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

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Ceiling Light, Dimmer off does not totally turn off light

I bought a 2 Ceiling Lights (Halo BLD606930WHR) with 2 Dimmers (Lutron DVCL-153PR-WH). They are compatible lights and dimmers. When turning the dimmer Totally down to 0%, one of the lights continues ...
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Remotely controllable LED dimmer?

Can I use a product like this Skylink MD-318 remote dimmer module to control LED lights like these LED downlights? I've contacted Skylink (the company that manufactures the dimmer module) and they ...
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Under cabinet lights won't stay lite but come on for bit when I wiggle the bulb so they aren't burnt out [closed]

I have under cabinet lighting that's hard wired to a light switch. Some of them look like they burned out but when I wiggle the bulb a little they light up again. It's been happening for years. Now ...
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Wiring in wall light and shelly v1

I'm wanting to add a shelly v1 to one of our wall lights but after taking it off I can't work out what is happening here! The wiring doesn't seem to match any diagrams I can find, what is this called ...
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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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Can I eliminate 1 switch from a 3-4-4-4-3 way configuration?

The 2 story foyer light is controlled by 5 switches. 1 is a dimmer at bottom of stairs. 1 at top of stairs. And 1 switch at each of 3 doors entering lower foyer. We want to hang a large mirror on ...
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How to wire a switch with multiple lights

I have 3 lights (Power is coming in the first light) that are each on a single switch (in the same circuit). I want to put the 3 of them on the same switch. I found this helpful diagram but my switch ...
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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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Motion Sensing Light Switch Requires Minimum Load of 60W - can I use with LEDs?

I've just bought a Luxomat 2-wire Indoor 180-N-R Motion sensing light switch. Manual here: https://www.tlc-direct.co.uk/Technical/DataSheets/BEG/BE180R2W_User%20Instructions.pdf I was fitting the ...
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Nearly all basement lights dependent on switch at top of stairs

I went to a house this evening for a showing and encountered a situation involving the basement lighting that I'm almost certain violates at least one part of the NEC. The house was built in 2000. The ...
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DC Landscape Lighting Transformer

I'm planning an installation of twelve 12VDC deck post cap lights, each drawing 1.6 watts. The manufacturer says the lights must be driven by a DC supply. They offer a system that uses a 50 watt ...
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What would my bedroom wall switch control if not the ceiling fan or outlets?

In my second floor master bedroom there is a light switch right when you enter the room. It does not appear to control anything. I have separately checked every wall outlet and they all work with ...
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Install a ceiling light - confused on the ceiling wires color

Purchased a light and try to install by myself. The light does require a bulb. https://www.crateandbarrel.com/ivory-woven-rope-flushmount/s577632 Previous owner removed her light in this room before ...
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Sizing a landscape lighting transformer

I'm surprised this hasn't come up before but I did a search here and didn't find anything, so here goes. I need to power a dozen 12VDC LED deck post lights, each drawing 1.6 watts. I want to place ...
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Lutron dimmer w/companion in existing Carter 3-way

I’m pretty sure I have a carter 3-way switch setup. Each box has a hot wire and I haven’t been able to wire this up successfully, either the breaker blows, the light is always on with no dimming ...
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Light switch buzzing

We've moved into a new home and fitted some metal switches, weirdly on the downstairs set of lights when you run your finger along the face or touch your ear to the socket there is a small buzz. ...
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Help wiring “smart” light switch in existing space

I would like to replace 2 conventional light switches in a 2-gang box, with 2 "smart" light switches, but I'm confused about how to wire them. The circuit has 3 wires coming in from the top ...
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Illuminated Light Switch Flickering / Pulsating

I have a 3-way light switch that I just replaced with a new illuminated one (glows when off). The light inside the switch is pulsating, like a heartbeat! I thought it was maybe a defective switch and ...
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Push to run motorized appliance switch

I want a motorized appliance switch that turns on only when I am depressing a button then turns off when I let go. I know about air switches I do not want those as they do not go in an electrical box. ...
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How much light is too much light? [closed]

I'd like to improve the poor lighting in my 10' x 12' home office (currently a single small overhead LED located in the center of the room; my wife and I have desks at either end of the space). The ...
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Is there any code requirements determining how close a ceiling fan can be to a pendant light?

Is there any code requirement on how close to a pendant light a ceiling fan blade can be? This is Oregon, which is based on 2018 IRC and 2020 NEC code.
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Adding a smart switch to a box originally containing two single-pole switches

I currently have two single-pole switches in one box, with the first/upper controlling an interior light and the second/lower controlling an exterior light. I want to replace the second/lower with a ...
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Mounting an outdoor electrical box to a lamp post

My home has a couple of lamp posts in the front garden. One of the posts has a 1-gang metal outdoor box mounted to it, with a regular non-GFCI receptacle which I intend to replace with a GFCI so I can ...
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Installing a ceiling fan, 1920s home

We are attempting to install a ceiling fan into our 1920s home. The light fixture was centered in the room, above it are two wooden cross sections (I’m guessing to support the floor above). We can’t ...
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How to put Christmas light net on top of very tall tree

I have a 9 meters tall tree, and 5 christmas lights nets. I have a 5 meter ladder, some ropes, some 3 meter long sticks, and some other tools. I want to cover the tree with the christmas lights from ...
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Why can't I connect a dimmer in line with an outdoor security light?

I have an outdoor security floodlight (with motion sensor and photocell) that I'd like to be able to dim. The user manual says to not connect it to a dimmer, but doesn't explain why. What is the ...
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Adding a ceiling light to this circuit

I currently have the following circuit in a room:  I plan to add a ceiling light and was going to tie the light switches black and ground to the new ceiling wires black and ground, and then use a ...
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Switched outlet needs to be on for an exterior light switch to work; how can I fix this?

I have two switches in a box connected via a jumper wire; one for an outside light and one for the top plug of a wall receptacle. My problem is that the receptacle switch has to be switched on in ...
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Integrated LED sconce turns on and then immediately turns off

I just moved into a new home which has two bathrooms with identical LED vanity lights, https://www.minkagroup.net/p5217-077-l.html. In each bathroom, when you flip the switch for the vanity light, it ...
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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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Is it safe to plug christmas lights into a power strip or surge protector that's connected to an extension cord?

I want to plug my christmas lights into a power strip or surge protector that is itself plugged into an extension cord. The extension cord is plugged into the side of my house. Is this safe?
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Setting up makeup lights on this rotating jewelry cabinet

I want to buy this jewelry cabinet for my wife (white one). Now to ensure her face is sufficiently illuminated while getting prepared, I want to setup some lights along the wooden frame around the ...
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5A Round Pin Socket Wiring and Fusing

I am looking to install 4 5A round pin sockets on the lighting ring, so we can switch on lamps around the room using a switch by the door. I have 2 questions; Wiring and Fusing. Part 1 - Wiring How ...
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How do you open this fluorescent light fixture?

The blubs have flickered and gone out on this light in my kitchen. How can I open this fixture? I have taken one of the plates off but I wasn't sure is that was the right place to look. I heard a lot ...
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Light with Dimmer and LED bulbs blinks when on by itself

I have a light and the switch is a Lutron LED/CFL compatible dimmer switch. If only that light is on it will blink a lot, 2-3 times every 5 seconds. However, if I turn on another light that is on the ...
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Can push in connectors be used for parallel circuits?

Adding in new construction can lights that come with push in connectors. Rather than using the old yellow cap twists, the connectors have 4 slots and I wanted to know if I can just run a line from one ...
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Is a junction box required in my situation?

I’m moving my vanity light fixture (from where it was on the left to the hole on the right), and the cable is just barely too short to reach the new location (in particular the ground wire). I’m ...
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How do I wire this ceiling light?

I know I can connect the loose cable from light switch to light fixture, but what do I do with that extra cable coming down to the outlet? Previously this was a fan/light combo with remote that had ...
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What fixture would give the best light in this high-ceiling room?

My high-ceiling living room has only 3 plug-in lamps, but there are two live, switched electrical boxes on the wall, a few feet apart, just above top of the bookcase in the photo below. The easiest ...
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How can a circuit be designed with a switched live connected to multiple PIR motion sensors? [UK]

If you want a light or generic circuit to be switched by multiple PIR sensors, how is this best achieved? For instance you might have 4 sensors on the corners of your house and if any of them detect ...
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Honeywell programmable switch: lights always on…?

I have a Honeywell programmable switch for outdoor lights. Recently, I realized that even when the switch is supposed to be off (during the day), the lightbulbs are not completely turned off. They are ...
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Electrical wiring issue with Ring Camera

I am replacing an old floodlight with a new Ring spotlight camera that is on the same breaker as a pre-existing Ring spotlight. I’m adding a second Ring for additional coverage around our property. ...
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Can my cabinet lights be operated with a dimmable switch?

The previous homeowner underwent a kitchen remodel and cabinet lighting was installed. I did a “Google” search for what I think is the model number listed on the back side of the unit but came up ...
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After Lamp Blew and Circuit Breaker Popped Light Won't Go Out

(USA 120v) There are two recessed ceiling lights in the bathroom. The switch is a modern code one that senses if somebody is in bathroom but for years it seems to have been in a mode where it just ...
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Help wiring a new light

Good day everyone I need some assistance with wiring a new light. All other wire outlets in the house have a standard brown (live), blue (neutral) and green (earth) cable apart from this one (see ...
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2 out of 5 ceiling lights in basement won't work

2 out of 5 ceiling lights in basement won't work. The fuse never tripped. The lights never flickered. They worked perfectly before. The house was built in 1997. The basement is unfinished so I can see ...
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Lighting wiring questions 101

I'm working on a remodel of a 1960's home and redoing the wiring from scratch. I'm drawing up electrical plans. I understand most of the codes and have all of the outlets planned out. I'm having a ...
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How To Replace Broken Light Junction Box in Ceiling

When I opened the door to my storage closet I discovered the light fixture hanging. The junction box has broken at the two screw mounts and the ceiling around it is fully drywalled. This is in a ...
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Placement of transformer for indoor/outdoor LED light string

The LED light string is labeled for Indoor/Outdoor use but there is a warning on the box that the transformer must be indoors. That seems as though the light string is NOT suitable for outdoor use. I ...
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Should I add outlets inside my cabinets for LED lighting?

I'm replacing my kitchen cabinets. I'm planning on having two independent runs of LED strips: under the wall cabinets and toe kicks. I'm also considering lights inside some cabinets such as the lazy ...

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