. The lights started flickering after turning them on after a few seconds. I ...