Changing a light fixture with caution and safety

Changing a light fixture with caution and safety
So you decided you want to change your light fixture, well that is great but you must make sure to follow some sound guidelines to ensure your safety. If you are not careful, you could electrocute yourself or possibly have a fire. Either way, it would not be a good experience. Always be cautious and know your limitations in regards to electrical work.

You must remove the bulbs and turn the power off at the BREAKER, NOT the switch. Just turning of the switch is not cutting the power to the wires. Make sure you do this right away before you attempt anything!

Next, remove any small bolts holding the light in place; you may want to put them in your pocket so you do not misplace them and then get to the 3 wires.

Now some lights have a ground going to the frame of the light...some older ones don't; review your wires so you know which is which. If your light has a ground wire, connect the bare copper romex wire from the wire box to your light with an orange wire nut. For the light main wiring, match black to black, and white to white.

Changing lights is a uncomplicated thing to do and its something I recommend for a DIYer who's looking to try some small electric work but if there’s some heavy duty electrical changes such as 220V say such as a dryer than I suggest its time to call someone in to do it because it is better to have a licensed electrician to work on the more difficult jobs.

You may want to use orange or yellow wire nuts for your connections and stay away from those stupid cube wire nuts because the wires don't stay in well and they are expensive.

When working with electric, know your limitations- pick and choose you battles. It is always better to hire a professional when it comes to your electrical work to ensure the safety of your home.

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