Hey hey, Nick here, coming at you from a technical side.
Lets talk electricity… more specifically wiring a light fixture! We often get comments from readers discouraged to take the leap in the DIY world because of their lack of experience. Well let me tell you folks we don’t have it all figured out! As a matter of fact, most DIY’ers don’t. When we run into a problem, we Google it or read a book and research it!
OR… look to one of our tutorials!
Before starting any electrical project, you need to make sure the power is OFF. You can be sure this is accomplished by using a voltage detector. Just turn it on and place it next to the wires. If it lights up and or beeps (No bueno!) you’ll have to try again because there is still power. You can buy these handy tools at any home improvement store. Wives, girlfriends, moms, these make great Stocking Stuffers! HINT HINT!
Once the power is off, start your project by removing the old fixture.
At this point, if you want to be super safe, you can check the wires again …OR you can stand by with a wooden baseball bat to beat your installer from the electrified wires (wooden so the current doesn’t flow through the installer to you).
Once everything is removed and power is off… disconnect the wires.
TIP! If the fixture is heavy, you can hang it with a wire coat hanger. I myself just used my sexy assistant/photographer/wifey to hold it up.
Once the old fixture is removed, I screwed on the new metal bracket and fed the wires to the new fixture through it.
This light fixture threaded on instead of using screws. So I (in all my childish ways) spun the chandy to my desired height. Fun right?
Then I connected the wires: White to White, Black to Black, Ground to Ground to Metal Bracket (this way if there is ever a short the power will travel through the house and not you). Occasionally all the wires will be one color black, white, clear, etc. look at the wires closely, one wire should have a ridge, this wire needs to be connected to the white wire.
Then screw on the base and …VOILA!!
Turn on the power and presto let there be light-o!
Simple as that! Questions? Comments?
Thanks for having me!