Hosts Pat Simpson and Amanda Rosseter share some basic ways to update the look of your home by replacing faucets and light fixtures.
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Replacing a Light Fixture
1. Turn the power off at the main breaker panel or fuse box.
2. Remove the light bulbs and old fixture from the wall.
3. Attach the new mounting plate to the wall.
4. Wire the new fixture with the existing wires by connecting the white wires to white and black wires to black. Secure each wire clockwise with a wire nut. In most cases, you'll have a ground wire. Stabilize the ground wire to the mounting bracket.
5. Tuck all the wires into the fixture, and secure the unit in place.
6. Add new light bulbs, and connect the decorative globes.
Installing a Ceiling Fan
Remember to plan your lighting. Install all fixtures and switches before decorating a room because the plaster or wallboard may need to be removed to run wires inside the walls.
1. Turn off the power at the main breaker or fuse box, and remove the existing light fixture.
2. Carefully lower the light fixture so that the wires are exposed and disconnect the wires to remove the old fixture plate.
3. Hold the new mounting plate close o the ceiling while you mount it to the junction box. Note: The junction box needs to be supported by a brace or truss to give it the strength it needs to hold a ceiling fan.
4. Twist the blue wire that runs to the lighting kit with the black clockwise, and connect the two wires with the black power source wire. Secure the wires together with a wire nut.
5. Connect the white wire to white wire and green to the ground wire. Secure all the wires with wire nuts.
6. Once the wires are all connected, carefully push them into the fixture and secure the motor to the mounting plate.
7. Attach the decorative housing over the motor and secure it in place.
8. Next, attach the blue lighting kit wire to the black wire and the white wire to white wire for the lighting kit. Tuck all the wires neatly into the housing and attach the bulb fixture.
9. Connect the blades of the fan with screws.
10. Attach the light globes and bulbs.
English and European style fixtures are becoming more prevalent and affordable in the United States.