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With this in mind, get ready to learn how to replace a light fixture. You will be surprised by how easy the process is. Your screwdriver, current detector, electrician’s pliers, wrench, and ladder should be prepared. Wire nuts should also be gotten in case they did not come with the new light fixture.
Step 1: Safety Precautions First
Flip the light switch off, and then proceed to turn off the power at the breaker. You need to exercise caution since you are dealing with electrical components.
Step 2: Uninstall the Old Light Fixture
Loosen the screws and bolts with a screwdriver and wrench respectively. You may also need to detach a bracket the same way in case the fixture came with one. Be careful not to damage the ceiling or wall surface during the entire process. For support, hold the fixture with your free hand to prevent it from falling once the detachment process is complete.
Check to see if any current is flowing through the electrical box by using the current detector. If there is none, proceed to disconnect the copper, white, and black wires that you see.
Step 3: Attach the Bracket and Wires of the New Fixture
Your screwdriver is needed here. Join the electrical box and the new bracket together with the aid of screws. The next thing will be to attach the wires of the new fixture to those of the electrical box. Simply match the wires by color and attach each of them. You will start with the black one, followed by the white one, and then the copper ones.
If the electrical box is lacking a ground wire, simply connect the fixture’s ground wire directly to the electrical box. There is always a conspicuous screw (usually green) that you should target for this purpose. Use your pliers to bend the ground wire, so that it can be looped around the screw in a tight clockwise manner. Tighten the screw after.
Note: If the wires that your fixture came with do not have exposed edges that are at least half an inch in measurement, you will have to use the electrician’s pliers to do the peeling before attachment.
Step 4: Attach the New Light Fixture
Do this with the aid of the fixture’s bolt and nut. Use your hand to finish up the tightening of the bolt to avoid damaging the nut and the fixture’s surface. The next thing to be attached will be the light bulbs, followed by any other hardware that came with the fixture.
Once you are done with the installation, test the light fixture to see if it is working. Don’t forget to turn on the breaker before switching on the light. There are other DIY tasks that you can take your time to learn. Completing this installation successfully should be enough motivation.