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How To Replace A Ceiling-Mounted Light Fixture - Page 1


1. Begin by turning off the power to the fixture.

Remove the globe by unthreading the globe (Turning it counterclockwise) or by loosening the three screws that pinch the globe in place (the screws usually go through a collar around the base of the globe). Next, remove the lightbulbs from the fixture.

 

2. Detach the old light from the ceiling electrical box. Most traditional fixtures use two long screws to secure the fixture base to the metal electrical box in the ceiling. Have a helper hold the fixture with one hand so it doesn’t fall, while you use a screwdriver to remove the two screws. Gently pull the light straight down, exposing the wiring that powers the fixture.

 

3. 3. Before you touch the wilts that feed the existing light, use a voltage sensor to verif3r that the circuit is now dead. With the fixture’s switch in the ON position, insert the sensor’s probe into the electrical box and hold the probe within ½” of the black wires inside. If the sensor beeps or lights up, then the circuit is still live, and you’ll need to trip the correct breaker to disconnect power to the fixture. If the sensor does not beep or light up, the circuit is dead and you can proceed safely.

 

HERE’S HOW

Here’s how to remove the shade. Most are secure in the center by a decorative nut. You can probably unscrew it by hand (hold on to the shade or have a helper support it). If it’s stuck, try a pliers.

 

 

 

 

 

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