How to Move a Light on a Bathroom Wall

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How to Move a Light on a Bathroom Wall
You can move a wall lamp if you're remodelling your bathroom. (Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images)

If you're engaged in remodelling your bathroom, you may need to move a light from an existing location to another spot on the wall. While you'll need to do some wall repair after you finish, there aren't any large technical details to stop you from doing the job. You'll need some basic tools to complete this remodelling task.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Screwdriver
  • Wire cutters
  • Keyhole saw
  • Power drill (optional)
  • Gang box
  • 14-2 power cable
  • Wire strippers
  • Wire nuts
  • Electrical tape

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Turn off the power to the light at the circuit breaker panel. Don't attempt to work on live electrical circuits.

  2. 2

    Remove the lamp fixture from the wall. Most will have a small knurled nut on the lamp base that you can loosen with your fingers. With the nut removed, the fixture comes off of the mounting plate in the wall. A few models may have a screw or two that require a screwdriver to remove. Pull the lamp off of the mounting plate and undo the wire nuts connecting the wires of the lamp to the inwall wiring by twisting them off with your fingers. If necessary, cut the wires with a wire cutter. Remove the screws holding the lamp mounting plate from the gang box with a screwdriver.

  3. 3

    Cut an opening in the wall at the new position with a keyhole saw. The hole should be smaller than the lamp base, but large enough so that you can slide a gang box into the wall. If you're moving the lamp to one side or another, you may need to cut holes in the studs of the wall to route the cable. Cut wall board with your saw to access the studs, and drill a 1-inch hole in each of the studs so you can route the cable.

  4. 4

    Place a gang box in the wall at the new lamp location and screw it to the nearest stud. Route a length of 14-2 inwall power cable from the old gang box to the new gang box location.

  5. 5

    Remove 2 inches of the white outer jacket of the cable with wire cutters, then remove 1/2 inch of insulation from the ends of both the black and white wires in the cable with a set of wire strippers.

  6. 6

    Pair the bare ends of the new cable with the old cable at the old gang box, matching the white wires together and the black wires together. Slide wire nuts over the end of each pair and twist to hold the wires securely together.

  7. 7

    Place the lamp mounting plate onto the new gang box and secure it with its screws. Pair the black wire of the power cable to the black wire of the lamp and secure them together with a wire nut. Do the same with the white wires.

  8. 8

    Place the new lamp onto the mounting plate and fasten it with the screws or nut you removed earlier.

Tips and warnings

  • Never work on a live electrical circuit.

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