How To Install Flush-Mounted Lights Quickly And Easily

Installing a new light fixture in your home is a great way to give it a fresh look and feel. The project is relatively inexpensive and easy to do, so if you’re not ready to take on a major renovation, try swapping out an old flush-mount light fixture for something new and exciting. Here’s how to complete this project in five easy steps. 

Before You Begin

Before beginning this type of project, you’ll want to be sure your new light fixture gives off enough light for your needs. Compare the wattage of the new light with that of the old light for a frame of reference. Next, be sure the canopy of the new fixture is large enough to cover the hole in the ceiling once installed. If it is not, consider using a medallion in addition to the light fixture itself to cover any imperfections. 

Now, let’s get to it!

5 Steps To Installing A New Light Fixture

Step 1: Turn off the power and remove the old fixture.

Head to your breaker box and turn off the power to the light fixture. Remove the globe from the old fixture to expose the nut/bolt holding it to the ceiling. Remove the nut and pull the fixture down carefully. Remove the leads from the wires and disconnect the fixture wires from the house wires. 

Step 2: Attach New Mounting Hardware

If the old mounting hardware won’t work for the new fixture, remove it and attach a new strap to the box. 

Step 3: Connect the wires.

If insulation from the ceiling is in your way, try to push it aside, rather than remove it. Insulation is a vital safety feature of your home, so do your best to work around it. 

Use a coat hanger to support the new light fixture as you connect the wires. Connect white to white and black to black with wire nuts and black electrical tape. 

Step 4: Tighten

Neatly and gently push the wires up into the box and lift the fixture into place. Start one mounting screw and then the other before tightening either one completely.

If your fixture has key-shaped mounting holes, start both nuts, place the fixture over the nuts using the large end of the hole, and then rotate the fixture until the mounting screws rest securely in the smaller end. Tighten the nuts completely. 

Step 5: Install the Globe

The set screws that hold the globe in place may or may not already be in place. If they aren’t, go ahead and install them now. Push the globe so that its lip rests above the set screws and tighten the screws to hold the globe securely. 

That’s it! You’ve just installed a flush-mounted light fixture. Great work!