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2020-07-07

Installing a ceiling light can make a dramatic difference in any room. It's a relatively quick and easy way to update a room or hallway. Installing fixtures on your own is a great way to reduce costs when redecorating an existing room in your home.


Below, you'll find a step-by-step tutorial, including pictures, on how to install a light fixture in your home. Don't worry, I promise it will be a breeze.


What You Need to Install a Remove Light Fixture:


1) Safety glasses

2) Electrical tester

3) Screwdriver

4) Stepstool or ladder


Instructions on How to Remove a Ceiling Light Fixture:

First things first:

SHUT OFF THE POWER AT THE BREAKER BOX!!!


Shutting off your breaker is one of the most important steps when working with electrical wiring. This cuts off electricity to the wires, so you can safely install your new light fixture. If your breakers aren't labeled like mine are, you may have to take a few tries to be sure you have turned off the correct one. If you're not sure of which breaker to flip, shut the power off to the entire house to be safe.


1) With the circuit shut off, the first thing you're going to do is turn on the light fixture that you're planning to replace. Safety first and second! This step is to make extra sure that there is no power running to the wires you're about to be handling.


2) Now it's time to remove the old ceiling light fixture. These steps vary according to what type of light fixture you are removing. In this example, I'm removing a standard flush mount light. At the base of the flush mount, unscrew the knob that holds connects the place to your ceiling. Just be sure that you have a hold on the glass to keep it steady when removing the light fixture.


3) Once the glass part is off, you can see the bulbs and fixture base. Unscrew the bulbs and save for the new ceiling light fixture.


4) Use a screwdriver to loosen the two screws holding the plate to the mounting bracket in the ceiling. Twist the base of the ceiling light to free it from the screws and the mounting bracket. You may also need to unscrew the threaded post that runs through the base of the light into the mounting bracket.


5) Now it's time to disconnect the wiring. If bare wire is visible, use the electrical tester to be sure there is no current in the wires. Follow the testing instructions enclosed with your electrical testers. The most common color codes are: black wire = hot, white wire = neutral, green or copper wire = ground wire.


Once you've safely removed all the components, you're ready to install the new light fixture. At this point, package up the old light fixture, so that you can shorten the amount of time it takes to clean-up after installing your new light fixture.


What You Need to Install a Ceiling Light Fixture: * New light fixture

Wire nuts

Wire stripper or utility knife

Screwdriver or drill

Instructions on How to Install a Ceiling Light Fixture:


1) Read the instructions that came with your ceiling light fixture and assemble if required.


2) You'll find one black and one white wire attached to your new ceiling light fixture. Separate the wires, then use the wire stripper or utility knife to expose roughly an inch of bare wire on each.


3) Attach the wires from the ceiling box to the wires on the new light fixture as follows:


Twist the exposed parts of the white wires together (clockwise), then screw the wire nut onto the ends. Repeat with the black wires.

*Note:

you may need help holding the light fixture up while attaching the wires. I looped the ground wire around the green screw on the mounting bracket of the light fixture.

Tuck all of the wires into the ceiling box and then screw the mounting bracket into the ceiling box.


4) Turn the power back on at the breaker box.


YOU DID IT!


Once you've installed the new light fixture, screw in a light bulb and add the new glass or shade.


Congratulations, you've successfully installed a ceiling light! You are now a home improvement DIYer.


You might have been nervous, but now you can replace any of the ceiling light fixtures in your home. I hope that this guide on how to install a ceiling light was simple to follow!


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