Handyman – San Jose – Electrical – Replacing a Light Fixture
Replacing a light fixture is not as involved as you might think.
There are two sets of “connections” you need to deal with; the electrical connections, and the mechanical connections that hold the fixture in place.
The most important point are:
- Only one of the wires in the box is hot and capable of giving you a shock.
- When you turn off the power to the box before you start, none of the wires at “hot” while you are working on them.
The steps are:
- Turn off the power to the light fixture.
- Disassemble the current fixture how it comes apart.
- When you remove the fixture base, you will expose the box.
- Refer to the picture on the right for the next few steps:
- The wires from the box and the wires from the fixture connect via “wire nuts”.
- Note the color codings of the wires, and put the new fixture on with the exact same color codings.
- Black is usually the hot wire.
- Sometimes (not often) the hot wire is red.
- White is the neutral.
- If there is a green wire, it is ground.
- If there is a red wire, it may be hot, and it may not.
- Take notes as to what wire is connected to what wire.
- Remove the wire nuts and separate the wires.
- Remove all mounting hardware of the old fixture.
- Install the new fixture per the instructions provided, being careful to attach the wires exactly as they were with the old fixture (this is why you took notes).
Button it up and test it out.
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