How to Install Spot Ceiling Lights in Preexisting Ceilings

Updated February 21, 2017

When remodelling a house, one of the first things to fix are the ceiling lights. Installing new spot light fixtures along the ceiling can add a new vibe to the home, illuminating choice pieces of decoration. Installing a light fixture often involves installing a new ceiling outlet box. As long as you run the wiring to a hole in the ceiling, installing a new outlet in the ceiling does not require any special electrical skills.

Flip the circuit breaker to turn off the electricity to the room in which you are working.

Slide a mounting bar into the hole in the ceiling. Twist the ends to extend its length until it is touching two ceiling joists.

Slide the saddle attached to the mounting bracket over the hole.

Pull the wires coming from the ceiling through the outlet box and push the outlet box into the ceiling. Attach the screws from the saddle to the outlet box to secure it in place.

Remove the grounding screw from the outlet box. Cut a length of copper wire and wrap it 3/4 of the way around the screw. Insert the screw back into the outlet box.

Strip a 1/2 inch of insulation off the end of your wires. Connect the black wire to the black nut of the outlet, the copper wire to the copper nut and the white wire to the remaining nut by wrapping the wire end around the nut thread and tightening the nut down with a screwdriver.

Screw the bottom of the spotlight into the mounting bracket. Restore the electricity and test.

Things You'll Need

  • Mounting bracket
  • Screwdriver
  • Wire cutter
  • Copper wire
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