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How to Install a Bathroom Light Fixture

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Installing bathroom lighting is an easy DIY project that will make getting ready in the morning a delight. The following steps can be used to install a wall sconce, vanity light, or bath bar. Watch your hard work pay off!

What You Will Need

Needle nose pliers
Wire stripper
Voltage tester

Step 1: Determine Placement

Install wall sconces 60" – 72" above floor level and at least 28" apart. If you’re installing a bath bar or vanity light, place it just over the mirror or 36" – 48" above the countertop height.

Step 2: Turn Off Power

Turn off the power source at both the light switch and the breaker box.

Step 3: Remove Existing Fixture

Remove the bulbs from the existing fixture first. Then, remove the decorative plate from the mounting bracket using your drill. You’ll see the exposed wires coming from the wall. Untwist the wire connectors and separate the wires. Remove the mounting plate.

Step 4: Install Mounting Bracket

Secure the new mounting bracket to the junction box using the supplied screws. Using the level, ensure that the bracket isn’t crooked.

Step 5: Reconnect Wiring

Connect the bare ground wire, which is typically green, to the grounding screw. Connect the black (hot) wires together, twisting the braided wires. Place the wire nuts over the wires and twist clockwise to ensure that the wires are secure. Repeat this process for the white (neutral) wires.

Step 6: Attach Fixture

Attach the fixture to the mounting bracket. Attach the new shades to the fixture. Screw in compatible lightbulbs – make sure that the wattage of the bulbs matches the wattage allowance of the fixture. This information will be in a product’s description.

Step 7: Turn Power On

Turn the power back on to double-check that the fixture works properly.


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