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How do I remove this light bulb to replace it?

Sorry if this has been asked before - but I cannot figure out how to remove this light bulb to replace it. Any suggestions so I don't break it? thanks!
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Ground wire seems to pass through light switch

I am trying to install a Kasa smart switch and ran into what looks like a ground wire that just passes through the switch(see image below). This switch is one of two that control a single bank of ...
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“Plug-in” recessed light housing or retrofix jbox in unfinished basement ceiling?

Imagine one of those 4ft led shop lights with a 6 foot plug-in cable that you can get from anywhere. If you had a basement with finished walls and floors but an unfinished ceiling with electrical ...
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Can you safely install high-pressure sodium wall packs indoors?

I really like the appearance of old street lights (the high-pressure sodium kind). To get the same effect indoors, I was thinking of getting an ordinary high-pressure sodium wall pack (like this one, ...
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Electricians, do you see any problems with this wiring diagram for power at light shared between independent light groups?

I'm looking for input on the safety and code compliance of the wiring plan i've detailed, shown in the photos below. Description of the broader project My jurisdiction is subject to the 2014 NEC. I'm ...
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How do i wire this 2 switches light switch?

This light switch was failing for a while and I removed it from the wall so I could see what the problem was. After inspecting it, I realized that it was a bad connection on the wires in the light ...
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Will a feed through on and off switch work with a fluorescent light?

We have a fluorescent light mounted above the kitchen sink. The on/off switch is on the light fixture and it's hard to reach. Will a feed through on and off switch work with a fluorescent light?
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Did I mount this light too close to a post?

I was adding 2 new additional basement lights today, I thought I was doing a good job of mounting everything correctly and securing the wire. However when I finished and got someone else to look at ...
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Why does 36W LED bulb not light up?

I bought a 36W (220V/50Hz/425mA/E27) LED growlight (well, only the lightbulb). To make it work, I also ordered a simple lampholder (AKA the other part of the lamp). After wiring it up, the light bulb ...
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How do I mount a second ceiling light from the same junction box

Have an existing ceiling fixture (pendant) that is wired to a switch. I'm interested in wiring another light to the same fixture, A simple track light like this one. I understand that as per code, all ...
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Ceiling rose light replacement

Would love your advice on connecting a new light to the existing wiring on our ceiling light please! It’s a lot more wiring than I’ve seen on other images. And certainly more connections than the ...
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Dimmer Switch Install - Trying to Locate Ground

Would anyone be able to take a look at this and direct me to the ground in the box, if any. Long story short I’m installing a dimmer that comes with a green ground and don’t know where to attach it. I ...
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Light switch won't turn off after fitting a new light bulb [duplicate]

Thought installing a cheap "smart" light bulb would be a harmless operation. Here's what I did: With the light switch off, removed the old light bulb Installed a new light bulb and flick ...
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Wiring 5 LED Lights in Parallel

We are (attempting) to replace our kitchen light fixtures with LED recessed lights. Let's just say it's been a huge learning curve... which I'm going to summarize here so you know the things we've ...
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Pair of 3-way switches, when one is on, the other won't toggle it

I have a pair of 3-way switches. I've wired them the same way as the other 4 in the same box (as far as I can tell), but they're not working as expected. I've tried re-wiring them each lots of various ...
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How can I troubleshoot faulty motion-sensor security lights on a timer?

I have around 5 security lights with motion sensor around the house but they are not working, and I couldn't figure out where the switches are. Finally, in the garage I found this timer (attached). I ...
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One Flickering LED Bulb On Switch with 4 Bulbs

I have a swiych with 4 overhead recessed lights on it. I recently replaced the switch with a ZOOZ Z-wave dimmer switch. It worked great. Nor problems except I had mismatched LED bulbs so they didn't ...
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RCD spur to protect a wall light fitting

I have a wall light which is connected to a 13amp domestic ring main using a 5amp fused spur. Is it possible to replace this conventional fused spur with a 5amp RCD spur for added protection should ...
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Is this a proper grounding of my wires?

I’m replacing the light switches and plugs in my new house and noticed that all the light switches so far have the ground wires screwed to the back of the outlet box. Is this good enough that I don’t ...
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Still reading open neutral after restoring power to lights and outlets

We recently plugged a space heater into an outlet in our son’s bedroom and only ran it at night. At some point, all of the lights and outlets in the room except one outlet on the opposite wall stopped ...
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How do I retwist Christmas lights?

I have a set of Christmas lights in trying to untangle. One of the issues I'm facing is that, in some places, the wires have come untwisted, which makes them more prone to tangle. Is there any way to ...
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Why are their connected pairs of black and white wires in my light and switch boxes?

I'm looking to replace (what I thought would be) a simple light fixture and switch. Upon opening up the box, replacing the cables and doing some testing I have found some strange results. I do believe ...
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Should I be concerned about a ceiling light fixture that was installed without the mounting bracket?

The last piece of my move was to install my new light fixtures from my last place and I finally hired a general contractor to do so. After he left, I realized that I had not given him the mounting ...
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Can I mount an LED light bar to a truss web?

I have 4 foot long LED light bars that i would like to mount in my crawl space. I’ve removed the sagging underfloor insulation and am doing wall insulation instead, so the truss bays are empty. ...
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Is there an “inside box” switch (for smart lighting)

I recently bought some smart recessed lights (with smart dimmer) for the kitchen. The smart lighting system requires the power supply to the lights always remain on. Rather than placing the smart ...
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Convert Single Gang to Dual Gang for Ceiling Light/Fan Fixture

I’m resurrecting a question I asked a couple months back, but now I have pictures that should hopefully help illustrate what I’m asking. Thank you for the preliminary responses, hopefully now this ...
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Front porch light has low voltage

Went to Replace a burned out light bulb. The new bulb didn’t work either. Replaced the double switch, one side of the switch works. The switch for the porch light doesn’t, it has 0.9 volts. In the ...
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Can I add a junction box in my attic to ease congestion in a ceiling box?

I have an existing ceiling junction box feeding a ceiling fan (with lights) that I'm replacing with a flush mount ceiling fan (no lights) and plan to add four recessed lights controlled by a separate ...
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Is it safe to mix and match light bulb wattages and sizes in same fixture?

I have a one of those two-head spotlight fixtures in my back yard. The fixture is under my deck roof and never gets wet. Each socket is rated at 120 watts max. It's designed for the PAR38 spotlight ...
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How do I troubleshoot 2 light switches in the same box with 4 black (hot) wires?

I opened up my bathroom light switch and fan box to replace the switches. The light is for overhead and the fan is a standard bathroom fan. Inside the box I found 4 sets of wires (1 black, 1 white, 1 ...
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Can I reuse the screws and holes of a ceiling rose to fit a surface mount light?

I'm moving into a new build and in some room. I have some simple pendant lights with a rose. Unscrewing the rose reveals a new box that seems to click in place and that hides all the connections and ...
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Why are some of my string of LED lights dimmer than the rest?

I have an outdoor LED light chain, which consists of two parts. This morning when I got up the second part of the LED chain had begun glowing very faintly (see image). The first part of the chain (...
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lights taken out cant figure out how to rewire

My dad took down two fixtures in the basement that were working fine just before he took them out (one died). He didn't take a picture of the wiring before taking them out. Now we can't figure out how ...
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How do I wire a wifi light switch with wiring that doesn't match the install instructions?

I bought a Yeewell smart light switch (X00247151R) that claims to be designed to work with a standard 2-way light switch. The one I'd like to replace has two switches in it, but only one does anything....
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Best Light for Reading, Computer Office: Flat Panel or Dome/Global Light [closed]

We are thinking of installing new ceiling lights, in Standard 10 feet ceiling. We originally have 4 inch diameter light in the hallway. My son would keep the door open to prevent getting hot, however ...
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Ceiling Light Installation: Junction Box or SLIM Led Driver Differences

What are the advantages/disadvantages between using a Junction Box Ceiling Light Installation or a Slim LED Driver box installation? My ceiling has space to incorporate either option. I am wondering ...
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Replacing a pull-chain fan with a smart fan

I realize there are many similar questions that have been asked, but none that I have found that apply to my situation. I'm trying to replace an old pull-chain fan with a new smart fan I purchased, ...
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How to attach light with two ground wires to fixture with one ground wire?

I'm trying to replace a ceiling light and I'm unsure of all the connections to make because the light has 4 wires coming from it, but the ceiling only has 3. The ceiling light has black, white, green ...
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Short circuited

Hi was getting ready to hang a light when removing wires outta the box the touched and kicked off the breaker, once I turned breaker back on light and a few other lights and plugs don’t work now I ...
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Ugly porch light installation

I had a security light installed on the outside of my house. The power feed (wiring) came off of my existing surface mounted porch light. The installer added a junction box under the porch light, ...
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Installing a ceiling fan/light with a receiver and two wall switches

I have the following ceiling light/fan combo that I’m going to install (Ashby Park ceiling fan Instructions) in a bedroom that has two light switches. One for the light and one for a fan. However, due ...
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How to install surface mount box under eave with aluminum covering

I want to install a flood light under the eave of my house. I ran the electric from the basement through 2 floors to the third floor attic and into the eave already. I bought the flood light and a ...
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Physical switch for LED light strip

I installed a Philips Hue RGB light strip in my home (this model). It plugs into a regular wall outlet and I turn it on and off using the Google Home app on my phone. I would like to have a physical ...
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Can i use a 9w led in a 6.5w lamp

My lamp has a label on it that says Max 6.5w 120v 60hz, but I have bulb that I wanted to use that is 9w LED. The bulb that was in there before was also an LED 6.5w. Would I be able to use a 9w LED ...
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How to convert Light Switch from 2 red, 2 black, and ground to 1 traveler, 1 neutral, and a ground?

I am swapping the light switches in my house and have come across some issues with some of the 3-way switches. The switches have a ground, two red cables, and two black cables and the new switch I'm ...
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LED lights turning on/flickering when lights on another switch are on

I know there are a number of other questions on similar topics, but I could use some more specific ideas on this case. I've recently wired up 3 sets of recessed 9W LED lights in my basement, each on a ...
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TP-link Kasa 2 way HS200 only controls 1 of 7 lights

HELP for a SmartHome / Electrical noob here Our kitchen has 11 recessed lights - 6+4 on the main roof and 1 over the sink. The 6+1 are controlled by one 2 way switch (A). The other 4 by a 3-way setup (...
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Wiring two lights on one switch

I bought some hanging lights to replace two sets of lights in the kitchen. The hanging lights are controlled by two switches on the wall. There are two holes in the ceiling that each have a bundle of ...
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What light switch combination do I need?

Help! I'm replacing some light switches for my kitchen light and I can't seem to get the circuit to work properly with the new switches. I assumed I just needed to buy two 3-way switches, but I can ...
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Vanity light installation versus box location

I just installed a replacement fixture and ran into a small puzzle. This fixture, and its predecessor, are mounted on back-plates. The plate has curved slots in the middle for screws into a box, and ...

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