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

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Where can I get a box a ceiling fan light?

Does anyone know where I can get a box for a ceiling fan light. I have a ceiling fan with a light but would like to replace the light with a ceiling lamp I have. The current box won't work because ...
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Floor lamp w/five adjustable lamps

Calls for 60W max incandescent bulbs. Salesman sold me A19 Dimmable LED Gen Purpose 60W replacement/uses only 6.5W. Is this safe? This is not a dimmable light.
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Three sets of wires for two switches in bathroom

Need a little help please! I’ve changed every outlet and switch in this house except this one. When I finally got to it, I got a surprise! Sadly, I did not take a picture or remember how it was ...
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Hanging two bulb lamp

Replaced pull chain switch in hanging lamp. After rehanging both bulbs came on but only one will turn off and on, the second bulb stays on constantly. Do I need to reverse the switch wires or the ...
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3 black and white wires at light

I have 4 basement lights wired off one switch. There are 3 blacks and 3 whites at the first light. I tried the notes posted here from 2019 (below). When wired this way, 3 lights come on and off only ...
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4 Wires in Switch Box - Ceiling Fan/Light

I wanted to add a remote transmitter to my ceiling fan and the correpsonding wall switch. When removing the current switch (dual slider fan/light), I have five wires in the switch box. There is a ...
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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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Code-compliant undercabinet light wiring

I have 6 LED undercabinet lights that I plan to link together and power using a switched outlet. The lights use SPT-2 linking cables with proprietary connectors that aren't long enough to link the ...
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Replacing old 60's junction box with recessed lighting

I want to replace a light fixture that was put in the 60s with recessed light. The junction box looks to be held in place by a metal 'u' shaped bar, with the 'u' bend going over the junction box. ...
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No power at light fixture

I am installing a new vanity light fixture, but after installation it did not turn on. I reinstalled the old one and now that one doesn't turn on either at that fixture. So I used a multi-meter on the ...
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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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Replacing light fittings with ones with a battery backup

I've got two light fittings which are basic pendant lights. If I were to get them replaced with new fittings that have a battery backup ( kinda emergency light style that would turn the light on in ...
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Why would these wires be stored this way?

My house was built in the 1920’s. My living room only has two wall sconces until I found two additional hookups within the plaster walls. I have tested them with an old light fixture and they turn on ...
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Two separate gauge wired switch in one double gang box

I finished my basement using 12/2 wire. In the furnace room I built, there is an existing pull string light with 14/2 gauge wire. I added another light in that same room using 12/2 wire. My question ...
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Need help to remove protective cover from light bulb

I need to remove this protective cover from my light fixture. I've tried to turn the protective cover, ive pulled on it, and I've tried to remove this specific light from the fixture. I've tried the ...
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Can a water leak cause a fire in a light fixture?

The upstairs bathroom got too much water on the floor and it dripped through to the kitchen below, by the ceiling light fixture (discoloration on ceiling around light fixture). The place was built ...
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Replacing old batten holder. Confusing wiring

I want to change an old broken batten holder but the wiring is really confusing . There are 3 red wires and 3 blacks. No green or white wire. I want to connect it to new 4 holes batten holder Can ...
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Can I install a light switch/GFCI outlet combo?

Hi I'm trying to see if I can install a light switch/ GFCI outlet combo here. If not what are other options or alternatives. This is the current situation: This is what I want to use Thanks
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Room lighting using LED strips only

We're starting renovating our flat and are kinda lost in terms of lighting. The flat is well a flat... made of hard concrete on all sides. Nothing in straight especially the ceiling so we need to ...
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I need help opening this light cover

How do I remove this cover? It turns a little bit but doesn't screw off. There isn't much give for me to try pry an edge out. I'm in the verge of smashing it lol
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Single pole switch installation - 4 wires in box

I recently had a renovation complete with only the rough in work done for electrical. Due to the pandemic, its hard to get people to come by to finish the work. I am trying to install a single pole ...
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Installing pull chain ceiling fan w/ light fixture. Two brown wires, two black wires, one red at the ceiling junction

Any ideas how to install? Just moved into an older home (built 1950s). Owner planned to install a new ceiling fan, but didn't get to it. Wondering which wires should attach to which...and if any ...
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Why is my front room ceiling fan switch setting off my smoke alarms

When I come down in the morning and switch my ceiling fan on it sets off the fire alarms, it shouldnt be set off by a surge in the circuit as far as i know as the fan is downstairs and the smoke ...
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Can I use sprinkler cable for LED light strip extension?

I have a bunch of leftover sprinkler cable, 18/5 solid copper. The product description from the manufacturer says it can also be used for low voltage landscape lighting. I need to run an extension ...
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I want to change my light bulb to an LED multicolored light bulb

I want to change my current light bulb (which I believe to be a florescent, though I am unsure) in my bedroom to an LED one so I can make it change colors. I am looking at buying this bulb: https://...
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How to meet code when the outdoor light is separated from the electrical box by a wooden spacer

After new siding was installed on the house, there is a 1-1/2"-thick wooden spacer between the electrical box for an outside light and the location of the light. In my prior experience, the ...
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Electrical and wiring issues

My problem: I have replaced a toggle switch with a rocker switch and wall outlet with a new one. I changed the toggle wall switch with a rocker switch that has two pigtails coming out the back: one ...
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How can I add a second light to my bathroom circuit?

I am new to the forum and this is my first major project. I am looking for some help for adding a vanity light above my sink, and wiring it to the existing switch that controls the ceiling light so ...
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Hunter 99123 remote control dimming feature stopped working

It has 3 led bulbs. Used to dim just fine by holding the power on light button to dim/brighten. Light works fine still, but now only very bright and can't dim. I use this Hunter model 99123 remote(...
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What are the pros and cons on installing a typical garage floodlight kit, inside your garage?

I have a few extra kits and a dark garage... and I am like why not inside? This thing would take 20 minutes to install and would pump out 225W. Some other things that have come to mind. Is there a ...
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Installing sensor dimmer to replace bathroom light switch beside fan switch

I'm trying to install a Lutron Maestro sensor dimmer to replace an existing bathroom light switch (on the left in picture) that is beside a fan switch (on the right in picture), however I can't seem ...
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How to post mount flood light security lights

I am trying to add some light for security and visibility in our backyard that serves as a parking lot. The area where I'd like to install a light fixture is in the back corner of our yard opposite of ...
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Will high wattage LED bulb work with this light fixture?

I am looking to replace the LED light bulbs in my ceiling downlights with some stronger ones. Specification of existing lightbulb: LED, GU10, 5W, 240V Specification of light fixture: KR (KangRong), ...
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What options do I have to rotate a horizontal 2-gang switch box?

I'm working on replacing the light switches in my house, but I've got one box that I'm not sure what to do with. It's a two gang box with double switches in each slot (4 switches total). It looks like ...
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Lighting fixtures for germicidal bulbs

There are plenty of UV bulbs waiting in the supply chain. These could be used to make germicidal chambers. Grandma and Grandpa could throw a package in there, let the light shine on it for a while, ...
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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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My circular old work electrical box is too small for the light fixture mounting bracket

I purchased some flush mount light fixtures to install in each of the bedrooms in my house. Originally I picked up some circular 4" old work electrical boxes (the ones with the "flags") but discovered ...
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Wiring guidance for a smart dimmer switch (Kasa HS220)

I'm working on replacing the dimmer switches in my house with smart dimmer switches and have run into a wiring issue. I've installed 2 Kasa HS 220 smart dimmer light switches so far, but when I went ...
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Does wire running up an exterior wall require conduit?

I plan on running wire from a nearby exterior GFCI AC Box to the soffits on my house for soffit lighting. Behind the GFCI box is the garage. I was thinking about running the romex along the bottom of ...
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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 do I separate many devices controlled by one switch?

I just moved into a new townhome and have noticed that one switch controls 3 outlets, a light fixture inside and 1 outside AND a hallway light. The lights have their own switches but will only work if ...
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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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Is there something like a power switch that I can control from a computer?

I need to control a LED light from a computer program that I am writing, i.e. I want to turn that light on or off from the computer. Is there some kind of power switch or alike that I can connect to ...
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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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Why does my new smart dimmer have an extra wire? [closed]

my single pole dimmer has a hot (black), white (neutral) and green ground. The new dimmer appears to require a hot, neutral, ground and load.... why, don't get it?
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How can i fix this my vanity lights?

There are 6 lights on my vanity three on each side, you can unscrew the light bulbs too. Someone put tweezers in the light socket and it blew a fuse, now one side won’t turn on and when I turn on the ...
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How do I install can-less down lights in new construction?

Two-part question: First, are the can-less, low-profile LED downlights (e.g. HALO HLB Lite 4" LED) suitable for new construction, or only for remodels? I'm getting confused about the Code rules for ...
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What is the technical term for this style lighting?

It’s basically looking like LED strip lights, whose light bounces off the ceiling, and the strips are on top of some sort of mold/ceiling fascia. I don’t even know what to google to find a picture to ...
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What is the name of this piece and where can I find a UL listed part

What is the name of this piece and where can I find a UL listed replacement part.
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2 different sets of downlights off the same switch. How to wire?

I am going to be changing a bedroom ceiling rose into 2 different sets of downlights. The first set is the main room lighting and the second is in cabinet lighting. Both of which I would like to ...

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