Replacing a Ceiling Light Fixture
I upgraded my mom's house by installing a new light fixture in her foyer as a Christmas gift. It's not nearly as difficult as you think, and a great way to update a room! Be sure to watch the video for a complete tutorial, including the glitches you might also encounter.
The first step in any electrical project is to turn off the power in that area. It's not always be obvious which circuit breaker controls the area you are working in, so you might need to try several to make sure.
Once the power is off, remove the existing light fixture. This process will vary depending on the fixture. (In this case, it was just a matter of removing two screw caps.) Once the fixture is away from the ceiling, remove the electrical caps and separate the hot wire (black), neutral wire (white) and grounding wire (copper) from the wires in the ceiling.
Attach the wires of the new fixture to the ceiling wires: black to black, white to white, and copper to copper. Wrap the copper wire around the grounding screw on the ceiling plate. Cover the ends of each connection with electrical caps.
Attach the light fixture to the screws in the ceiling plate. In this case, screw caps were included with the fixture to keep the light switch in place.
Attach the shade (if applicable) to the fixture.
Turn the power back on at the circuit breaker, and test out the light.
- Feiss Ceiling Light Fixture (Home Depot)
- Assorted tools (In house)