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

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What is the name of the part used to fasten a pendant light cable to the ceiling circuitry case

I'm looking to purchase this part (see image below) but cannot find the name. The part is located on the case mounted to the ceiling from which the cable to the pendant light comes down. One half is ...
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Exposed wire in ceiling light

Was changing the two dead light bulbs and a piece fell off than noticed the wire became exposed. Is this something I can fix as a diy and how dangerous to use the light.
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Plastic-on-plastic lubricant that wont leave a residue?

I am working on an outdoor LED lighting project where I'm making my own rope lights to hold up to the elements. I am using waterproof LED strips which are surrounded in a plastic "jelly-like" material ...
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Color adjusting LED ceiling light intermittent issues

I recently installed CE color changing (5 temperature settings) LED all-in-one fixtures in my bedrooms and have been having an odd issue. I wired four fixtures with 12/2 Romex in parallel out of a ...
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Simple light switch wiring isn’t working

I have power coming into box from black and white wires. When wiring black to light switch and white to white leading to fixture, the breaker goes every time. When wiring the two whites together ...
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Outlets and switches

I changed the outlets and the switches for looks in two rooms. I copied same wiring same position from old to the new outlet, or light switch. Figures, not that hard. Tested - everything, outlets good ...
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How can I install recessed lights with a thick ceiling finish? [duplicate]

I have an old house with a lath and plaster ceiling that has 1x4 battens installed on the lath and plaster ceiling with 3/8" drywall over those. I want to install recessed lighting but there is ...
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Several LEDs and LED bulbs in my house are failing at the same time and way before their estimated lifespan

I've never had this happen to me and, now, in a span of 1 month, it's already happened 4 times... The following 3 LED bulbs and 1 LED strip have become unusable: An Ikea Ledare 600lm spot LED buld (...
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Electrical wiring for this ceiling lamp with many bulbs?

I saw this ceiling lamp on the internet, and I thought I would try to build it. I'm trying to be more DIY, but anything related to electrical is new to me. This question is related to the electrical ...
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DIY Hanging Outdoor patio string lights from piles in planters

I want to hang string lights from poles that are cemented into planters for my patio. I did this project last year and it looks amazing, however, the planters kept falling over. The many DIY sites are ...
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Ceiling fan + dimmable lights + old wiring?

I want to have my cake and eat it too. Is there any way to accomplish this? I have an old ceiling light circuit. There is a switch going to a (broken) fan on the ceiling, with lights in it. Since the ...
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Single pole switch with lighting “zones”?

Somewhat of a challenge... I'm going from a single light to recessed lighting in my studio condo. There is a single pole switch that this single light is currently connected to. I'm going to install ...
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3 way swing arm wall mount lighting

Looking to buy a wall mount swing arm lamp, and it has a 3 way switch in it with a 60 watt minimum rating to 150 watt maximum rating. I understand the reason for maximum rating but not minimum rating ?...
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Lights are flickering on and off after accidentally bumping into light switch

During the night, I accidentally bumped into my light switch, jamming it in towards itself. Now, the lights in my room will sometimes flicker on and off very quickly when after turning on the lights. ...
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Does “Suitable for use in open fixtures” mean not suitable for closed?

Background: I need to replace a couple bulbs in my apartment which are controlled by an "old" dimmer switch, which predates the advent of LED bulbs. My understanding is that I cannot use a dimmable ...
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How much wattage to choose for LED light when replacing flourescent light with LED?

Suppose I have a circular 22W flourescent light at home and I want to replace it with LED of similar brightness. How much wattage should this LED have? Any rule of thumb as guidance? The salesman at ...
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Old mobile home wiring, outlets stopped working

Yesterday 3 of my outlets stopped working. Earlier this winter 2 got burnt and I haven't replaced them yet, but they're on the other side of the house. The 3 that stopped working are all around each ...
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LED light is on when it should not be

I have 3 12v LED under cabinet lights that I plan to install. The final install goal is to have the line power (120v) controlled by a pre-installed light switch (1-way) which currently operates 4 pot ...
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Low voltage track lighting flashing at low frequency

I have two sets of track lighting on the same switch, and one of the tracks flashes at a low frequency at seemingly random times. Video of the behavior. Some relevant details: The two tracks are on ...
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Ideas to install stand-alone light on ceiling without nails or screws

In the ceiling there is no light box and I can't insert nails or screws. I need to install a square LED light fixture, weighting 1.4 lbs, that is fed by the outlet. Maximum I can do is to damage the ...
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Light and fan switches

I would like to have a double wall switch for the toilet where one switch (#1) turns on both the light and the fan while the second switch (#2) turns only the fan. Please note the light and the fan ...
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Adding an outlet to a 3 way switch on 'far' end

I'd like to add an outlet near a 3-way-switch as it's the closest potential source. My issue is that there is no constant load at this location; when I toggle the other switch the red and black wires ...
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Touch Lamps & Static Electricity

We have 6 identical table lamps in our home that are touch lamps. We have used them for three years. One evening recently my husband touched the lamp on his bedside table and there was a small static ...
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How can I hook up a second light when the first lacks enough power?

I added a light to my shower. I ran wiring from new light to an existing single switch intending to add a second switch, but the existing switch only has one set of wires coming directly from an ...
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Need help identifying a light switch

At work we have some light switches that look like this, and I've seen similar ones at school and at other commercial offices. This one is installed in Vancouver, Canada The lights also have a motion ...
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Two switches, one turns both lights on, the other just one of them

I have two separate lights in a room. And two separate switches (actually one switch and one motion sensor). I want one switch to turn both lights on, and one switch to turn just one of the lights on. ...
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Wire colours reversed on switch

I've just installed a new (1 way, ceiling pull cord) switch in my bathroom since the old one broke. When I came to change it, it was not wired the way I expected with the live into the COM terminal ...
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Does it matter which wire goes where on single pole dimmer?

I’m updating the switches throughout my house. I have an old rotary style single-pole dimmer controlling the just-as-old chandelier in my dining room. This dimmer shares a double-gang box with a 3-way ...
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Can someone explain this wiring configuration to me?

See my previous question for more detail on my household's bizarre wiring. Three of my bedrooms have dimmer switches connected to outlets and ceiling fans, which is electrically unsafe and just ...
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Adding a vanity light to a switched knob and tube ceiling light

I shut off the main breaker, disconnected an ancient light fixture, taped new wire to the existing knob and tube and pulled it all up into my attic. Next I pigtailed from the K&T to two new (WBG) ...
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Can someone explain how this makes sense electrically?

The wiring in my house is... odd. Nearly every pair of outlets has one of the outlets connected to a light switch. Sometimes that switch is quite far from the outlet even when there are other closer ...
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How to install new chandelier when impossible to fish wires?

. Want to run a brown external wire to point where I can hang chandelier. I can’t cut thru beams. Any suggestions for where to find wiring, etc.
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Switches in other bedrooms turning on different lights after I put new light up

I recently put up a light in my bedroom but the switches in other rooms now turn on different lights, there are 9 wires altogether coming through the ceiling, 3 earth which are connected together, 3 ...
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Tie lighting on Knob and Tube to a low voltage (12v) system?

I have an old stone 18th C. Pennsylvania farm house. In several rooms, wall sconces were installed when the house was first electrified - with knob & tube wiring. The knob and tube wired to old ...
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LED downlights working in conjunction with bathroom fan

There are 3 led downlights and an extractor fan wired with a bathroom fan isolator and separate light switch. The light switch also, when on, provides the live connection to the fan isolator switch, ...
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Black wire crossed with white in box

I was helping my dad install Alumiconn pigtails in his home when I spotted something weird in a 1-gang outlet box: a black wire shorted with a white wire. Alarm bells went off in my head, so I spent ...
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Ceiling fan gets voltage but lights do not turn on

I just connected a new ceiling fan with lights and the lights and fan won't turn on. I tried to hunt down the problem and used a non contact voltage detector and the voltage does flow to the wires on ...
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How do I know what LED bulbs are safe to use in fixtures that are part of construction?

In a recent question, I asked about different power ratings for LED and traditional incandescent light bulbs. In the accepted answer, the author explained that the different ratings are due to heat ...
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Ceiling light goes off itself

My ceiling light goes off itself after 10 mins or sometimes even after an hour, no loose connection from the ceiling fixture and the switch, nothing seems loose even breaker too. How can i find the ...
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Raising a porch light and doorbell?

A previous owner of our house installed a front deck over the top of the two concrete steps leading up to the front door. Unfortunately they did not raise the front porch light and doorbell. So many ...
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There appears to be no ground - what do I do?

Hi! Trying to change a light switch in my house. I am Chicago within city limits. House is pretty old...it was “gut rehabbed” in the 80s but that doesn’t really mean anything. Actual building been ...
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G24Q CFL Line Voltage

I am working with a CFL that requires a ballast to fire the lamp. This lamp is a G24Q-2. The lamp has four pins on the base. I am assuming that two of the pins are for the ballast connection and the ...
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Also have 3 black, 3 white and 3 ground wires coming from ceiling but difference in current

I'm replacing a ceiling fan and found the same problem as Cathy Ashley with 3 each white, black and ground coming from ceiling. None were marked, and I couldn't remember how they were originally ...
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Replacing light and fan set up to a plain light

I am replacing a Hunter ceiling fan with a regular hanging light. The ceiling fan had a knob for the fan and another for the lights with a dimmer switch. I took off the fan assembly and have a black ...
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Adding Recessed Lighting to bathroom circuit

I currently have a dedicated 15A breaker connected to 2 outlets (with GFCI) in a bathroom using 14/2. These 2 outlets are all that is connected to the breaker. I plan to add some recessed lighting ...
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Multiple motion sensor lights on one switch

I have a switch inside my house which feeds power to two fixtures on opposite corners outside. I installed LED motion sensor fixtures which have their own sensors and lights but they have never worked ...
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Why do some LED lights go dim while others go out completely?

When dimming LED lights with an LED dimmer, why do the LED lights at the end of a string of lights go off when LED lights at the beginning of a string of lights go dim but stay lit? This application ...
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How can I remove the glass domes from my light fixtures?

This is embarrassing to ask, but I can't figure out how to change the light bulbs in my house. The light fixtures are unusual and when I first bought my house I thought they were a selling point ...
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Conflicting wiring diagrams

I've spent the morning looking at YouTube videos and I feel I've gotten my wiring correct. I'm trying to add a rose / pendant to a room. As I took the original light off, I noticed there is only 1 ...
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What is the best way to split a series of recessed ceiling lights to two switches?

I have a large basement with 10 can lights in the ceiling controlled by a single pull switch at the bottom of the stairs. I have framed in a bedroom that essentially cuts the area in half with 6 of ...