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

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Replacing a dimmer out of a 2 gang switch

My girlfriend bought an old apartment in NYC and we are trying to replace one of the dimmers with a standard switch. The 2 gang consist of the dimmer (Controls the living room lights) and a standard ...
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Motion sensor won't switch off

I have a motion sensor in the ceiling to turn the lights on, it turns them on ok but won't turn them off until you turn the power off. Only just started
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No neutral wire when hanging light?

I have been trying to hang a living room light. There is ONLY a black (hot) wire coming from the box in the ceiling. The chandelier I'm trying to hang has a copper (ground) wire and TWO other wire (...
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Wattage of adapter for LED strip

I have LED strip lighting under my cabinets in the kitchen. Recently, they started flickering with noise. Worked fine for a couple of years. I believe it was the adapter that was faulty. Unfortunately,...
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how to remove ALKCO flourescent L40 bulb

I've got ALKCO "Lincandescent" flourescents in the master bath in a house built 8 years ago. They apparently discontinued the fixture around the same time. One bulb has burned out, I can't figure ...
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Is the working principle of a light bulb a “short”?

Isn't the "filament" closing the gap making a short circuit?
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Under Cabinet exposed NM/Romex

The original builder (USA, ca. 2006) ran exposed NM/romex between the fixtures. Maybe this is a nebulous question, but is that within code?
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Can one of my three-way switches be configured to use a remote control?

I want to put my outside flood lights on a remote control. They are controlled by two separate switches in two different rooms. One switch on the second floor and the other on the first floor. I want ...
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Fluorescent light turns off randomly?

I have a simple two bulb fluorescent shop light, and it will shut off out of nowhere. If I unplug it and plug it back in it will come back on. But it doesn't do this all the time, sometimes it qil ...
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What is the name of a screw-nut ring used to hold up a hanging lampshade? (see photo)

I have a hanging light fixture that I'm trying to put a lampshade on. Because the light fixture hangs from the ceiling, If I don't screw something underneath it, the lampshade would fall down. The ...
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What is the type of this light bulb?

I need to replace this light-bulb. It is very slim and I have never seen it anywhere else. What is the light bulb's type?
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Ceiling fan light fixture blew

I mistakenly put in a dimmer light bulb and, when I pulled the string to turn on the lights, it blew the light fixture of my ceiling fan. I've tried changing the bulbs, but the fixture isn't working ...
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No power in a fluorescent tube lamp

I wanted to use an oldish fluorescent tube lamp and find there is no power, I replaced the tube, also the stater, also the fuse in the plug and still no power. I have a multimeter but don't know how ...
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Add an additional 1 way switch

We live a New build property our outside lights are pir and are a bit rubbish so the plan is to swap them out for non pir controlled by a switch we want to add in the kitchen Which is the other side ...
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Lutron Caseta smart dimmer with Pico remote in 4-way switch set up

I would like to install a lutron caseta smart dimmer switch in a four way switch line that has two 4-way switches and the obvious two three-way switches. I want to put the dimmer in place of one of ...
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LED track lights slowly turn on one by one only to work at a fraction of output

I'm having a weird issue with my LED track lights and I can't seem to put my finger on what exactly is causing it. They seemed to work just fine until recently. Now whenever I turn on the lights, they ...
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light switch use now affects other lights

I changed my pendant light in the bathroom, this is what it looked like when i took the cover off (i choccyboxed off those 3 cables) I put the new light fitting on and rewired exactly the way it was, ...
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replacing ceiling fan with standard light

I originally had a ceiling light with a smoke detector in the ceiling. After removing it, I discovered two black, two white, two red and one ground wire in a single box. When I turn on the switch, ...
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Installed Lutron Caseta, one bulb works, but two do not

I've been installing Lutron Caseta dimmers all throughout my house. Everything has been fine except my back porch where I have two lights. If I only put a bulb in one light, it works fine, dims, etc....
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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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Fluorescent lights will only work when it rains

Half of my fluorescent shop lights will only work when it rains I've checked breakers, replaced all the bulbs but nothing has changed. They just started doing this recently, could the balasts cause ...
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Is there a dimmer to control both incandescents and LEDs at the same time?

My church has the Sanctuary lights on a dimmer switch. The fixtures currently have 200 Watt incandescent bulbs. As those bulbs burn out, we would like to replace them with the equivalent in an LED ...
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Where can I put holes in my yard?

I bought string lights and I plan to put them in my small indoor/outdoor yard (<== I am not sure whether it is indoor or outdoor). I used a strong magnet (see picture) to detect where have metal ...
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Can I safely leave male/female plugs exposed on a rooftop balcony?

I have just purchased a set of lightbulbs that I would like to suspend on my rooftop balcony. Unfortunately, they do not come with a remote, so to turn them on/off I will need to plug-in/disconnect ...
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Do LED dimmers work with non-LED bulbs?

I've been switching to LED bulbs wherever I can for the past few years but one thing I haven't done yet is switch my dimmer switches over to LED compatible dimmers. One issue I've had trouble ...
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Which electrical box to use for old-work outdoor light fixture and vinyl siding mounting block?

I have a garage which already has vinyl siding on it but the inside is unfinished and accessible. I would like to add an exterior wall lantern. The vinyl mounting block I purchased looks like this ...
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light switch 3 amp enough for a 4 watt led light set

Can i install a 3 amp switch next to a light? The led light is 4 watts. The light is for installing under the top cabinet. I have 3 such lights to be installed under the top cabinets. There is ...
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Ceiling fan light dims up and down continuously

I have a 13 year old hunter ceiling fan with a remote that dims the lights and turns them on and off. The fan works fine but the light just started to dim up and down continuously on its own. Anyone ...
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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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Light Switch/Dimmer Question

Looking to re-wire a room with a bit different design. Goal: I have a room which is a living room on one end and an office on the other (two zones if you will) where I am installing can lights. I ...
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2 way 2 gang switch wiring

I am replacing a light switch that contains two modules ie two gang two way and each module is labelled “Common, L1 & L2” and works perfectly this way and with the other switch. All have one or ...
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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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Is there a type of bulb other than incandescent that works from -50 to +40C?

My experience with fluorescent lights in my garage has been dismal.  They work fine above freezing, but are very slow to reach full illumination when below freezing, and never do more than glow feebly ...
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How much power do LED smart bulb wireless control systems consume when the light is turned off?

I've been shifting to LED light bulbs due to the energy savings but I've a question about the new smart bulbs that are controllable via Alexa etc. These need to be kept "on" via the switch for them ...
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Ground Wires in Bathroom Vanity Light

I am replacing a vanity light in my condo. I removed the old fixture, which was a cheap long shallow box with five round bulbs. Lo and behold, there was no junction box behind the fixture, as all ...
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Kitchen light wiring

Just moved in and there is no kitchen light. There is a ground, two whites nutted together and two blacks AND a white nutted together. My new fixture has a standard hot and neutral. How do I connect?
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unfinished basement light recommendation

about 45' long feet by 22' feet wide unfinished basement. stairs come down from the middle of the 45' long side into about the center of the basement. the 2x6 floor joists overhead are all exposed, ...
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New Dimmer Switches Work Inconsistently

I recently installed 2 new dimmer switches for new construction recessed lights in my living room (LED bulbs). At first these dimmer switches appeared to be working without issue. However, a few day ...
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What size light bulb do I need?

I’m assuming it’s an older model Hampton Bay ceiling fan but I bought an e12 bulb and it doesn’t fit, so now I need a converter! Please help I’m going crazy trying to find out the size. And, here's a ...
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Installed new LED transformer with spring terminal, light won't turn on

Transformer: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1AcPLA2Pc8bgubRKxyaK6iwiYcjKNx6BZ/view?usp=drivesdk LED light: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1A_YCzH6FLdCCPRd5q3_LZW30tqzxeZZ5/view?usp=drivesdk Things ...
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Led 30watt external light

My garage light has started to (after the sensor has been triggered )it works o.k. But as it is due to go off it just dims very low but stays on any advice on problem would be very much appreciated.
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3-way light switch mysteriously works, then stops working, then starts working again

I have a three-way light switch that is exhibiting really odd behavior. Sometimes it works and sometimes it does not. For example, just now the following happened. Lights are off. I go to switch A ...
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Changing bulb on hanging fixutre?

Light fixture is out is identical to the above photo, a hanging halogen light fixture. The previous owner told us to rotate the fixture by about 20 degrees and it should lower. I rotated the fixture ...
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Ceiling fan replacement, one wire is always hot

So when we moved into our place, the dining room light was always on unless you used the pull cord to turn it off, the wall switch did nothing. Replaced the switch, no change. Trying to change out ...
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What's the best way to separate house light from garage lights?

Currently, I have an outdoor house light connected to the same light switch as a couple other garage lights (see sketch). I would like to separate the garage lights from the outside house light using ...
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GU24 to E26 light socket adapter — any risks?

I recently moved to a new location where instead of the common E26 light sockets, they have GU24 light sockets. This is a bit of a problem for me, because I like to use edison-style incandescent bulbs,...
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Is a 3 way switch required at the stairs to a basement with no other entryway?

Is a 3 way switch required at the stairs to a basement with no other entryway? We were given a violation for not having a 3 way switch in a basement with no entryway.
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How do i connect multiple ground wires? There are 3 green and 1 bare wire on my light fixture

Fixture has 3 hanging lights, each light has 1 green, 1 white and 1 black wire. There is also a bare copper wire on the base of the new fixture. How do i properly attach the green ground wires and ...
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Track Lighting Issue

I recently installed track lighting, and upon turning on the power switch, none of the lights turned on. I went back, checked all of my connections, tested the power, checked each lightbulb, but that ...
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1 switch controls lights and fan, the other controls nothing. How can I make one control lights and one control the fan?

It seems like this was the way it worked originally, but someone had it changed. There is another area in my apartment that is in the same situation. I measured 114VAC from the right switch (I'm ...