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

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Under cabinet LED lighting on opposing sides of the kitchen - no wire in between

I would like to put LED lights under the cabinets of my kitchen, and have them controlled by wall switch. Here is the situation, I have cabinets on opposing sides of my kitchen (facing each other). ...
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Is my 4-way switch replacement job safe and up to code?

I recently replaced a 4-way light switch setup with a smart dimmer setup (GE Enbrighten 14294 and GE Add-On 12723) and wanted to check wanted to check that everything I did was safe and up to code (...
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LED not working on some sockets

So I've gotten one of those wifibulbs that you can change the color through an app and all that. My problem was that it works with table lamps and standing lamps but it doesn't with the hanging ...
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8 Foot T12 Flourescent ballast Requirements

I would like to understand how to evaluate a ballast and determine if it is suitable for a T12 8 foot flourescent bulb. What is the process / questions to ask? I have several known good working ...
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Commissioned to build a row of lights, want to make sure I'm doing it right/ no easier way [closed]

I'm building a set for a theater group and they want me to build a row of lights to go along with it. They want it to look as though a row of Edison lights, 5' high and sitting atop 1/2" black pipe, ...
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Control individual bulbs in a 6-can dimmer series

This is a complicated question, and maybe there is no way to do it, BUT... I currently have a 6-can series dimmer in my basement (home theater) aligned in 3 pairs. I would like to be able to control ...
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Can I use standard electrical cable from a waterproof junction box when replacing an exterior light

I am replacing a faulty exterior light with a waterproof (IP66) LED one with a PIR sensor. There is an existing conduit through the wall, but it is a thick stone wall of an outbuilding and the ...
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Is wiring a motion sensor switch with 18 AWG wire on a 20 amp circuit innapprorpiate?

I bought some motion sensor switch. They don't come with screw mounts, just 18 AWG wires that pop out. The load is 2 light fixtures maybe drawing 200 watts total. It's on a 15 amp circuit though. I ...
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Removing a light switch cuts power to my entire room. Breaker not tripped. Smart Switch Install

I have installed smart switches before, but I moved into a new apartment recently. I have never had a problem before. I removed my old light switch and installed a new smart wifi light switch, and I ...
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Could I have broken my light fixture whilst changing the light bulb?

Ok, so not proficient in changing light bulbs... I have taken out the bulb before and put it back in so I know how to do it. I wanted to put in an adaptor so I could put in a colour changing bulb. I ...
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wiring of occupancy switch in 3-way situation (odd-looking instructions)

I'm looking to replace one of the two switches (wired in a standard 3-way configuration) which control an overhead light in a utility room, with an occupancy sensor switch. The room is small enough ...
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Lights won’t work on dimmer

I just installed some recessed lighting in my basement and I can’t get the circuit to work properly. The installation was: feed to multiple lights to dimmer switch. I used 14/2 for everything except ...
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Dimmer rotation span wider than the light intensity span

I had a guy install a dimmer for my kitchen's spotlight. It works as supposed to except for one small detail. The spots are totally off not at the end of the rotation of the controller but at about 40%...
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Is there a specific type of motion detector for use in long hallways?

I would like to select a single motion detector to drive lighting in a 70 foot hallway (straight corridor approximately 6 ft wide). A 70 by 6 foot rectangle is to be covered. If it is necessary to ...
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Connect light with 3 wires to box with 6 wires

I'm trying to replace a couple pendant lights in my kitchen, I replaced the first one just fine but I'm not sure how to wire the second light. Both lights are controlled by one switch, and I've ...
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How to Open Housing to Replace Light Bulb?

I need to replace a light bulb, the problem is I have no idea how to open the housing as it has no screws or anything visible where I could open it from. Here is a photo, any idea how I could open it?
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Lumen output for a new room

I am building a game room and want very good lighting in at least the portion that will include the table tennis table. I would like 500 lux (46.5 foot candles) of light in this part of the room (at ...
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ELV fixture + Maestro ELV dimmer does not dim, it simply switches

I just installed a Maestro ELV dimmer connected to a LED ELV-compatible fixture (WAC lighting). The fixture does not dim however, it is 100% on at all dimmer settings and shuts off when the dimmer ...
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Light fixture killing Smart LED Bulbs

I live in a an older building in a studio apartment. I bought five Sylvania Smart+ LED Lights, one for each fixture. There's a cheap lamp, an overhead fan/light combo, and a kitchen light fixture with ...
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Wiring a 3 way Leviton VPT24-1PZ Vizia 24-Hour Programmable Light Switch

I'm trying to install a Leviton VPT24-1PZ Vizia 24-Hour Programmable light switch replacing an existing 3 way switch. the electrical box for this switch only has a black wire, white wire, red wire ...
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Light works half the time

its strange cause the light in my bathroom ceiling works only half the time. No flickering. does NOT seem to be after long use (so NOT from thermal overload). Any ideas???
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Troubleshoot motion detector that turns on for only a few seconds at a time

We have a light connected to a motion detector in our backyard. It detects motion and turns on the light for 2-3 seconds, then the light turns off again, and won't detect further motion. A single ...
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Installation of a recess can over the shower does it need to be GFCI protected?

When installing a recess can over the shower does it need to be placed on a (gfci) ground fault circuit interrupter circuit?
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How deep should I embed a 30-foot light post?

I am installing a 30 Foot Round Straight Steel Light Pole, 5 Inch Diameter that I am purchasing from LightMart. I live in the outside of Las Vegas, NV near the mountains where sometimes its very windy,...
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How can I connect a smart switch lead wire to a screw eye loop from the old switch?

I have two black wires, one of them is a continuous wire with a small loop of bare wire which connects to a screw on the old switch. My new Lutron on off switch has wires, not screws. How do I ...
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Can I use any shaped bulbs in a lamp if the base is the correct size?

Been using the A19 bulb shape my whole life for things like fixtures & lamps. But is it okay to use different shaped bulbs as long as the base is the correct version? I always presumed if a lamp ...
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What tool can I use to block light from a 50W bulb? [closed]

I bought a lamp & the incandescent bulb is not fully covered by the shade. Since the shade is at eye level that hurts my eyes. What can I use safely to block the light? Any tape safe to use? Or ...
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Capped off outlets and light switch wiring, now no power to half the house

I am in the process of removing a wall from my home separating the kitchen and dining room. To do this, I needed to remove the wiring from the wall. Steps I took: Shut breakers off to kitchen lights, ...
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Why would a light fixture be incompatible with dimmer switches?

I'm considering buying the Aero Pure AP80-RVL, which is a recessed bathroom light/exhaust fan combo. It's important to me to be able to use a dimmer switch for the light, but the installation ...
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Multiple switches on a linked system of strip lights

Is it possible to link 4 strip lights together, with only one cord plugged into a wall, and then install what I think are called in-line switches between each strip light, and be able to turn each ...
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Probably “orphan” hot lead

So I decided to replace the ailing motion sensor light on the garage eave of my nearly 50 year old split-level. I have replaced motion sensor lights several times in my small barn, but all the ...
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Why does one of my LED flood lights randomly turn on and off?

One of my outdoor floodlights stays on for approximately an hour then goes out.The other led floodlight on the same fixture randomly goes on and off also, but not as much. Are the bulbs going bad, or ...
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How to convert 2 3-way switches to one single pole switch with dimmer?

In the past I've purchased Kasa's smart switches (HS200). I have two wired right now, and working properly. These were single pole switched that replaced single pole switches. So, pretty straight ...
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Exterior mirror to bring more light to a window

I have a window that doesn't get very much light. Perpendicular to it there is a wall of the house, which gets more light. I would like to put a mirror on this wall to get more light on that window. ...
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Wemo Light Switch + Niko Dimmer Switch combined

In order for my smart lights to be on permanently, I need the light switch circuit to be "permanently on", while the light switch instead controls my Hue lights. While I know this is accomplishable by ...
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Identifying Dusk to Dawn Floodlight with 'Modern Light sensors'

The context is a set of outdoor Florida stairs. This post indicates: The light sensor is obsolete Modern light sensors "learn". It takes them a day or two to learn "This is as bright as it gets" ...
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Dusk to DawnFloodlight Flickering

The context is a set of outdoor stairs. Are there any clever techniques to minimize flickering that occurs when the sun is transitioning (setting / rising)? If not, is there a method to determine ...
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Spark from light switch

I just installed a new led switch in a box with two other switches. When I ran power to it and tested the non led switch in the box I received a big spark. I went and turned off power again, removed ...
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Best way to get power to stair lights

I'm looking to install a stair light above my stairs. I plan on using a proper box, stress clamp, and all that. The wiring will have to come from my basement, through the wall. The question I have is ...
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Fault on alcove lights

Changing lights in alcove in, these lights are controlled by a pull switch. Disconnected one light, put loose wires in a connector block, tested continuity, it was ok, checked with power on had 240 ...
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What type of bulb is this?

This bulb is found inside a fancy light fixture, I haven’t seen one before and it doesn’t have any markings on it. I need to order replacements. More images showing the context of where I found this ...
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What’s this button? [closed]

I’m a renter and have no idea what this button is on my bathroom light switch plate. It’s in every bathroom in our unit, and including a half bath. It changes color when you press and hold it, and ...
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How do I change these MR16 light fittings to GU10? (pics included)

I'm looking to change to GU10 from MR16. I bought this: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0785RKFNN/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1 I've circled in blue where I attached the new ...
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Changing a Switch in one room but lights in other rooms go out

So there are 2 sets of wires coming in on the right (black, white ground) and 1 set of wires going out to the left (black, black), which seem to connect to the next room. When I change the switch, I ...
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Adding a light to existing circuit

I have a light in my garage and I am trying to add two new recessed lights. Currently the light has power running directly to it as well as the switch wires. When I tried to wire it. The new lights ...
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Is there an LED-compatible dimmer switch that can work in series with a second dimmer?

I just installed 3 LED shop lights in my workshop (ok they're actually meant as bathroom lights, but the price was right). They are wired in parallel, with a master switch in front of everything (in ...
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Remove recessed lighting can

I am trying to remove a recessed lighting fixture (see photo below). This fixture was installed in the ceiling of a new addition in 1993 and I believe it is therefore a ‘new build’ type fixture rather ...
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Adapt Porch Light for Power over Ethernet (PoE)

Similar to the question presented here, I was curious, is it possible to adapt the porch light or the cabling where the porch light itself is to covert it over to PoE? For example, are there face ...
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Kitchen lit with exclusively PAR20 spot lights, how can I reduce shadows?

At some point somebody installed 6 can lights that accept PAR20 bulbs in my kitchen. It appears that PAR20 bulbs are for spot lighting, which means focused lighting, which means shadows everywhere. ...
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Flickering lights on same switch

Hello I’m curious about possible causes for the following scenario: I have two lights on a three-way switch and they flicker every once in a while. Tonight they started flickering quite violently (...