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Introduction: How to Replace a Ceiling Light Fixture
How to Replace a Ceiling Light Fixture

Changing an old ceiling light fixture can change the way a room looks. But be ready for some tricks to handle challenges that you may run into with the old wiring.

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So, you want to replace your ceiling light fixture. Maybe you just want to update the look in your room. Or possibly you want to replace a ceiling light fixture that is just plain ugly.

Sounds like an easy home repair and generally it is pretty simple. But sometimes dealing with old wiring and electrical boxes in plaster ceilings and walls can be a bit tricky. I wrote this tutorial to show you the different things that can happen when you replace a ceiling fixture in an older home.

Issues you may run into include crumbling insulation on old wires, reusing old ceiling fixture mounting brackets and mounting screws being obstructed by a plaster wall. You know, real world "fun stuff" you won't get covered anywhere but here at About.com. Well, this tutorial will lead you through every step of the way, and I'll show you some tricks you may not have known about when dealing with old electrical boxes and wiring.

    Ceiling Light Fixture Installation Difficulty Level
  • Easy to Average
    Needed Tools and Materials
  • New Ceiling Light Fixture
  • Wire Nuts
  • Electrical Tape
  • Heat Shrink Tubing (if needed)
  • Electric Drill and 1/8" Drill Bit (if needed)
  • Multi-Head Screwdriver

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