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Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
« Reply #440 on: July 15, 2020, 09:40:17 AM »
If you tap on the fixture will it flicker?
Could it be it happens when I have my air conditioning running?

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Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
« Reply #441 on: July 15, 2020, 09:42:51 AM »
Could it be it happens when I have my air conditioning running?
Central air or standalone unit?
Are the lights flickering or dimming?
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Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
« Reply #442 on: July 15, 2020, 09:44:12 AM »
Central air or standalone unit?
Are the lights flickering or dimming?
Central air. Flickering slightly. Enough to give someone a real headache if they care.

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Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
« Reply #443 on: July 15, 2020, 09:44:51 AM »
Central air. Flickering slightly. Enough to give someone a real headache if they care.
Dimmer connected to it?
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Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
« Reply #444 on: July 15, 2020, 09:48:47 AM »
Dimmer connected to it?
One of them yes. Others not.

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Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
« Reply #445 on: July 15, 2020, 09:49:49 AM »
One of them yes. Others not.
So this is more than one fixture in different locations?
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Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
« Reply #446 on: July 15, 2020, 09:50:18 AM »
Two easy options.
1. Each switch has a line wire and a load wire. Combine the 4 line wires and a pigtail, combine the 4 load wires and a pigtail, connect to one of the switches. The other 3 switches are defunct.
2. Add another switch that will control the existing 4 switches. Remove the 4 line wires from the existing switches, combine and connect to the new switch. Attach a new wire to the load side of the new switch that runs to the line side of the existing switches and you're done. Now you have a "master" switch that controls all 4 at once, but also still have the individual switches that control 1-2 bulbs when the master is on.

I'm assuming here that you have 4 individual line wires which is very unlikely. You probably just have 1 which is split off into 4, so the actual work is even easier. Pictures would definitely help here.

I will send pics later.

Do not do this unless you know where all the wires are coming from.
ETA: After thinking about this for a little bit I have a new recommendation.  :)
DON'T DO THIS!!!


Hopefully the pics will clear your concern  :)
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Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
« Reply #447 on: July 15, 2020, 09:52:36 AM »
Hopefully the pics will clear your concern  :)
My concern is if you do that you might not be around to post pics.  ;)
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Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
« Reply #448 on: July 15, 2020, 09:53:36 AM »
So this is more than one fixture in different locations?
In all my bathrooms and some bedrooms, I have these lights. https://www.lowes.com/pd/Project-Source-2-Pack-14-in-Brushed-Nickel-Transitional-Integrated-LED-Flush-Mount-Light-ENERGY-STAR/1001042584
None of them have a dimmer switch. And they sometimes flicker very slightly.
In some bathrooms I also have this one which does have a dimmer. https://www.lowes.com/pd/Project-Source-3-Light-Chrome-Traditional-Vanity-Light-Bar/50254179 which also flickers slightly.

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Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
« Reply #449 on: July 15, 2020, 09:53:54 AM »
Do not do this unless you know where all the wires are coming from.
ETA: After thinking about this for a little bit I have a new recommendation.  :)
DON'T DO THIS!!!

Of course anyone is welcome to not do this, but there's no reason not to if they want.

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Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
« Reply #450 on: July 15, 2020, 09:59:16 AM »
Of course anyone is welcome to not do this, but there's no reason not to if they want.

But how is one switch currently controlling 2 lights? Is it because 2 load wires are connected to the one switch and I just don't see it?
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Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
« Reply #451 on: July 15, 2020, 10:01:51 AM »
But how is one switch currently controlling 2 lights? Is it because 2 load wires are connected to the one switch and I just don't see it?

It's possible but more likely that the same load wire runs to both the first light and the second.

I have done this in my house (for 2 switches) so if I get a chance I'll open up the wall plate and take a pic.

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Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
« Reply #452 on: July 15, 2020, 10:05:17 AM »
Should go without saying but my suggestion is based on the assumption that all 4 switches are controlled by the same circuit breaker. If that's not the case - don't combine the wires.

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Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
« Reply #453 on: July 15, 2020, 10:07:06 AM »
It's possible but more likely that the same load wire runs to both the first light and the second.

I have done this in my house (for 2 switches) so if I get a chance I'll open up the wall plate and take a pic.

That brings me to my next question, it's a track, how are the wires running to the lights, they are all on the same track?
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Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
« Reply #454 on: July 15, 2020, 10:22:33 AM »
That brings me to my next question, it's a track, how are the wires running to the lights, they are all on the same track?

You'd need to find the wiring diagram or take some really good pictures to answer that. But its not shver- the wiring could have been designed for individual control, just like how ceiling fan wiring is designed for making separate switches for the light and the fan (extra load wires).

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Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
« Reply #455 on: July 15, 2020, 10:32:41 AM »
In all my bathrooms and some bedrooms, I have these lights. https://www.lowes.com/pd/Project-Source-2-Pack-14-in-Brushed-Nickel-Transitional-Integrated-LED-Flush-Mount-Light-ENERGY-STAR/1001042584
None of them have a dimmer switch. And they sometimes flicker very slightly.
In some bathrooms I also have this one which does have a dimmer. https://www.lowes.com/pd/Project-Source-3-Light-Chrome-Traditional-Vanity-Light-Bar/50254179 which also flickers slightly.
It sounds like an under power issue. The AC could be the problem.

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Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
« Reply #456 on: July 15, 2020, 10:38:44 AM »
Of course anyone is welcome to not do this, but there's no reason not to if they want.
We are all here to help. When it comes to electricity which can be extremely dangerous we should be cautious. What you are suggesting can be dangerous. Think about this for a minute.
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Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
« Reply #457 on: July 15, 2020, 10:42:10 AM »
Should go without saying but my suggestion is based on the assumption that all 4 switches are controlled by the same circuit breaker. If that's not the case - don't combine the wires.
If your assumption is wrong it is a disaster waiting to happen.
If your assumption is right then there is no need to connect all four line wires together.
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Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
« Reply #458 on: July 15, 2020, 10:45:43 AM »
That brings me to my next question, it's a track, how are the wires running to the lights, they are all on the same track?
Is there one junction box for the lights? If so that is what a pic is needed of. You should be able to solve your issue there.
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Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
« Reply #459 on: August 08, 2020, 10:28:40 PM »
I'm trying to switch the coaxial cables circled in red (it's cable internet). How do I unplug the big connector?

 Any safety precautions that I should know of? Should I put on silicone grease when connecting the cables?

The green circle is a wire that looks like a ground wire or something its hooked on to a metal bolt.

I don't know what the blue wire is. Might be a regular telephone line.