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

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Lights dimming as I add lights or plug anything into any outlet

I have two 50 amp fuses that bring power from the main shutoff to my garage. When I flip the breaker in the garage all my readings seem to be normal. As I begin to turn just the lights on after I get ...
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Can my LED fan light that's hardwired to a dimmer switch also be controlled, ON/OFF, by the remote it came with?

I have two switches set up for our LED remote fan. 1st switch: to power on the unit, which still allows me to change the speed settings on the remote. 2nd dimmer switch: to power the lights, but, ...
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Wiring problems installing ceiling fan

I recently bought a house and decided to put a ceiling fan in the master bedroom. There was no light fixture when I got there, but there was wiring and a switch, so I figured it was fine. Installed ...
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Any issue with using 16 gauge speaker wire for powering LED light strips?

I have a roll of this speaker wire, if I'm powering regular 12v and/or 24v LED light strips, (non-RGB, only has 2 wires), is there any issue using it? It's a thicker gauge than the normal wiring used. ...
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Ceiling light not working

In my living room there are two light switches, the cables of both come out of the same hole in the ceiling. I would like to use both switches, one for dim, ambient lighting, the other for game nights ...
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Can you use a dimmer with a can (recessed) light conversion kit?

I have a can light (recessed light) that I need to convert to hanging a pendant light. The conversion kits have you plug into the socket, and I am hanging a dimmable LED fixture with a wall dimmer ...
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Lighting a Room with LED Light Strips

I want to light an entire room (~300sqft) using light strips as there is no wiring available for traditional lights. I want to make 3 rectangles on the ceiling ("zones") that I can control ...
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Dedicated Laundry Room Circuit?

I live in Florida. According to the Florida Residential Building Codes (2017): E3703.3 Laundry circuit. A minimum of one 20-ampere-rated branch circuit shall be provided for receptacles located ...
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How do you achieve this stairway 'chaser' effect with an LED light strip?

Here is a gif showing it in action, once the motion is detected, the strip slowly lights up directionally from bottom to top, how is this achieved? I can't seem to find how this is done: Looping GIF ...
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How can I combine lightbulbs of different types and specifications to accurately simulate medium-intensity daylight in a domestic setting? [closed]

As doctors we are trying to frame some domestic-level recommendations to simulate medium intensity daylight indoors for patients in bed without proper access to actual sunlight. This is also an ...
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Lights goes completely out and back on again and flashes for more than 20 seconds

This happens randomly. We are in Vancouver, Canada, It happens with all the lights with the same circuit, but lights are in different rooms (living room, kitchen, den and bathroom). Sometimes those ...
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New lighting fixtures to old wiring

So I bought a house built in 1957. And all of a sudden after plugging a laptop into a bedroom on the other side of the house, all the overhead fixtures on the opposite side of the house stopped ...
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Three way switch with two common wires?

Im currently trying to upgrade two three-way light switches in the kitchen to some new smart three-way switches. The issue I have run into though is that there appears to be two common wires on one of ...
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One of the outdoor garage lights in continuously flashing when turned on. Why? The other on the same circuit is not!

I have the traditional two light at the left and at the right of my garage door. The are on the same circuit with the porch light that has a PIR sensor (turns on when move is detected). So it is ...
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Is it possible to wire up multiple 4 way switches with power coming into one 4 way and the lights connected to the other

Attached is a picture of how we currently have things wired. Is this possible? How would you go about connecting the wires together. Do I need to move the light output wire to the same box that the ...
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3 prong LED light to 2 wire

I bought some LED lights that have a 3 prong plug. I want to wire them into my roof directly to the positive/negative wires in the light socket. Bunch of questions - Is that a bad idea? Can I connect ...
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Wiring ceiling rose with single pole switch isn't working

The ceiling rose has usual configuration i.e two connectors for lamp(+ve) and switch, three connectors for live and three for negative and lamp(-ve). There is a separate connector for earth. The ...
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How to select the most appropriate indoor LED bulb color

I want to buy LED bulbs to install in all the rooms and I don't know What are the criteria to select the proper ones (for eye and physiologically good). How to distribute them in every room ( I mean ...
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Re-wiring plugged shop lights to LED panels

DISCLAIMER: I am NOT even close to an electrician, but I like to think I am fairly intelligent and can follow directions well... I am in the process of remodeling my basement. I have a suspended/drop ...
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Did I install this motion detecting light switch correctly?

It works, I just want to make sure I did it correctly. It's a Leviton ODS10-ID Decora 120/277-Volt Wall Switch with Occupancy Sensor When I took the original switch off the wall it had no ground ...
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How do I replace the bulb in this enclosed bathroom ceiling light?

There is a small groove between the white and black sections, but it doesn't come loose with slotting a screwdriver in the groove.
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Wiring a bulb holder to a plug, what cable to use?

I want to wire a bulb holder like this one, to a plug using some flex cable, so i can use it like a lead light / inspection light, move it to different places etc... So I just want to check that I'm ...
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LED lights won't come on at the same time

I renovated a kitchen and put in 4 recessed LED lights. They are daisy-chained, 3-way, with an LED compatible dimmer (just one, other switch is just a 3-way switch) When I turn on the lights (from ...
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3-Way Switch with Dimmer - Humming?

We recently upgraded our dining room light fixture, which now has 8 light bulb sockets. In turn, the wife wanted to add a dimmer to the circuit to control the lighting. The light is control by a 3-way ...
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Is it ok to put a plug on a light fitting?

I want to put some extra lighting in my workshop but don't have much to spend so am looking to do it all myself if possible. I'm looking to use led battens, similar to this one or this, but not ...
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Add new light and switch from existing lighting circuit

There are a lot of questions about this topic, but I'm feeling a little dense and want to make sure I do this correctly. I have a small office in my basement. Power runs from the breaker box to the ...
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Access to LED downlight drivers

Helping my son build a house and he went with Lithonia WF4 LED lighting (pic attached). I know all connections need to be "permanently accessible" but mounting these drivers and connection in the ...
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Light switch wiring - one switch controls another light and makes original switch redundant

We have a downstairs room with a single light and switch. This is Lamp A and Switch A. Switch A only has a single brown and blue wire into the switch. We recently had some work done upstairs and ...
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Changing bulb in bathroom light fitting

I've tried looking for guides, but I haven't seen any other lights like mine It seems like there is a cover over the bulb but I haven't been able to remove it and even if I could I don't think the ...
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Why do LED Lights Flicker on Low Dimmer Setting

I just wired up the following schematic and both sets of LED recessed lights will flicker when dimmed below full power. It doesn't matter what the other dimmer is set to (full power, low power, off). ...
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Add manual light switch to Genie Garage door opener

Currently, my genie Is550a garage door opener functions as intended, opening and closing my single garage door by pressing the single button (similar to a doorbell) activator. Upon opening the door, ...
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What width of wire for 24V DC LED driver?

I bought a 24V/25W LED driver from a local shop and the sales assistant sold me a short length of 20AWG control wire to go with it. In order to buy more wire (elsewhere) I looked up the UK (mm2) ...
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safely de-energizing a junction box so that I can permanently cover it up

I have a junction box in my ceiling that is controlled by a single light switch. I no longer want to use the junction box or have it exposed and I'd like to cover with drywall-- much preferable to a ...
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Does removing an LED bulbs from fixture decrease energy usage?

Noob question alert. Electrics have always been my weakness. If you have a 6 bulb ceiling light, with 6 LED bulbs each with 5w, and you remove 3 of them, does this half the energy usage when the ...
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I have building that is on a 20 amp breaker along with outside lighting

I bought my house almost two years ago and there is a building off to the side that is on the same circuit as an older security light on the side of my house and the breaker is a 20 amp, the breaker ...
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Leviton Dimmer 3 way remote switch only turning off

I've been trying to get this three way setup working for a few days now. The wiring diagrams that came with the kits are not consistent and when I wired according to the diagram I was not able to get ...
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How can I uninstall this old school light switch from the wall?

I have a few of these old school light switches in my current accommodation: I now need to replace one because it is not working anymore so I'm trying to uninstall it from the wall. Alas, I'm not ...
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Dimmer switch buzzing

I have triple dimmer switch that switches different areas. One of the dimmers is buzzing. I have tried different lamps including LEDs, and it makes no difference. I have changed the dimmer unit and it ...
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PIR sensor Cracked on two of my outdoor lights and the other shattered. Allen & Roth from Lowes. No support at all

Good Day, I have been trying to find a replacement for my 3 motion sensor light PIR lenses. But Have had no luck. I read about using the milk carton plastic and this seems to be the only option I have ...
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Replacing fan/light switch

Trying to replace an old switch that controls a ceiling fan with light. The original switch had a knob that you would push in to turn the light on or off and use the knob to dim the light. I ...
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Fixing a (possibility) incorrectly wired 4 way light

I started a project to add a 16v line for a video doorbell and, as always, ran into some trouble. Split level house was built in the 70s and has a 4 way switch and a single pole right by the front ...
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No light but hot wire is hot

I was using a circular saw and thought that I blew the circuit breaker. The breaker I have on the line is a GFI and I noticed that "test" button on the breaker was no longer working and I couldn't ...
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Where can I hide an AC to DC adapter for cove lighting?

I have a 12'x15' room to which I'd like to add cove lighting. There's a second floor above, so I don't have access from above. I do have an outlet along the wall where I can tap off for 120V power, ...
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How to connect lighting fixture into ceiling junction box?

I’m trying to connect a simple lighting fixture with ground, white, and black wires into a ceiling junction box as shown below. When I removed the cover plate, there were 2 black wires, 2 white wires, ...
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LED track lighting question

i had 4 Par38 75W bulbs on track. replaced them with 4 led 13W bulbs. all work but last one . i tested bulb on another fixture works fine.? when i put old "incandescent" bulb in last one all works ...
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Light switch is reversed

when I turn the light switch to the ON position, the light goes off. When I turn the switch to the Off position, the light goes on. Never had this problem before. Why? Nothing was changed.
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Turning two-way switches into three-way

Picture in the link is in my garage. I have four 14/2 cables. All whites are nutted together. 2 blacks are nutted together, and 1 going from that nut to each both switches. The below pic has three ...
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Replacing a light switch with a smart switch

I'm trying to replace my existing light switch (in my new build home in the UK) with a Innens smart WiFi switch (https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07RK5F8HC/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_jNHbEbVEDEEF6 ). My ...
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Dimmable LED lights on a dimmer switch, they won't come on at all anymore. Do they still work?

Apologies for the wall of text in advance. I bought three 40W Energizer dimmable LED lightbulbs for a dimmer switch at home. Once I screwed them in, I noticed that when I turned on the switch, there ...
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LED bulb replacement in Dusk-Dawn Outdoor 175W light

My old metal halide bulb finally died after 30 yrs use. Considering switch to LED corn bulb. However, the seller website states "Connects directly into E39 Mogul Bases. Just screw in. Please note that ...

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