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

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Can I hardwire an LED retrofit disk

My contractor messed up and put junction boxes into my new house instead of using recessed cans like I was expecting. They were planning on using something like these LED disks. They wire directly to ...
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Color adjusting LED ceiling light intermittent issues

I recently installed CE color changing (5 temperature settings) LED all-in-one fixtures in my bedrooms and have been having an odd issue. I wired four fixtures with 12/2 Romex in parallel out of a ...
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Recessed lighting 10 x 10 Bedroom

I have a lake home that has a very small bedroom we are remodeling. Because of the room size the bed actually is located in one corner of the room. Currently have purchased four 4 inch recessed lights....
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Family Room Lighting [closed]

I'm remodeling our family room (drywall is up and mud is almost done... and yes, I'm realizing I should have figured out a lot more specifics of lighting before finishing the drywall). The room has ...
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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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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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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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Ceiling Fan with Recessed Lights

This is for U.S. based electrical in a house built in 2001. Currently I have a ceiling fan w/light on a 14/2 NM-B run to a single-pole light switch. When the switch is turned off, neither the fan nor ...
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Replace Track Lighting To Recessed Lights Utilizing 3-Way Switch

I had a Switch on one end of the kitchen and a Switch on the other end of the kitchen that would turn on/off the Track Light I had (3-Way Switch). I want to add 6 Recessed Lights, so I removed the ...
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How to use an MR16 bulb in a 5“/6” can housing

I want to hang a nice metallic photograph print over my fireplace. I currently have a 5" recessed can with a fish eye for a PAR30 bulb, but I don't like the evenness of color or the width of the spot ...
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recessed lights not working after outage, and problems removing housing clips

The day we had a power outage, we also noticed that one bank of recessed lights stopped working. (Assuming they are related, but can't be 100% sure.) The lights are on a dimmer switch. I confirmed ...
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Minimum number of recessed lights for 29x13 room

I know the "standard rules" say one light every 4 to 6 feet... But what would be the minimum I can get away with using canned lights for a room that is about 29x13. I previously went my way with ...
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IC housing and non-IC trim compatibility

I have installed two IC-rated, airtight housings in a soffit in my basement. There is no insulation in this space, I just chose the IC-rated housings because they were available at the time. I will ...
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Why won't my recessed lights illuminate when they have power?

I recently installed 7 recessed can lights in my basement that are powered by 3 way light switches. After I hooked up the power to the 2 switches the first light in the series will illuminate but the ...
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Replacing recessed lights with pendant lights

I bought "conversion kits" which supposedly do the job in 5 minutes, but the I discovered that the kit is designed for the current type of can, and is not suitable for the ones that are up there (22 ...
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How do I ground my LED retrofit in a ceiling can?

I've got what appears to be a low height 5" can above the kitchen sink. There is a 60W IC bulb in there. It looks really trashy since the cover is missing. So, I picked up one of those ceiling LED ...
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How do I open this light fixture?

Please tell me how to open it up to change the light bulb. This is my friends room and I am a million miles away to help her. She said, she try to twist the plastic rim but to no avail. I think ...
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How do I open this light fitting?

These fittings don't have any obvious affordance for removing or opening them. Any ideas?
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Can I draw power from nearby recessed lighting for pendant lights?

I want to add two pendant lights above my island where I have a bunch of recessed lighting. Can I draw power from them in order to power the chandeliers? I'm considering an Insteon solution in order ...
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What recessed shower light cover is this?

We have a recessed shower light fixture and the cover is melted (thank you previous owners...). But I can't figure out what this thing is called or where I can get a replacement. I've attached a few ...
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Remove Halo recessed fixture completely - SOLVED

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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LEDs on Dimmer switch turn off from another switch

I’ve just installed LED down lights in bathroom and hallway. The light in the bathroom is a single LED and turns on/off correctly. There are 4 LED lights in the hall connected to a Trailing Edge ...
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Canadian (Alberta) Residential Electrical Code

Is there a homeowners version of the current electrical code for residential wiring in Alberta available at no cost? I’m renovating my kitchen and would be helpful to know the many changes and ...
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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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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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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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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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25 degree by 36 degree (oval) LED light beam spread

I have some Philips PAR20 2700K LEDs in my house. Some are 36 degree, others are 25 degree beams. I was wondering if there is any way to get an oval beam LED light bulb, as in a 36 by 25 degree light ...
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why do my par 16 halogen lighbulbs keep exploding?

I have recessed ceiling lights that are rated to 75W. I use par 16 halogen reflector lightbulbs (sylvania brand), which are what was being used when i moved in. In the past 15 months, 6 different ...
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How can I warm up my new LED recessed lighting [duplicate]

I was just buying some halogen replacement bulbs for my kitchen recessed lighting when the salesperson talked me into buying recessed LEDs instead. The sales pitch was great about how long they last ...
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How to install recessed lights without bar hangers?

I'm sure I can figure out a way to mount the recessed I reclaimed, which are missing the bar hangers; however, does anyone have any previous experience in doing so?
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What is the technical term for this style lighting?

It’s basically looking like LED strip lights, whose light bounces off the ceiling, and the strips are on top of some sort of mold/ceiling fascia. I don’t even know what to google to find a picture to ...
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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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How do I best display LED strips so the bulbs are hidden from sight?

I want to put this LED strip in my room, which is a box shaped room with white walls. I am sure I am supposed to hide the LED strip lighting, but I am at a loss on how to make a suitable coving or ...
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Is the light quality of halogen/LED low-voltage recessed light actually better than an equivalent line voltage light?

When it comes to deciding whether to go with low voltage or line voltage, a number of sites are in essence saying: your initial installation cost for low voltage will be higher, but you'll get a nicer ...
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Where can I find LED indoor floodlights?

Where can I find LED Indoor Floodlights? I have recessed lighting and one of the lights over a nook in my house gets the person hot who sits under the light for too long - plus LED is more energy ...
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How to know if I can use LED ceiling light bulbs?

I'm renting a flat and need to replace some light bulbs. The bulbs I need are 12V MR16/GU5.3 bulbs. How can I tell if I can use LED bulbs as opposed to the halogen ones that are there currently? If ...
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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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Fitting recessed lighting without damaging ceiling

I'm trying to add recessed lighting into my hall. There's currently a pendant light in the middle, which I'll be removing. I then want to add 6 240v (UK) GU10 fittings. There's no insulation in the ...
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How to loosen glass bulb cover from metal base?

I need to replace one of the lightbulbs in my bathroom's lightbulb fixture. The bulb itself is a halopin bulb that inserts with a metal hook, but its covered by a glass cage/receptacle that should ...
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What could cause a recessed light to come on when removing the neighboring bulb?

I just installed a row of five recessed lights in my basement. All of a sudden, I have one light that shuts off. When I remove the bulb next to it, it turns back on. This row is daisy chained on the ...
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Switch outlets to permanently hot. Switch to control new recessed lights

I have a small room with one switch outlet and 3 Hot outlets on the same circuit. The work is old and ungrounded. I’m looking to make the switched outlet permanantly hot and use the switch location to ...
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Ideas for filling up large nook [closed]

I have a rather large nook ( 13 feet wide ) in my basement which will have cabinets and countertop. ( see attached picture ). My two problems are : Since largest stock countertop is 10 feet wide, I ...
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Dim only certain lightbulbs on a circuit?

The builder built my house with multiple outdoor lights on a single circuit. Most of the lights are non-dimmable LED wall fixtures, but 2 of them are dimmable 6" LED baffles under an overhang. He ...
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How to add grounded junction boxes when installing recessed lighting?

I'm interested in adding recessed lighting in my basement where there are only two flush mount fluorescent fixtures, so I'd be adding 8 or 10 additional fixtures. My home has no dedicated ground wire, ...
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Recessed Can Light Not Working

I have 2 recessed can lights that are controlled from the same wall switch. I replaced both with LED bulbs. After several months, in one of the lights the bulb would go off and on intermittently. I ...
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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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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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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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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,...