How to install your own lighting fixtures

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You don’t have to be an electrician in order to install your own light fixtures.  Actually, as long as you follow the directions it should be fairly easy.  However, some light fixtures may require special wiring, which would entail securing the services of a licensed electrician.   However, the majority of lighting fixtures can be installed by the average person.

 It is critical that you turn off the electricity before attempting to repair or install any electric fixture.  In most cases, you can turn off the power only to the unit that you are working on.  Make certain you match the correct wires; most wires are color coded to make installation easier.   Depending on the type of fixture you have, it may require an additional connection to support the ground wire.  

First, make sure you read enclosed directions from start to finish.  If you feel as if you missed something, read the directions for the second time.  In addition, make sure you have all the necessary tools to install the light.  Many times a Phillips screwdriver is required when installing fixtures and lighting.   It is a good idea to keep a tool box handy until completion.

Upon completion it will be time to test your work.  If the light does not go on, then you need to try again.  Turn off the circuit and reinstall the fixture.  It could be something as simple as a wire working its way loose.  

You will find that with a little practice, installing light fixtures will seem quite easy.  In addition, think about all of the money you are saving by doing it yourself.  Electrical contractors can charge at least $100-$150 per hour.


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