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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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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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California Title 24 implications for bypassing ballasts in my 4-pin (GX24Q) fixtures

I've gotten fed up with the recessed 4-pin GX24Q fixtures in my kitchen that were required by California Title 24, after removing a burned out (and relatively expensive) CFL, cracking it in the ...
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Wifi switch wiring

We are trying to replace three old 3-way switches with new wifi 3 way switches. Everything went smoothly until maybe a few minutes after powering back on, the main breaker tripped. We wired everything ...
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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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How to remove light fixture

I'm having trouble getting this light fixture off the wall (I need to look in there to see if I can spot any loose wiring, the light turns on and off when we wiggle the fixture!). Unfortunately, I can'...
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How do I combine two 3-way switch circuits into one?

I am attempting to rewire two 3-way switch circuits into just one 3-way circuit by eliminating the 2 of the switches. Is this possible? My electrical goes: Power in: 1) switch ---> light ----> ...
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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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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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