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

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Adapting Halo H71CT for 12" joist centers

I bought 24 6" recessed can lights for a new rec room. They're going between joists 12" on center. I love the quick installation features of this assembly (got at Lowe's) but I snapped the guide arms ...
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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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What height/ distance from ceiling or above surfaces would be good for uplighting/ scone wall lamp?

So in Houston, I had an Uplighting Floor lamp like this with a 3 way/ mode 110 W bulb. The lighting was not as jarring as a office CFL tube but perfectly bright for all that I needed to do in my room/ ...
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Using Recessed Lighting with a 6 pin connector instead of a 4 pin?

I just purchased some recessed housings (Halo H7ICAT) and they already came with Wago 773-104 connectors. As you see below 1 pin is used for the light. 1 pin is for the actual power. and 2 are ...
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Electrical rough in

I have 2 question on electrical rough-in 1) For the outlet boxes, do I strip and wire nut the wires or just roll them up and tuck them in for the inspection? 2) For my recessed canless LED lights (...
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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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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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LED module retrofit into old quad fluorescent not working

I am replacing a bathroom "quad tube" fluorescent recessed ceiling fixture with a Halo recessed downlight LED "module" (RL560WH6940R). This module is the kind that comes with a male edison screw mount ...
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Track Lighting LED bulbs flickering

I recently bought a 5-bulb track lighting & installed GU10 base MR16 shape, dimmable LED lights bought off of eBay. The lights started flickering after turning them on after a few seconds. I ...
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Recessed lighting wiring questions

I have installed (5) recessed lights to my ceiling. I just wanted to double check two questions. Is my wiring sequence correct? Switch to light #1 (3 blacks, 3 whites, 3 grounds in #1), light #1 ...
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recessed can lighting auto off and outlet heating

... 1 of the 2 can lights automatically turned off, I replaced the bulb and it repeated the auto turn of and on... can I buy a tester to help pin-point if the fixture is going bad ? ... noticed today ...
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How do I connect a Juno LED light to a switch when the light receives power first?

I'm trying to connect a new LED light to a new single pole switch. I have a 14/2 main power feed coming in to the LED light first then a 14/3 wire going from LED light to switch. I feel like I have it ...
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How to get lighting in the shower like this?

I'm remodeling my bathroom and I'd like to know how to get a lighting effect as seen in these photos. To get this, do you basically drop the ceiling to create a soffit over the shower, with a rope ...
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What is the difference between R20 and PAR20 lightbulbs?

Are they compatible? What do R and PAR prefixes represent in general? Important decision, need to buy several replacement lightbulbs!
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How to install a flush mount 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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Two black wire and no white wire

I'm installing 6 halo daisy chain to an old light switch. The house was built around 1947. The current power is starting from the switch to the 1st light housing and the wiring is connected from 1st ...
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How to organize multiple electrical wires going into an ultra thin recessed light?

I am installing ultra thin recessed light in the basement and it comes with a very small metal box (probably 2x4 in in size). Due to the old wiring of the house, there are 5 wires coming in totally: ...
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Why did the bulbs in my recessed lights burn out?

Last night the recessed can lights were buzzing a bit because the dimmer switch was only about half way, I assume right at the edge of allowing enough I to reach the cans. Turned up the slider and ...
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Run electrical wire outside in for new lightings for cathedral ceiling

This is my living room and I am planning to install 9 recessed lights on the cathedral ceiling. There is no attic space and there should be just 4-5" gap on top before it hits the roof. I don't want ...
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recessed light only works with halogen bulb?

My husband and I just moved into a new home and have found that we have two different types of recessed light fixtures. One of types only works with a specific type of halogen flood light bulbs and ...
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3-Way Switch won't turn on lights if dimmer is set to low

I just added 5 dimmable recessed lights to my living room. I'm certain it's powered correctly. Incoming power hits the 3-way dimmer switch. Both traveler wires head to the other 3 way switch (non-...
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remove a recessed light can

i have old (late 1980's) recessed lighting. i cannot figure out how to remove the can. there are no springs,ears or anything i can see inside the can. the bulb holder is secured by 2 spring clips that ...
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Troubleshooting LED refresh rate or flicker

We bought a older home that had all the bulbs and fixtures replaced with LED lights of one kind or another. I have a ceiling fan light fixture and two pot lights in the living room that bother me. ...
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Connect Ceiling Light Fixture to Recessed Lighting Socket

Is it possible to use the existing recessed lighting socket and black/white wires connected to the socket to connect a light fixture rather than removing the entire recessed canister and box and ...
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what are my options when it comes to updating my recessed lighting?

i want to start by saying thank you for the few that helped answer my question yesterday. to make a long story short....i am a fairly new homeowner and unfortunately did not have a father who was ...
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can I use a 10WATT LED BR30 on a recessed light trim that says MAX:9W BR30 LED?

i just bought a 6 pack of: GE Relax 6-Pack 65 W Equivalent Dimmable Warm White Br30 LED Light Fixture Light Bulb it says it uses only 10-WATTS on the back of the package. to make a long story ...
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Is there a minimum distance required between holes in the ceiling dry wall to prevent in cracks or weak in between areas?

I am installing recessed lights to my living room. The problem is, there are ceiling speakers already placed where I want the lights to go. So I now have to put the lights close to the speakers as ...
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Why do my lights turn on when I plug a device into a nearby outlet?

I noticed that when i use the plugs in the wall like by plugging my laptop, it turns my dimmer lights on, what may have the cause of this problem and how can i fix it ? please help
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How many recessed lighting do I need for my living room?

Living room size: 18 L x 16.5 W x 8 H Using 6" cans with BR40 flood lights around 60watt equivalent LEDs, so about 800 lumens Based on this, it looks like I should be getting 9 lights? Assuming cans ...
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Small bedroom recessed lighting

My 10x10 bedroom has one funky light fixture in the center. Can I get away with replacing it with one recessed light?
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three way switches not working [closed]

I checked the wiring in the ceiling can light. I moved the neutral wires and saw a spark so I twisted it and now the lights work again. But now the three way switches aren't working right. They are ...
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light bulb burns out immediately or within 3-4 seconds

I have 4 can lights operated by one switch. The light bulb went out. When I replaced it the new one, it went out immediately. This happened three times. I changed the can fixture and the same thing ...
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Can puck LEDs be used for recessed lighting in above bed soffit

There is currently a soffit in the bedroom that sits above the headboard of the bed. The soffit is rather large, dropping down around 15 inches from the actual ceiling, and has three recessed lights. ...
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What are your recommendations for bedroom recessed lights in a step ceiling?

While remodeling our bedroom we are considering recessed lighting. The bedroom has a seating area also - the bed area is 14' x 15' and the seating area is 10' x 9' (overall length is 24 ') and the ...
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Replacing single pole switches with 3way switches

Have 4 lights on circuit 1 to single pole switch with power. Have same setup for second switch. Want to replace both single pole with 2 3way switches so that at each switch i can turn on/off each set ...
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Proper lighting for basement bedroom 12x12ft

We are in the process of creating a bedroom in our lower level. The room is 12x12ft and they currently just have 2 can lights, which allow for a lot of dark areas in the room. We are going to put in ...
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What's causing every light on a single breaker to dim and turn off randomly?

I have a commercial space with recessed ceiling lighting. There's 3 lights in the front, 4 down the hall, and one in the bathroom (all on one breaker). Randomly throughout the day, they'll dim/flicker ...
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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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Installing insulation in the cavity between LED retrofit assembly and IC-rated can

I have some existing IC-rated cans that I can feel (and see with an IR camera) are leaking cold air from my attic into my living room. When installing an airtight LED retrofit assembly over it, is it ...
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How many recessed lights should I install in my living room?

I've got a 18" x 12" living room that I want to install recessed lights into but I am stuck as to if I should install 6 or 8 lights (6 inch each). 6 already "looks" like there are a bunch of holes in ...
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When choosing lighting fixtures for new construction, should I go integrated or non-integrated CFL? [closed]

I do facilities maintenance for a company in Boston, and one of our newer buildings (built in 2006) has non-integrated CFL fixtures. I was really surprised when I went to HomeDepot to buy some new ...
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What height are lumens measured at when calculating lighting layout?

I'm trying to determine how many recessed lighting fixtures I'll need to light an area that is a 500 square foot rectangle, with 30 lumens per square foot (30fc). 30 lumens per square foot is what is ...
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Replace fluorescent bathroom light with an LED (PL26E/H/841/LED)?

I'm replacing my bathroom compact, horizontal fluorescent light bulbs in my bathroom fan. It is a 4-pin light hooked up to a ballast. I have purchased an LED replacement from Home Depot. Specifically,...
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Do you need special recessed LED housing for angled / sloping ceilings?

Do you need special recessed LED housing for angled / sloping ceilings? I see that they sell them, but if there are enough recessed LEDs installed for good coverage, can't I just use regular housings? ...
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What spotlight beam angle to choose?

I am looking into buying some 5W LED 3000k GU10 spotlights with a rating of 450 lumens, for my gypsum soffits. The only part which is confusing me is what viewing angle I should get. I have found a ...
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Thermocouple cause fixture no light?

Can the thermocouple be bypassed in the shower stall recessed light fixture? If not how should this be replaced?
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How do I access the light in this recessed can?

I feel like I'm taking crazy pills...I can't for the life of me figure out how to access (and ultimately change out) the bulb inside this recessed can. I've tried twisting, pushing, prying, twisting, ...
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Convert this can to a “standard” light socket?

We've built a new home and the electrician put this fancy schmancy LED recessed lights in that should last like a decade or something. Which is great...except in my office I want to be all futuristic ...
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Does it make sense to replace gx24q-3 CFLs with e26 LEDs?

My new house comes with gx24q-3 bases and CFL bulbs everywhere. I read that LEDs are better in every way. I've found some br30 e26 LEDs for only $1.25 each at Costco. Does it make sense for me ...
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Recessed lights working intermittently

I have 7 recessed lights in my kitchen. They stopped working over a period of a few months, one by one, until none worked. Every now and then, one of them will come on, sometimes the one on the back ...