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Replace dated light fixture mounted to metal stem in ceiling medallion

I recently took down an old chandelier that I found was screwed into the metal stem. Stem is hanging about 2.5" below the hole of the medallion, and the threaded nipple at the end of it is 0.5&...
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Changing bulb in bathroom light fitting

I've tried looking for guides, but I haven't seen any other lights like mine It seems like there is a cover over the bulb but I haven't been able to remove it and even if I could I don't think the ...
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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 can 12 V halogen downlights be much more efficient than 220 V ones?

The house I bought has halogen downlights pretty much everywhere, and they are all 12 V. I was wondering why bother with stepping down to 12 V but didn't think much about it. When looking at ...
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Enable switch with two pair of black and red wires

I am in the UK, I have a switch that has been disconnected. The rose that this is connected to has the red wires into the "Loop" part. (There are two ceiling roses connected to a single ...
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How do I make these Gama Sonic lanterns theft-proof?

Does anybody have a good idea on how to secure these solar lights? I've mounted these to some brick posts in front of my house and a few have been stolen. The first time the thieves were able to ...
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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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Bathroom light switch turns off kitchen light randomly

My kitchen and bathroom share a wall. The switches in both rooms are not set up in an intentional 3-way switch setup. If my kitchen light switch is on, turning the bathroom switch to either on or off ...
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Removed two single pole switches in an attempt to wire a smart switch, forgot how to wire back

I had two single pole switches that were working fine before I attempted to change one to a smart light switch (right switch that controls the two outside light fixtures). I forgot to take a photo ...
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3-Way Switch with Dimmer - Humming?

We recently upgraded our dining room light fixture, which now has 8 light bulb sockets. In turn, the wife wanted to add a dimmer to the circuit to control the lighting. The light is control by a 3-way ...
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Remove recessed lighting can

I am trying to remove a recessed lighting fixture (see photo below). This fixture was installed in the ceiling of a new addition in 1993 and I believe it is therefore a ‘new build’ type fixture rather ...
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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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Want to add lights to existing outlets - beginning of circuit or end?

thanks in advance for help Question is this. I have romex running from the panel to a set of 6 outlets. If I want to add lights and a switch, can I simply add them FROM the first outlet? Details ...
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How to connect two dimmers to control two sets of lights independently

I have just moved to Germany, and have a room with a double-gang system. The lower is a rotary dimmer which controls the lights in the kitchen, and the upper is a double rocker switch that simply ...
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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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Why does my new lamp hum while turned off?

I just changed the ceiling lamp I had in my kitchen, from an ancient one (probably more than 20+ years old) to new and beautiful hanging one. I also switched from the old incandescent bulb to a CFL. ...
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How do wire a dimmer in a 3 gang box with one incoming line.

How do I make my dimmer work? Right now it does not work :( Any help. Diagram attached of current setup. I would appreciate any help. I am presuming it is because I am not completing the circuit for ...
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light fixture wattage question

I purchased a light kit that requires 3 light bulbs and says 100 Watt max. Does this mean that the wattage of the 3 bulbs can only add up to 100 watts or does that mean that each lightbulb can be no ...
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How do I add an external power socket to a lighting circuit?

I'm installing some ELV garden lights and would be grateful for some advice on connecting up. I'd like to control them from a spare light switch (the 2nd switch controls the exterior wall lights) just ...
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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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Why does only 1 bulb stays on?

I have a 4 bulb ceiling light which was working perfectly until recently... When the power is off, the 4th bulb flickers... I removed the 4th bulb, and the 3rd bulb flickers! So I removed the fuse ...
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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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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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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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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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What is causing the outlets and ceilings fans in my home to burn out

I've got 4 ceiling fans not working, one of them crackled and flickered for a while then all of a sudden no power in back bedroom and small bathroom. No power to lights, ceiling fans and inside wall ...
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Replacing old dimmer switch

I am trying to replace a dimmer switch. It appears to have been set up as a three way, but we can’t find a second switch that would control the light. It seems that all the wires coming out of the old ...
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Change timer setting on a bathroom fan (sharing a switch with the light)

In our new house, the bathroom fan goes on about 3 minutes after the light has been switched on (single switch for both), and goes off about 10 minutes after the light has been switched off. I would ...
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How many spurs from lighting terminal?

I am looking to add a new light and the best access I have is from an adjacent room's light fitting. This ceiling rose has 3 supply lines, which I assume is a supply in, supply out and a spur. Is it ...
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Can electrical in a pergola be ran to pool lights breaker to run ceiling fan and outlet?

We recently had an aluminum pergola installed with an electrical outlet and would like to install a ceiling fan. The electrical in the pergola, which is not GFCI, was ran to the pool lights breaker in ...
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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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PIR Sensor mounting

A Sensorswitch PIR sensor (right) was purchased because (hopefully) it will provide years of service in the hot Florida sun. It would be nice if could be installed in the Defiant (Home Depot) fixture (...
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Bathroom exhaust fan and light switch separation

new here and I tried the search but can’t seem to find an answer to what I’ve got. In my bathroom, I have 2 switches. When top switch is on, bottom off, the vanity light and the exhaust fan light ...
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Strange wiring in outdoor flood light. How to explain why previous “electrician” did it this way?

The floodlight in the back of my house doesn’t work, I also have a handful of mystery switches so I figured I would open up the fixture and make sure it was wired right (or at all, I’ve found a ...
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Bafflement with LED ceiling lights

I have two office lights, wired in parallel that were switched for LED a couple of years ago. For over a year they worked fine. They are the type with multiple little LEDs not LED bulbs. On switching ...
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Multiway switching questions

I have three 3 way switches wired in series with a ceiling fan in one room and a kitchen light. All the switches are in the kitchen, there is a two gang switch on one side where the main power comes ...
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How to best light up small walk-in closet?

Context I have a couple small walk-in closets in my apartment: they are 1-door-plus-few-centimetres wide (60–75cm) and fairly deep (95cm). The doors open from a hallway without direct natural light. ...
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When changing ceiling light I connected the wires wrong now no light works but breaker wasn’t tripped!

I live in a condo and changed the light fixture in my den. But I connected the wrong ones together and when I turned the power back on there was a big spark from the light fixture. I then realized my ...
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Mobile Home Wiring

I tried a search for this, but as Its baffling me hardcore and weird variables, I figured I'd post to get my girlfriend happy again. Her home is a mobile home. A light switch wasn't working, so with ...
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New dimmer switch is not operating new led panels

I bought 4 new led panel lights for my drop ceiling and installed Saturday. I also purchased a 0-10 voltage dimmer switch. Yes the lights are dimmable and the switch is for low voltage. I can turn the ...
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How can I meet NEC code for Class 2 at the power supply with multiple strips of LED lighting?

...The Project... Install 94 feet of perimeter lighting around a kitchen/dining/living space. The desired product is a color tunable LED strip. Possibly this product but I could use an equivalent ...
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Why does an LED ceiling fixture glow even when switched off?

I've just installed an LED ceiling fixture, and it glows even when switched off. I'd estimate it as about 5-10% of the switched-on intensity. The answers I've found here on DIY.SE to similar ...
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Wiring a bulb holder to a plug, what cable to use?

I want to wire a bulb holder like this one, to a plug using some flex cable, so i can use it like a lead light / inspection light, move it to different places etc... So I just want to check that I'm ...
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Turning two-way switches into three-way

Picture in the link is in my garage. I have four 14/2 cables. All whites are nutted together. 2 blacks are nutted together, and 1 going from that nut to each both switches. The below pic has three ...
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Designing under cabinet lighting with Home Automation in mind

I am looking to install under cabinet lighting in my kitchen keeping in mind that I'd like to add a Lutron Caseta in the near future. There are 3 problems I am trying to tackle. First, I am having a ...
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4 way circuit with two 4 way switches

I have a 4 way circuit (3 physical toggle switches). I am use to seeing this setup with two 3-ways and a 4-way in the middle. Looking at what I have, I have a 3-way, and two 4-way switches! All 4 ...
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Double switch wiring

I replaced an old double switch with a new one and now nothing turns on. Both are 15a 125v. Looking at the old switch : on the left, two white wires going to two gold screws above/below each other; on ...
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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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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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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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