It is recommended that you work with a qualified electrical contractor when installing or replacing lighting fixtures, but if you are daring, there are a few tasks that some do-it-youselfers tackle. The following is what is involved in setting up most lights so consider this prior to you choose to do-it-yourself.
No two lighting fixtures are precisely the same so there are no generic actions for installing them. Complete diagrams and guidelines accompany most new lights. Make certain you don’t lose them.
If you are adding on a room, you might want to run a brand-new circuit. You may draw power from an existing circuit but beware not to overload the circuit triggering the breaker to trip.
A huge installation headache is getting components installed properly. It is best if an additional cross brace is nailed up during the framing process.
If you are retro-fitting, you may need to tear out some drywall to include extra bracing, or go for locating the component’s box on the nearest stud or ceiling joist.
Generally recessed lights are installed after framing and before drywall. If this is not the case you may wish to retro-fit a recessed light to improve the lighting scheme.
For this project, you should purchase a recessed component with an installing bracket created to fit through the hole.
Utilize the light’s housing as an guide to mark the hole. Then use a keyhole saw to cut the hole. Keep in mind, your circuits and a few of these steps may be different.
Mark the area of the component. You must run the incoming power straight to the lighting fixture then run the cable down to the switch to make a loop.
To install the light, you will slip the frame brackets up into the opening. Position the component to set flush with the bottom of the wood framing. Secure the frame to the joists by pounding in the metal teeth on its supporting arms. Keep insulation a minimum of 3″ away from recessed lights, unless the light is specifically marked “I.C.” (Insulated Ceiling) to avoid fire and overheating.
Use small mounting clips that ought to be consistent with the light style to fasten it so it is a little recessed.
You ought to paint the location before putting in the reflector shield and bulb if you can. The guard ought to snap into place.
How you mount a ceiling fan depends on the style. You need to constantly follow the manufacturer’s guidelines that included the ceiling fan. Virtually all ceiling fans require an unique ceiling fan-rated junction box anchored to a ceiling joist.
If your installation is in a brand-new building, initially you will identify the area of the fan, typically in the center of the space. If you can’t change the place to be beside a joist, nail up a cross brace in between the joists. Next, nail up a junction box so it will set flush with the ceiling drywall. Then run the inbound power cable, leaving about foot of cable for connections.
At this point you can hang the drywall or whatever covering you prepare to use. Cut out around the outside edges of the box being careful not to cut the electrical cable then complete anchoring the drywall.
Rest the fan on a step ladder and fasten the installing bracket to the junction box. Link the cable and fan wires together, protecting each couple with a wire port.
Lift the fan into position and fasten it to the mounting bracket making certain the decorative cover is on then move the ornamental cover into place.
You can add versatility and appeal to a room’s design scheme by including track lighting. It is fairly simple to set up a new fixture on a completed ceiling.
You will have to install a brand-new junction box and run power to the box on a new cable if you are not replacing the existing lighting.
First, orient the track so the bulbs face the things you wish to highlight at about a 30 degree angle.
A light kit will usually have connecting wires, but you can make them if you have to. Just cut a piece of cable to a long enough length to tie in with the source cable and reach the track terminals. Strip the cable and connect each wire. Cap the connections with wire ports and fold them into the box. Feed the wire ends through the component’s mounting plate then secure it to the box. Feed the ends of the wire through the track opening at the terminals. Attach the track to the ceiling, either by screwing it into the ceiling joists or utilizing toggle bolts.
Link the ground wire to the base of the component plate. Strip the wires and secure them to the particular track terminals. Connect each light fixture onto the track. Follow the producer’s instructions, some components snap on and others connect with a bracket.
The best advice we can offer is to hire an expert of all lighting and ceiling fan installations. You have a great home – let’s keep it that way.
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