Dan has been a licensed journey-level electrician for some 17 years. He has extensive experience in most areas of the electrical trade. I nstalling and wiring a light fixture is not a very difficult task, but does need to be approached with a degree of caution.
This s light fixture was making this bathroom look very dated. Replacing it is not hard. Before you start the job, be sure to take these safety precautions: Switch off and tape off or lock out the breaker to any circuit being worked turning off the wall switch is not enough as someone could inadvertently switch it back.
Often, homeowners purchase a new interior or exterior light fixture, then pay a handyman or electrician to hook it up because the wires are different colors. Most light fixtures have two electrical wires with colored insulation and a copper ground wire. An enthusiastic homeowner can save the cost of a professional by knowing which wires connect to which.
Since my current residence is only half finished, there are a lot of fixture-less light boxes in the ceilings—which means I am tripping over tools in the middle of the night more often than I care to admit. Electrical DIY projects are not a favorite of mine; probably a result of being shocked as a child by the current from a cut phone line or perhaps the innate fear of sudden death by electrocution. But for simple electrical work around the house, a little knowledge and the right tools can make the work slightly less intimidating and—more importantly—less shocking. Here are a couple of things you should know about electricity and residential wiring before you get started.
Tools: light fixture step ladder wire connectors or wire nuts circuit tester electrical tape Phillips-head screwdriver. If the wires are the same color or other colors, testing is needed. Test the wires by touching one end of the circuit tester to one of the wires connecting to the light and the other end to the ground.
Tim Carter demonstrates how to connect wires to a simple light fixture. Simple light fixtures that you find in basements and garages usually have different colored screws where you attach the wires. You want to put the HOT black wire on the brass screw and the neutral white wire on the silver screw.
Installing a new light fixture requires careful planning and attention to detail. There's no room for error when it comes to electrical wiring, which means you've got to organize properly and learn the regulations to make sure your project is safe and up to code. You can learn to plan your project and install new wiring to light your home.
Adding a new light fixture can make a big difference to a room. Some provinces may require a licensed professional to perform such work. Check your local laws. Start by switching off the circuit breaker that supplies power to the room.
The simplest act of switching out a light fixture can dramatically change the atmosphere of a room. Or else call an electrician, I guess. I had three lights that needed changed during our recent renovations, and instead of calling Dad to hardwire them for me, I asked him if he could walk me through the process.