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Questions tagged [lighting]

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

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Wiring diagram for a 3-way motion light switch

Does anyone have a wiring diagram for the Cooper Wiring Devices 390-6105XX-EG1D 3-Way Motion Light Switch? Asking on SE because this switch does not have standard screw terminals like other switches ...
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3 wired old light switch to a new light switch

i don't know much about light switches, but this is the first time i've encountered a 3 wired switch. All i know is 1 of them is a common. The problem is i don't know how to convert or wire the 3 ...
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Two switch with three black wires

Hello I have a two switch with three black wires all connected on one side. The three black wires are all connected on the side with the three screws (two gold and one black). Pictures are below. I’ve ...
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How to repair a wire in a light switch box

In attempting to install a dimmer switch, I managed to snap a wire in my light switch, by not realising when I was tightening it it was pushing on the wire. What would be the best approach to fixing ...
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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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how to install track lighting on preexisting ceiling fan?

I have an existing ceiling fan with a light fixture that I would like to replace with track lighting and spot lights. For this purpose, I have bought the "TROSS" ceiling track lighting from Ikea ...
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Why are some of my LED shop lights at partial light levels?

I have 4foot led shop lamps in my pole barn. They are only a couple of years old. Two of the lamps don't light up completely. Just a very small amount of light coming from them. Sort of like ...
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Replacing 3-Way Light Switch with 4 wires

I'm trying to replace an older style 3-way switch with a newer one. When I pulled the older one out, the wires weren't clamped down very well and 3 of the 4 (yes, 4) wires popped out of place before I ...
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How to connect 2 lamps to one switch wirelessly

I have 2 floor lamps in my living room. Lamp 1 is on a switched outlet. Lamp 2 is across the room. I would like to be able to switch on both lamps at the same time without having to rewire outlets (...
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New LED spotlights in bathroom flickering after a short time

We've got 4 MR16 spotlights in the bathroom. While redoing the bathroom, we were looking to change the lights. The old ones were 3000K halogens, and we're replacing them with 4000K LEDs. However, upon ...
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Why do some light bulbs remain on when the switch is off? [duplicate]

We have a situation in our bathroom where we can’t turn the lights off fully. If the switch is on, bulbs 1&2 are on. If switched off, bulb 3 is on. We’ve taken bulb 3 out for now but would like to ...
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Replacing halogen with LED - will existing transformer work?

I currently have 5 x 20W halogen bulbs attached to two AC 12V rails, and an AC transformer (105VA). I'd like to replace existing five bulbs with five LEDs, e.g. these: 7.5W (update: 12V AC) (...
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Landscape lighting system only puts out one volt

I've installed low-voltage (12V AC) lighting systems in my front and back yard. They're set up separately, but both use the same model of transformer and lights. I set this up in May 2017, so it's ...
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Multiple lights question [closed]

I have a switch that turns multiple lights on. But I make some recent renovations and while maintaining the current switch I want to control each light individually too with different phases / hot ...
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Can I use 2.5v bulbs in a holiday light string designed for 5v bulbs?

I've got a lighting fixture that says it wants 5v .6w bulbs. literally every one burned out, so he two spares aren't enough. All the other ones I see now are 2.5 V. Can I swap these in? My guess ...
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Replacing outdoor Lighting with motion floodlights on a switch

So I have a outdoor light that's attached to the side of the house on the garage controlled by a switch near the garage door. The switch is a simple on/off switch I was thinking about installing an ...
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Bistro lights for wedding structurally sound?

Hey guys and gals, 1st question here. I’m having my wedding in my backyard and my fiancé insisted on having a light canopy of bistro lights in my back yard. Of course I obliged, but the quotes I got ...
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Suspect wiring for sconces

I am replacing two sconces that are over my mantle in a 1930s house. The strange thing is that one sconce had two of each wire going to it. Can this cause a problem? Is there any reason to do this ...
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Minimum temperature for LED bulbs

I’m trying to pick some LED light bulbs for outdoor use. I live in Canada and we can get temperatures below -40°C. On all the bulbs I look at, there is the disclaimer: Minimum starting temperature -...
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How to wire LED light to old wiring layout

Bought a new LED strip light to replace an old fluorescent light. After removing the old light I'm left with 3 grey cables coming from the ceiling.There are 3 copper ground wires are all sleeved into ...
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only 2 bulbs work in light fixture

I have a overhead light, that only 2 bulbs work. I have changed the bulb.The light worked at first and it is only 1 year old.
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Is It Possible To Install Another Switch To Control Fan?

Is it possible for me to install another switch to control the fan? This switch controls the light/fan. However, if the switch is off neither the light or fan can operate. I would like to separate ...
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2 pole outlet & 2 pole breakers

In USA AC system, A 2 pole circuit breaker means both hot lines (120v) are connected to the breakers. How about a 2 pole outlet. Does it also mean both hot pair of 120v are connected to the 2 pole ...
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Using 120v GFCI outlet for 240v AC Source

Most GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) outlets are being sold for 120v only. Can it also work for 240v source? Anyone among you has 240v source and yet successfully used any 120v GFCI? Note in ...
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How to wire switch for outside motion sensing light

I have an outside motion sensing light which uses a nitewatch MW-12 motion detector. There is an existing Intermatic Inc. SS7 switch on the inside of the house which is very convoluted to program (...
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electrical, additional lights

I want to add some lights in my basement. currently there is two lights with 12gauge wire on 20 amp breaker. Can I add lights using 14 garage to the chain of existing lights?
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How can I wirelessly duplicate a lighting switch

I have a ceiling light in my kitchen, which is nice to make the room well-lit but not convenient for actually doing kitchen work (the light is in the middle of the room, so when I stand near a working ...
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How to Wire New 1 Way Switch From 2 Existing 3 Way Switches

I've done a lot of searching and can't seem to make sense of what to do in my situation. I had 2 existing 3 way switches that I've replaced with new 3 way dimmers and also added a third single pole (...
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Is it a good idea to separate switch for recess lights and chandelier in living room?

I am just asking in general. I have 8 recessed lights to install and 1 chandelier in the center. There will be plenty of light so I can turn on just the recessed light and/or chandelier. The ...
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Can IC-rated recessed lights come in contact with sheet plastic?

I'm installing low-profile (slim) recessed LED IC-rated lights in my living room that has a drop ceiling. Above the area that one of the lights will go is a plastic sheet seemingly filled with old ...
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Hue Light Strip - Best outdoor, long run equivalent? [closed]

Purpose is to light up a path along a dark area in the woods behind the house . Requirements Able to run 200 ft, at a price less than Hue Strips which are quite expensive. Either weather proof, or ...
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Is using the second terminal hole on the back of a switch electrically the same as bundling it with other neutral wires?

First, a picture for reference: My question is: if I were to take the neutral wire coming from the light out of the wire nut bundle and instead put it into the second hole next to B, would it be ...
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Running building wire across 2x4s of drop ceiling

Just bought a house built in 1902. I want to add a new light fixture in the dining room that requires running 12/2 cable to it since there is no existing fixture. From putting an endoscope in the ...
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Do ceiling roses need to be moved when earthing lights?

I was advised by a letting agent that lights in my house all needed earthing in order to let it. I agreed and paid for their contractor to do the work. I later discovered that all the ceiling roses ...
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Can I replace a Maximum Bulb Wattage (Watts) 25 halogen light bulb with 5w LED light bulb? Is it safe?

I purchased 2 of these for 185sf walk in closet. https://www.lowes.com/pd/Kichler-Krystal-Ice-11-75-in-W-Chrome-Flush-Mount-Light/50355990 specs say that Max bulb wattage is 25 and come with halogen ...
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Recessed lights keep flickering!

It’s driving me insane. A licensed electrician installed about 12 recessed lights and a couple of them keep flickering. I have tried: 1) Changing the LED inserts 2) Changing the switch to a flip ...
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Unusual wiring in ceiling box for installing light

In each room of my new apartment, there are ceiling boxes under circular white plates where presumably you can install ceiling lights since there are none. When I take off the plate and pull out the ...
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Can I replace the LED in this bathroom light fixture?

I'm remodeling a bathroom and have a light fixture where one of the 3 lights is dimmer than the others. After taking off the glass -- I'm seeing the bulb pictured below. It looks like its secured by ...
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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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Dimmer dims the lights about once a second

I have a dimmer (Richmond/Zano GRID500) that, when turned up to full brightness, dims the lights on and off at a rate of about 1 Hz. Turning the brightness down just a bit makes the blinking stop. ...
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Oven light bulb KEEPS blowing (burning out)

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 ...
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Sonoff wired at celling rose UK

There is no way of getting a neutral to the wall switch so: Could this work? I know they would not work together and it would be use the wall switch or the sonoff but what would happen if both were ...
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Safe to mix wire gauges when installing dimmer switch?

I've purchased a Lutron dimmer switch (DVWCL-153PH-WH) to install for ceiling mounted LED lighting. The wires for the current switch are 12 gauge with a 20A circuit breaker while the dimmer switch ...
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Light flickers a bit when I turn on an hand blender. What can be the case?

The lights over my stove flickers when I use an hand blender. The power for the hand blender come in a different circuit from the switch board. The light as far as I know is led. What can be ...
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Replacing a diy'd light fixture

The previous homeowner seems to have turned a plug in light into a hard wired one, as pictured above. There was a bare copper wire originating from the box with a cap on it pushed way up and not ...
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Can I add a light fixture (with a switch) to an existing switch/outlet circuit?

I'd like to drywall/finish the 'closet' under my stairs, but I'd like to add a light fixture with a switch inside the closet first. Inside this closet already, the back of an outlet box and the back ...
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How to manage wiring if replacing ceiling rose with anchor for heavier light

I have just moved house and have brought a dimmable multi-bulb ceiling light with me. It needs to be connected with an anchor to the ceiling. Here is the light. The light above is attached to the ...
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Switch leg to light/ceiling fan with two 14/2 cables

I'm installing a ceiling fan with a light kit and want to control the fan and light separatly from two separate switches in the same two-gang box via a switch leg (power comes in through the fan). It ...
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Wiring up modern ceiling rose in old house

I am in the process of replacing an old light fitting, however I'm stuck because the old fitting has a completely different circuit to the new one. From basic research, I believe the new ceiling ...
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Simple test RFI tests for fluorescent bulb replacement

I am interested in testing RFI originating from LED T8 replacement bulbs, which are seated in troffers. Original ballasts have been removed from the troopers. Is there a simple test that can be ...