Installing a New Light Fixture

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Some people assume that installing a new light fixture is a difficult task that requires bringing in a certified electrician. The simple fact is that just about anyone can install a new light fixture with ease, providing the individual is comfortable with the thought of electrical work. There are some differences between models, which make each unique, but all allow for simple installation. The first step is always to disconnect the power via the fuse box and to test that the power is actually off.

Flush Mount Lights

All flush mount style lighting fixtures are similar in the way they’re installed. The light fixture is attached to a bracket that is already attached to the ceiling. Simply remove the screws holding it in place and disconnect the power cables. Reverse the process to install the new fixture, add the bulbs and turn on the power in the room. Test the light.

Recessed Lighting

Most aspects of recessed lighting are the same as replacing flush mount fixtures. The only real difference is that the connections are hidden above the light. In most cases, the wires are long enough to attach the new light fixture outside of the hole in which the light has been recessed. In other cases, you’ll need to be ready with a flashlight to see what’s going on inside, and likely some pliers to reach the wires in question.
If you aren’t comfortable poking metal tools in a dark hole filled with electrical wires or are unsure of how to turn off the power through your fuse box, it might be advisable to call an electrician.
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