Is there a light fixture in your home that you’d like to replace? There’s no need to hire a handyman or pay Home Depot through the nose to do it for you. Despite having no electrical experience, I was able to quickly learn how to perform this quick and simple home maintenance task by simply observing someone more capable than me once. I’m passing on that knowledge to you today.
The great thing about replacing light fixtures is that it is a fairly universal process. The light boxes in your ceiling are all the same size, and the same three wires are always connected and disconnected. There is no need to research your specific situation other than ensuring that the size of the fixture itself fits properly in the space you’re putting it in! In general, you can buy any light fixture and hang it in any room of your house where another light fixture already exists. (With the exception of ceiling fans, which have an extra wire.) In general, you should replace an existing ceiling fan with a new one.)
This article is designed to help you how to install a light fixture after replacing the old one. Installing a fixture in a brand new location where there was previously no light is typically reserved for licensed electricians.
Let’s get started!
Steps To Follow
Follow these steps to replace your light fixture:
1. Turn Off Power
- The first step is to turn off power at the source to the fixture you’re replacing.
- This entails locating your electrical panel and flipping the appropriate switch.
- When you do this, leave the light you’re replacing on, and when it goes out, you’ll know you’ve got the right switch. (Labels in the panel should also help, but in my experience, they aren’t always 100% accurate.)
2. Take Off The Canopy To Reveal The Wiring And Fixture Hardware
- The canopy is the rounded, broad covering that sits flush against the ceiling and conceals the unsightly wiring and hardware.
- There’s usually some kind of screw holding the canopy in place; simply undo whatever mechanism is in place and let the canopy fall.
3. Unscrew Three Wires
- To summarize, when you install a light fixture, you connect three wires from the fixture to three wires installed in the ceiling before mounting the fixture hardware.
- That is all there is to it.
- So, once the canopy is removed, you should see three sets of wires — black, white, and green (or copper) — that must be disconnected in order to remove the old fixture.
- Disconnect the fixture wiring from the ceiling wiring by unscrewing the wire connectors (the red parts in the image above).
4. Remove Old Fixture
- After you’ve disconnected the wires, the old light fixture should be easy to remove.
- There is no universal method for attaching them to the ceiling or electrical box, but it is usually just a screw or two.
- Because you’re anchoring to the electrical box, which is firmly rooted in your ceiling, no anchors are required.
- It’s helpful to have another person nearby, especially if the light fixture is heavy and/or awkward.
5. Connect New Wires
- The wires coming down from the ceiling will have bare ends, whereas the new wires will have frayed, silver ends. That is depicted in the image above.
- Twist the “frayed” threads on the new black wire’s end to the exposed end of the old black wire, twist on a wire connector, and repeat with the white wire.
- The copper (or green) wire of the new fixture may be slightly different; it may connect to a green grounding screw at times and a dedicated copper wire coming from the ceiling at others (electrical box).
- Refer to your light fixture’s instructions as well as your specific situation: Connect the new wire to any pre-existing copper wires in your ceiling. Wrap the new copper wire around a small green screw on your mounting plate if you only have one.
If you restore power and the light still does not work, it is most likely due to a short between the white and black wires. You’ll need to remove the fixture and inspect the wires and connections; I’ve only had to do this once in the few lights I’ve installed.
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