How Electricians Install Light Fixtures In Your Home

How Electricians Install Light Fixtures In Your HomeIn Australia, it’s illegal for consumers to install or wire electrical fixtures in their homes or offices, even if they learned how to do this by watching YouTube videos or looking up the steps on Google. After all, while electrical power is beneficial, it is very dangerous. It can injure or kill if it is not handled properly. It can start fires if it passes worn out fixtures or those that are not properly installed. So instead of trying your hand at wiring or installing electrical fixtures yourself, hire a qualified and licensed electrician to do it for you.

A skilled and licensed electrician does the many different steps highlighted below to ensure that a new lighting fixture for your home will definitely work.

Removes The Old Light

  • 1. Disables the circuit by cutting power to it. Once he has done this, he will then double-check electrical flow to the light by switching it on to see if it stays off.
  • 2. Cleans the old fixture and the installation area. A clean area, after all, can help make installation easier and safer.
  • 3. If necessary, removes the covering of the old fixture to expose the bulb.
  • 4. Unmounts the fixture. All lighting fixtures have mounting brackets to keep them in place. They need to be unscrewed and removed so the fixture can be taken out with ease.
  • 5. Lowers the unscrewed fixture to expose three wires that are attached to it: the grounding wire, neutral wire, and hot wire. With his free hand, he uncouples the wires, making sure to twist the wiring cap so the wires can be freed from each other.
  • 6. Disengages light from wires. The wires can be disengaged by the twisting of the wiring cap loose. Once the light has been released from the wiring, the current fixture can then be set aside.

Installs The New Light

  • 1. Checks for compatibility. The mounting hardware, in many cases, should fit the bracket that has already been installed. But he will still hold the fixture up the current bracket, then compare size and fasteners just to make sure a new bracket won’t be needed.
  • 2. That said, he can swap in a new bracket when it’s needed. The old bracket is unscrewed so a new one can be screwed in place.
  • 3. Checks the ages of the wires, especially in homes built before the mid-Eighties. Old wires, particularly those manufactured before the middle of the Eighties, have weaker insulation than newer wires. Wires with weak insulation can start fires.
  • 4. Joins the coloured wires together.
  • 5. Grounds the fixture. Any remaining wire should be screwed onto the mounting hardware of the light fixture so current can be safely dispersed.
  • 6. Fastens the fixture to the mounting bracket to secure it.
  • 7. Tests the newly-installed fixture. He does this by restoring the flow of electrical power to the room. Once he has done this, he will then set up a new light bulb and switch on the new fixture.
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