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Converting a Fluorescent Light to Energy Efficient

October 1, 2019 by: Dave Rongey

Glenn from Paris, Illinois asks: How to Convert a Fluorescent Light Fixture from Magnetic Ballast and T12 Lamps to Electronic Ballast and T8 Lamps: Electronic Ballast, Replacement Lamps, Lamp Sockets, Fluorescent Light Color Options, Procedure to Convert the Light Fixture Ballast and Lamps.

Identifying and Repairing Electrical Wiring

August 26, 2019 by: Dave Rongey

How to Identify Junction Box Electrical Wiring. A tester or meter may be used to identify the electrical wiring that may be found in the junction box.

Identifying Light Fixture Wiring

April 28, 2019 by: Dave Rongey

How to Identify and Repair Light Fixture Wiring Problems: The original fixture was wired using the sets of screws as terminals or a junction. Removing these wires and creating a color to color splice or matching the original terminal wiring configuration, then adding the wires from the new fixtures and installing a wire connector should work just fine.

Replacing a Ceiling Track Light

April 26, 2019 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?

How To Adjust Outdoor Flood Light Settings

April 26, 2019 by: Dave Rongey

How to Change the Settings for a Motion Detector Light: The Flood Light Time Duration Switch Settings.

Installing Garage Light Fixtures

April 25, 2019 by: Dave Rongey

How to Install and Connect Garage Light Fixtures: Wiring Light Fixtures, Cords and Plugs, Light Fixture Clearance.

Recessed Can Lights Last Only a Few Months

April 21, 2019 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.

Installing Dimmers for 3 Way and 4 Way Switches

April 18, 2019 by: Dave Rongey

How can I wire a 3way dimmer switch to one of the switch locations? Dimmer Switch Wiring Connections, Installing Multiple Dimmer Switches, Types of 3Way and 4Way Dimmer Switches.

Install Dusk to Dawn Fixture by the Front Door

April 18, 2019 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?

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

April 18, 2019 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?

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

April 17, 2019 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?

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

April 16, 2019 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.

Converting a Fluorescent Light to an Electronic Ballast

April 16, 2019 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?

How I Repair a Bathroom Light Fixture that Shorted Out

April 12, 2019 by: Dave Rongey

How can I fix a light fixture that shorted out and will not come on? Guide for Repairing a Bathroom Light Fixture Problem.

Adding Recessed Lights to a Bedroom Outlet Circuit

March 27, 2019 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?

How do I install a fixture box for my outside light?

March 19, 2019 by: Dave Rongey

There are a variety of fixture boxes that can be used for just about any wiring situation. If the 2×6 is directly at the desired location for the light fixture then…

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