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For questions about [light] fixtures that are recessed into a building surface, usually a ceiling.

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Safe to put insulation around recessed light cans after convert to LED?

I have a ranch home, in the kitchen there are recessed lights. I want to replace them with these LED ones that home depot sells: I took a look at the insulation around the recessed light cans from ...
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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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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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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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Why are the lights on my dimmed three-way circuit dimmer than normal?

I have a 3 way switch and a 3 way dimmer switch to operate two recessed fixtures, which worked fine for years. Now, both spots are dim. Doesn't matter if I use the switch with dimmer or 3 way switch ...
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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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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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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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Troubleshooting a String of LED Recessed Lighting Fixtures

I have 5 LED-based recessed lights on a 3-way switch that are problematic. When I activate the circuit, I rarely get all 5 lights switching on. If I turn them off and back on again, they all work. ...
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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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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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Circuit Load - With addition of LED recessed and cabinet lighting

I’m renovating my 1984 kitchen and I'm worried about exceeding the maximum load on the circuit. I'd like to add recessed lighting and above/below cabinet lighting as well. I know that 12 devices are ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Led Ceiling Driver Box - attached or NOT to wood structure?

For a Recessed Slim LED 4" round light, can the Driver Box lay inside the ceiling, NOT attached to anything or is it Ontario Electrical Code to be screwed to a wood structure i.e. a 2x4 ?? Thanks!
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Why can the connections of a recessed light be buried in drywall, but not junction boxes?

I'm redoing lights in our kitchen and have to splice some lines. I have read numerous threads that all say you cannot bury the junction box in the drywall, it has to be accessible. The recessed lights ...
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Repeated loss power to lights but not receptacles without breaker tripping

I'm having an issue with two recessed LED lights that are wired in-line. The power comes from a junction box (nothing else on this breaker has lost power, see below) down to a wall switch, back up to ...
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How to on this retrofit led recessed light

That's the inside of my can on my recessed lighting but the new retrofit led plug doesn't fit that. What do I have to do in order to retrofit a new led light in that old fixture to avoid me going into ...
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Spacing for recessed lighting in bedroom

Tonight I'm installing recessed lighting in my bedroom and have a question on how to space the cans. The room is 12' x '12. How many cans should I put in the bedroom and how should I space them?
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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 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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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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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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Adding LED Recessed - 3 Way Switch - Dim Lights

I will try and provide as much information as I can and I apologize if I call something by an inappropriate name - but this is what I have done from my research. We had a room that had a central ...
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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 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 close can speaker wire be to a recessed light before heat is a concern?

I'm currently building a home and have plans to install in-ceiling speakers in my family room when the house is finished. The package that the builder offers is obnoxiously expensive and I can't do it ...
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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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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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LED 12v Not at Full Brightness

I just replaced 12v halogen with 12v Led bulbs on two separate recessed lighting circuits. One has 9 lights, one has 5. On each set of lights, a single bulb is not coming on at the brightness of the ...
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How to replace a CFL recessed light with LED fixture

I bought a few LED new light fixtures and was able to replace them in bedroom in 5-10 minutes each. But the ones in kitchen had a weird CFL format and not the usual lightbulb screw kind of holder so ...
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Recessed light is lighting dim and other stopped working

I have four recessed lights controlled by one switch and one recessed controlled by another switch , all of the sudden the two lights stopped working out of four and the single recessed light started ...
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Help identifying possible dual pot light plug

In my kitchen, I have a number of ceiling lights that take MR16 bulbs. However, I noticed that the plugs seem to also accept another kind of bulb as well. At first, I thought these other sockets were ...
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Remodel recessed light on drywall seam

One of the spots where I would like to install a remodel-type 5" round recessed light, is right on top of the drywall seam in my ceiling. I'm a little hesitant to put it there because the ceiling ...
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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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What are my dimmer options in this switch configuration?

I have a setup in my basement where there is a 4-way switch setup, but none of it is run using 3-wire. I've seen the term "California 3-way", so that might apply. There are 3 switches ...
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How to remove downlight with mouse trap clips

See attached pic. I have downlights like this in my apartment. I don't know how to get at the mouse trap clips. I can pull down on the downlight at the seal with the roof but then I need to flick the ...
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Unknown rubber piece on electrical box

Last night my wife turned on a recessed light in the shower. Shortly after, the light buzzed, got brighter and started smelling so she turned the light off. I took it apart today and see something I ...
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Recessed Lighting in the garage - Fire Rated Products [closed]

I have an unfinished 2-story detached garage (20x24). First story is the garage and the second story is a studio like apartment. I am considering using recessed lighting on the first floor. I ...
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Lighting in a Detached Garage

I have a 20'x24' 2-story unfinished, detached garage. The first floor is a two-story garage. The second floor will be living space (kinda like a studio apartment). The ceiling of each floor is about 8 ...
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Do you know how I can tell why I have two hot wires?

All the outlets in the house are working and have connected neutral wires. However one unit has a both hot and neutral wires reading hot. And the light isn’t working. Can’t figure out why or where a ...
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Best way to wire for recessed lighting

We are considering installing recessed lighting on a ceiling that has another floor above it. The ceiling currently has no light fixtures except a central ceiling fan. I can't access the ceiling from ...

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