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

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What is the proper way to convert a pair of three-way (SPDT) switches into a single two-way (SPST) switch?

I'm in the process of replacing some of the light switches in my house with smart switches, Wemo Light Switches in this case. I've had no problem with the replacement of my One-way switches (SPST I ...
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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 ...
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Replace dated light fixture mounted to metal stem in ceiling medallion

I recently took down an old chandelier that I found was screwed into the metal stem. Stem is hanging about 2.5" below the hole of the medallion, and the threaded nipple at the end of it is 0.5&...
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Changing bulb in bathroom light fitting

I've tried looking for guides, but I haven't seen any other lights like mine It seems like there is a cover over the bulb but I haven't been able to remove it and even if I could I don't think the ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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How can 12 V halogen downlights be much more efficient than 220 V ones?

The house I bought has halogen downlights pretty much everywhere, and they are all 12 V. I was wondering why bother with stepping down to 12 V but didn't think much about it. When looking at ...
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Bathroom light switch turns off kitchen light randomly

My kitchen and bathroom share a wall. The switches in both rooms are not set up in an intentional 3-way switch setup. If my kitchen light switch is on, turning the bathroom switch to either on or off ...
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Lighting fixture: 2 live, 2 neutral, no ground - Is is okay to have the 2nd neutral used as a ground?

I live in Germany and I have just moved into a new apartment and started to change the light fixtures, but I ran into confusion. Wires coming out of the ceiling are - two black & two white (no ...
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Removed two single pole switches in an attempt to wire a smart switch, forgot how to wire back

I had two single pole switches that were working fine before I attempted to change one to a smart light switch (right switch that controls the two outside light fixtures). I forgot to take a photo ...
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3-Way Switch with Dimmer - Humming?

We recently upgraded our dining room light fixture, which now has 8 light bulb sockets. In turn, the wife wanted to add a dimmer to the circuit to control the lighting. The light is control by a 3-way ...
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Remove recessed lighting can

I am trying to remove a recessed lighting fixture (see photo below). This fixture was installed in the ceiling of a new addition in 1993 and I believe it is therefore a ‘new build’ type fixture rather ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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Want to add lights to existing outlets - beginning of circuit or end?

thanks in advance for help Question is this. I have romex running from the panel to a set of 6 outlets. If I want to add lights and a switch, can I simply add them FROM the first outlet? Details ...
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How to connect two dimmers to control two sets of lights independently

I have just moved to Germany, and have a room with a double-gang system. The lower is a rotary dimmer which controls the lights in the kitchen, and the upper is a double rocker switch that simply ...
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Why does my new lamp hum while turned off?

I just changed the ceiling lamp I had in my kitchen, from an ancient one (probably more than 20+ years old) to new and beautiful hanging one. I also switched from the old incandescent bulb to a CFL. ...
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How do wire a dimmer in a 3 gang box with one incoming line.

How do I make my dimmer work? Right now it does not work :( Any help. Diagram attached of current setup. I would appreciate any help. I am presuming it is because I am not completing the circuit for ...
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light fixture wattage question

I purchased a light kit that requires 3 light bulbs and says 100 Watt max. Does this mean that the wattage of the 3 bulbs can only add up to 100 watts or does that mean that each lightbulb can be no ...
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Bafflement with LED ceiling lights

I have two office lights, wired in parallel that were switched for LED a couple of years ago. For over a year they worked fine. They are the type with multiple little LEDs not LED bulbs. On switching ...
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Multiway switching questions

I have three 3 way switches wired in series with a ceiling fan in one room and a kitchen light. All the switches are in the kitchen, there is a two gang switch on one side where the main power comes ...
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How to best light up small walk-in closet?

Context I have a couple small walk-in closets in my apartment: they are 1-door-plus-few-centimetres wide (60–75cm) and fairly deep (95cm). The doors open from a hallway without direct natural light. ...
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When changing ceiling light I connected the wires wrong now no light works but breaker wasn’t tripped!

I live in a condo and changed the light fixture in my den. But I connected the wrong ones together and when I turned the power back on there was a big spark from the light fixture. I then realized my ...
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Why is my front room ceiling fan switch setting off my smoke alarms

When I come down in the morning and switch my ceiling fan on it sets off the fire alarms, it shouldnt be set off by a surge in the circuit as far as i know as the fan is downstairs and the smoke ...
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Mobile Home Wiring

I tried a search for this, but as Its baffling me hardcore and weird variables, I figured I'd post to get my girlfriend happy again. Her home is a mobile home. A light switch wasn't working, so with ...
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New dimmer switch is not operating new led panels

I bought 4 new led panel lights for my drop ceiling and installed Saturday. I also purchased a 0-10 voltage dimmer switch. Yes the lights are dimmable and the switch is for low voltage. I can turn the ...
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How can I meet NEC code for Class 2 at the power supply with multiple strips of LED lighting?

...The Project... Install 94 feet of perimeter lighting around a kitchen/dining/living space. The desired product is a color tunable LED strip. Possibly this product but I could use an equivalent ...
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Why does an LED ceiling fixture glow even when switched off?

I've just installed an LED ceiling fixture, and it glows even when switched off. I'd estimate it as about 5-10% of the switched-on intensity. The answers I've found here on DIY.SE to similar ...
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Wiring a bulb holder to a plug, what cable to use?

I want to wire a bulb holder like this one, to a plug using some flex cable, so i can use it like a lead light / inspection light, move it to different places etc... So I just want to check that I'm ...
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Turning two-way switches into three-way

Picture in the link is in my garage. I have four 14/2 cables. All whites are nutted together. 2 blacks are nutted together, and 1 going from that nut to each both switches. The below pic has three ...
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Designing under cabinet lighting with Home Automation in mind

I am looking to install under cabinet lighting in my kitchen keeping in mind that I'd like to add a Lutron Caseta in the near future. There are 3 problems I am trying to tackle. First, I am having a ...
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4 way circuit with two 4 way switches

I have a 4 way circuit (3 physical toggle switches). I am use to seeing this setup with two 3-ways and a 4-way in the middle. Looking at what I have, I have a 3-way, and two 4-way switches! All 4 ...
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Double switch wiring

I replaced an old double switch with a new one and now nothing turns on. Both are 15a 125v. Looking at the old switch : on the left, two white wires going to two gold screws above/below each other; on ...
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Mixing power and signal cables

I have to pass the TV signal cable near the power cable for lighting in my room, and I observed noise in the TV. If power and signal cables are near each other, does the power cable have a magnetic ...
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Neither pendant light or ceiling box has loose wires

So I'll preface with this is the first time I've ever tried to install a light. I brought several pendant lamps from Ikea, on the end of the wires is a plastic box where i should be able to connect ...
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Ceiling fan trouble/question

I have been working with a ceiling fan for the last few days and I feel utterly defeated. The fan in question is the Clarkston 2 44in. LED. I went into the previous light fixture and disassembled it....
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Canadian (Alberta) Residential Electrical Code

Is there a homeowners version of the current electrical code for residential wiring in Alberta available at no cost? I’m renovating my kitchen and would be helpful to know the many changes and ...
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Light required at bottom of L-shaped stairs or is on landing only sufficient?

I have a L-shaped stairway with connecting landing going from my ground floor to my to-be-finished basement. There are 11 risers going down to the landing, then a 90-degree turn to the left, then 5 ...
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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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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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Dusk to DawnFloodlight Flickering

The context is a set of outdoor stairs. Are there any clever techniques to minimize flickering that occurs when the sun is transitioning (setting / rising)? If not, is there a method to determine ...
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Flickering lights on same switch

Hello I’m curious about possible causes for the following scenario: I have two lights on a three-way switch and they flicker every once in a while. Tonight they started flickering quite violently (...
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Add outdoor lighting under stacked porch

I recently purchased a new home and have been replacing the interior and some exterior lights to a color I prefer. My home has a stacked porch. It's constructed in a way where it's open so when it ...
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How to get lighting in the shower like this?

I'm remodeling my bathroom and I'd like to know how to get a lighting effect as seen in these photos. To get this, do you basically drop the ceiling to create a soffit over the shower, with a rope ...
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How to wire this to Levinton IPS02

I have been trying to wire this to a motion sensor switch, but after turn back on the power, the sensor is blinking, but the lights won’t turn on.
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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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Hiw do I get the dome off of ceiling fan?

How do I get this dome off to change the light bulbs? I've tried pulling the brackets, but nothing budges. The dome doesn't screw on/off either. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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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 ...

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