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Is the 2nd black wire the ground?

I'm replacing a vanity light and there are 2 back wires 1 is hot and 1 white neutral wire. Also, the ground wire attached to the old light was connected to the hot wire.
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why are my LED lights not turning on?

My led lights have worked fine for awhile, but today they wouldn't turn on! When I plug them in they flicker once and shut back off. I tried a different outlet and it did the same thing.
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Hallway light switch makes bedroom light brighter

When I turn my bedroom light switch on, the ceiling light turns on and seems fine. (Older North American home.) When I then turn the switch for the hallway light on, the bedroom light becomes brighter....
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Help with ceiling fan wiring

North American home from ~1960s. Unfortunately I dont have a "before" picture of the old fan wiring. Trying to install a new fan which has a light, controlled by a dimmer switch on the wall. ...
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Extending power from 3 way switch with power coming into the fixture

I have a dining room light on a 3 way switch that also extends power into the hallway from the first switch. All the wires have been removed and now I'm lost. Trick is, there is a 14-2 power supply to ...
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Standard floodlight problem

I recently bought a house built in 1972. It had 4 double spotlight (standard switch controlled) at each corner of the house with the romex coming down thru a hole in the wood soffits. Two of the ...
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Attaching guide wire to guide wire for patio string lights

I am looking to start installing string lights on my patio, and my current plan is to zig-zag the lights between two runs of wire rope. Here's a picture: The brown squares are going to be posts set ...
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Options for lighting a finished room with exposed joists

We're finishing a basement room, but want to leave the old ceiling joists exposed (we like the look). I like how mr16 bulbs light up the room, but I'm having trouble figuring out a safe way to install ...
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What kind of dimmer switch do I have?

Moved into a new place recently and I don't know what kind of dimmer I have. The dimmer switch: (the whole thing is on/off and then there's an up button and down button; the blue led presumably ...
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What kind of dimmer switch and ceiling fan are needed to correctly wire and control a ceiling fan?

I’ve read a lot about how people incorrectly install ceiling fans and control them by dimmers. As a result I want to do it right, but nowhere can I find concrete directions on what I need to do. What ...
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Question about wiring multiple lights in parallel as well a multiple lights in a parallel 3 way

Images from electrical-online.com Is the following diagram of multiple lights in parallel valid? There were some people who claimed it didn't work (they claimed their flow followed the diagram, but ...
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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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Should there be insulation inside a light fixture?

I recently moved into a new home, and I was replacing a light bulb when I found this after removing the glass cover. Now, I don't know much about codes and regulations, and I'm new to working on my ...
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Connecting modern dimmer to two-wire junction box

I just bought two "smart" dimmers to replace some older ones. We have two different ceiling fixtures. The old switches only had two terminals, and both switches were tied together on one of ...
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Best way to convert all lights on one switch, to one switch per room

I’m about to tackle refinishing some parts of my basement. When you walk down the stairs, there’s one switch that controls all the lights; I’d like to convert that to one switch per room. Is it code-...
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Replacement of light switch connected by wires of 5 different colours

My light switch is connected by wires of 5 colours. After breaking the original one, I tried to replace but no idea about the colours, no label on the connector. Black and white were twisted together. ...
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Installing a new 4-way switch troubleshooting

I'm installing a new 4-way switch. When I flip any of the switches, it's not toggling the on/off state of the final hot wire. The final hot wire (which will supply the light) is always hot. All the ...
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Why do some LED bulbs stay on when my dimmer is off? [duplicate]

The front room of our rented house has 8 down-lighter spotlights on one of those dimmers that you use a silver disc to turn on and off and supposedly dim. Beside the switch is another separate dimmer ...
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Remove 1 Light/Switch to Operate on It's Own

I have 7 lights in my kitchen going into my butler's pantry. There are five light switches that controls the lights. 1 switch in the butler's pantry, 3 switches in the kitchen and 1 switch outside of ...
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Multiple wires in kitchen light fixture

I recently bought a house built in 1952 and am trying to change the light fixture in the kitchen ceiling. When I took the old light fixture off, I noticed that the wires coming from the ceiling were ...
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LED chandelier lights permanently dim

Our LED chandelier has 20 1.5w G4 bi-pin bulbs. About a month ago, all of the bulbs, in unison became very dim. We do not have a dimmer on this chandelier. I noticed that sometimes when I'd turn on ...
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Newly installed dimmer switch doesn't power off

My bathroom has a double switch plate: one for a fan and one for the light. I've replaced the light switch with a dimmer (Lutron Maestro Model# MACL-153M.) And I've also replaced the incandesent ...
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Can you put an electrical switch inside a walk-in closet according to NEC?

I have a walk-in closet where I would like to put a switched light ceiling-mounted fixture. According to NEC can I put the switch inside the closet (next to the door), or does the switch need to be on ...
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How to run electrical wires in an exterior wall with a low-pitched roof?

I am hoping to run electrical wires in my exterior walls, but I have a very low pitched roof which makes it tough to get to that part of the attic. To give some examples: One of my switches does not ...
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Low voltage vs. regular lighting for closets: What are the technical and code considerations?

I'm hoping to put some lights in a residential hallway closet, so it's easier to see inside. I am considering running low voltage lighting (eg. these LV pucks), or a small regular-voltage light ...
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Converting a Chandalier Hard wire to an outlet

we just moved in to a new apt in New Jersey and the previous tenant had this really nice string light fixture with colorful lampshades etc (pictured below). Unfortunately, he took them with him when ...
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Replacing Ceiling fan reversing switch for summer and winter mode

Hi I was looking to replace my ceiling fan reversing switch which has disintegrated the manufacturer of the fan does not hold any as fan is 15 years old,switch supplier in Hong Kong does not make it ...
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Wiring Kitchen Lights: 6 lights a 3 way switch with 1 light within the 6 being controlled by another switch

I am remodeling my kitchen and changing the light configuration. Currently I have one large light for the full kitchen controlled by two switches and another light over the sink controlled by a ...
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Can I replace 15 amp spiral CFL lights in garage with fluorescent lights?

1978 house. Garage has two crappy spiral CFL ceiling lights on 15amp ciruit, horrible lighting in cool spectrum. Can I replace them with big fluorescent or led shop lights? I need to better lighting ...
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Can I use a 220V rated LED lamp on a 110V line?

I am presuming the answer of this is no. (I haven't tried to use a 220V bulb from the supplier before but their supply of 110V or Wide Voltage bulbs is limited.) E27 6W LED Maïs Lamp Koud Wit 750lm ...
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How to wire a Hunter Remote Ceiling Fan (Exeter) and utilize both wall switches

I want to install a Hunter Exeter fan. The fan is remote operated for both lights and fan speed, however, I have two switches on the wall - one for the fan and one for the light. I would like one of ...
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How can I safely open, wire & close this E27 lamp holder?

How can I safely open, wire & close this E27 lamp holder? I’m afraid without a proper guide I’ll end up breaking it or damaging the external or internals. Update: Thanks to you I got it open (...
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Strange wiring in outdoor flood light. How to explain why previous “electrician” did it this way?

So 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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Pulsing and Constant light from 3-way switch?

We have two hallway lights controlled by two separate light switches (3 way switch). One switch has a dimmer, the other does not. When we turn on the hallway light, with the dimmer at its lowest level,...
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Two wall switches and remote ceiling fan/light questions

I am installing a Harbor Breeze ceiling fan with light and wanting to use two wall switches and the remote to adjust the fan speed. Looking at the ceiling, I see the following for an old ceiling fan/...
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Fan light kit leaves me perplexed

Two ceiling fans with light kit and remote on single wall switch. All worked well for 3 months. One light kit stopped working but fan worked. I replaced the light kit, the receiver (inside motor ...
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What is this brown material in my 1950s-era ceiling light's electrical box?

I'm planning to re-wire a ceiling light fixture in order to bring a neutral line down to the switch box. I've identified where all of the lines go in the attic, it's easily accessible and there's no ...
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want to replace my old 3 way light switch

I bought slide dimmer FEIT and want to replace my old stairs basement light switch, however I am not getting how the current wiring is done I am attaching the current diagram ( I am bad in diagrams ) ...
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LED Ceiling Spotlight Remote Color Changing Switch Installation

I am fairly new to electrical DIY. I am planning to install 16 of these dimmable spotlight fixtures over two rooms with two switches: As a reference, similar to these ones: Is a grommet needed for ...
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Wire a bathroom fan and light so the light always controls the fan, but the fan can be operated independantly from the light

I have a bathroom light fixture and a fan that are currently both independently controlled by their own switches. I'd like to wire it (preferably without having to go into the attic to change the ...
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Rewiring light fixture and switch to bring neutral line to the switch: one 12/3 switch-leg vs two 12/2 wire to bring power to switch?

I'm looking at rewiring a ceiling-mounted light fixture (a basic light bulb mount) and the accompanying switch in my utility room. It's in a very accessible part of my attic, and I'd like to do it in ...
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Why is my new Legrand Radiant smart dimmer switch not dimming?

I need help figuring out why my new smart dimmer switch’s dimming function is not working. I followed the installation instructions from the manual exactly. I am replacing a regular light switch with ...
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Trying to replace pendant light fitting to a chandelier light

Can anyone help and advise how this setup is working without a switch live as I am trying to label these so I can easily put them in connectors so I can install my chandelier but unable to do it ...
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Lighting in a Detached Garage

I have a 20'x24' 2-story unfinished, detached garage. The first floor is a two-story garage. The second floor will be living space (kinda like a studio apartment). The ceiling of each floor is about 8 ...
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Best way to wire for recessed lighting

We are considering installing recessed lighting on a ceiling that has another floor above it. The ceiling currently has no light fixtures except a central ceiling fan. I can't access the ceiling from ...
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If leading-edge is not suitable for LED dimming, why do so many switches have it?

I have been battling LED dimming in my house for a few weeks now and I have come across some inconsistent information. According to my research trailing-edge dimmer switches are the correct technology ...
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What should I do with the unused ceiling fan switch light wire?

I have a new fan the has black white and green wires from the fan. The old fan also had blue for the light. The wires in the ceiling are red black white green. My light and fan are controlled by 2 ...
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Ceiling Fan Won't Turn On Unless I Turn On The Recessed Lights Switch

I had a light fixture in the room. I took out the light fixture, and added four canned lights in the room, connected to where the light fixture was, and turning on and off using what was the light ...
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2 HOT wires together from the same breaker source

I was replacing all fluorescent light fixtures with pot lights and when i removed a fixture, there were 2 14/2 cables connecting with the light. I thought one was the power coming in, and the other ...
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Neutral and Live both hot when switch is turned off. How do I connect my new light?

I'm attempting to swap out a ceiling light in a 100 year old house. I have found what appears to be 3 hot (black) wires bound to one of the previously installed light's wires, and 1 hot (black) wire ...

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