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Modern Ceiling Lights (how to install) — by Home Repair Tutor


Modern ceiling lights—we all want them,
right? Hi there. I’m Jeff with Home Repair Tutor.
And in this video I’m going to share with you how to install a modern ceiling light
and replace the ugly light fixture that you have above.
So let’s get to it. I’ve got a lot of awesome tips for you. Before you know it, you’re going
to have a new and modern look. So let’s get started.
Always start every single electrical project by turning the power off at the circuit breaker
or your fuse box. Double check that the power is off by flipping the switch on and checking
that the light doesn’t turn on. Carefully remove the old shade. In this case,
the shade is just attached to the fixture with these tabs. So I’m just going to remove
the glass shade and—yuck! There’s some nasty bugs inside there.
One little step that I like to take is two-fold: take the light bulbs out ’cause they’re made
out of glass and they will shatter if you break them—yes, I found this out the hard
way; the other extra tip is to use blue tape to hold the old fixture to the ceiling while
you lower it down. I like there to be slack in the tape so that I can lower the lampshade
down about 4-6 inches. The fixture is held to the junction box with
2 screws. And in this case, these screws actually have nuts on them. So all you have to do is
loosen the nuts or the screws, whichever one you have, to lower the fixture down from the
junction box. With the 2 nuts removed, I can now lower the
light fixture from the junction box carefully. All right.
As you can see, the 3 pieces of blue tape are holding the weight of the light fixture
for me. So now I can just fish out the wiring from the junction box.
Now you can fish out the old wirings. So I’ve got neutral wires here. All the white wires
are pigtailed together. So in this case, all the hotwires are wired
together, too. This light is on a 3-way switch. So I just wanted to let you know about that
in case you’re wondering about this red wire here. There were also black wires that were
shoved up into the junction box. And then finally you have your ground wires that are
all pigtailed together. And I highly recommend taking a picture of
the wiring so that you know how to wire the new light together.
With all the wires exposed, now you can undo the pigtails and remove the light fixture
from the junction box. I personally like to unwire the hotwires first—so
all the black wires go first. Then I like to unwire the neutrals next. And then finally,
unwire the ground wires last. Now I can take the fixture off the ceiling
and remove all the blue tape. Oops! Almost. There’s one ground wire connecting the lamp
to the bracket here. So I just need to take that off or cut it off, whichever.
Remove the old mounting bracket using a flathead screwdriver or Philips head screwdriver, whichever
you have or whatever screw you have that’s holding this bracket to the junction box.
Hey, you know what one extra step that I forgot to tell you about? When you lower the light
down, you can actually stick a voltage detector in between the light and touch the wires and
see if they’re alive. So this is just one extra precautionary step to ensure that you
don’t get electrocuted. So sure enough—even though I’ve been handling these wires for
a few minutes—they’re not live. But I wanted to tell you about using a voltage detector.
Now it’s time to take the mounting bracket for the new light. Have the green ground screw
facing you, and take the longer mounting screws and place them into the inside holes—so
this hole here and this hole here—because you’re going to use these mounting screws
to mount the light to the bracket. So turn them maybe like 3 or 4 revolutions. So put
them in, turn them clockwise 3 or 4 times. Very good. Now you have your mounting bracket
ready to go and be mounted onto the junction box.
Now you can add the mounting bracket to the junction box using the shorter screws. Just
slide the screw through the slot and get it started in the junction box. And you can use
your screwdriver to tighten the screws that mount the mounting bracket to the junction
box. Here’s the top of the ceiling fixture. So
you have one bare copper ground wire. And then each light socket has a hotwire and a
white, neutral wire. So there’s one light socket there. And then here’s the other light
socket. So again, it has a black hotwire and a neutral white wire.
So the first thing that we’re going to do is wrap the bare copper ground wire around
this green screw. So I’m going to wrap it around this green screw. And then tie it into
the ground wires that are coming from the junction box. So again, we’re just going to
wrap this copper ground wire around the ground screw right here. And we’re going to tighten
that down. And then we’re going to pigtail the ground wire that we just wrapped around
the green ground screw with the ground wires that are coming from the junction box.
So when you’re done with the ground wires, you can push them up into the junction box.
The next step is to wire the neutrals together. So what I like to do is twist the wires coming
from the light. So I’m going to twist the white wires from the light together. And then
I’m going to join them to the neutral wires coming out of the junction box.
I’m going to put a wire nut over all these wires. Okay. So there are all the neutral
wires. They’re wired together. The next step is to wire all the hotwires
together. In this case, I’m going to wire the black wires from the light together. And
the hotwire that we’re going to be using is the red hotwire. So I’m just going to be just
wiring the red hotwire with the black wires from the light ’cause that’s what fits the
configuration of my set up. Yours could be different so make sure you follow the directions
that come with your light. Try to wrap the wires from the light to the wires in the junction
box by about 1-2 revolutions, then twist on the wire nut again. And then finally, we don’t
use the black wires that are up in the junction box. They’re pigtailed to make the electrical
connection. But they don’t really touch the wires that are coming from the light fixture.
So again, we’ve got all the ground wires wired together; all the hotwires—from the light
wire to the red wire coming from the junction box—and then all the white wires from the
light connected to the white wires in the junction box; and all the black wires in the
junction box just pigtailed together. Push all the wires up into the junction box.
Now it’s time to mount the new modern fixture onto the mounting screws here. Push the fixture
up such that the mounting screws come through. And then you can turn the fixture so that
the screws are in the smaller portion of the keyhole.
Now you can use your screwdriver to tighten the modern light fixture up to the junction
box. Now you take the threaded nipple and screw
it into the light fixture. There’s a locking nut on this nipple, and what you need to do
is screw that up to the top like so so that the nipple doesn’t come loose.
Now you take your light bulbs and screw them into the fixture like so. Just make sure that
they’re appropriately rated for the new light. In this case, I’m using 60W light bulbs. Carefully
take your shade, slide it up over the nipple. Usually these lights come with a decorative
piece like this one. And then you just screw on the end piece here like so. Not too tight
’cause you could break the glass lamp shade. All right. And there you go. Now you can turn
the power back on at the circuit breaker. Well there you have it. That’s how you install
modern ceiling lights. Not too bad, right? Tons of different tips that I want you to
follow like: taping the old light fixture to the ceiling; and checking the voltage with
the voltage detector to make sure you don’t get electrocuted; and as always, turn off
the circuit breaker or take the fuse out when you’re working with electricity.
So I hoped you like this video. Please let me know in the comments section what your
thoughts are or if you have any thoughts on your own because I don’t have all the answers.
I’m sure you’ve got a lot of wonderful ideas that you’d like to add.
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So, until the next video, thanks so much for joining me. I really appreciate it.
Have a great day, and I’ll talk to you soon!

Bernard Jenkins

82 Comments

  1. Thanks for all your videos, Jeff.  This was another good one.  I appreciate how approachable your instructions are.  You make these kinds of projects much more accessible for people who either don't have a lot of experience or are intimidated by projects like these.

    Do you have any experience with rail lighting systems (like these: http://waclighting.com/products/183)?  I'd also be interested in seeing how to do recessed lighting, which seems to be a popular approach.

  2. what if the decorative knob is attached to the threaded stem on the end, and you must find a hole three inches up under the glass to thread the stem into??bob fisher

  3. Thank you for your video and tips. Keep the great content coming!

  4. My junction box on the old fixture has a white, beige, ground, and two black wires.  My new fixture only has a white, black, and ground wire. Should I connect the old white and beige (neutral) to the new white, and the two old black wires to the new black wire using wire nuts?  Thanks.

  5. I had to rewind to make sure that was even a different fixture, why replace the old ugly booblight with another new ugly booblight? Love the instructional content though.

  6. Thanks for sharing !! Was of great help !! I knew nothing about wiring at all and had to install ceiling ligth for my parents and took me 10 mins tops 😉

    You made my day and theirs !

  7. What if there's no ground wire coming from ceiling? Do I just ground the one in the fixture to the green screw?

  8. I figure the black and red hot wire from the old fixture came apart quickly. Probably were not tightly fastened by previous owner and I didn't notice when I took it apart . All is well and my home won't burn down lol. Thx I knew it didn't make sense.

  9. Thanks! Your video gave me the confidence needed to tackle an electrical project I thought I couldn't handle. Very simple. The actual light fixture was harder to assemble than the actual electrical part.

  10. Good instructions!  I've done this before, but I'll do it better next time having watched this.

  11. is it not safe enough to turn off the power from the switch only…does it really have to be from the breaker?

  12. Hey my ceiling light just fell off a couple days ago luckily on my
    Bed during the day time. The part where you screw in the rod is not connected to the light fixture like yours. Any help would be great thanks in advance.

  13. The "old" light being switched out is more up to date than what I am dealing with. I wish he could have gone into detail more about actual old lights…

  14. Jeff, thanks for posting. I have four wires coming out of my junction box, Ground, White, Black and Red (I believe you did as well in this video). How did you know to connect the red wire to the black wire in the light fixture? Thank you.

  15. Great demo. I'm planning on upgrading to LED ceiling lights that look similar to these. The prices have really come down on LED fixtures. Built in bulbs that pretty much last for life.

  16. Hi Jeff! I am wondering if there is a way for me to keep my fixture that is currently in my kitchen, but just change up the shade for a design change. Do you know of anyone that sells replacement shade that will fit most fixtures? Are there standard designs? Or is every mount different, therefore no shade can guarantee to fit? Thank you!

  17. 9:13 put the safety screw not too tight. i had this kind of lamp, had its glass fall on the floor, break apart. the safety screw should be turned tightly, as tight as possible. thankfully the floor was carpet so the fall of the glass didn't break the floor

  18. Thanks for this Jeff! I want to replace my kitchen's fluorescent ring light with a modern hanging light. Do you think this is possible? Is it probably similar wiring even though it's fluorescent? Thanks!!

  19. I know this video is a few years old but I am hoping you are still monitoring the comments. I don't see a ground wire coming from the ceiling. How do I attach the ground wire from the new fixture to the metal ceiling box? Do I even need a ground wire? And why?

  20. I transferred my kitchen light upstairs to one of the rooms. there was only two wires coming out of the ceiling wall which I connected to the only two wires from my light, then covered them with wire-knot and it works just fine. now I bought a new ceiling light from amazon that does not have much directions, it is from fuloon. This other room which my new light is gonna go in it has more than two wires coming out of ceiling wall and my light has only 3 entries (no wires) how should I install my ceiling light?

  21. Excellent directions, well lighted video and good sound. And the blue tape tip will be useful too.

  22. tape trick is a great tip! i've been trying to hold it up with my head. lol

  23. Awesome video! So many videos showing, "connect black to black. connect white to white" YAWN. Finally a video that shows how to deal with a RED wire! Oh, and my new light fixture manufacturer's written instructions weren't helpful either 🙁 But then, JEFF TO THE RESCUE! Thanks so much!

  24. We just got some like this about 6 months ago and already they are flickering. The people who installed them won't come back to help us fix them. I think they might just need to be unscrewed from the nob in the middle and have the bulbs changed, but I'm not sure. Do you know?

  25. Hi Jeff, I would like to install recessed lighting. I bought a gizmo to cut the holes, but would I need an electrician to do the wiring? There is no overhead lighting in that living room, so I assume there is no wiring in the ceiling, although there are electrical outlets on the walls. Thanks!

  26. Jeff i just installed the cieling light but i used my old cfl bulb then realized it was bright enough so i switch to led bulb but i encountered a problem. the bulbs wouldn't turn on. if i change 1 led bulb to the cfl. it turns on… wierd. any ideas? thx in advance.

  27. Have a bathroom light that has a silver unscrewble ring with solid globe. No screws to remove ring or globe. How do I get it off?

  28. Thank you so much! Didn't have to call my father-in-law after watching your vid!

  29. If it doesnt fall like mine didnt just wedge a flsthead screwdriver in there and it will come right out

  30. Thx you so much, great video. Most tips and know how I'm very familiar with. However, wished I had your camera tip, when I uninstalled the ceiling fan. Still trying to figure out all the wires, lol

  31. Thanks to your video I can now change my default fixtures for pendant and more modern fixtures. Good video.

  32. Lower the nuts…..😂😂 that's what she said….anyways thank you very much your vid was very helpful

  33. Thanks so much! I used your video and just finished installing my new light, easy peasy!

  34. How did you know that the red wire was hot and connected to the black wires on the fixture, and not the black wires in the ceiling?

  35. I thought it was all white wires together and all black wires together. That's what another person said when he was installing a very similar light fixture.

  36. Thank you. Your video was very descriptive. Your instructions are very clear, and it shows all the steps in the process. Your video helped me a lot since I have never installed a light fixture.

  37. Nice video. I have an old fixture that I’m taking down and needed to see how it’s done.

  38. thanks for the close ups after your instructions, made it easy to follow

  39. I can’t decide whether this video is more informative or annoying. Jesus Christ something about your style of presentation feels like nails being hammered into my sternum.

  40. Thank you so much!! This was my very first light fixture installation and I was stuck on how to mount the fixture to the ceiling. I completed the second installation in 15 minutes. Thanks again!

  41. thank you so much this was very easy to see and to know what I have to do tomorrow

  42. my ceiling light has 2 hot wires?red and black are live,power coming from both?it blew my led light and won't work with new one installed,the light won't shut off when power turned back on?

  43. There's something that you just brushed over. Why didnt you use the black wires in the junction box? I don't know ANYTHING about electrical so that confused me. Logically i would have connected the black wires from the light to the black wires in the junction box. I wouldn't connect the red wire to the black wire. Can you shed some light on why the red got connected to the black and the black from the junction box wasnt used? Thank you!

  44. At 3min 47seconds, I heard a slight beep from your voltage detector— in addition to seeing a red light flash several times on it in the prior scene— time for a new voltage detector? (:
    In any event, Great job talking about electrical safety for this— I love DIY tutorials!

  45. Going through the steps, I have my old light fixture removed and hanging down by the wires. I don’t have an obvious ground wire coming from the junction box. My house is old, is this possible? I was determined to do this as DIY but I may need an electrician after all ..

  46. I installed two of these today and did not use a wire nut on the ground. What I did was wrap both the ground wire from the light and the ground wire from the house under the green screw and tightened. This should be ok?

  47. Thanks great video took my old lite down to paint put a new lite in and forgot where the red wire went thanks again

  48. My light fixture did not have any bolts attaching it to the ceiling. It's completely different.

  49. I was frustrated for a while trying to put my bathroom fixture up to the point i was going to pay someone to compete the job until i seen this video and it worked. THANK YOU!

  50. I did mine without shutting down the power. Stupid, but I was in a hurry.

  51. Ugh, screw modern, I am going for Tiffany. Because Tiffany is a lot nicer!

  52. 👍😍Thank you!! Bless you. I had no one to call and I needed to know this info. I’m hanging a light fixture myself. BLESS YOU !!🤗💞🤗

  53. I took forever on the first try. Was trying to install the bracket and light fixture same time and was frustrated because I couldn't see the junction box holes. I realized how stupid I'm after watching this video. Installed the mount to junction box and just pushed the fixture up the long screws as shown in the video. I didn't even use the tap but that's a neat trick. Thanks for the video

  54. I actually had my lightbulbs blow up inside the light fixture that's why i need a new one thanks this is useful

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