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Girlfriend changed light switches, lights flashed and now the lights won't turn on

Okay, so pretty simple. She replaced two 3 way switches and a 4 way switch. The switch was flipped and the lights turned on and then went out immediately and now won't come back on (there was a ...
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LED "Can" lights not working all over my house

We moved into our house after someone flipped it 5 years ago. The attached photos are from LED lights that are all over the house. Some work intermittently. Some not at all. I can't seem to remove it ...
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What is the device attached to my recessed light junction box?

This is a recessed light I pulled out of my ceiling. There is a black cylindrical thing attached to the junction box and wired in series with the live wire to the bulb base. What is it? The junction ...
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Recessed LED lighting for under 7 foot ceiling

I have an old basement room with shallow ceilings and a terrible central ceiling mount "boob-light". I would like a nice array of recessed LEDs but cannot find guidance for my room's ...
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Why is my lighting not turning on after updating single pole light switch for a newer light switch?

enter preformatted text hereI'm updating the light switches in my kitchen and one of the switch boxes has 2 switches: one single pole with 3 black wires and one 3-way pole switch. I disconnected all ...
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How do I convert canless recessed lights to regular light fixtures?

We have this existing type of light in our dining room: https://www.homedepot.com/p/Commercial-Electric-Ultra-Slim-6-in-Selectable-CCT-Canless-Color-Integrated-LED-Recessed-Light-Trim-Downlight-900-...
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Is 18 AWG wire with peeling outer insulation still good to use?

I am changing my can lights to LED can lights using the Halo retrofit lights. Can Lights I am using Unfortunately my house has two different style can lights. One has the normal E26 screw type and the ...
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Removing trim from a recessed can

I am attempting to remove the trim from a recessed can. The image below is looking into the fixture at the socket. Circled in red are two tabs that seem to hold the socket into the trim. In blue, ...
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How to remove new construction recessed light nailed to bottom of joist?

I'm trying to upgrade my non-IC recessed lighting to air tight IC recessed lighting. After removing the can, I see that the new-construction fixture has been nailed to the bottom of the joist (see ...
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Why are these 2 dimmer switches connected like this and how can I rewire them with 2 traditional switches?

so I have this array of dimmer light switches. I want to replace the middle 2 with traditional switches (well I want to replace them all, but the middle 2 are single pole switches - the outer 2 are 3 ...
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A single can light in my kitchen goes off after a while and then comes back on a while later

Our kitchen ceiling lights are can lights in series on three-way switches. One 3-way switch is a dimmer switch. When the lights are turned on, after a while a single can light goes out and then comes ...
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Wafer lights with CRI 93 [closed]

I looked in a few places for wafer-style recessed LED downlights with a CRI higher than 90 (preferably 93-95) at 5000k, but haven't been able to find anything. Has anyone done this before? I saw LED ...
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Can I safely swap an incandescent in a shower recessed fixture for an LED?

I have an "airlock" (I believe this implies humidity reduction) recessed ceiling light in my shower. It has a 40W A15 incandescent bulb, which is now dead. I'm looking to swap in an LED bulb;...
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Remove night light wall fixtures and switch

I recently bought a home built in the 60s. There are two little night light fixtures in the hallway walls that I would like to permanently get rid of. Since I live in Chicago, they are housed in metal ...
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How to open up this ceiling lightbulb cover?

Here is the ceiling of my kitchen. I need to replace a bulb behind this cover. I've tried pushing it up and twisting but nothing moves. How can I open this cover up?
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How do you retrofit a recessed light with no slots in can? [closed]

I'm trying to replace all of my recessed lights with LED retrofit kits but after removing the baffle there don't appear to be any slots in the can for the springs of the LED kit (The baffle was ...
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Retrofit LED Recessed Lighting Power-on Delay

I'm replacing my old recessed lighting by retrofitting them with LEDs. I'm using a Lutron Diva DVCL-153P dimmer switch to control these recessed lights, but when set at low dim levels, flipping the ...
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I have a fan/light in my room area & I want to add 6 can lights to the switch the fan runs off of I just want to be able to run both at the same time

So I'm trying to add recessed lighting to a ceiling fan with light.. I have an older home so my switch only has a black and white wire to the switch.. how would I wire the can lights to come on with ...
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GU10 spotlight fittings far too small for the hole in the ceiling

I've just moved into a new house where the original owner fitted a lot of different downlights. He was a builder by trade, and he got what I suspect were an assortment of over-orders for industrial/...
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Switch controls only half of rooms lights

I have been working on updating my basement lighting to recessed LEDs. I have run into an issue where half work on the switch and the rest just stay on. (I am also pretty sure the ones that stay on ...
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Why don't my lights work after a loose wire tripped the circuit?

While replacing a LED recessed light, I received a shock and the circuit breaker popped. The black wire coming out of the housing had come out of the connector. I found it stuck to the plastic trim of ...
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Strongly affix ceiling light rim to ceiling

I removed all the cheap LED “recessed” lights from my ceiling and replaced them with Hue recessed lights. These lights are intended to be screwed into a traditional recessed can, but I just cut the ...
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Add recessed lighting to a ceiling fan/light - 2 switches

My living room has 2 switches. 1 controlling the ceiling fan the other switch controlling the ceiling fan light. From the panel, I believe it's 14/2 into the box, pigtailed to the two switches, then ...
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How can I replace G5.3 halogen ceiling can lights with flat-panel LEDs?

I've got a half-dozen halogen ceiling can lights that I'd like to replace with LEDs. The existing bulbs are 12vAC with G.53 bases, and the can sticker says it accepts 50w max. I don't want to just ...
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High lumen recessed lights not available for some reason? [closed]

For some reason there seems to be no availability of 1600 lumen recessed lights. 1600 lumens is about the output of a 100W incandescent lightbulb. There are a few RS40 lights I found, but RS30 1600 ...
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Merge wires to fit into spotlight

I'm changing a ceiling bulb into a spotlight and ran into a problem. I have 3 neutral wires, but my spotlight only has 2 holes. I tried putting the wires in together, but there's not enough space to ...
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Add a junction box to recessed lighting housing to give more space?

If the junction box on a recessed light is too small, is it okay to use a box spacer to add a second junction box to it? This would allow adding a second junction box, that pulls down in the exact ...
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Existing 20amp tandem breaker with 14/2 wires for basement light

We purchased this house in Marlboro, NJ in 2019. It had finished basement with permit. Basement has drop ceiling and 2x2 fluorescent light containing U-shaped lights. I noticed that basement has a ...
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Is it possible to get my existing dimmer switch to dim lights further?

I have just replaced lower watt LED ceiling lights with new, higher wattage LED ones. I have discovered that I'm using a Lutron TG600P toggle with sliding dimmer that is meant for incandescent bulbs. ...
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Hall light flickers when bedroom ceiling fan is on

I came across a house today, that someone installed new ceiling fans in. Before, they were fans with dimmer switches for the lights. The new ceiling fans are led non-dimmable. The power is shared with ...
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Best Lighting options for Long Basement

I have a half basement that I'm keeping open and its 45'x12'. I had always planned on doing a drop ceiling with recessed lights but I'm wondering if there is a better option considering the length of ...
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Recessed lighting malfunctioning

My home is 1.5 years old. After a thunder storm, 9 of 13 recessed lights are not functioning properly. 3 are out completely. The others continue to dim until barely lit. They are in 4 different ...
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Changing the bulb in an enclosure

This particular light has been flickering. The base of the detachable part in the photo appears to be closed, so I can't get access to what's inside. Would anyone have experience changing or fixing ...
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Pot lights not working

I have an issue with my recessed light fixtures. The problem is that the all quit working but one of them. It is not the bulbs we changed out the bulbs the switch is on because one of the lights works....
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Do I need to replace the junction box when changing LED downlight

I have 4 LED downlights in my bedroom that I want to swap out for some internet enabled ones. I wasn't the one to install them so I don't know the make/model of them. I took one out to have a look and ...
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Entry light switch controls adjacent bedroom lighting

I'm new here and may have caused a problem when rewiring to install recessed lighting. The wiring of my entry area is done in such a way that: Cutting the light on, will cut on the light in the entry ...
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Rewiring switched ceiling lights and outlet switched top receptacle to switched ceiling lights and always on outlet

In my living room there are: Recessed dimmable ceiling lights A switch with a dimmer An outlet where the top receptacle is only on when the ceiling lights are on. The bottom receptacle is always on. ...
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Dim recessed lights

I've got a problem with two recessed lights in the hallway that come on dim when switched on. No other lights are connected to these two. Two three way switches (non-dimmer) control these two lights ...
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Resolving two 3-Way Switches for two separate lights on one Combination Switch

I am now attempting to wire two existing three way toggle switches to a Leviton 5643 three way combination switch for two 3-way lights on the same circuit - Pictures included. Box 1 is what I term the ...
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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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Recessed light placement

Is this good placement for 4 inch recessed lights in bedroom ? Size of bedroom is 15' × 11'. Distance between each dot is 1 feet. Yellow line show king bed size. Red dots show recessed lights. ...
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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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Recessed light holes

I cut recessed light holes in my ceilling. I was wondering if I can use anything to protect the rough inner edge of the cutout hole to protect drywall from chipping. Any ideas or suggestions?
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Buzzing sound from ceiling light fixture. Can the source of the problem be the dimmer?

I have a buzzing sound coming from in ceiling light fixtures. The fixtures are Liton LH1499IC (https://liton.com/ic-double-wall-housing-51083.html) These fixtures are connected to a dimmer switch ...
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Adding recessed lighting to ceiling fan switch

I currently have a single ceiling fan controller by two light switches (at the same location), one for light on fan, one for fan only, or Both switched on for light and fan. I replaced my fan with a ...
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Can I use metal knockout for additional NM cable?

My can light junction box has 2 black clamps for NM cables and there are 3 metal knockout holes on 3 sides of junction box. (Picture shows one of these 3 knockouts). Given the location of LINE wire ...
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How far should the recessed lights be from 24” kitchen cabinets?

Most of the info on the web calls for lights to be centered at the counter’s edge. However, my upper cabinets are going to be 24” deep - basically matching the counter. The upper cabinets, as well as ...
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How can I diffuse the light coming out of recessed LED lamps?

I live in a US condo building which has standard recessed lights, looking somewhat like this: I find the light to be too harsh and would like to have a way to diffuse it. Is there some sort of a ...
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How to remove old-work ceiling light fixture box attached to conduit pipes

I am trying to install thin LED recessed lights in my hallway. I need to remove the old ceiling box, as shown in the picture. I tried to remove the box for the whole day but was unsuccessful. I cut ...
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How do I replace the LED bulb in this ceiling light?

I'm moving out of my flat next week and yesterday (!). This ceiling light went on the blink. I've managed to get it out of the ceiling but now I'm stuck. It won't come out any further and I've tried ...
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