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Questions tagged [lighting]

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

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very confused on the wiring for recessed lighting

Trying to retrofit LED can lights by bypassing the ballast. First light I retrofitted had 1 white, 1 black, and one green ground wire in the junction box, along with 2 red and 2 blue leading to the ...
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Wiring question for detached room

Would it be possible to power the detached room from the breaker box with two 30 amp breakers to the room with UF 10-2 wiring underground from the breaker box and then landed into the junction box at ...
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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'...
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Can I change normal plug to a 15amp round pin plug?

I've got some festoons for a theatre show but the theatre is quite old and I was told they need to have 15amp round pin plugs. Can I just get some ordinary festoons and swap the plug into a 15amp ...
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Wiring new lights with 2 sets of wires

I'm installing 3 light pendants above my island. They are connected to a single pole light switch. I installed 2 of the 3 and noticed the junction boxes for both have 2 black, 2 white, and 2 ground ...
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Installed dimmer switch caused another switch to stop working

I installed a dimmer in my bedroom today and I just realised that the dimmer in my mom's room and in the corridor is not working anymore... Followed standard procedure : Breaker off, changed the old ...
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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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How do I replace or repair a motion sensor PIR lens?

The PIR lens/translucent cover for my motion sensor for my outdoor light kit broke. Crumbled to the touch after about a year outside despite being made for outdoors. The sensor is now way too ...
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Can I add an occupancy sensor to a 3-way circuit?

If I replace one switch in a 3-way circuit with an occupancy switch, would this cause the occupancy switch to work in reverse (or not at all) if the regular switch was toggled? If so, would the best ...
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How do I wire three smart Wifi switches to toggle one another?

I have three Wifi switches that will be wired into the mains. Is it possible to have them act as a toggle for a set of lights? Ie, one switch turns on, they other two switches also turn on. Similarly, ...
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How to remove cables from the Philips ballast for fluorescent lamps?

I have a few HF-Performer III TL5 ballasts to to which I connected cables in past. Now I can't take them out http://www.lighting.philips.com/main/prof/lighting-electronics/fluorescent/fluorescent-...
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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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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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is there maximum of live wires allowed in one conduit

I have a light switch panel that has multiple switches to control different lights for a big area. The panel is located not in the most comfortable place, therefore I am planning to move 6 switches to ...
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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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Security light and smart bulbs

I have been trying to use smart bulbs in my dual head motion sensor fixture. I get them paired up with my wifi but they go off line rather quickly. I realized that I was pairing them in test mode on ...
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Changing Out a “Vintage” Dimmer Switch

First off ---- I am by no means an electrician. That said, I have a dimmer switch that needs to go..and be replaced by a new one. However, upon searching the internet and reading the instructions ...
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How can I dim landscape lights permanently?

I googled this question before posting here - I cant seem to find anyone with my exact needs, so I am asking here. I have a light switch connected to an outlet that is under my house. From here I ...
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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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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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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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Ceiling fan lights wont turn off?

Moved into a new home and theres a hunter ceiling fan in the room. When I put light bulbs in It they dont turn off. The pull switch dims and brightens the lights but doesnt not turn them off. There is ...
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Light Fixture Stopped Working After Replacing Its Three-Way Switch

I have a halogen light fixture that is powered by a three-way switch at the top of the stairs and another three-way switch at the bottom of the stairs. After I replaced both switches with new 3-way ...
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Can I install lights on a 20 amp circuit that has receptacles already wired?

I have never been able to ask the following question and get a simple straight answer and would like to know why there is a controversy, and what the answer really is. The question: Can a 20 amp 12 ...
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Old mobile home wiring, outlets stopped working

Yesterday 3 of my outlets stopped working. Earlier this winter 2 got burnt and I haven't replaced them yet, but they're on the other side of the house. The 3 that stopped working are all around each ...
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Installing smart dimmer light switch

I'm replacing my old dimmer with a smart dimmer. The old one was wired with 2 brown in the L slot 1 brown in the L1 slot and the earth and neutral were in a seperate connector (not connected to any ...
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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 ...
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Two 3-way dimmers on 6 LED lights - lights blink when on

I wired 6 LED ceiling lights, and I want to control it from two sides, so I used 3-way dimmers on both sides. Everything works, I can dim the lights from both sides, but they blink. I wired a 3-way ...
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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 kind of halogen bulb is this?

One of our ceiling fan bulbs recently went out, and I can't for the life of me find a replacement for it. By my best approximations, size is 3.65" H x 1.3" W, and 11-12mm at the base. The engraving ...
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Lighting circuit trips breaker every time

I have a lighting circuit in my home like so: Every time I turn on the switch, the breaker trips. This circuit has existed for over four years and only now has the problem begun. I've checked all ...
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5 Wires in Light Switch

I have 5 wires in the back of the light switch. It looks like there are 2 ground wires (copper, no coating) one from the breaker and one to the light. They go into different holes and then are coiled ...
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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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3-way Dimmer - Lights Flicker Off When Turned On

I have corridor lights (12 of them) linked up to two 3-way dimmer's. The lights were dimmable from both sides and all worked fine. After replacing some connections in the bathroom (separate to the ...
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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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Can't get the florescent bulb out of the fixture

Bulb blew last night. Trying desperately to get it out to change bulb but not budging. Got the outer case off but the end covers aren't budging so bulb won't pull or twist out.
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Dim only certain lightbulbs on a circuit?

The builder built my house with multiple outdoor lights on a single circuit. Most of the lights are non-dimmable LED wall fixtures, but 2 of them are dimmable 6" LED baffles under an overhang. He ...
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LED's emitting high pitched noise

I have some LED lights hooked up to a trophy cabinet and for some reason it's emitting a fairly loud high pitched noise, does anyone know what this could be?
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One rail of my three rail track lighting fixture isn't working

Problem I have a 12V low-voltage track lighting fixture in my kitchen. One of the rails isn't working. If I move the bulb fixtures from the bad rail to the other rails, they light up History A few ...
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What should I do to increase the dimming range of LED bulbs?

We started doing most of our homes in LED last year. I am a big dimmer fan and would pretty much put a dimmer on any light switch. One thing that I haven't gotten down is the dimming range of the ...
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How to switch 40A timer used for outdoor lighting and direct 120V outdoor lighting

I am redoing my outdoor lighting and need to move 3 wall switches used for outdoor 120V lighting to a different place within the house. The issue is that the inground wire is 10/2 UF but the inside ...
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Looking to replace light switches - 2x blue, 2x black wires

I'm looking to replace a light switch. Upon opening up the switch, I'm greeted with this: I would like to replace with this: For context, this is a commercial in-conduit wiring. I want to replace my ...
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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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Downlight density (spacing)

Im in the process of rennovating my house, and Im at the point of re-doing lighting on the ground floor. Im looking at putting downlights in, removing the existing clusters of bulbs. The thing that ...
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Ideas to install stand-alone light on ceiling without nails or screws

In the ceiling there is no light box and I can't insert nails or screws. I need to install a square LED light fixture, weighting 1.4 lbs, that is fed by the outlet. Maximum I can do is to damage the ...
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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 controls the min/max brightness of a dimmer switch light

I have a room with the main light on a dimmer switch. If I turn the switch all the way down, then the light doesn't go off. And indeed, it doesn't even go all that far down. I'd like the minimum to ...
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Exposed wire in ceiling light

Was changing the two dead light bulbs and a piece fell off than noticed the wire became exposed. Is this something I can fix as a diy and how dangerous to use the light.
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What is the name of the part used to fasten a pendant light cable to the ceiling circuitry case

I'm looking to purchase this part (see image below) but cannot find the name. The part is located on the case mounted to the ceiling from which the cable to the pendant light comes down. One half is ...
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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