Switching out a light fixture isn’t as difficult as it sounds. Most light fixtures are fairly quick to install without the need to hire an electrician. However, please know some homes and fixtures do require professional help. Here is our ultimate guide on how to instal light fixtures.
First, before you do anything, turn off power to the light in which you are looking to install. You do not want to get shocked or hurt in any way…it just isn’t worth it.
If you need to be up on a ladder to switch the fixture we recommend having another set of hands around to help.
When removing the old light fixture be sure to take note of how it is wired up. The wiring in some older homes often has us scratching our heads on how and why they wired it a certain way. Also, be sure to cap the wires.
Again, make sure you understand how the fixture was wired up and follow the same path with your new fixture. When installing your mounting bracket pay attention to the style of the bracket and where the wires will feed. Oftentimes pendant wires run through a center pipe into the box and need to be fed before the mounting bracket is attached. Be sure to read the installation directions before you start…I’ve been known to ignore those in the past and it creates more work than necessary.
Best of luck –