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Flashing LED down lights

Here's one for the master electricians. I just installed two new LED down lights and noticed this morning that when I turned them on they started flashing on-off at about a 1sec cycle. When I ...
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How should I wire this 2-way light switch?

I am replacing both of the hallway light switches in my house in the UK, and upon taking off the old switches, I am met with the following cable configuration: Downstairs is a 2-gang switch that ...
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Replaced fluorescent tubes and starters - now lights are getting triggered by other light switches. How to identify the cause?

I have two fluorescent tubes in the kitchen. Having been buzzing, flickering and turning themselves off for a while I replaced both the tubes and the respective starters, assuming this would eliminate ...
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How many ceiling fans and switches can I put on one breaker [duplicate]

I have a person that wants to wire in four light boxes and four ceiling fans with switches and I need to know if I can run all four of them safely from one breaker and if so what kind of breaker? This ...
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My Canister ceiling light bulbs, LED 65, BR30 burn out too quickly

Have kitchen canister fixtures. The bulbs 65 watt BR30 Flood, burn out too quickly - one at a time in about 3 months. Ceiling (attic) heavily insulated
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Is there such thing as a bowl shaped “ceiling bounce” lamp?

I'd like a lamp that acts like an IKEA floor lamp but without the long stick. Ideally it's bown shaped to not limit much of the light output to a tiny circle on the ceiling. I'd place a LIFX bulb in ...
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I need help wiring a double switch in the bathroom

I have a new build. I need help connecting the wires to the switches in the bathroom. Here is what I have: a double switch: one runs 2 lights and the other runs the exhaust fan I have 3 black wires,...
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3 way circuit options to indicate if circuit is active [duplicate]

I've got a couple switches controlling an exterior light which is not directly visible from either switch. That causes issues if, for instance, I am leaving during daylight hours and know I will be ...
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How to wire and hang chandelier over table

I removed the electrical cap from ceiling, expecting to find capped, exposed wires like my other lights. However, I found 3 wires, 2 of them (white and orange) are not exposed and basically just run ...
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Should I be worried that my ceiling light has current when turned “off”?

I am based in the UK. I was replacing a ceiling light when I noticed an issue. When I used a voltage screwdriver the live wire in the ceiling pendant was showing a voltage present even when the wall ...
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Why do my lights not work? [duplicate]

I have three small recessed lights, set into a false ceiling where a mini-central air conditioning unit is set. The lights do not turn on. The lights are small E14 base mini-spots I replaced the ...
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How to install Light Fixtures - no ground in the ceiling box

I am trying to install a lighting fixture that I bought from Ikea. The ceiling box has one black, one white, one blue, and one yellow lines (as in the photo below). But, I cannot find a ground line ...
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Replace 1 gang 2 way with 2 gang 2 way

I currently have downstairs in the hall, a 2 gang 2 way switch that has 5 wires, two red wires coming from 1 cable, and 3 wires (red, blue, yellow) coming from a second cable and they are wired to ...
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Are supports for spot lights required?

If I am planning to install this spot light on the ground (in dirt), are support beams or things like that required or can I just place this in the dirt and it would be fine?
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What could cause my recessed light to not work?

I replaced a flood light lightbulb in recessed light fixture, thinking the previous bulb had burned out, but that new bulb isn't working either. I've tried a regular lamp bulb to ensure my new ...
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how to wire two three way switch to a ceiling fan & add one switch for the fan and one for the light

I have two three way switch when I'm closing one of them switch , the fan is automaticly close with the light & I hate that because it's a big place & I'm short so it's hard for me to grab the ...
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How do I chain edison bulbs together with a junction box?-

I want to chain 6 Edison Lights They are a Standard Edison base, E26 medium, 120 volts. I am going to be hanging them on a 18 gauge wrapped copper wire. I am wondering how to wire them together and ...
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Overhead lights in apartmenet units flicker and eventually goes off…what is the cause and fix?

I live in an apartment building with 4 units. All units are experiencing this weird problem. Two nights ago the overhead lights started to flicker and then eventually went off. The outlets in all ...
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How can I find out if my light bulb is a full spectrum?

I'm suffering from winter depression, so I would like to have a full spectrum bulb at my desk. My desk lamp has an intense white light. So, I was wondering if it was a full spectrum light already. How ...
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Can I use a T5 HO lamp in a non-HO luminaire?

Does anyone know what would happen? Does the ballast limit the power? If the T5 HO lamps were less expensive than T5 non-HO lamps, would it be ok to just use them in a non-HO luminaire?
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How do I connect up a ceiling rose in a 2-way switch circuit?

I removed a ceiling rose and forgot to at least take an image or draw the wiring before replacing it. It is part of a 2 way switch (the other switch is upstairs). However, the wiring colours are ...
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How do I get the glass cover off of a shower light?

I have a recessed shower light in my shower with a burned out light bulb that needs to be changed. The glass cover screws into the metal flashing and is sealed with a cork gasket. However, I cannot ...
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Why would my lights take 10-20 seconds to turn on after installing a dimmer?

I have double-checked the connections. I am guessing next step is to replace the switch in case that was the problem. It is only running two wall sconces, each with one low wattage bulb. Anyone ...
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wiring a single bathroom fan servicing 2 rooms in the master bathroom suite with 2 separate switches on the same circuit as well as lighting [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I wire an exhaust fan to turn on from multiple locations? I am having trouble trying to wire a single in-line bathroom fan servicing a master bathroom suite. There is ...
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LED's emitting high pitched noise

I have some LED lights hooked up to a trophy cabinet and for some reason it's emitting a fairly loud high pitched noise, does anyone know what this could be?
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Can replacing LED light bulbs cause electric faults somewhere else in the house?

Yesterday I replaced a few old halogen bulbs in the kitchen and the hallway with LED bulbs - B22 and MR16. I was reading that the MR16s could be tricky has they might need an LED driver, I ordered ...
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Just installed a new light near an existing one but one stays on, any help?

I installed a new light fixture near another using the power that comes from the switch (spliced into) and put a box in and took the power off that to my other light which was off that switch to begin ...
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How to cover the metal showing in recessed lighting?

I have just installed new recessed lighting in my basement with exposed ceiling. That was the easy part. I happen to have a lot of traditional styled LED light-bulbs that I'd like to put in them. My ...
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Replace outdoor fixture where existing fixture larger than new one

I have an outdoor light fixture for an "Outdoor Lantern" type light. This fixture is recessed into the siding and has a crossbar-style mounting unit similar to this. I'd like to replace it with an ...
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how to wire a 2 way switches with 2 pendants [duplicate]

How do I wire a 2way 2light system. On the upstairs landing I want to switch 2 lights on and off at each end of the corridor.
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Performance lighting system? [closed]

What would a Performance Lighting system for a stage include? Please be as details as possible and if you can include the elements into basic lighting and modern stage lighting.
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Need wiring diagram for 4 way switch to multiple ceiling fan / light combo

I have 3 ceiling fan light combos, I want to install. New construction, no drywall yet, all three fans would be below ridge beam of a large timber frame. I would like the two outer edge fan / ...
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Calculating light temperature [closed]

I'm currently building a ceiling light fixture as a test to see if I can create a diy-product to rival the IKEA Trådfri and Philips Hue ceiling lights. The current plan is A cheapish fluorescent ...
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@ Harper Please Clarify previous instructions re GFCI outlet

Please help me better understanding the advice you gave yesterday re installing the GFCI in my garage that will supply power to outdoor post lantern. The three ground wires are pigtailed and ...
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Permanent feed from light swicth

Here is my question, I want to pull power (Live and Neutral) from a 220 Volts light switch. But my house is wired up like in FIGURE 1: (all images referenced below are in 1 image marked as Figure 1, 2,...
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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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Light is dim orange [closed]

I rarely turn on my bedroom ceiling-fan light as I use other lights most of the time. The last time I turned it on using the pull string, it came on with a dim orange color, as if it's only partly ...
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Separating two lights on one switch [closed]

I have 1 light switch that controls a fan/light and a pair of recessed lights across the room. I want to separate them and add another switch next to the existing one. Where do I start?
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How can I add lighting in my bedrooms without too many visible wires?

I will be moving in to my new house in 2 months. My wife and I thought that we might not need ceiling lights, and that our builder charged too much for the lights anyway. We did not order any ceiling ...
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Auto electrical-LED still glowing-07 Jeep Liberty [migrated]

Ok so a little background, I had put the blue led 578 sylvanias only one, in the rear dome. It never illuminated when the car was off, then I get blue led light strips for the front doors. I wired 2 ...
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Replacing old track lighting

I took down some OLD track lighting and want to put in remodeling cans. This lighting is on a three way switch. When i went to wire in the new cans i noticed there are two sets of wires, each having a ...
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I've changed the bulb in my security light and now it won't go on ,why

Why won't my security light turn on after putting in a new bulb
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How does the wiring in this light hookup?

I'm trying to install this light in my house, but I don't know how the wiring works for it. The light has a switch on the front of it that controls both bulbs and the switch has two black wires coming ...
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How to control a dimmable LED light?

I was thinking of attaching a simple dimmable LED light strip to the ceiling of my room. Ideally the finished look is to have a 20 meter long strip fit around the ceiling nested and hidden from view, ...
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Awkward positioning of light switches [closed]

In my home we have a few light switches that don't make much sense. Some are backwards which is easy to remedy, but others seem to be in stupid locations. An example would be that the switch for a ...
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Flexible LED light strips falling from cabinet

I just installed a flexible led light strip and it won't stay in place - it keeps falling down from underneath the cabinet.
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How do I remove the cover from my light fixture? [closed]

I need to replace burned-out light bulbs in a ceiling fixture. I tried to remove the cover of the light fixture and it does not move. After much trying, the whole thing came down. Meaning the fixture ...
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How can I immerse a light bulb in water? [closed]

I have a transparent wine glass which I want to be filled with colored water and then place a light bulb immersed in the water so that when I switch on the bulb the wine glass emits the color of the ...