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Can I run the cord for plugged ceiling lights through the attic?

I purchased 2 hanging lights from Ikea and they are wired with plugs. I was wondering if I could run the cords with the plugs through the attic and down the wall to the plug. Will the wire get to hot ...
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How to replace 12v halogen under cabinet lighting with LED lighting from scratch?

Somebody initially wired up six 12 vac 10 w halogen bulbs under my kitchen cabinet, wiring them in parallel. The 12 vac power supply was putting off a lot of heat, and within a day or two appeared to ...
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Where can I find or make a remote wireless light switch?

I have a light switch in my garage that controls lights in front of my home. The switch is located in a corner of the garage where a large shelf has been stored. It is very difficult to the switch. I'...
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How to spread light more

Which one is better for light bulbs in home to get more from light. White board behind bulb? White plastic covering the bulb? Mirror behind the bulb? Any other way? How to get more from a ...
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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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Four-way circuit turns on/off randomly

My upstairs hallway lights are controlled by a four-way switch circuit. There are three switches to control two dome lights. One switch at the bottom of the stairs, one at the top and one at the end ...
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How can I eliminate one 3-way switch to leave just one switch on the lighting circuit it's on?

I have two sets of lights in my kitchen. At one end of the kitchen, I have a 2 Gang light switch which operates both sets of lights, and at the other end I have a single light switch which operates ...
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Can I use a cord and plug to power a wall sconce?

I have a wall sconce that my wife really likes and wants installed on an interior brick wall. The sconce she purchased is designed to sit on top of a wall box that has been prewired. I don't want to ...
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Why do my LED lights flash on cold start?

Whenever I flip on my dimmer switch, all four dimmable LED lamps flash on in unison, blink off, and then come on at the selected dim level. This happens even with the dimmer slider maxed out, so it's ...
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Customizing christmas light strings

Generally, when hanging my christmas lights, I run a line around the gutters on my second floor. From there, I drop down and put a string across the roof line on the front porch of my house. This ...
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Sticky Rocker Light Switch — Not stuck, just sticky — fix or replace?

My bathroom's light switch gets stuck in the on position very easily. I.e. I turn the light on and then I have to hit the switch 2-4 times to get it to turn off. It's a rocker switch. It does turn ...
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What to do with broken outdoor lights that left the bulbs exposed?

A hail storm has broken the outer casing of our outdoor lights, exposing the bulb. What should I do? Can I leave just the bulb exposed to the elements?
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Recessed LED lighting orange connectors

Installing 12 recessed light cans in the basement. Figured I'd go LED, so I purchased a dozen HALO LED housings (H750T). Then I spotted a deal on Philips LED lights and ordered a dozen from HD online. ...
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Why does turning my kitchen light off turn on my outside light?

when I turn my fluorescent kitchen light off, my outside p.i.r security light comes on, why? the problem started when my father moved the p.i.r up above the door
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How do I connect a light to a switch when the light receives power first?

I have a power source running from the light how do I connect it to a switch?
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How can I convert my under cabinet lighting from halogen to LED?

Our kitchen has under-cabinet lighting that uses halogen 20 watt G8 socket bulbs. With 15 bulbs in the kitchen that is 300 watts. I'd prefer to replace them with 3 watt LED bulbs. I've been ...
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Do you know any switches which turns on/off based on day light?

I am looking for having some sensor based switches which will turn on/off the lights based on the light conditions during the day (i.e. turn on when there is less light and turn off when there is more ...
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What's a good way to customize or recess a lightswitch?

I saw this etsy project: Working Arcade Light Switch And while it's pretty cool, I'm not huge into arcade or fighting games, so I was going to make my own, and change the buttons. How would be a ...
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How do I replace a bulb in this bathroom light/fan?

Can figure out how to open it.alt text http://img715.imageshack.us/img715/2743/img4094s.jpg Maybe somebody has a similar one.
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Replace light switch with no ground wire in box

I just bought a GE Z-Wave dimmer and the I went to install it I noticed that the previous switch did not have a ground wire attached to it. The new switch says that it requires a ground switch (and ...
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How to change an untwistable (by design?) fluorescent tube light bulb in a fitting with no slot?

Every guide to changing a flourescent tube light I can find has the same basic two steps: twist, usually 90 degrees, then slip the two pins out through the slot. With this fitting,I have a fairly ...
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What do you call a false ceiling dropped below a main ceiling used for indirect lighting?

I'm wanting to provide some character and define our lounge room space with a large flat ceiling that is hung below the main ceiling. The edge of which I can install lighting and create a nice effect ...
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How do safety labels on light fittings work with energy saving bulbs?

My lamp says "Max 40W or Energy Saving 8W". I have a halogen bulb which says "28W = 36W". Is it safe to use with the lamp? Why / why not? (Sorry if the answer is easily available on the web - I ...
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How can I install this programmable switch?

I just had our house re-wired (by a professional, not myself). I'm looking into replacing a light switch with a fancy programmable version (Honeywell Econoswitch RPLS740B). The location for the ...
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How can I tell what dimmer switch to use with LED lights?

I replaced the halogen GU10 bulbs in my kitchen with LED bulbs... I'm really pleased with the results but as the bulbs I bought are dimmable, how do I know what dimmer switch I can use? I did try ...
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Why does my fan switch sometimes turn the lights off?

I recently undertook a small project replacing a single toggle light switch with a Z-wave enabled dimmer switch, which is also wired to a fan toggle (a knob with 3 speed settings) in a 2-gang case. ...
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How do I repair a canned light that's falling down?

I apologize if the term is not "can light", but I don't know what these types of lights are called. Anyhow, the "can" of one of our lights has fallen out from the drywall ceiling (just a bit), and ...
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Do ceiling roses need to be moved when earthing lights?

I was advised by a letting agent that lights in my house all needed earthing in order to let it. I agreed and paid for their contractor to do the work. I later discovered that all the ceiling roses ...
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Help with lights flickering at weird regular interval

Lights flicker for ~17 seconds at 1 flash/sec, then normal for ~23 seconds. This cycle repeats itself continuously. The video starts with the 23 second "normal" period, followed by 17 seconds of ...
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How should I run outdoor wiring under my second-story deck?

I have a light on one side of the space under my deck, and I'd like to add another. My plan is to add an extension box between the existing fixture and the house (using appropriate gaskets as ...
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Why would a replacement 3-way light switch cause the other switch to no longer work?

I just attempted to replace an existing three way switch (two switches controlling the same light), with one of these I hooked up the cables in the same way as on the old switch. The new switch ...
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Rewiring screw less lamp socket, how do I remove wires?

I bought a light kit from World Market to replace my current set up and opened the socket to rewire to find no easy way to remove the wires from the socket... How do I get them out? There is no ...
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Do Dimmable LED on Standard Dimmers Save Energy?

A lot of new LED bulbs claim they work on standard dimmers. Bought a bunch of the Philips Slim Style Dimmable LEDs when they were on sale at Home Depot. They work fairly well on dimmers that were ...
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What alternatives to R20 bulbs can I use?

When we bought our house, the lighting fixtures in the ceiling came with R20 bulbs. I know nothing about lighting so I figured that only R20 bulbs are compatible with our fixtures. But I'm realizing ...
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How can I make tiki torch holders from PVC pipe or equivalent?

I have a plan to attach some short segments of PVC piping to a pool fence and use them as holders for tiki torches. These are the questions that I'm trying to find answers to: Can you suggest ...
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Will a non-dimmable LED work if the dimmer switch is on full?

If a dimmer switch is fitted for the room but we get non-dimmable LED lamps (GU10), I know there may be flickering problems with dimming, but will they work fine if the dimmer is turned to max?
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Can I use the white from one switch, but the black from another?

Some terminology, because I don't know any better: light-fixture - An existing, separate, light fixture...currently with dedicated 14/2 vent-unit - A new vent just installed, has three ...
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Can I use a 175 Watt rated dimmer switch with 4 50 Watt low-voltage light bulbs?

In my bathroom I have 4 x 50W 12V halogen lights, each one connected to its own dimmable capable transformer. I've purchased a ceiling-mounted dimmer switch from Amazon, to replace the current on/off ...
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How do I cut this material to put in a coach light

I'd like to put in a coach light just like the one below on the other side of the garage. The garage isn't finished, so the wiring will be easy. But I'm not sure how to cut through this thick stone ...
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Why is one switch hot wire black and another white?

I have two lights currently controlled by two switches (on the same wall plate), which I wanted to combine into a single switch. However, the wiring on the inside isn't what I was expecting, and ...
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Z-Wave Three Way Wiring

We purchased a set of Z-Wave three way light switches a while back, finally getting around to installing them. However, our wiring does not match the instructions. Instructions call for power to the ...
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How should I connect my replacement 3-way switches?

I'm trying to replace upstairs/downstairs lighted Leviton Decora 3-way switches that control one light upstairs with GE Z-Wave On/Off 3-Way Light Switches (from the kit version, 45638). The problem is ...
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How to install ceiling light where there previously was none?

I want to install ceiling lights in two upstairs bedrooms in my house. There is a light-switch on the wall that turns power on and off to one of the electrical outlets. I would be perfectly happy to ...
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Why is this ceiling light fixture wired this way?

I'm trying to replace the hanging light below and I've gotten a little confused. Shouldn't the brown wire on the left be connected to the live (red) wires rather than the neutral? I understand that ...
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Is it safe to remove a plug, and wire a light fitting into the wall?

I've moved into a house, and am fitting a series of 5 halogen downlights beneath a shelving unit. The wall on which I am fitting it previously had an uplighter. I removed this so now have exposed live,...
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How can I add a second light to a circuit?

I have recessed lights that are controlled by two switches. They used a black, red and white wire for each switch to a junction box then used a 14-2 wire to the recessed lights. My question is how do ...
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What are my lighting options for a pole-barn garage?

I just added on to my pole-barn garage, it now has 1500 square feet. There is a single flourecent (and door opener) lighting it currently. I would like to add some serious lighting as I work on my ...
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Does always-on safety lighting need a switch or other requirement?

With such low-power LED lights available, I've been setting up some of my lighting to simply be on all the time, 24x7, e.g. 1 of 6 downlights or 1 out of 4 LED "tube"s in a troffer. Usually I just ...
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Wiring for Bedroom - how to express design to electrician

I bought my first flat a couple of months ago in north London and for my first bit of redecoration I wish to get my bedroom up to a really nice standard. Before i go into picking out wall coverings ...
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Replacing sealed halogen bulb

I'm trying to replace my halogen downlighter in my bathroom. It was installed around 2009 and I'm in the UK. The downlighter is in a waterproof cover because it is directly above the shower. I can't ...