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How to install light

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1. Turn off power to the old component.

Your initial task is to shut off power, at the resource, to the component you're transforming out. This indicates understanding where your electrical panel is, as well as flipping the appropriate switch. When you do this, leave the light on that you're altering out, as well as when it shuts off, you'll know you got the best switch. (Tags in the panel ought to aid too, yet in my experience they're not always absolutely exact.).

2. Remove the canopy to expose the electrical wiring as well as component hardware.

The canopy is the rounded, wide covering that exists flush to the ceiling as well as conceals the ugly-looking electrical wiring as well as hardware. There's typically some sort of screw holding the canopy in place; simply reverse whatever system exists and allow the canopy fall.

3. Loosen the three cables: black, white, as well as copper.

Essentially, when you're mounting a light fixture, you're linking three cables from the fixture to three wires set up in the ceiling, then placing the component equipment. That's about all there is to it.
So when you obtain the canopy off, you should see three sets of cords-- black, white, as well as green (or copper)-- that requirement to be detached in order to remove the old fixture. Loosen the cord adapters (the red components in the photo above), as well as divide the fixture circuitry from the ceiling circuitry.

4. Remove old light fixture.

After you've separated the wires, the old light is generally complimentary to be gotten rid of. There's no global way they're affixed to the ceiling or electrical box, however it's normally just a screw or 2. Anchors aren't utilized, considering that you're anchoring is to the electric box, which is firmly rooted in your ceiling. Assists to have another individual convenient, specifically if it's a heavy and/or uncomfortable light fixture.

5. Set up brand-new brace (occasionally).

All light fixtures have a universally-sized, pre-wired box in the ceiling, which the 3 electrical wires come down from. There will be some kind of baseplate working as the installing hardware for your lighting fixture. It's either a single bar "band" with a "nipple area" screw (I hear you chuckling ...) or a round, more global installing brace. In all the lighting fixtures I've changed, there's been a bar strap present, which I've replaced with a new placing bracket, just since that's what has come with the fixture itself. Refer to your light instructions for even more assistance below, but if your component includes a new brace, you must use that.

6. Link new component wires.

The cords coming down from the ceiling will have bare ends, while the brand-new cables will certainly have what resembles frayed, silver ends. You can see that in the picture above.

Spin the "frayed" threads on completion of the new black cord to the revealed end of the existing black wire, spin on a cable connector, and also repeat with the white cable. The copper (or green) wire of the brand-new fixture might be a little different; sometimes it connects to a green grounding screw as well as other times to a committed copper cable originating from the ceiling (electrical box). Refer to your light fixture guidelines, as well as your specific situation: If there's a copper cable pre-installed in your ceiling, link the brand-new cable there. If you just have a tiny eco-friendly screw on your installing plate, cover the brand-new copper wire around that.

6. Safeguard the new component as well as change size (if there's a chain).

If there's a chain for the component-- that is, it doesn't rest flush against the ceiling-- currently would be the moment to adjust it to the appropriate length. Each fixture has a various system for doing that, so refer to your specific instructions.

There's likely some added chain/cord that requires to be shoved up right into the ceiling, or hidden within the cover. Do that at this time too.

With all that looked after, you can safeguard the brand-new component, generally with just a pair screws into the placing plate. It's much easier than setting up a new coat shelf, or anchoring a heavy image frame, in my opinion.

7. Restore power and also test out the new component!

If you recover power and also the light does not work, it's most likely because either the white or black cables aren't fully connected. You'll have to pull down the component and inspect the cords as well as connections; I have actually had to do this just once amongst the handful of lights I have actually installed.

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