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Neutral wire no longer providing power to smart light switch

I'm working on installing some iDevices wall switches in my house, and thought I had these two wired correctly yesterday, but now the switch on the right is not working. I installed them yesterday and ...
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Help: Replacing a Leviton Dimmable switch with a Regular Switch

I'm a newbie when it comes to installing light switches. My staircase light would randomly turn on in the middle of the night and it has 3 dimmable Leviton light switches that control the staircase ...
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Trouble Opening a Fluorescent Light Fixture

My house has an old fluorescent ceiling fixture in the kitchen that probably dates back to a remodel done in the 1980s. The bulbs have gone out and I am having trouble figuring out how to open the ...
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Multiple motion sensors for multiple led strips wiring

im trying to prepare a wiring schema for my home lighting: Lobby sensor should control only lobby led strip. Stairs upper sensor should control lobby and stairs led strips. Stairs lower sensor should ...
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How to prevent outdoor landscape light water leaks?

I installed low voltage landscape lights on our fencing around the perimeter of our backyard in September. The lights are supposed to be IP66 waterproof, but within a month of installing, I found ...
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How can I mount a side-mount light onto a top-mount area?

I have an existing light on top of a retaining wall: I found some light fixtures that I will be using everywhere else around the house, but they are side/wall mount: Is there some way for me to ...
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Dimmed LEDs flickering: is it the bulbs' or the dimmer's fault?

I have this dimmer https://www.amazon.es/iolloi-interruptor-regulador-encendido-incandescente/dp/B0894KNN65 feeding two of these lightbulbs: https://www.efectoled.com/es/comprar-bombillas-led-e27-...
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Need to separate 2 lights on the same 3way switch so each switch only controls 1 light

I've been researching this for about 8 months and finally learned enough to be able to ask my question properly. Background: Bought a house last summer that was built in 1966 but since renovated maybe ...
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How do I attach the cord from a pendant light to a nipple/threaded shaft?

I have a pendant light, it has a cord but no threaded shaft/nipple on it so it can be attached to a bracket on in a ceiling junction box. I can feed the cord nicely through the shaft but how do I ...
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Why do my replacement light bulbs not function?

I have a 3-light, old-looking street light at the end of my driveway. I'm replacing the 25W incandescent light bulbs that have died with either 40W round clear bulbs or 7W LED's. I can NOT get ...
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Installing a celling light with 2 black and 1 yellow wire

I moved into this apartment and there were no ceiling lights just bare wires hanging from the ceiling socket. Now i have this light i bought from Ikea which has 2 wires 1 blue (N) and 1 brown(L) and ...
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Light flickers after replacing different fixture

I have spot lights in the kitchen and I replace a light fixture on the dining area. I replaced it with a chandelier. Now I noticed the kitchen spot lights flickers at very random time and actually ...
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Max watt on LED dimmer

I have 16 9w (144w total) LED on one switch. Is it ok to change that switch to a 150w max LED dimmer or should I go to a higher 300w LED dimmer?
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Converting pendant light to wired hanging lamp - what to do with ground wire?

The short: what to do with ground wire from pendant light when converting to hanging lamp? The long: I've found several tutorials on how to add a plug to my wired pendant light, and I've determined ...
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Replacing pendant but there are extra live wires

I was going to replace a pendant light. But during removal of the old one I've come across this wiring which don't really understand. The thick brown one on the left is the live wire which is ...
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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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How Much Power Do LED Drivers Draw When Not Loaded?

Question is about those LED drivers that convert 120V (or whatever your house voltage is wherever you are) AC to 12V DC for driving LED light strips and the like. Do they draw power when plugged in, ...
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Best Lighting options for Long Basement

I have a half basement that I'm keeping open and its 45'x12'. I had always planned on doing a drop ceiling with recessed lights but I'm wondering if there is a better option considering the length of ...
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Mounting ceiling light with screws on side

I bought a new ceiling light that has screw holes on the side. Our previous light had screw holes on the bottom. How can I attach the new light to a regular bracket- or do I need to buy something to ...
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External light was not earthed properly

I have a 50W external light, installed on an outside wall, high on the wall. When touching it, I received an electrical shock. I cut the electricity, and opened up the electrical junction. I saw there ...
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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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Identifying old armored electric wire and mounting new fixture

I am by no means an electrician, my experience does not extend past swapping old light fixtures for new. We just moved into a house that was built in 1907, so I'm not surprised by anything I've come ...
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Maestro Lighting Switch Wiring

I am trying to replace an old dimmer switch in our kitchen with a Maestro Lutron dimmer switch. The issue I'm having is one of the boxes contains both the hot line and the light. I can get the ...
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How to Calculate Smart LED Downlight Size & Quantity?

We want to use the new smart recessed LED downlights. How do I calculate the location, size, brightness, number etc? Is there an app for that? We're building out a 24x14 family room. Framing and ...
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How do I replace a single pole light switch with a programmable timer switch?

We have a light switch box containing three single pole switches (no ground terminal) in the foyer near the front door. I would like to replace the light switch controlling the porch lights with the ...
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Replacement fan LED light

I'm trying to replace an LED light in my fan but I can't figure out what search terms to use to find a replacement bulb. Based on the documentation my fan came with, the this appears to be a 14 watt ...
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How to soften the recessed lights without replacing them?

I think I went overboard with installation of recessed lights in our living room. We have 6 recessed lights (ultra thin LED wafer like) in the living room and two switches connecting to each set of 3 ...
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Voltage sensor indicates power but ceiling fan and light not working

i have a sperry adjustable voltage sensor turned to least sensitivity. Working on a hunter ceiling fan. The black wire in and out of light switch is hot, when on. The white return wire is hot but no ...
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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 to connect multi battery operated light to AC source

So I bought a few letters light that works with 2X AAA batteries and i am trying to connect them together to one AC source instead of using batteries. I opened one of them and there is nothing but the ...
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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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LED outdoor light, randomly off and on

I've seen a lot of similar issues on this site to this but nothing that really answers the question or doesn't apply. I've purchased a couple Outdoor LED boxes to replace some old outdoor sodium bulb ...
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Two ground wires from fixture in instructions but only one unattached

I am currently installing an Artika 4-Pendant light fixture - Milton 4 but am running into issues while wiring it. In the instructions it indicates that "Connect the ground wire (G) to the two ...
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One hot white wire in a switch box?

I have switch box that controls my under cabinet lights. I was replacing the lights themselves and had issues with them working, started troubleshooting and found that there is a single hot white wire ...
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Better adhesive for LED light strips?

I just got new cabinets and am going to be installing LED light strips on the under-sides of the shelves for effect. My experience with these strips in the past is that the adhesive backing is not ...
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Is an extra 1 W that significant with LED bulbs?

I recently replaced a ceiling light fixture with a ceiling fan with two light sockets that have a maximum rating of 9 W for LED bulbs. The bulbs in the original fixture are 10 W LED and dimmable. ...
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Warehouse Lighting Wire Size Calculation

Warehouse Lighting Wiring Size Question Total distance from panel to end of the longest line is 310 feet. Each fixture is 42 watts, and there will be up to 30 fixtures on each circuit. The first ...
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Replacing light and fan set up to a plain light

I am replacing a Hunter ceiling fan with a regular hanging light. The ceiling fan had a knob for the fan and another for the lights with a dimmer switch. I took off the fan assembly and have a black ...
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Three way switch with two common wires?

Im currently trying to upgrade two three-way light switches in the kitchen to some new smart three-way switches. The issue I have run into though is that there appears to be two common wires on one of ...
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Doing a 2-Way, 2-Gang Light Switch

I'm new to this kind of DIY stuff and I need help with the wiring of this light switch. The old light switch (left picture) has L1, L2, Common in both sides. On the new switch (right picture), it has ...
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Trying to replace three pendants lights with a single fixture that has three lights

I had 2 can lights and three pendant lights about 12" apart over island - they worked fine on the same switch. I removed the three pendant lights to put in one light fixture that has three light ...
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Using ceiling hook with no joist or anchor/toggle? Is it ok to do for string lights? What hook to use?

I've been trying to figure out whether or not it's safe to use regular hooks in the ceiling without a toggle or joist or other reinforcement for lightweight applications. I would imagine there'd only ...
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How do I connect Romex to under cabinet LED strip lights?

I have 14-2 romex running out of five different holes under my cabinets, All connecting back to a single switch. The idea is to have hardwired undercabinet led lights. Planning ahead, just got the ...
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4 New LED lights, Last one flickering

Just bought a house and took out old ugly garage-looking lights from the kitchen (long bulb in a frame with thin plastic covers), and cut some holes to put in 4 slim recessed LED lights. There are two ...
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LED lights occasional quick flicker

I recently replaced 3 incandescent BR40 light bulbs (recessed) with eco smart brand LED's. Shortly after doing so we noticed all 3 simultaneously occasionally, but not regularly, flicker off when the ...
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Problem encountered with installing an exterior light

This will likely be an easy question for an electrician if one is reading because I cannot believe that I invented this issue but it requires a bit of set-up. I want to attach an exterior light to ...
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Integrate ceiling fixture into Hue system

I have an antique chandelier that I've wired directly into the ceiling, and I'd like to integrate it into my hue system. Hue makes chandelier bulbs, but I really want to use filament bulbs, which ...
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Changing the bulb in an enclosure

This particular light has been flickering. The base of the detachable part in the photo appears to be closed, so I can't get access to what's inside. Would anyone have experience changing or fixing ...
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Ceiling Fan lights turn off on their own w/ a Twist

A search brought up similar questions but my situation involves a ceiling fan w/ lights that operates via a battery powered remote. This fan is on a circuit that previously had a total of three ...
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Sizing System for Screw Heads?

I am restoring an old lamp with a shade that attaches with sort of a hose clamp thing held on by a small machine screw. The screw was stuck so I ended up breaking the head off assuming it would be ...

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