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Questions tagged [lighting]

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

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Light switch for multiple fixtures feels warm after a while

I have a light switch that handles 4 chandeliers (3 60 watts bulbs) and two ceiling fans. If switch is on for awhile it is warm to the touch. Should I install a heavier switch?
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LED light flickering in one socket but not others, and any other bulb works fine with the socket

I got a batch of LED bulbs which have been working well until now. Some of these are having an issue. Let me describe the issue. A bulb start to flicker after while and if I try it on another socket, ...
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3 way light switch on a ceiling fan light

Trying to switch over to smart rocker switches on a setup. Cannot figure out this 3-way switch. It seems to be complicated by the light being a part of the ceiling fan unit. Switch A (by itself) ...
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Is there a way to use timer switchers and dimmers that were designed for incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs?

I have an older light timer that controls my porch light. It draws a small amount of current to keep running by feeding a small amount of current through the bulb all the time. In the days of ...
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How should I connect a photocell that doesn't have a ground wire? [closed]

I have a ground wire coming from outside light, but, no place to connect it to on photocell or anywhere else. This is a replacement. Wires are hanging out of a hole in the roof eve underpinning. ...
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Can someone tell me what/how there are 4 wires on one switch and if they're necessary?

So I'm swapping out this old switch for a new decorative paddle one and found that it has four wires attached. Two black attached to the bottom right, one black to top right, and one red on the top ...
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Controlling multiple indoor wifi smart switches with a separate outside photocell [closed]

I have three groups of outdoor house lights and one group of landscape lights. They're on four separate light switches. The house light switches are located indoors in separate locations far apart, ...
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Can i wire ceiling fan ( no light) and 2 recessed lights on One dimmer switch?

I have 3 romex lines (black and white)coming into switch box. Recessed lights Fan Power from breaker If I want 1 dimmer switch how do i connect?
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How do I install a wall mount lighting fixture when there are 2 black 2 white and 2 ground wires from the wall

I'm installing 2 wall mount light fixtures, the first one was easy it was just one for one with black,white, and ground. The second box in the wall though is pre-wired with 2 black, 2 white, and 2 ...
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How to replace pull-switch on ceiling light?

The pull chain broke off the switch in my closet ceiling light. I bought a replacement switch, and was going to replace it, but the lead connected to the light fixture appears to be riveted to the ...
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Use a solar light inside

I have a solar light with motion detection that works fine outside. I'd like to know if I can use it inside as well. I want to place it on the windowsill of my clerestory window so that it charges ...
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Ceiling fixture wiring

I am putting a new fitting on my ceiling with Line, Neutral, Earth connections, but the wires from the ceiling are black, brown, green and grey. What do I connect the grey wire to? Thanks.
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How many LED pot lights per circuit?

How many LED pot lights can I put on a single amp circuit? Some details: 15A circuit is capable of 1800 watts, if I calculate for 80% load that is 1440 watts Circuit is dedicated to just the ...
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Why do my under-cabinet lights flash when two sets are plugged into the transformer?

I just installed two 24" IKEA OMLOPP lighting bars under my kitchen cupboards. When I plug either one into the transformer individually they work fine. When I plug both of the lights into the ...
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Connecting a vent fan

I have a new vent fan, but no instructions. The old van had a light and fan, and I have two wall switches for it. The new fan has a light and fan as well. In my ceiling I have a black, white, red, ...
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How to wire a light to existing junction box that has red, black, white, ground wire coming in

I have a little bit of a conundrum. I've inherited a cabin that was 90% complete, but there a few little jobs left, one being a light junction box in my pantry that I need to hook a light up to. It's ...
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Are utility lights with an outlet recommended or are there good reasons not to use them?

This question is related to my other question where I am actually installing a light figure w/ outlet in a utility closet: What is the correct way to wire a utility light with an outlet?. But while I ...
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What is the correct way to wire a utility light with an outlet?

I had a light fixture in a utility closet go out. The replacement fixture has an outlet but my original light did not have an outlet This complicates things for someone like myself. And I wish I had ...
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Wiring for Adding Switched Closet Light

I’m adding a light to my closet. It will be operated by a switch. Currently, I only have a recepticle next to the closet. The light switch will be directly above the current recepticle. Currently, ...
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what are my options when it comes to updating my recessed lighting?

i want to start by saying thank you for the few that helped answer my question yesterday. to make a long story short....i am a fairly new homeowner and unfortunately did not have a father who was ...
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can I use a 10WATT LED BR30 on a recessed light trim that says MAX:9W BR30 LED?

i just bought a 6 pack of: GE Relax 6-Pack 65 W Equivalent Dimmable Warm White Br30 LED Light Fixture Light Bulb it says it uses only 10-WATTS on the back of the package. to make a long story ...
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Why does my new floodlight trip the circuit breaker?

I am swapping out an existing floodlight for this: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07873SR5S/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o08_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 The existing light works fine. The new light works as ...
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Connection issue for dual LED utility light

I have a 3700 Lumen 4000K Dual 4ft LED Utility Light mounted on upper side of a wall. It has a 5ft wire attached to it. The outlet is around 10 ft away, so I used an extension cord to complete the ...
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What circuit capacity will I need for a strand of outdoor lights?

I'm running a strand of lights around my backyard. There's a total of 33 lights. These will only be used in the summer, and taken down in the fall. What size plug end (amperage Wise), what size ...
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How do I diagnose fluorescent light flicker?

We have 2x4 troffer fluorescent lighting throughout the building. These are consistently flickering and it is annoying. Nearly every light in the building flickers, including in my room. (This ...
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LED - Is it possible to convert a 1000W LED Grow/Aquarium Light into a 500W for photopolymer pourpose

Is it safe to replace all 100 (mixed nm) 10W leds with 100 (same nm) 5W leds? Input voltage = 85V-264V
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Anybody know how to change my bathroom light bulb case/cover?

I just moved to a month ago and the bulb in my bathroom is dead. So I would like to change the bulb, but I cannot open the bulb case/cover. I try to find screw on the bowl-thingy that caging the bulb, ...
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Neutral joined to ground line

I have two ceiling lights running off of a switch. When I replaced the first light I found that the neutral wire bundle was joined with the ground line. If the ground wire is removed from the the ...
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Install lamp: 2 brown + 1 blue cable

I want to install a lamp with 4 cable, namly two brown, one blue and a yellow-green cable: Out of my wall I found 4 cable (yellow-green, blue, brown and black): I tried to connected the lamp as ...
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Blue electrical boxes extend beyond finished ceiling

My electrician installed the blue light boxes at an angle that does not match my ceiling and they also extend 1/4 to 1/2 inch below the finished ceiling. we planned on 4 inch led gimbal lights to ...
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Bathroom lights go off and come back on after a few minutes

My bathroom light from time to time goes off after being on for a few minutes then comes back on then goes off again. When I flip the switch for the light nothing happens and I have to wait for the ...
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What is this light? How can I replace / fix it?

I moved into a new house recently and one of the lights in my new bedroom stopped turning on. I was surprised to discover that unlike the other lights in the house, it wasn't powered by a bulb, but ...
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Using hanging pendant with heavy glass bottle?

I'm thinking of purchasing several of these hanging pendants for our house, but I'll be using a glass bottle to cover the lightbulb, so the end-result is something like this: wine bottle hanging ...
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Installing three way switch in two gang box

I’m trying to replace two normal, separate three way switches with Lutron Caseta Wireless system. So far I have only gotten either 1) the right switch works perfectly and the left switch does not work ...
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My breaker remains on OFF and instantly returns to OFF when reset

I was replacing a light switch in my basement. I switched the breaker for "Basement Lights" OFF, then replaced the faulty light switch. Then the breaker would not stay switched ON, and went instantly ...
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Wiring an outlet from a light switch?

I've just moved into a new place which has an outhouse. In there, there is an overhead fluorescent light (and two more under the floorboards for some reason) as well as two 2-socket outlets. The ...
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How to brightly light an entire backyard area with only one electrical box? [closed]

The end goal is a security light for a backyard that provides ~10,000 lumens total output over an area of roughly 85 x 45 feet (26 x 14 meters). The problem is I haven’t found any ready made way to ...
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Issue with MR16 lights in bathroom (flickering)

I have 3 down lights in the bathroom. 2 burned out and as any other man I bough seemingly suitable replacement but other than fitting in the right place, doesn't work properly. The burned out lights ...
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Is this my light fixtures ground wire?

Is the exposed wire (the one in the photo without the screw) in the photo below my ligting fixtures ground wire and should it be connected to the screw shown? Edit: I added another photo: It looks ...
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What type of connector is this?

This connector was removed from my old recessed ceiling lights. The light socket was wired with this connector at the other end of the lead. The connector pairs with a female 3-pin/3-hole connector ...
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How many recessed lighting do I need for my living room?

Living room size: 18 L x 16.5 W x 8 H Using 6" cans with BR40 flood lights around 60watt equivalent LEDs, so about 800 lumens Based on this, it looks like I should be getting 9 lights? Assuming cans ...
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Three-way switch puzzle

I have an outdoor light controlled by a pair of 3-way switches, A and B. The switch B is much closer to the light. Here are the behaviors I observe. During the day: A: Up B: Up or Down Light:...
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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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Is it okay to regularly turn off lamps (2) via a power strip rather than their individual switches?

Okay, full disclosure: I know next to nothing about electronics. Just trying out my first little amateur diy project: adding lights to my vanity. So here goes my question. I just bought 2 little ...
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Installing recessed lighting using a switch that used to power on/off a duplex outlet

So I have a duplex outlet that is powered on/off (both receptables) by the living room switch. The outlet is only connected to one white and one black wire, so I'm assuming the electricity ends there. ...
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How do I choose which LED bulbs to put in my home?

General purpose LED bulbs seem to vary a LOT in price... from $1 per bulb to $40+ per bulb... and there doesn’t seem to be any tangible difference between them. I mean, some say they last longer, but ...
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Old Ceiling Junction Box Removal

Hey I just bought an older co-op from the 50’s. I want to put a ceiling fan in but ran into trouble. I was trying to take down the existing box and it has a nipple in the middle with a flat head ...
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Track lighting went out

Over the past few months, our track lighting has been slowly "going out". That is, about every ten minutes or so the lights would either all dim, then come back on, or turn off for a few seconds (...
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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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Light switch with two wires, but with voltage between them

I have an older light switch, with just 2 wires. One is energized, the other is not. So, I assume the later just brings energy to the light when switch is on. However, using a multimeter, if I test ...