Transfering Outdoor Light Fixtures

Outdoor Light Removal

Step 1

Shut off the power at the main power panel feeding the existing outdoor light fixture. Power should be turned off at the new outdoor light fixture location also.

Step 2

Unscrew the screws holding the light fixture in place. Remove the two or three plastic twist caps covering each wire splice. A wire splice is where two or more wires are joined together to form a connection. The plastic twist caps help to hold the splice together and protect it.

Step 3

Separate the fixture wires from the existing wire splices. This should free up the light fixture so it can be removed. Remove the light fixture and take it to the new location.

Reinstalling the Outdoor Light

Step 1

Connect the black wire of the light fixture to the black wire at the new electrical box. Connect the white wire of the light fixture to the white wire at the new electrical box. Twist the black wires together and then twist the white wires together. This will form two separate wire splices.

Step 2

Place new plastic twist caps on each of the new wire splices. Screw each plastic twist cap down onto each wire splice until the cap is tight. Push the wires back into the electrical box or wall depending on the wiring configuration. Some older light fixture installations did not use an electrical box. Instead, they used the inside wall as an electrical box. This is no longer permitted in new construction by the National Electric Code.

Step 3

Secure the light fixture to the wall or electrical box using the existing screws.

Step 4

Turn the power back on at the main power panel and test the light fixture.

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