How to replace a Ceiling Light

3rd May 2022

How to replace a Ceiling Light

Ceiling Lights are an extremely common lighting solution in homes and businesses, providing widespread lights across rooms big and small. Just like any electrical installation, it is important that proper procedure is followed, for safety reasons as well as the consistent efficacy of the Ceiling Lights themselves. We take you through an easy to follow guide of how to complete this project from start to finish.

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What you’ll need

You will need a number of tools and materials to get you started, including:

·         Pliers (both standard and needle-nose)

·         Voltage Tester (both contact and non-contact)

·         Wire stripper/cutter

·         Stepladder

·         4-in-1 Screwdriver

·         Electrical Box

·         Electrical Tape (in appropriate colour)

·         Wire Nuts

·         Ground Screws

·         Lighting Fixture


Before you start

Before you commence any electrical work, it is important that the power switched off to avoid any shocks and other hazards. This can be done by using the non-contact Voltage Tester to test if the wires are inactive.

Step 1:

The first step to take is to remove the old fixture, this should be done by removing the nuts and screws from the canopy that connects the fixture to the ceiling.

Making sure you are holding the fixture at all times, you can remove the nuts and screws that connect the fixture to the circuit in the ceiling, then carefully lower the fixture to remove it completely.

Step 2:

Now that the fixture has been removed, you need to make sure that the existing wiring from the old fixture still works as it should. There should be 3 wires in the system, one black, one white and one copper. After turning the power back on, you can again use the non-contact Voltage Tester to make sure that the wires are working, this will usually be indicated by a light on the Voltage Tester.

Step 3:

You should now have a clear view of the pre-wired box that is in the ceiling, the next step is to assess whether you would need to replace the bracket that your fixture will attach to.

Lighting fixture brackets are usually available in two forms, either a circular baseplate, or a strap with a screw in the middle.

If your new lighting fixture is not compatible with the bracket that is currently installed on to your wiring box, then it will need to be replaced according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Step 4:

The next step is to connect the lighting fixture to the ceiling. This will involve twisting the frayed section of the wire attached to the fixture, in to the existing wiring in the ceiling.

Once you have done this, you can then twist on a wire connector, then repeat with the other wires.

Every wiring setup is slightly different, and if you’re not feeling confident with the ins and outs of your setup, the best course of action is to consult a professional.

Step 5:

Now you can focus on the new fixture, if you are installing a chandelier style fixture with a chain, now would be the time to adjust the chain to a length that works best for you, this can be done by placing the leftover chain in to the ceiling or the canopy.

After you have done this, you can full attach your new lighting fixture to the ceiling.

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Step 6:

The final step is to restore power to test if your lighting fixture is functioning properly. If you find that this is not the case, it is more than likely due to the fact that one or more of the wires are not connected properly, this will mean you will have to detach the fixture and inspect the wires again.


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