How to Hang a Ceiling Light Fixture Project Overview
Installing a new light fixture is a great way to instantly change a drab room into a dazzling one. Lighting showrooms and catalogs have a wide variety of fixtures to tempt you. And even though the bag of parts included with some fixtures may look daunting, the electrical connections are simple enough for even a beginner.
But poor installation techniques can result in a potentially lethal shock or fire. In this article, we’ll help you choose a fixture that will mount safely on your electrical box and then show you the best techniques for testing a ground and connecting the wires. We’ve even included photos of the two most common mounting systems to help you make sense of all those little parts.
The temperature rating of your existing wires will affect which type of fixture you can install. Before you go shopping, read “Remove the old fixture and inspect the wiring,” below.
Remove the old fixture and inspect the wiring
Photo 1: Remove the fixture
Turn off the power to the light fixture at the main circuit panel. Remove the nut or screws securing the dome-shaped canopy and lower it. Then remove the screws securing the crossbar to the electrical box and lower the fixture.