As long as you can get to the ceiling void from above without too much hassle, and you have the right tools at hand, fitting a ceiling light is a simple task. In this article, we will guide through the process of how to fit a ceiling light correctly and safely. Even if you've never tackled an electrical project before, you will be able to install your new ceiling fixture like a pro by following these 3 DIY steps;
First Things First: Make sure you have the right light fitting for your room
Lighting also affects how we perceive textures and colours and manipulates the overall feel of a space; maybe more than any other design element. And then there’s the simple fact that light fixtures can be the defining focal point in a room — it's no wonder that putting a lighting scheme together can feel a touch daunting!
Let's get started: Fitting a ceiling light
Step 1: Switch off the main power at the consumer unit.
Step 2: Remove the old fixture and disconnect the wiring
First, remove any light shades and bulbs from the fixture.
Unscrew the screws or remove the nuts holding the fixture base to the ceiling box and lower the fixture.
Inspect the junction box and locate the three wires you need. There should be a black "hot" wire, a white "neutral" wire and a green or bare “ground wire”. Remove the electrical tape or wire nuts from each of them.
Step 3: Connect the new ceiling light.
Reconnect the same wires to the new fixture by matching the colours or as recommended by the lighting manufacturer guide in the box – use wire nuts.
Check that the wires are tight in the terminals by gently giving them a pull. When you are satisfied they are secure, fold the conductors into the ceiling box and slide in the new base plate so that you can screw the new bolts through it, to attach it to the mounting strap.
Make sure no wires become trapped when it is being positioned.
Put in the light bulbs and accessories, restore the power and enjoy your new centrepiece!
✔️ Ask someone to be your assistant! After you loosen the screws holding the existing fixture to the ceiling box, you will find you have your hands full holding the fixture and trying to work on the wires.
✔️ Sometimes it can help to have a head torch handy! - something we find useful when doing electricals!
✔️ Before starting any work read and follow the manufacturer's instructions to get the best out of your purchase.
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