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Questions tagged [lighting]

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

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Replacing light fixture UK unable to determine which wire is which

We had our kitchen redone within the last year, part of that was adding a new light fitting which was to be replaced later in the year. That time is now, I've just taken the old one off which has ...
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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, ...
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Can’t get this light cover off & no brand name on it

This fan was in the house we bought. No label so we don’t know the maker. Bulb burned out but try as we might we can’t get the globe off. Looks like halogen bulb if that helps. Had a remote but it ...
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Neutral Wire is used to carry power to light switch - is this legal?

Forgive me for my crappy drawing :) to make a long story short I just moved into a home and I am taking a look at one of the lighting jobs. I noticed the light switch had no power feeding it and the "...
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Will these low watt LEDs work with a 12V transformer?

I've inherited a pretty poor quality garden light kit that runs off a 12V/2500mA AC transformer. It supports x6 lanterns which each have a measly 5W halogen bulb. Barely illuminating anything. If I ...
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Can I replace this switch with a 3-way switch?

I want to replace the on/off switch for our attic fan, and this is the only switch in the house that I’m aware of that operates it. The wires are red, white, and black. Will a traditional 3-way switch ...
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dimmer switch controlling 2 circiuts

I am installing a new service, I have 4 LED 9W lights connected to 1 dimmer switch on a 15 amp circuit, I also have 2 9W LED lights connected to a different circuit getting power from a receptacle, ...
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Dimmer switch on 3-way circuit only working 90% of the time, is it a bad switch or something else?

I installed a dimmer switch on a 3-way circuit that was working correctly. The other switch is a standard on-off switch. The fixtures they control are halogen light fixtures. About 10% of the time, ...
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Connecting string of cafe lights to power source sans outlet

I'd like to string up cafe lights on my back porch, but there's no outlet or power source for them to plug into. The cafe lights wrap around the porch roof perimeter and end about 2 feet away from the ...
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GU10 LED lights strongly strobing (no dimmer) UK

I realise there is a lot of information out there on LED lights flickering, however I'm struggling to find anything relating to this situation, i.e. GU10 fittings and a regular switch (i.e. not a ...
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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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3 Cables in Switch Box and Can't Figure it out

I had a ceiling fan with light in a cabin that I bought. It did not work when we bought it. I've replaced the fan, but the light doesn't work. The wall switch has 3 cables inside. Attached is an ...
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Adding a dimmer switch to a three way switch setup

Once the switch was installed, I ended up with a spare neutral. If I cap the neutral at the dimmer location, the other switch needs to remain in the ON position. Which is fine and everything works as ...
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Basement Lighting [closed]

I am having a house built with a 33x28 finished walkout basement. Trying to determine the number of lights needed to light it up. Basement is one big room with a TV area (approx 15x16), eating ...
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Kitchen Light randomly goes out every ~10 minutes

For the past few weeks, we've noticed our kitchen track lighting randomly "goes out" every 10 or so minutes. It started out just "flickering" off for a few seconds before coming back on. Sometimes the ...
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PMMA vs PVC for opal led strip enclosures?

I am planning to install some aluminium profiles for led strips with matte cover diffusers ( opal / frosty). I found that the covers are made from two different types and I would like to know the ...
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LED Strips: Is thermal glue a suitable compound to be used with them and allow for heat dissipation?

I have a project where I will be building a LED light panel onto a ceramic floor and wall tiles. As you know LED stripes to come with a 3M sticky adhesive which generally does the job fairly well ...
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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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Why, in the same light bulb, three of the six leds flick, and the other do not?

As the title of the post says: What could be the reason to have three of the six leds of the same light bulb, blinking? while the other three don´t ? Thanks so much for your help. Tyrus.
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Making sense of wire colors and connections

I am having trouble identifying which wires are in my box despite all the colors being quite clear. The voltage drop between: White-Ground= 123.5 Red-Ground= .3 Black-Ground= .3 Black-Red= 0 Black-...
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Are GX24Q-3 bulbs compatible with G24Q-3 bases and vice versa?

Are GX24Q-3 bulbs compatible with G24Q-3 bases and vice versa? Can a GX24Q-3 bulb be safely powered by a G24Q-3 base? Can a G24Q-3 bulb be safely powered by a GX24Q-3 base? EDIT: If not, then can a ...
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How to unswitch a junction box so it is always on?

I have a single switch that controls two outdoor lights: Lamp by my front door. Lamp by my garage door. I’d like to have #2 always be on so I can install a motion controlled flood light while ...
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EMT or PVC in Bathroom?

OK, so I am wiring my cabin (actually a small house, 16x24), and I have a 6x8 room that will eventually become a bathroom, and a nook that will be a kitchenette. All the wiring in the house is surface ...
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Lighted medicine cabinet needs GFCI outlet and Dimmer - why?

I'm having my GC prepare electrical for lighted medicine cabinet and I'm trying to understand the wiring instructions so I can make sure he does the work right before the walls go up. My confusion is ...
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Weird 3 Way Chandelier Stopped Working

I have a 3 way switch connected to a chandelier which is somehow not getting power. All the light bulbs work, but none switch on. I know it's getting power because an electronic timer connected on ...
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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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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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Replacing dual light switch

I’ve the following set of wires: And this dual light switch: The switch controls light and fan, how to connect it to those wires? Update The old witch was connected in the following manner:
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Can led christmas lights flash on and off when they are completely unplugged from the wall?? I am not sure how my lights are doing this

Can led christmas lights flash on and off when they are completely unplugged from the wall?? I am not sure how my lights are doing this and usually late at nite, i can not find a logical reason...if ...
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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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Help with smart dimmer

I have 12 recessed lights separated into 2 sections, of 6 each currently connected to 2 dimmers. I want to replace the current dimmers with smart dimmers by Leviton. Here are the instructions and ...
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Can I install low voltage lighting in louvered wall register?

Louvered step lights are common but all that I've seen are decorative and not functional vents. I'd like to install actual louvered registers on the side wall of my stairs and install low voltage ...
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JA8 certified light source

We live in San Francisco, CA. We're attempting to replace overhead lighting in our kitchen area of our condo. I'm trying to understand this piece of the lighting code: According to http://...
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Fluorescent light requires twist to start

I have a fluorescent light in my bathroom. It used to work fine, but then had issues with it not turning on. I replaced the tube, but it hasn't fixed the issue. I can get the light to come on if I ...
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Adding a pilot light to a light switch

I want to add a pilot light to a light in my basement. I want to position the pilot light upstairs so when I'm upstairs I will know if the light has been left on in the basement. I'd like a ...
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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. ...
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Bathroom bulb only giving off weak light

I turned on my bathroom light this evening and was surprised to note that it only gave off a very feeble light, barely illuminating the room. On inspection, it looked like only the ends closest to the ...
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Exterior lamp post trips breaker after a few hours

I replaced the photocell on an exterior lamp, removed the fixture and connected it to an outlet on the same outside circuit and it burned for 4-5 hours with no issue. Then I removed 2 of the three ...
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OLD UK Lighting Live wire in neutral, how is this working? is it safe?

I'm in the process of upgrading our ceiling lights in our rather old home. The wiring of the lights in the house pre-dates 1977 and therefore the colours are slightly different which I'll list below. ...
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Can puck LEDs be used for recessed lighting in above bed soffit

There is currently a soffit in the bedroom that sits above the headboard of the bed. The soffit is rather large, dropping down around 15 inches from the actual ceiling, and has three recessed lights. ...
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motion sensor lights constantly on, motion only, or off

I have some motion lights in the back of my house, I want to also be able to use them to illuminate the back when I'm out there. I drew up the following schematic, the idea is to have the motion ...
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Why do I see only 50 volts on my live wires? [duplicate]

I'm trying install a lamp to my apartment but it didn't light up as I expected. I recently moved in and this is the first time I'm trying to install a lamp here. The spot where I'm trying to install ...
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Flickering circuits

any ideas on what would cause flickering on 2 circuits and buzzing on the breaker of a third circuit? I can hear a slight arcing noise at the breakers when the lights flicker. The buzzing on the third ...
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Switching light without three way

Just looking to get someone's opinion on the legality or practicality of this circuit: There was another question posted recently where someone was asking about the ability to switch a second light ...
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Wireless Track Light Switch [closed]

My goal I want to run a single track light rail all across the entire ceiling (about 38ft) in my family room using one junction. My problem I also want the ability to turn off certain light segments, ...
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LED bulb always flickers or doesn't turn on

My bathroom is fitted with six traditional 20W GU5.3 / MR16 bulbs, and I want to replace them with the smart home equivalent. The only one I could find with the same socket type is the 5W Osram Smart+ ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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LED MR16 replacement bulbs: How to evaluate brightness and color temp? [closed]

The main area of my house uses MR16 exclusively, mostly 50W bulbs. I have tried a few LED replacements over the years (none for the past 2 years), and have not been happy with brightness (not bright ...
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New lightbulb doesn't fit in fitting

I had lightbulb in my bathroom that lasted for many years but finally blew. I took the blown lightbulb to the lighting store, and they gave me a replacement that they said would work. However, I then ...