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 How do I replace the hanging down light fixture in my dining room?
WinWinChickenDinner  [Member]
12/30/2010 2:01:08 PM
There is a large ugly light fixture hanging down in my dining room. I bought another fixture I want to replace it with.

How do I do it? Will I need to turn off the breaker? The light hangs from the ceiling. Will I need to get in the attic?
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mike12345  [Member]
12/30/2010 2:02:54 PM
turn off the electricity first.

take down the old one and install the new one, its hard to give better advice without pics.
smaddox  [Team Member]
12/30/2010 2:04:06 PM
Originally Posted By mike12345:
turn off the electricity first.

take down the old one and install the new one, its hard to give better advice without pics.



Is the original mount ok? Or you you need to replace everything?
stutzcattle  [Team Member]
12/30/2010 2:05:59 PM
Don't shut off the electricity. How would you be able to see?

I'd just use magnets.
Mech2007  [Team Member]
12/30/2010 2:07:48 PM

Existing ceiling mount should be OK for a new fixture, unless you're adding a ceiling fan (and assuming it was done correctly in the first place).

You can wire it "hot" but I would strongly advise against it.

You should be able to do all of the work from in the diningroom. No need to go in the attic.
AllAmerican2000  [Team Member]
12/30/2010 2:08:30 PM
you will not need to get into the attic if the original box that is there is still good. Turn off the breaker. get up on a ladder and take down the old light. There are quite a few different methods that light manufacturers use to hang lights, it should be pretty self explainitory once you get up there. The new light gets installed per its instructions that are included in the box.
budasc  [Team Member]
12/30/2010 2:08:33 PM
No switch?
Hmann  [Member]
12/30/2010 2:10:56 PM
Without pics, I'd say to be safe to first turn off the breaker. Then unscrew the cover to the old one to where you can see the white, black, and copper wires. They are probably tied together by some wire nuts. Unscrew the wire nuts, and seperate the wires from the celing and the fixture. After that, remove the screws that are holding the fixture in place and take it down. Then, put the new one up the same way the other one was installed. Flip breaker back on...
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Profit.

eta- there should't be any reason to go up into the attic, but without pics
JimTh  [Team Member]
12/30/2010 2:14:31 PM
Turn off the breaker
Remove any glass, including bulbs, from the fixture
Remove screws holding fixture to ceiling, don't drop fixture
Pull wiring out then twist wire nuts off.

Install new fixture per instuctions.
theskuh  [Team Member]
12/30/2010 2:18:05 PM
Am I the first one to call dibs?

Just shut the correct breaker and have at it

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hightech_redneck  [Member]
12/30/2010 4:12:20 PM
No need to shut off the breaker...there should be a switch....unless it's on a 3 way, then it can get tricky if your not familiar with electrical work
Mech2007  [Team Member]
12/30/2010 4:13:13 PM
Originally Posted By hightech_redneck:
No need to shut off the breaker...there should be a switch....unless it's on a 3 way, then it can get tricky if your not familiar with electrical work



NEVER trust a switch!!!

Sparky  [Team Member]
12/30/2010 4:18:12 PM
Originally Posted By Mech2007:
Originally Posted By hightech_redneck:
No need to shut off the breaker...there should be a switch....unless it's on a 3 way, then it can get tricky if your not familiar with electrical work



NEVER trust a switch!!!



This. Here is an example why. I was a young apprentice who was doing demo on a 277V lighting circuit at a school. My inexpierience i decided to just turn off the light switch. A laborer came in to do some clean up and turned on the switch. FUUUUUUUUUU
I know your not doing 277v, but the wife or kids could flip the switch on you.
JimTh  [Team Member]
12/30/2010 8:24:10 PM
That and whoever originally wired it might have set the switch up to break the neutral instead of the hot.
Ohio_Bill  [Team Member]
12/30/2010 9:02:54 PM

Originally Posted By JimTh:
That and whoever originally wired it might have set the switch up to break the neutral instead of the hot.
Thank you! I said this (in response to a similar question) on another board last year and got dogpiled for it

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