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Jerry Hardy

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I was a Building Contractor along with owning rental properties where I did most of the repairs myself. Its my pleasure to pass on to you some of the methods I had used in the past. Hopefully, this will save you the expense of hiring a professional to do the work.

Installing a Light Fixture

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 Installing a light fixture is fairly simple if the procedure below is followed.

1. Turn off power

Turn on the light switch for the  fixture being replaced.  Go to the breaker or fuse box and turn off the power to the light. If you do not know which breaker or fuse controls the light, try each one individually until the light turns off. Next, turn off the light switch just in case someone accidentally turns the power back on at the circuit box.

2. Remove the cover plate

Remove the fasteners from the light fixture plate covering the electric box and carefully lower the fixture. While holding the fixture with one hand, disconnect the ground wire which is usually either a green wire or a bare copper wire. Next, unscrew the two wire caps securing the hot and neutral wires and separate the wires.

3. Prepare for new fixture

Install the fastener plate that came with the new light fixture to the electric box.  Straighten the ends of the two electrical wires so you will not have a problem attaching them to the fixture wires.

4. Install new light fixture

I suggest having someone hold the light fixture while you fasten the wires and secure it to the electric box. Remove approximately three quarters of an inch of insulation from the ends of both of the fixture wires. It doesn’t matter which wire you attach to the box wires other than the ground wire.Twist each of the wires to the wires in the box and then attach the wire caps.  Secure the ground wire from the fixture to the ground wire in the box.  Carefully insert the wires into the box and attach the fixture cover being careful that no wires are pinched beneath the cover.

5. Turn on power

After the power at the circuit box is turned on, turn on the light switch. If the light does not turn on, lower the fixture and check the wire connections.

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