How to - Installing a light fixture
Let's start, but safety first!
So you’ve decided to install your own light fixture. An excellent choice- you get to decide every layer of your project, from the type of lighting you want for a specific room, to the exact position of the electrical wiring, and more. But this level of customisation results in great responsibility. Such installations require large amounts of careful planning and attention to detail. A single mistake in the electrical wiring can become a great hindrance to your project. For this reason, you should begin your installation by organising your plan properly, so that it is in compliance with the existing regulations and, most importantly, safe.
Step by step!
Before you get to installing, you need to carefully plan out your course of action. The first order of business is evaluating the local wiring codes. Once you know what they are, you will need to schedule inspections to make sure everything is up to those codes. Many inspections may be required for residential construction projects. Contact your local Housing Administration to schedule and inspection and make sure you meet the requirements. After that’s settled, you will need to decide on the type of fixture that will work best for your area.
Source, switch and fixture!
Consider every possibility – different types of rooms demand different types of lighting. For example, the lighting needs of a kitchen are markedly different from those of a living room. You want strong, preferably cabinet-mounted lights for the kitchen to make everything on your worktop completely visible, while a reading room would probably work better with a more gentle, wall-mounted light. Similarly, you will need to decide on the type of light bulb. After that, it’s time to take a look at the more technical elements. Your fixture must be connected to a power source, so make sure you locate one that is suitable before you hook it up. Lastly, plan your wiring route. The key here is to connect the three points – source, switch, and fixture. Once you have that figured out, everything should work just fine!
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On to the actual installation – you have to begin with creating openings for the wiring. Be it the ceiling, wall, cabinet, or any other area where you wiring will go, you need to carefully cut them to contain the wires you intend to put in them. After ensuring all your wires are up to code, insert them into the holes, connecting them properly and adjusting where needed to contain them within the wall/ceiling. Well done! You’ve performed your own light fixture installation!