Do your wall sconces annoy you? Are they stuck in the 90’s, 80’s, or worse yet the 70’s? When I picked out these sconces several years ago, they were the only ones I could find that I thought were okay. But, with a living room makeover in the works, I decided to upgrade them for a more modern pair.
It’s time to learn how to install a wall sconce. Of if you are like Pretty Handsome Guy, I’m going to teach you how to install new “light fixtures that hang on the walls” (lest you think I was talking about a breakfast treat.)
Whatever you call it, you can definitely do this. Ready?
- Screwdrivers (flat head and phillips head)
- Light fixture
Optional: wire cutters/wire strippers
Turn on the lights you will be working on. Shut off the power to your light(s) at your circuit breaker. Check the lights to verify that the power has been turned off.
Removing the Current Light Fixture:
Remove the light bulb and glass shade. Unscrew the mounting nuts from the face of your light fixture.
Lift the light fixture off the mounting bracket and let it hang (or get a friend to help hold the fixture if it’s heavy.)
Remove the wire nuts and untwist the wire connections. Start with the black (hot) wires first, then the white (neutral) wires and finally the bare (ground) wires.
Unscrew the green ground screw and remove the ground wire from the mounting bracket.
Remove the mounting bracket by unscrewing the screws from the junction box.
You should have a clean slate to work with now.
Installing the New Light Fixture:
Use the mounting bracket from the new light fixture. Install it by screwing it into the junction box at the top and bottom.
Attach the ground wire from the junction box by twisting it around the green ground screw on the mounting bracket. Tighten the screw.
Attach the bare wire from the house to the bare wire from the light fixture. Screw on a wire nut.
Attach the white wires from the house and the white wires from the light fixture. Screw on the wire nut.
Repeat the same process to connect the black wires.
Gently tuck the wires into the junction box through the center of the mounting bracket. Push the white and black wires apart so they won’t touch each other.
Attach the light fixture to the mounting bracket with the screws and mounting nuts provided with your light fixture.
Remove the nut from the light socket. Set the glass shade in place.
Replace the socket nut to secure the glass lamp shade.
And the sconce…ahem, wall mounted light is installed!
Turn on the power and turn on the light fixture to check your work.
I hope you’ve been empowered to swap out your own light fixture! Ceiling light fixtures and vanity lights are just as easy to replace and you can follow the same steps.