Preperation and Safety
- Turn on the light at the switch.
- Turn off the circuit breaker that controls that switch. Look to see that the light goes out, confirming the electric power to the switch has been turned off.
- Turn off the switch and tape it down.
Removing the Old Fixture
- Unscrew the nut or nuts that hold the light fixture to the wall. Depending on the style, you may have to remove a shade to get to the attachment nuts.
- Pull the fixture gently away from the wall.
- Unscrew the wire nuts or remove the tape holding the wires together. Cap the exposed wires coming from the wall with wire nuts.
Installing the New Fixture
- Check to see if the mounting hardware from the old fixture will work with the new one. If not, unscrew the old mounting hardware from the electrical box.
- Attach the new mounting studs or nipple to the electrical box.
- Twist the wires from the fixture to the wires coming from the wall, black to black, white to white and exposed copper to exposed copper. Then cover each connection with a wire nut. If there is no copper wire coming from the wall, screw it to the mounting bracket. This is the "ground" safety wire.
- Push all of the wire gently into the electrical box. Then attach the lamp to the studs or nipple with the nuts that came with the fixture.
- Install the bulbs and shades. Turn power back on at the breaker and turn on your new wall fixture at the switch.
Things You Will Need
- Wire nuts
- If you are remodeling the whole room, remove the old fixture, do any painting, then install the new one. Place wire nuts on the exposed wires for safety.
- You can use an electrical circuit tester to verify that the power has been cut to the fixture.
- If the fixture is heavy, temporarily tie it to the electrical box with string while you attach the wiring.