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Multi zone LED lighting setup

i am setting a multizone, 3 zone, system. Zone 1: 4 led puck lights Zone 2: 2 led puck lights Zone 3: 1 led strip. Each zone will be controlled by its own dimmer and a 4 zone remote control. Can this ...
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LED bulb won’t work in a standard outside porch light fixture

I can’t get LEDs to work together in twin wired Port Charlotte lights. I can put in an incandescent light with an LED bulb and just the led works. I put both LEDs in and neither works. I put both ...
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Why does only 1 bulb stays on?

I have a 4 bulb ceiling light which was working perfectly until recently... When the power is off, the 4th bulb flickers... I removed the 4th bulb, and the 3rd bulb flickers! So I removed the fuse ...
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Why are my outlets dead after replacing a light switch?

On one of my circuits I have a fluorescent light (laundry area with two bulbs), a plug and receptacle in the kitchen and a dining room light. The laundry light stopped working so I replaced the bulbs....
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Identifying Wires (especially Neutral) in Complex 3-Way Light Circuit

I'm planning to replace a number of 3-way switches with smart switches and as a necessary first step have been trying to map out the wiring in each of the relevant boxes. This is what I've come up ...
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What works I can do myself in home electrics?

I googled a bit and searched some topics on this forum about what works I can carry out myself and which should be notified to building regulations or certified by a registered competent person. Based ...
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Do light fixtures have to be CSA approved in NB Canada?

Will electricians install light fixtures that are “UL and “ETL” listed in NB Canada or Do light fixtures have to be CSA approved in NB Canada?
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I hardwired a wall lamp (with its own on-board knob switch), to a wall switch elsewhere. When turned on, spark and pop

We received these very generic no-brand wall lamps. They came with a plug, and simple instructions to cut the plug and hard wire if desired. We wired them from a wall switch, but that part is likely ...
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7 Watt CFL Socket -- is there a specific tool to close these copper prongs on wire?

Having spent a lot of time getting the right parts, I don't want to blow this up by not connecting it properly. Please see picture and tell me, is there a specific tool to close the wire connection? ...
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Programmable light switch failing or acting oddly?

We have a Honeywell programmable light switch at the front door. The light switch can be programmed for days of the week; it's set to go on at 5pm, off at 7am, every day. The other day the light ...
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Black and white wires coming out of wall are both hot

Our den has a switch that does not seem to operate anything in house. There’s not a ceiling light in room and it does not affect the four outlets in the room. It runs from a 15 A circuit in the ...
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Hello I am new to electric work. I got these Halo Ultra thin downlight direct ceiling mounts and I need help installing them

The problem is the hole in the ceiling is 7 inch and it doesn't quite fit. Is there anything I can buy to help make it fit the hole in the ceiling or what can I do to make it fit in the hole.
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Multiway switches on 24V or 230V?

I will be redoing my room lights for 24 VDC LEDs, with multiway switches. I'm located in Poland. Should I put the switches on the 24V side or the 230V side of the circuit? What are the points to ...
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Can I run low voltage undercabinet lighting wire under overhead microwave oven above the stove

I would like to run low voltage undercabinet lighting wire (in PVC covering) under an overhead microwave oven above a gas stove. Otherwise, I would have to drill many holes in the cabinetry to go up ...
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Where is the grounding in this fixture box

We are replacing a light fixture and I removed the old one and am having trouble understanding the grounding here. There are 3 twisted together copper wires up there that you can see in the photo. Are ...
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How do I remove this light bulb to replace it?

Sorry if this has been asked before - but I cannot figure out how to remove this light bulb to replace it. Any suggestions so I don't break it? thanks!
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Ground wire seems to pass through light switch

I am trying to install a Kasa smart switch and ran into what looks like a ground wire that just passes through the switch(see image below). This switch is one of two that control a single bank of ...
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Can I add cords to recessed light fixtures to make them portable?

Imagine one of those 4ft led shop lights with a 6 foot plug-in cable that you can get from anywhere. If you had a basement with finished walls and floors but an unfinished ceiling with electrical ...
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Can you safely install high-pressure sodium wall packs indoors?

I really like the appearance of old street lights (the high-pressure sodium kind). To get the same effect indoors, I was thinking of getting an ordinary high-pressure sodium wall pack (like this one, ...
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Electricians, do you see any problems with this wiring diagram for power at light shared between independent light groups?

I'm looking for input on the safety and code compliance of the wiring plan i've detailed, shown in the photos below. Description of the broader project My jurisdiction is subject to the 2014 NEC. I'm ...
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How do i wire this 2 switches light switch?

This light switch was failing for a while and I removed it from the wall so I could see what the problem was. After inspecting it, I realized that it was a bad connection on the wires in the light ...
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Will a feed through on and off switch work with a fluorescent light?

We have a fluorescent light mounted above the kitchen sink. The on/off switch is on the light fixture and it's hard to reach. Will a feed through on and off switch work with a fluorescent light?
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Did I mount this light too close to a post?

I was adding 2 new additional basement lights today, I thought I was doing a good job of mounting everything correctly and securing the wire. However when I finished and got someone else to look at ...
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Why does 36W LED bulb not light up?

I bought a 36W (220V/50Hz/425mA/E27) LED growlight (well, only the lightbulb). To make it work, I also ordered a simple lampholder (AKA the other part of the lamp). After wiring it up, the light bulb ...
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How do I mount a second ceiling light from the same junction box

Have an existing ceiling fixture (pendant) that is wired to a switch. I'm interested in wiring another light to the same fixture, A simple track light like this one. I understand that as per code, all ...
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Ceiling rose light replacement

Would love your advice on connecting a new light to the existing wiring on our ceiling light please! It’s a lot more wiring than I’ve seen on other images. And certainly more connections than the ...
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Dimmer Switch Install - Trying to Locate Ground

Would anyone be able to take a look at this and direct me to the ground in the box, if any. Long story short I’m installing a dimmer that comes with a green ground and don’t know where to attach it. I ...
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Light switch won't turn off after fitting a new light bulb [duplicate]

Thought installing a cheap "smart" light bulb would be a harmless operation. Here's what I did: With the light switch off, removed the old light bulb Installed a new light bulb and flick ...
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Wiring 5 LED Lights in Parallel

We are (attempting) to replace our kitchen light fixtures with LED recessed lights. Let's just say it's been a huge learning curve... which I'm going to summarize here so you know the things we've ...
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Pair of 3-way switches, when one is on, the other won't toggle it

I have a pair of 3-way switches. I've wired them the same way as the other 4 in the same box (as far as I can tell), but they're not working as expected. I've tried re-wiring them each lots of various ...
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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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How do I put a switch in line for LED tube lights using 120 volts

I have a LED tube light for my basement it will come on if I put 120v to it. How can I put a switch in line? That is all I have I do not know what a code is.
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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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