Materials and Tools
Installing kitchen lights may be an intimidating task. You may think you need an electrician to install the light. However, with these simple instructions, you can learn how to do it yourself. There’s no need to pay expensive installation fees-do it yourself for free.
First, make sure the space you want to install your light in, is already wired. If your ceiling is already pre-wired, installation will be easy. However, do not try to wire the fixture yourself. Because electrical work can be dangerous, leave wiring to the professionals.
Step 1: Turn off the power
Your safety is the most important thing to keep in mind while installing kitchen lights-or any electrical product. To ensure your safety, make sure to shut the power off in the home’s main circuit box. Place tape over the switch, to make sure no one turns the power on while you are installing the light. It is advised that you use a circuit tester to make sure the power is really off, and to further ensure your safety.
Step 2: Remove the old fixture
First remove the escutcheon. Next, begin cutting the wires. Cut the black wire first, the blue wire second, and then continue with cutting the rest. After you’ve completed cutting the wires, unscrew the cap and the universal cross bar.
Step 3: Install the new fixture
Read the manufacturer’s instructions for installing the fixture. Follow these directions closely. A helpful tip is to leave all bulbs out of the fixture until you are completely done. This will help you avoid breaking any bulbs during installation. There should be a new crossbar included with every kitchen light. Attach this to the ceiling. Use an insulating wire nut to attach the wires. Tightly screw on the base, screw in the light bulbs, and install the new globe.
Step 4: Paint the space
You will probably want to paint where you placed the light, to create the best look. Use masking tape on the corners and edges, and then repaint the surfaces.
Step 5: Turn on your light
Flip the switch and make sure it works! Enjoy your new light fixture.