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When you are going through the process of installing or just simply replacing any sort of lighting fixture, there are a few wires that will have to be connected. With any electrical job, it is very important for you to become familiar with the wiring inside of a light fixture before you even begin. If you try to manipulate the electrical wires without having any idea about with what you are doing, you could end up seriously hurting yourself. You can also potentially place damage to the wires themselves which would require the need for much more work to be completed.
The tools you will need to use for a job such as replacing or installing a light fixture are a variety of different items. One of the main things you will want to have is some sort of stepladder so you are able to even reach the wires for work. Another handy tool you can use is a 4-in-1 screwdriver. A tool such as this will eliminate the need for multiple tools and free up your work space. On top of those two, you should also find a pair of needle-nose pliers and a wire stripper. Most importantly though is to make sure you have a working voltage tester to check the electricity flowing through the wires you will be working on. It is also a good idea to get some wire nuts, electrical tape, a ground screw, and your desired light texture.
Your first step in this process is removing the old fixture from its resting spot in the ceiling. Go to your main circuit panel or distribution panel and completely turn off the power that is running to that particular light. Carefully remove all the screws holding it together and to the ceiling then lower it down. It should still be connected to the wires running from the ceiling, so you should now use your voltage meter to assure that the power is, in fact, off before grabbing onto any wire and disconnecting it. Once you have done this and know the power is off just simply remove the fixture from the ceiling.
At this point, you have already completed the hard part. For the installation of your new fixture all you must do is simply reverse the process you have just done with the new fixture. Connect the wires to the same places on your new light fixture. Tape and wire nut all the same areas and just assure that every connection is tight. After you have completed all of this you are able to turn the power back on to that light and test it to ensure it is operational.
If you are a beginner to this type of work you do hold a risk of incorrectly installing the light fixture. If this is the case it is important that you find someone who knows what they are doing or simply hire a professional to help you. Electrical problems should be closely watched for as they can cause many types of potentially fatal hazards for you and your family.