How to Install a New Light Fixture in Your Kitchen

You’ve just brought home a brand new light fixture and decided it’s a job that you have the time and gumption to do by yourself. But because you’re careful, you wouldn’t mind a little guidance. First of all, pat yourself on the back. There’s just something different about the feeling of accomplishment from doing something yourself. That’s why we LED LYSI Austin, Texas have put together this quick guide as assistance for installation.

Tools Needed

Screwdriver, Wire Cutter, Ladder

Step 1 Turn off the Power

This one seems simple enough but believe it or not, electric shock from DIY projects like this is not uncommon. Sometime when there are enough distractions or when we are in a rush we forget. SO TURN OFF YOUR POWER. At your breaker box, locate the control for the room where you’ll be working and flip the breaker to the “ Off” position. Then go to the place or area and test the light switches and outlets to make sure everything is dead. And only once you have checked twice should you move on to the next step.

Step 2 Remove the Existing Fixture

Remove the cover of the old fixture. Remove the old wire connectors, and untwist the fixture wires from the installed wires. Remove the base or trim from the old fixture.

Step 3 Connection of New Fixture Wires to Existing Wires

Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for matching the wires on the new fixture to the wires installed in your home.

Typically, the black wires connect to each other, and the white wires connect to each other. A grounding wire, which is either green or copper, connects to a grounding screw or copper wire. Wrap the bare section of each fixture wire to the bare section of its corresponding installed wire, and screw on the wire connectors. Connect the grounding wire.

Step 4 Secure the Base or Canopy

 Fold the wires into the electrical box or a void in the base or canopy. Use the included hardware to attach the fixture base or canopy to the electrical box. Have a helper nearby in case you need a third hand, especially if you’re replacing a fixture with a high ceiling. Attach the trim and cover to your light fixture. If your fixture is a pendant or hangs by a chain, make necessary adjustments to the length.

See, not so terrifying after all. We just ask that you please remain safe and remember if you have questions you can contact LED LYSI. This is also a great time to install LED bulbs in your fixture. Click here for options from LED LYSI or for more tips and ideas!

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