How to wire light fixtures

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Want to know how to put up a light fixture by yourself? It is really very simple. Whether you are putting a light fixture into a new construction area or are just changing one, the procedure for wiring it together is the same. After you install the first one, you may decide to do every light fixture yourself. Here’s how:

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Things you need

  • 2-prong electrical tester
  • Wire strippers
  • Plastic wire nuts
  • Screwdriver
  • Light bulb

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  1. 1

    When working around electrical wires, turn the power off from the breaker box. Test the light switch to make sure you turned off the right breaker. You can also use your 2-prong electrical tester to check for live wires.

  2. 2

    Cut your wires to a length where they can join easily. Strip the end of the black-and-white wires that are hanging down and the light fixture wires, if necessary. You are going to join the ends of the wires from the light fixture to the wires from the ceiling or box, with a plastic wire nut. You will place the two white wires together, and do the same with the black wires.

  3. 3

    Connect the copper wire to the appropriate screw (typically green). Hook it around the screw and use the screwdriver to screw it in.

  4. 4

    Place the fixture on the ceiling, holding it in place. Make sure it fits closely to the ceiling when screwed in. All the wires will be tucked into the ceiling hole with fixture insulation following. Screw in the fixture well to ensure that it will not go anywhere.

  5. 5

    Assemble any further attachments to the fixture. Put in a light bulb.

  6. 6

    Turn your light power back on from the breaker box and flip the light switch--you should have light from your new fixture.

Tips and warnings

  • Make sure electricity is off.

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