How To Replace A Ceiling Light Fixture

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hi I'm Shannon from host improvements

column and I'm just going to show you

how to change out this old-style

light here for a newer more contemporary

looking style so we've already turned

the breaker off I have the fuse panel to

kill the power to remove this light

should just be a couple screws and then

we'll be able to find out what kind of

wiring mess we might have up there so

the cover comes down and actually this

box doesn't have a whole lot in it so

we're pretty good so you should find in

most cases you're gonna find that you've

got especially in these older ones

you're gonna have a black wire and a

white wire and they're gonna be meted to

something else ideally we'd like to see

a ground in here there's a ground to the

box but there's nothing actually

drowning to the light so we'll have to

add a piece of ground wire in there but

I can undo these and get this out of the

way different let me just cut that right

off they've kind of folded the braided

wire aid into the copper wire so just be

easier to cut it off I think this one

will be alright okay so we've got the

old stuff out of the way okay so we got

that old one off now we're gonna open up

this new one and see what we've got in


so we've got our instructions few tiny

little moretz that are usually useless

and we've got our main piece for our

light and we'll have a globe down below

there so what we need to start with is

we need the hardware to mount the light

to that box I did also when I'll show

you when I go up there I did add in a

ground wire connected to the other

grounds the reason on an older light

that you usually won't find a ground

coming down anywhere is because they

didn't have but they've never used to

ground the lights at all so they'll be

usually hopefully ground wires in the

box at least that you can continue the

ground circuit with so so first thing

we're going to start out with is this

little doodad and generally there's some

screws to go with it but there isn't on

this one so I'll just I should be able

to reuse those old ones that are up

there so we'll go back up so I'll just

reuse these two screws so I've got a

bracket here that just basically mounts

where these screws goal

here's the ground that I added in bring

these down where we can get out them

these screws all started so remember

make sure you have the power turned off

not just the switch off

now they do have hope you can see it

right here there's a little wee screw

it's marked as a ground beside it

sometimes it'll be green so they have it

kind of set up that with these screws

like what I'm tightening up right now

attaching through the metal bracket or

through the metal box and through the

metal bracket you're you're basically

creating that connection to the box

which is grounded so a lot of times I

say you know just put the ground wire

from the light under that I prefer to

bring an actual ground wire down and put

it right to the right to the light growl

of itself just to be sure we have no

issues okay now just taking this nut off

this shaft right here this long threaded

shaft is going to pop through that

housing of the light and then we'll

tighten that nut back on there that's

what will hold it all up there one thing

I find is that usually this thing is

sticking out way too far especially for

the type of nut they sent so I usually

back off that knot so that this can

still turn in if it needs to so

we've got over here we've got the bass

and we've got the wiring right here now

this one has three sockets on it they've

brought all the wiring up under above

the light base we added the threes

together and just left a single lead

which is fine sometimes they won't be

done that way not case we probably

probably can use these moretz since we

only have the one wire and the copper

wire up top there's usually about

three-eighths of an inch of wire

stripped on these braided wires on the

light and I find it usually isn't quite

enough so I usually take another ether a

quarter of an inch just wind those those

loose wires all together so they kind of

form one solid wire and I can take this

up there and attach all that so what the

ground up first so I've got the ground

wire here coming from the light

get that touched right on there with the

marette so it's good and solid about the

neutral there isn't a lot extra all I'm

gonna need a because there's three

neutrals here in the existing box I'll

need a different we're at so I'll do the

black one here get it all on there hang

there while I grab the southern where at

what I was gonna say is the neutrals are

actually pretty short here so I can't

really pull it down to get it connected

I'm gonna have to take this one rate up

to where they are hopefully it doesn't

you can see what I'm kind of doing there

wanting to really twist on there

that's better okay so we got those all

attached now I'm just gonna push them up

in there a little bit and then I can

kind of move this this pan up there to

get that shaft right through as long as

I move these out of the way you can see

by the thickness of the pan here there's

some room for that they don't have to

necessarily be right in the box and I

also like to keep them away from that

flat bar that we put on there just so

that over time it doesn't rub through or

something and okay so you can just see

I've got a few 305 you probably can't

see that sockets likely in the way see

there's just a few threads here sticking

through it doesn't take very many to get

the nut on there

right up there like the tinfoil stuff

here so loose almost later so just

tighten that up there so it's holding

light up nice against the ceiling and

watch some bulbs in this this lamp is

rated for we can have a maximum of 60

watt bulbs in it three of them and we

are putting anything in destined see you

could have Thor essence or maybe even

LEDs if you found the right ones got

those bulbs in the shade itself is

really well packed

I'm gonna put the shade on and then

we'll turn the breaker back on and make

sure everything's working correctly now

on this style here one of these little

brackets is spring-loaded the one

shocked by me so the shade itself will

hook into the two solid brackets like so

and then I just simply pull the spring

loaded one out until it goes around the

lens in it will hold that lens up there

I'm just gonna pop down and turn the

breaker on and we'll make sure

everything works

okay so we've turned the power back on

and just pan up to light let's see what

happens there so I can look inside and I

can see I've got three bulbs working so

looks like everything's good there the

odd time you might get a socket that's

not working properly or something we're

even a light bulb that's just not

working so what looks like everything's

good here so hopefully you liked that

video and you can have some variation

depending on the light you're taking

down and the style like you're putting

back out but that's just the basics of

wiring in a new light

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