Questions tagged [lighting]

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

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
0
votes
2answers
16 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
166 views

Why is this odd 3 wire light not working?

I have a very odd light problem. We took down the ceiling to move a light. We have two switches in the dining room that control two lights. After moving the one light, I tested the light I moved and ...
0
votes
1answer
123 views

Ceiling fan gets voltage but lights do not turn on

I just connected a new ceiling fan with lights and the lights and fan won't turn on. I tried to hunt down the problem and used a non contact voltage detector and the voltage does flow to the wires on ...
3
votes
1answer
2k views

How to safely wire fluorescent lighting with three prong plug on the ceiling?

Recently moved in to a new workspace with some very funky wiring. Basically, there is a flourescent light installed overhead with a three prong plug. That plug goes to a power strip also attached to ...
2
votes
1answer
83 views

Switches in other bedrooms turning on different lights after I put new light up

I recently put up a light in my bedroom but the switches in other rooms now turn on different lights, there are 9 wires altogether coming through the ceiling, 3 earth which are connected together, 3 ...
0
votes
1answer
1k views

Wiring 4 gang box

I habe done some renovations in my bedroom/bathroom and while doing so I had to remove the 4 gang box for the lights in my bathroom. Now I'm in the process of hooking the switches back up to the power ...
1
vote
2answers
3k views

My light switch has five wires?

I changed a switch in my room with a Lutron dimmer. The switch was sharing the same receptacle as 2 other switches. I pulled it out of the wall and there were 5 wires coming out of it - red, white, ...
1
vote
0answers
19 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
120 views

Replacing two bath fixtures on one switch

I am replacing two light fixtures in bathroom, they are on one switch. First one went in as planned, black to black, white to white. The second one, closest to switch, however is not looking normal. ...
2
votes
1answer
435 views

Replacing a ceiling fan with light kit on 3-way circuit

How do I wire a replacement ceiling fan on a 3-way circuit? I have four supply wires; red, white, black and ground. Do I just hook it up the way the old fan was wired or is there any rewiring i need ...
0
votes
3answers
57 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
267 views

Troubleshooting a String of LED Recessed Lighting Fixtures

I have 5 LED-based recessed lights on a 3-way switch that are problematic. When I activate the circuit, I rarely get all 5 lights switching on. If I turn them off and back on again, they all work. ...
0
votes
2answers
44 views

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 ...
-1
votes
2answers
41 views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
222 views

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 ...
2
votes
4answers
86k views

Ceilling light wont switch off after a new installation

I have bought a new ceiling light to replace an old-fashioned one. I have 3 grey cables hanging from the ceiling: 3 red wires connected together and 3 green wires connected together and 3 black but ...
3
votes
1answer
293 views

How do I install a SensaSwitch on a 3-way circuit?

I recently purchased a SensaSwitch, Manual-ON / Timed-OFF (PDF of instructions) and I cannot install it in such a way that it performs as I desire. I have a switch at the top of my basement stairs and ...
1
vote
1answer
555 views

Can I connect a Lutron Caseta switch to a half hot outlet?

I recently installed a Lutron Caseta (PD-6ans) switch that connects to a half-hot outlet. I noticed there is still a trickle of electricity coming out of the switch even when it's off. Enough to make ...
1
vote
1answer
1k views

Each new light bulb for my oven doesn't last long

The light bulb in my Whirlpool WFG231LVS0 oven keeps burning out. I've replaced it several times, with new bulbs of several different brands (all marked as being appropriate for ovens). The new ...
1
vote
3answers
2k views

Confused about wiring outside light fixture with multiple switched wires

I am trying to replace an outside motion detector light fixture that was removed before I bought the house and the only things left were the plastic base in the eave and electrical taped wires shoved ...
4
votes
3answers
9k views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
2k views

Can I use a single dimmer switch to control multiple lights?

I want to setup a parallel circuit for 10 light fixtures.... Can I use 1 dimmer switch to control all 10 light fixtures all at the same time? Is this possible to make? Thanks in advance :)
0
votes
1answer
56 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
35 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
95 views

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?
0
votes
2answers
53 views

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), ...
0
votes
2answers
38 views

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 ...
0
votes
6answers
123 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
199 views

Changing switch to dimmer (UK)

Right in the middle of this job and realised I don't know what I'm doing. I'm in the UK. I currently have a Crabtree switch (which I believe is called a single gang two way switch) on a light on my ...
2
votes
1answer
34 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
643 views

How should under cabinet lighting wires be placed on the wall?

I just finished demolishing my kitchen. I noticed that the under-cabinet lighting cables are poking out the wall right at the bottom edge of the wall cabinets. To the untrained eye, this looks like a ...
2
votes
1answer
11k views

Can I wire 3 lights to one switch as illustrated by this mock up diagram?

I'm looking at lighting a kitchen in a wood cabin and to try and make the wiring (which will sit on the outside of the ceiling) as neat as possible, I'm wondering if I can wire 3 separate lights in ...
0
votes
2answers
32 views

Replacing light and fan set up to a plain light

I am replacing a Hunter ceiling fan with a regular hanging light. The ceiling fan had a knob for the fan and another for the lights with a dimmer switch. I took off the fan assembly and have a black ...
2
votes
1answer
79 views

light turns on when window ac unit is on

Why does the light in the same room as my window air conditioner unit dim ON when the air conditioner unit is on? this happens when the light switch is on the OFF position and only happens on one ...
0
votes
1answer
45 views

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?
1
vote
1answer
184 views

Troubleshooting: Why does my multimeter not work when a non-contact volt detector shows current?

I recently purchased a 1970's home, and the lights in one room don't work. Troubleshooting yields odd results, and I don't know where to check next. The room A fairly standard secondary room on the ...
1
vote
2answers
112 views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
33 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
98 views

How can I “split” a ground wire

I am moving a friend of mine into their new apartment and we need to put up a new light fixture into the bathroom. The bathroom has nothing but a light... 'hole'. There are no wall sockets or anything,...
3
votes
1answer
169 views

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 ...
54
votes
11answers
63k views

When I turn down the dimmer switch on my lights, do I actually use less electricity?

My wife and I have several lights on dimmer switches throughout our home. We generally prefer the ambient lighting provided by dimmed lights. I am curious, though, if we are saving any electricity by ...
0
votes
1answer
84 views

Problem encountered with installing an exterior light

This will likely be an easy question for an electrician if one is reading because I cannot believe that I invented this issue but it requires a bit of set-up. I want to attach an exterior light to ...
0
votes
0answers
25 views

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)....
0
votes
1answer
37 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
45 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
48 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
14k views

Light Switch Won't Turn Light Off

The other day, out of the blue, a light switch would not turn the light associated with it off. I flicked the switch up and down about a dozen times and the light would not turn off. I'm a complete ...
0
votes
1answer
42 views

Failed at adding light kits to fans

I bought a house that has a lot of ceiling fans but none with lights. They're on dimmer switches as well. I decided to add light kits to two of the fans, a Hunter fan and a Hampton Bay fan (sorry don'...
0
votes
1answer
35 views

LED not working on some sockets

So I've gotten one of those wifibulbs that you can change the color through an app and all that. My problem was that it works with table lamps and standing lamps but it doesn't with the hanging ...
0
votes
2answers
17k views

What are the 4-wire cables use for?

I am trying to figure out what's the best way to get electricity from my garage to the garden. In the garage, I have the normal 230 V outlets/lamps, and the power gets there via 1.5 or 2.5 mm^2 (still ...