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Questions tagged [lighting]

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

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Philips Hue dimmer switch detailed manual

I have bought a couple of Philips Hue white sets, including two dimmer switches, and started playing with them and various compatible apps. Normally, a dimmer indicates the command transfer by a green ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Could a missing ground connection in a light box disable other fixtures?

I replaced an existing outside light fixture with these security lights. I properly connected the wires together (including ground). After installing I was reading the install instructions a bit ...
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(UK) LED lights flash once after being switched off

I had a nice kitchen light fitting with 5x 20watt halogen bulbs (G4), and the transformer blew. I thought that now would be a great time to upgrade the transformer/fitting to support LED lighting. I ...
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What is the difference between Philips Essential LED bulb range & their normal LED bulbs?

I have come across two ranges from Philips for their LED bulb ranges, there is the 'Essential' range, which is the budget value range, & then there is the normal 'Philips' LED bulbs range. The ...
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Living room LED tape powering opetions

i would like to request an expert advice. My intention is to install dimmable led tape on living room ceiling. Ceiling design is on a "Π" design, measuring 5.6m, 6.6m and 3.8m (total 16meters). My LED ...
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Wiring - Lights and Fan

Here is what I want to accomplish. Install a light outside our backdoor, run electric to porch to recessed lights and ceiling fans. We would like to have the light outside the door on a switch, the ...
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hall way lighting switch position

this could just me being fussy but I have a 3 way switch for outside light, kitchen and hall and then a second switch for hall and loft. Since I've moved in the hall way switches are always opposite, ...
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How can I add a dimmer to a bathroom switch that also turns the fan on?

I would like to add a dimmer switch to the bathroom. The switch currently turns on a extractor fan with a timer. It is connected via an isolation switch. I understand I cannot run the fan on a dimmer ...
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Replacing H-style track lighting lamps with a different H-style brand

The installation instructions for my new track lighting heads (lamps) say: "This fixture can only be used with Lithonia (brand) track". But I was hoping to use them on my currently installed track of ...
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Lights flickering, strange wiring setup

I have a Lutron DV-600P dimmer (single pole, controlling a chandelier with 4x 40W incandescent light bulbs). They flicker constantly. The bulbs and dimmer are not defective (tested replacements). ...
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Addressing unsheathed cable: Replacing direct-wire under-cabinet lighting

I am replacing my old halogen under-cabinet lighting with LED lighting. I removed the old lights, but the access plates on the new lights are in different places. The issue is that if I run the ...
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Z-wave 3 way wiring help with aux switch

I have a question on using a GE switch with the add-on aux switch in a 3 way lighting situation. I've been staring at diagrams and thinking about it for hours now and I can't figure it out. My home ...
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Need help to re wire a outlet and light switch

Hi everyone. I already have a post about the same problem but i cant find it. Sorry I have a problem with my light switch and my outlet in my bedroom. My landlord wired them both together so i can ...
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How to desynchronize LED lighting refresh (blink / flicker) rates?

LED lighting drives a couple members of my family insane. The refresh rate is horrible and we are rather sensitive to it. It becomes markedly worse when dimming LEDs are used at lower levels. How ...
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Power on disconnected ground wire

Last week I've put lights in the garden. There was already a wire coming out from a switch in the house so it was an easy job. Since there is a door at the other end of the garden I though it would be ...
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How do I wire a new ceiling light with 2 red wires?

I bought a new ceiling light, but the wires are complicated. It has 2 red wires and one green ground wire. There are 2 white wires too but they are connected by themselves. My ceiling has 1 black wire ...
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motion detector clcks but no light

I'm trying to install a motion detector in a circuit with 4 halogen spot bulbs and no other switches. There used to be a regular switch before, so I know the spot bulbs work. When I pass in front of ...
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What is the proper placement for bathroom pendant sconces?

Lighting experts recommend placing bathroom sconces ( sconces used on either side of a mirror above a vanity ) at eye level of the end user. Doing so reduces shadows. What about bathroom pendant ...
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LED Bulb Color Temperatures

Why are 99% of the LED bulbs in stores either 2600K or 5000-5200K? I prefer 3000K - 4200K but have only found 1 option in all of my searching. Is there a technical reason, a marketing reason, or a ...
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25 degree by 36 degree (oval) LED light beam spread

I have some Philips PAR20 2700K LEDs in my house. Some are 36 degree, others are 25 degree beams. I was wondering if there is any way to get an oval beam LED light bulb, as in a 36 by 25 degree light ...
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How Can I Make This Indirect Cove Lighting Look?

Just moved in to new house and would love some indirect cove lighting like this in the bedroom I'm decorating...but I'm not sure where to start. I want the box section to protrude around 1ft from the ...
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How to add more lights to my attic

I have 1 light in my attic but its not bright enough for the whole attic so i want to add 4 more lights. the switch is in the downstairs hallway, so all that is in the attic is a electrical wire and ...
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Okay to install “HT” type track lighting without grounding it?

I'm hoping to install some "H" type track for track lighting in my house. I understand the H style is designed for a ground (it has three contacts), but our house doesn't have many grounded outlets or ...
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Can I use a ballast that is rated for four 32W T8 bulbs with a different number of 15W T8 bulbs?

If so how might I figure out how many? I don't know how the math would apply in this situation.
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Can I turn one set of twinkle lights into several by cutting the wire & adding new plugs?

I am working on a project for wedding reception lighting and would like to make several chandeliers using Christmas tree twinkle lights but the strands I have are way too long for one single ...
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How do I wire multiple light fixtures on their own switch on a Modular wall?

I have a wall that will be used to display vanities. This wall needs to be able to move around and hold 3 light fixtures. Those three fixtures each need their own switch. My thought was to install ...
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Intermediate switch wiring

I'm replacing light switches through the house - so far with ease. This however has me puzzled & I'd rather get confirmation than guess [of course] Both these switches are MK, but they've ...
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Wire Ceiling Fan and Exterior Lighting

Objective I took down my old ceiling fan and tried to put in the new one but can't follow directions because I have two wire sets coming out of ceiling. I'm trying to get one switch to turn on fan ...
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Installing a dimmer to control multiple lights

I recently asked a question about installing a dimmer and got a great reply. Now I want to install another dimmer, but this one might be tricky. In our hallway there are three lights that are all ...
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Should I use a low voltage magnetic dimmer or a low voltage dimmer for LED strips?

I just ordered a low voltage magnetic dimmer (Model # SLV-600P-WH) from Home Depot for $40 for undercabinet lighting I plan to do with flexible LED strips. I understand that this must be wired ...
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How to improve lighting in work room?

I was reading quite a lot recently about lighting a room with computer properly and i am getting mixed tips.. some say "Your computer screen should be parallel to your lighting" and others say "your ...
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my bathroom exhaust fan/light is spring loaded and will not stay flush with the ceiling

My bathroom exhaust fan/light will not stay flush with the ceiling. It is spring loaded. Help. After checking exhaust fan/light, the springs are in the correct slot BUT the housing fixture is just ...
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Two lights & two switches, one light doesn't work?

Please could you advise me, why isn't second ceiling light working? Two lights and two switches, power does not appear to be going to second light, both switches are working. Have I wired first light ...
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This light won't turn on

So, I was around my partners house the other day and they have a light on the landing that does not work - I don't think it has ever worked since they moved into the house and being an electronic ...
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Dimmer, on/off switch and outlet not working after replacing

I replaced an old dimmer switch on an new 7 recessed lights (Outdoor Soffit Lighting Kit 2-Pack) with 6 R20/50W bulbs. The dimmer I bought is Skylark Contour 150-Watt Single Pole/3-Way CFL-LED Dimmer. ...
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Changing sconce from flourescent to halogen

The new sconce has two black wires and ground. Can it be used in existing location which has one black and one white wire?