Light Fixture Replacement
If you need light fixture repair or you purchased a light fixture and need your old light fixture switched out with your new light fixture, look no further!
Why would you considered changing out a light fixture?
Recently redecorated a room
Painted a room a new color
Realized you have too much or too little light in a room
Ready for a new and simple look
A new light fixture with can make a quick difference in any room. Unfortunately, there is a lot to take into consideration when selecting and installing a new light fixture. This is where One and Done Handyman can help you! We can help you select a new light fixture and install it or we can install a light fixture you already purchased.
Our 7 step process to install a light fixture:
Turn the power off. We will first need to locate your electrical circuit panel. It is typically located in a garage or basement. Once the circuit panel is located, we will switch the circuit off for the room we will be installing your new light fixture.
Remove the old light fixture. In this step, we will first remove the cover of the old light fixture. Then we remove the old wire connectors, and untwist the old light fixture wires from the installed light fixture wires. If there is a base or trim from the old fixture, we typically will remove it.
Tighten the screws. For safety purposes, we check the electrical box in the ceiling where the fixture is attached to see if it's loose. If so, we will tighten the screws holding it in place. The electrical box for the light fixture will need to be used with your new light fixture and be securely attached. This electrical box will be supporting the weight of the new light fixture so it must be secure.
Connect the wires. To ensure product quality, we will follow he manufacturer’s instructions for matching the wires on the new light fixture to the wires installed in your home.
A typical manufacturer’s instructions to install a light fixture is for us to connect the black wires to each other, the white wires to each other, and then the grounding wire, which is often green, to a grounding screw on the electrical box.
Secure the base. This part can be a bit tricky. We will fold the connected wires from your new light fixture into the electrical box to prevent any seen wires protruding. We will use the included hardware to attach the fixture base to the electrical box.
Install the bulbs. We prefer you already have the light bulbs required for the new light fixture. It’s best to use bulbs with the correct wattage for the fixture. It is our recommendation, however, to always use LED light bulbs. They do cost a bit more money, but they will last a lot longer than other light bulbs and save you on energy costs in the long run. Read our discussion on which light bulb you should choose.
To make sure the light fixture is working, we will turn on the circuit at your electrical panel first, and then turn on the light switch to the fixture.
Install the trim and cover. Our final step is to attach the trim and cover to your light fixture.
Trouble shooting a light fixture that won't come on
Not having a working light fixture can be annoying. Before replacing a light fixture we will want to check a few things.
1. Do you need a new light bulb? Often times, this first step will correct the problem.
2. Is the electrical circuit breaker working properly? If not, make sure all the breakers are active. Now check the light fixture and see if it is working properly.
3. Check for wiring issues or connectivity issues on the light switch. This will require taking off the cover and removing the light switch. Sometimes the light switch can go bad and may need to be replaced.
4. Finally, remove the light fixture and check for wiring or connectivity issues. Repair as needed. If it does not appear to be wrong, you will need electrical test equipment to make sure electricity is flowing through the wires. If it is, you will most likely need a new light fixture.
One & Done Handyman can help you with installing a new light fixture or trouble shooting a light fixture that isn't working.