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Replace MR16 Bulbs with MR16 LED Bulbs in a Track Light

By Dave Rongey

Lee in Virginia asks: I am looking to buy MR16 LED bulbs to replace the existing halogen MR16 in some track lighting. However, I noticed the existing halogen (6) bulbs are 24 volt, not the typical 12 volt.


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Replacing a Ceiling Track Light

By Dave Rongey

Saelon in Oregon asks: I installed all new track light, and my no-touch power tester lights up almost anywhere on the ceiling within 12 inches of the track. Is this normal?


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What Is Dual Outlet For Under Cabinet Lighting

By Dave Rongey

Tracy in Massachusetts asks: What is dual outlet for under cabinet lighting. I need a fixture that is in the middle of a string of under cabinet lights.


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Recessed Can Lights Last Only a Few Months

By Dave Rongey

Carl in Washington asks: Our recessed can lights are lasting only a few months while the living room lights have lasted five years.


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My Post Light has a Damaged Cable, Can I install Low Voltage Lighting

By Dave Rongey

Lisa in Ohio asks: I have a post light with a damaged UF cable. Can I install low voltage lighting to the undamaged end of the UF wire the post light?


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Should I use a Remote Switch or a Standard Dimmer Switch?

By Dave Rongey

Eric in Florida asks: What is the purpose of using a Lightolier ZPR-3 remote switch? Can it be replaced with a standard residential light switch?


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Install Dusk to Dawn Fixture by the Front Door

By Dave Rongey

Frank in Oklahoma asks: There is a switch by the front door that controls the outside lights. Should that fixture control the other two lights?


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How Can I Light Up a Dark Hallway at Night for my Child?

By Dave Rongey

Ashley in Kansas asks: I have a 6 year old who is terrified to walk down the dark hallway at night to get to the bathroom. I wanted to switch out the 3-way switch for a 3-way dimmer switch so I can leave the light on but dimmed so the whole hallway is illuminated.


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Converting a Fluorescent Light to an Electronic Ballast

By Dave Rongey

Wayman in Canada asks: I need advice about fluorescent ballasts replacements. I have 3×48″T12 lamps installed in a line: one 2 tube fixture,and a single tube fixture The lamp of the single fixture will not illuminate (even after changing the tube). Can a light fixture with a electronic ballast share the same circuit with a light fixture with a magnetic one?


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Adding Recessed Lights to a Bedroom Outlet Circuit

By Dave Rongey

Phil in California asks: Is it acceptable to use the circuit supplying the bedroom receptacles for new recessed Lighting fixtures in the same room?


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How To Wire a New Switch and Ceiling Light

By Dave Rongey

How do I wire the new switch using power from the existing power line to turn on and off the new ceiling light? Wiring a New Switch from an Existing Power Source.


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Timers and Light Switch Wiring

By Dave Rongey

I’m trying to replace a single pole light switch with a timer light switch in a box that also has another single pole switch going to another light: How to Wire a Timer Switch for Lighting.


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How To Wire a 24 Hour Time Switch

By Dave Rongey

Trying to install a 24 Hour Timer Switch, the single pole switch currently in the wall has the black wire from the “load” pigtailed and the red wire from the “line” goes to the other terminal on the single pole switch…


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Light Fixture Circuit Wiring

By Dave Rongey

How to Make Electrical Wiring Connections for Home Light Fixtures: Typical Wiring Mistake with Light Fixture and How to Fix It.


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Why Dusk to Dawn Fixtures Go On and Off

By Dave Rongey

What would cause a dusk to dawn light fixture to turn on and off? How to Test Outside Motion Light Fixtures for the sensitivity of the motion detector.


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Wiring for an Outdoor Light and Outlet

By Dave Rongey

How to Wire an Outdoor GFCI Circuit for Outlets and Lighting: Install an outlet on a lamp post near the driveway: GFCI Wiring Connections for Outside Outlet and Lighting


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