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How do I fix this Underwriters Laboratories light fixture part that's missing side clips?

One of my light fixtures (recessed ceiling) fell in the kitchen. It's a UL thing that stays in place with these metal clips that go in the holes you can see in the images below. What happened to the ...
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How can push my can light back up into the ceiling?

I can’t manage to push this can light back into the ceiling. I think it’s getting caught in the metal frame/lip above but no matter how hard I push it won’t break through. Any tips? Additional photos ...
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Wiring diagram for 3 way switches at end of parallel circuit

I have a wiring diagram that is similar to what I have but not quite. I have power running into the rest of the new school room but am unsure what my screw up is on this DIY project. For clarity, I ...
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having to cycle switch to get fluorescent lights to come on

In our kitchen are 2 two fixtures that hold 4 48in tubes. There are two switches for these lights. We have to cycle the switch several times to get them to fully light. It does it with both switches. ...
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Cannot reinstall trim into a can recessed light

I have about 15 of these same recessed lighting fixtures in my home, all with MR16 halogens. To change them I grab the edge of the trim and pull down - takes from force but it comes out, then swap the ...
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What would cause ceiling lights in a circuit to stop working after the first one?

enter image description hereSo, I have three recessed ceiling lights on a single switch. The first ceiling light turns on, but the next two do not. Because the lights downstream of light 1 don't ...
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Possible to change LED light color when Junction box does not have a switch?

Is it possible to switch these lights (pictures attached) to Daylight White color when junction box does not have the switch on it? (Context : Older owners have installed these lights in the entire ...
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How can I warm the color of cool white LED fixtures? [closed]

I recently installed recessed LED lights (very thin, which was needed for the ceiling). But the color of the LEDs is so bright and glaring! The lights are on a dimmer and are still too bright and blue-...
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Is this LED light fixture compatible with a dimmer switch? (Photo attached)

I have three of these recessed LED light fixtures on the ceiling of my apartment kitchen (Virginia, USA, brand new construction). All three lights are controlled by one switch. They are extremely ...
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Recessed retrofit light unable to fit into can with shallow depth

I am trying to replace the bulb in my outdoor recessed light with a Utilitech Retrofit Kit White 5-in or 6-in (Model #LLEDR6/5CCTCA). The diameter of the can is approximately 5.5", with a depth ...
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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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How to install a LED light over an old square recessed box?

My question is similar to an old question posted by someone else 3 yrs ago but hasn't been active for 2 yrs (see link). My house was built in the 1963, so I have two old 9 sq inch ceiling lights with ...
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Access to interstitial space from new work air-tight recessed lights (Halo H995ICAT)

Short question: Is there a (reversible) way of getting access to the interstitial space in the ceiling through new work air-tight recessed lights, Halo H995ICAT in my case? Longer question: I'm ...
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How to replace canless recessed led lights with retrofit recessed led lights

These are the canless recessed led lights I have in my ceiling now. These are the new retrofit recessed lights that I'd like to install instead. Considerations: The new retrofit lights have metal ...
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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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How do I remove this light bulb?

I cannot work out how to remove this type of light bulb in my bathroom. The little black bits on the outside seem to hold it in place, but I can't seem to remove them or the wider unit. And the usual '...
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What could cause my recessed light to not work?

I replaced a flood light lightbulb in recessed light fixture, thinking the previous bulb had burned out, but that new bulb isn't working either. I've tried a regular lamp bulb to ensure my new ...
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Remove junction box (no viable screws)

I'm like 90% through a remodel but I want to add some recessed lighting so I need to remove this junction box. There's the same style junction box in my bathroom that needs to be moved as well. This ...
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Where to position ceiling lights in pantry?

I'm pretty sold on placing the lights in the ceiling, but where for spacing? The pantry is 24" deep, 8' long and just under 8' high. The shelves are 15" deep, and run to within 12" of ...
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Where should I attach the ground wire in a recessed light?

I have a recessed can light on the 1st floor with e26 light bulb (Below are pictures) and want to upgrade to LED. I have the LED with metal box and have a green grounded wire. I do not see a place to ...
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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 do I diagnose lights that won't turn on?

When we purchased our house a year ago, I replaced all the burnt out lights throughout the house. 2 of the recessed lights in our master bath were out but within a couple months of replacing them they ...
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Adding a new can/light on same switch-controlled circuit as ceiling fan

Objective: to install a new can light fixture, to be controlled by an existing wall switch. Original configuration: the wall switch supplies power to a ceiling fan with light kit. What I did: I ...
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Most future-proof j-box/light for closet

I have a normal, small closet (approximately 46”x24”). I am doing electrical work and on that occasion I’d like to add some light to the closet. I was thinking just adding a normal j-box (e.g. Carlon ...
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Remove Halo Remodel Cans

I've got several 4" Halo Remodel MR16 cans (model is 528-786 or 528-7S6) in one of my rooms - plasterboard ceiling, first floor, no attic access. I want to replace them with wafer lights because ...
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Need help removing recessed canister light without a screw

I need to remote a Halo H572RICAT recessed light canister. It has a CFL and I want to remove the ballast so need to remove the can. There are no screws for sure. I can't see any small slot either that ...
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Wet Rated Pot Light

I moved into my house last year, the bathroom has pot lights and had a walk in tub. We are now installing a shower and a pot light will be in the shower. Is there a way to tell if the pot light ...
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How can I remove the trim from this recessed light

I have this recessed light and I want to replace it with one of those LED all in one units. I can't figure out how to get the trim off.
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How do I remove the frame from a can light without attic access?

I am replacing my can light, operated by a switch with a led wafer light in a space without attic access. I have removed the 3 screws from the can fixture and removed it completely. The trouble I am ...
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What kind of light fixture connector is this? What can I replace this with?

I've got some recessed downlight fixtures at my place that have these three extra wires with a weird looking circle connector. All of the light fixtures in the building have a 2 wire connector, but ...
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How can I fix an LED light running along my stairs?

First time buying a house and noticed one of my stairs light is not turning on (but all 6 other lights do turn on). I opened up the cover plate and I noticed that there are 3 wire nuts; 2 of which had ...
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Remove Halo recessed fixture completely

Older house built in the late 60's. Trying to remove existing Halo (new work?) recessed fixture completely to retrofit and extend circuit to one more fixture. I removed the 4 screws (well there ...
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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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What type of light fixture is this?

I just moved in recently and this light is in the ceiling of our closet. It's mostly burned out and I need to replace it. I have never seen a light fixture like this before. The 2nd picture shows the ...
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Installing lights in drop ceiling - do I really need multiple contractors?

Sorry in advance for the basic question. I just need to replace my fluorescent lights with some flush mount or pot ones. The fluorescent lights are recessed in the drop ceiling and removal will leave ...
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Ceiling LED recessed light installation gone wrong

My contractor installed a recessed ceiling LED light. The metal box that comes with the light (pictures attached), he just kept it on the dry ceiling, covered by insulation cotton material. I am ...
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Replacing recessed lighting socket

A tenant managed to rip out the socket threads from a recessed lighting can while trying to remove the light bulb. Pictures of the fixture and the existing socket below. I would like to just replace ...
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Are IC rated recessed LED drivers safe to be in contact with insulation?

Sounds like a dumb question, I know IC stands for Insulation Contact, but I'm not sure if both the LED panel and driver can be covered in direct contact with insulation. I touched a driver today and ...
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Swap can light for wafer not working

I have a circuit with 3 old recessed can lights (lightoleir) I just swapped out one for a new wafer led light and all the lights no longer work. The light I added was at the end of the circuit with ...
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How can I add GFCI protection to these bathroom lights?

I have two lights (well, the square one is also an exhaust fan) in my bathroom. There is a blue box that I've opened up to connect these lights. I've labeled the three wires going into the box. 2 is ...
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One of several recessed lights on a dimmer making a faint ringing noise

I have compatible, dimmable LED light bulbs for my recessed fixtures and they are the correct watts. However, when on, one of the recessed lights makes a distinct but faint ringing noise. This is the ...
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Retrofit LED pot lights without housing, is it safe?

We’re replacing old can pot lights (the ones with bulbs). photo of old fixture The new slim retrofit led pot lights do not fit into the metal housing so we’ve removed it. photo of metal can removal. ...
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Can anybody identify this light bulb base? It resembles a lot of possibilities, two small pins

There is no markings, labels, or anything on the light bulb House is in Los Angeles, built in 1942 Lightbulb is in a recessed light. https://www.bulbs.com/learning/basechart.aspx I've looked at all ...
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How do i install a regular electrical box for a light here?

I bought a new light fixture to go in this space, and it connects the old fashioned way (a black, a white, and a ground wire) to the regular electrical boxes I'm used to seeing. but when I pulled down ...
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Adding Second Light Switch in Bathroom for Lights

We have in our bathroom one light switch, which controls the bathroom fan and LED lights. The bathroom fan has power and works perfectly however, we installed new wire and connected them with the LED ...
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Why do surface mount light fixtures not require the type of air gap that recessed lights permitting insulation contact do?

A non-IC rated can light is supposed to have a 3 inch gap between it and any insulation. IC rated can lights have a double housing with an air gap to make insulation contact safe. On the other hand ...
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Can the socket in my recessed light be replaced without replacing the entire framing kit?

I have recessed lighting in my living room. One of the bulbs went out. I tried replacing it with a fresh one, but no luck. There is electricity flowing to the socket, but the socket appears to have ...
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Wiring LED Halo Cup Lights To Existing Fixture

I took down a fluorescent Light fixture. To start the chain and install LED CUP Halo lights but there are 7 Wires total in the box and two sets of wires. 3 White wires in a bundle 3 Black wires in a ...
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Cannot remove ceiling recessed canned light trim/can

I'm trying to replace my kitchen ceiling recessed canned light/trim. I turned the breaker off. I cannot see or feel any springs on the exterior or interior of the can. I've tried twisting the trim ...
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Install canless LED fixture in new construction can housing? [duplicate]

I have two new construction Halo 4" (H99ICAT) recessed housings installed in my bathroom renovation. Drywall is up, and I started looking at fixtures. Some of the ones I like the look of are ...

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