Are you a DIY Guru or a bit of a beginner? Want to know more about installing lights? If you’re looking to improve the look of a room then installing new ceiling lights is one of the fastest and easiest ways of doing so. Although there is a huge range of sizes, shapes and styles for ceiling lights, installing them always follows the same process:
Before you can put in your shiny new ceiling lights you first need to remove your old fixtures. If you want to install a light where there wasn’t one before you should have an electrician install a circuit and electrical box so you have a power supply! Before you even think about removing the light you need to do is turn off the electricity at the mains to protect yourself from electrocution.
Remove previous fixture
The first step in removing the fixture is to undo the screws (or bolts) that hold the light to the ceiling and pull it down carefully. Once the light is loose you will be able to access the electrical wires, which you disconnect by unscrewing the wire caps that hold them together. You will also need to unscrew and remove the mounting bracket that is attached to the electrical box as this may not be the correct fitting for your new light.
Installing your new lights
Your new ceiling light fixture will have come with a mounting bracket. This will look like a solid piece of metal with screw holes and is likely to be shaped like a plate or a strip. The mounting bracket needs to be securely mounted to the electrical box in the ceiling with the wires hanging down around the bracket. Make sure that you attach the ground wire to the grounding screw on the mounting bracket.
The next step is positioning your new ceiling lights so that you can connect the wires from the fixture to the ones coming out of the ceiling. Once all the wires are connected you need to carefully lift your new fixture up to the ceiling, pushing the wires up with it, and then line up the screw holes with the ones in the mounting bracket. Tightly secure your lights to the ceiling with the correct screws or bolts – this may take two people depending on the size of your fixture.
Once you’ve finished connecting your new ceiling lights, simply turn the electricity back on and flip the switch. If your room lights up then you’ve done it correctly. If not, then you will have to switch the electricity back off and check your connections. It is a good idea to check and see if other electrical items in the room are working as you may have blown a fuse – this simple test could save you hours of trying to find a problem with the wires.