How to install fluorescent light fixtures

Updated April 17, 2017

Fluorescent light fixtures offer bright light and are often useful in poorly lit areas of your home like garages and basements. Installing fluorescent light fixtures is an easy project for those who are somewhat comfortable working with a circuit box and with your home's electrical system.

Turn the power supply to your home completely off. It is possible that you could only turn off the power to the particular circuit box you are going to be working on, but just to be safe, turning of all power is a good idea by going to your home's fuse box and flipping the main switch at the top of the box.

Locate the circuit box that you are going to be installing your fluorescent light fixture to. Remove any existing light fixtures that are attached to this circuit box. Remove the screws that are attaching the fixture to the circuit box and slide the wiring out of the circuit box.

Connect your new fluorescent lighting fixture to the wires of the circuit box that you just removed the old lighting fixture from. Make sure you connect the wires in the exact same way as they were before you removed the previous lighting fixture.

Install your new fluorescent light fixture with the kit that came with your fixture. Slide the wires from the fixture into the circuit box just like you removed them in Step 2. Screw the fixture to the circuit box with a screwdriver.

Connect the fluorescent light bulbs to the light fixture you just finished installing by either screwing them in or snapping them into place.Turn the power back on to your home by flipping the fuse switch back on.

Things You'll Need

  • Light fixture
  • Fluorescent light bulbs
  • Screwdriver
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