No matter how old your electrical system, fixture installation is always possible — and usually easy. A new fixture can dramatically change the appearance of a room. You can replace a ceiling light with a plain light, a chandelier, track lighting, or even a ceiling fan, among other options. At Electric Services Los Angeles, we can install, repair, and replace lighting and fans for your home and business.
What Do I Need to Know About Fixture Installation?
If your home was built after World War II, fixture installation should be easy. Mounting hardware has changed little, and the new fixture should come with all the parts you need. Simply attach a strap to the ceiling box, and perhaps a center stud as well. Splice the wires, screw the fixture to the strap or the stud, and you are done.
If you have an older home, the old fastening hardware may not line up with the new fixture. Home centers carry adapters to solve this problem.
If the new fixture’s canopy (the part that snugs up to the ceiling) is smaller than the old one, you may have to paint or patch the ceiling. A decorative medallion can hide the problem and save work.
Fixture installation of a ceiling fan or a heavy chandelier calls for removing the electrical box and installing a heavy-duty fan-rated box.
Wiring a light or fan
The first step in fixture installation is to shut off power before removing an existing fixture. Test the box for power after removing the fixture. To ensure a conductive and long-lasting splice, cut and restrip old wire ends before joining them to the stranded leads of new fixtures. Articles in this section of our website show you how.
Wiring a light or fan is straightforward: Splice white lead to white wire, black to black, and connect the grounds. Fixture installation where there was none before is more involved and best left to a professional Los Angeles electrician or someone with experience running new cable. Running cable through walls is a time-consuming and complicated task.