Wall mounted lamps or sconces are great for ambient lighting and fit perfectly along the stairwell or be used to light up the walkways in your home. It’s also one of the easiest electrical fixes you can DIY at home, so you don’t have to wait for the electrician for an extra few days just to have him over to install your new fixture.
Whether you’ve bought a classic sconce design or sleek modern LED lamp, most of these lighting fixtures are still connected with a standard electrical wiring that you can learn yourself. To get started, we’ve got a step-by-step DIY guide below to help you get your lamp up on the wall in no time!
- Voltage Tester / Electrician Screwdriver
- Your Brand New Lighting Fixture!
- Wire Nuts & A Wire Cutter (if needed)
Step 1: Safety First
For any electrical job, always make it a practice to turn off the power supply that’s connected to the electrical outlet that you’ll be using for your fixture. If you’re not sure which breaker to switch off on your circuit board, just turn off the main power to your whole house.
To check that the power is completely turned off from the outlet, turn the switch back on and use a voltage tester or an electrician’s screwdriver to test if there is any current still flowing in the outlet.
Step 2: Remove The Old Lighting Fixture
Remove every part of the old lighting fixture from the outlet – the base, shade, light bulb, metal mounting bracket and all the wiring attached. Be careful when you’re in the middle of unscrewing the mounting bracket since you’re very likely to still have the wiring attached to the heavy light fixture, which can be very hard to hold up at the same time.
So, it’ll be a good idea to ask a friend to help you hold the fixture while you’re removing the rest of the electrical wiring. (Make sure to treat your friend to coffee when you’re done!)
Step 3: Safely Remove Wiring & Old Mounting Bracket
You should have 3 wires in the electrical outlet – black wire (hot wire), white wire (neutral wire) and the ground wire (bare wire). Unscrew everything that is still attached to remove the old metal bracket from the electrical outlet or junction box in the wall.
Take a mental picture and remember how the ground wire is screwed into the bracket, because you’ll need to screw in the wiring of your new lighting fixture in the same manner.
Step 4: Install The New Lighting Fixture
It’s time to bring out the new lighting! Read the manufacturer’s instruction that should be provided with your new lighting fixture and check that you have all the parts in your purchase.
Screw on the new mounting bracket into the electrical outlet/junction box. Remember how the ground wire was attached to the old bracket earlier? Now, do the same for the new bracket – there should be an indication on the metal bracket of where you should screw in the ground wire.
Step 5: Attach The New Wiring
Next, attach all the wiring to their matching pair:
- Connect the remaining ground wire to the ground wire from the new lighting fixture. When you’re done, put a wire nut to cover over the bare wires.
- Do the same for the black (hot) wire and the white (neutral) wire.
Once you’ve finished with all of them, gently put all of the wires into the hollow part of the electrical outlet. While you’re doing this, be sure to keep the white and black wires away from each other so that they would not be touching.
Step 6: Assemble The Remaining Parts
Now that you’re done with the wiring, you can put together the rest of your lighting fixture. The manufacturer instructions should have all the steps you need to assemble your fixture properly.
Step 7: Complete With A Lightbulb & Enjoy!
Go on and put the cherry on top of your ice cream! Screw on an energy saving light bulb (which everyone should have) and enjoy your new ambience!
If you’re still unsure about connecting any type of electrical wiring or installing electrical fixtures in your home, don’t sweat it. We’ve got qualified electricians available all over Metro Manila!