Tips For Replacing A Pendant Light Fixture

If your home has a pendant light fixture that is broken, or you are just looking to change up the décor in your house, you will want to replace the fixture with a brand new one. It's a simple electrical task that you can do on your own as long as you follow these tips.


Before getting started with any sort of home electrical work, you'll want to make sure that you are prepared. The first step is to turn off the power flowing to the light fixture at the circuit breaker. It helps to use an electrical circuit tester afterwards to confirm that there is no electricity running through the wires.

It also helps to use electrical safety gloves when you work with the electricity in your home. They are essentially rubber gloves, but they help prevent you from getting shocked in case something does go wrong.

Tip For Removing The Light Fixture

With the electricity off and your safety gloves on, you can remove the light fixture from the ceiling mount. It should be secured with screws that are going directly into a mounting bracket. It will be much easier if you have a friend hold the fixture for you as you are removing the screws, which will help ensure the fixture does not crash to the ground.

With the fixture disconnected from the bracket, pull it back from the ceiling to reveal the electrical wires. They are most likely connected using wire nuts that need to be removed. Remove and hold onto these for later to connect the new light fixture.

Tips For Installing The New Light Fixture

Look at your brand new light fixture to confirm how it needs to be mounted. Light fixtures that require a similar mounting bracket can most likely use the existing mounting bracket in your ceiling. The process will be as simple as reconnecting the electrical wires and securing the fixture to the bracket with screws.

If the new fixture is secured with bolts, you'll have to remove the old mounting bracket and attach the mounting hardware that is specific to your new light fixture.

Once you've sorted out the mounting situation, reattach the electrical wires with the wire nuts, and secure the light fixture directly to the bracket. You should be all ready to turn on the power and see if you did everything correctly.

If you do not feel up to the challenge of doing this lighting fixture swap, contact a local electrical service such as Silver Lake Electric to help you out.

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updating electrical work in an older home

I knew before I bought an older home that it would require a lot of work. What I didn't expect was to find the the entire second floor of the home had inadequate electrical work and that it would all have to be updated to keep my family safe and conserve some energy. I created this blog as I worked to overhaul my house and redo the electrical mess that I uncovered. You will find out what should be and what should never be done when working with electricity in older homes and what you can do to ensure the safety of your family while living in your home.