Installing Kitchen Lighting Fixtures, DIY OR Hire A Professional?

If you are not an experienced or licensed electrician or electrical contractor, initial wiring for any new fixtures should best be left to the professionals. This is because, initial house wiring requires installation to be done in conjunction with all local building codes. These codes may require wiring to be of a certain size, voltage, and type. However, if wiring is already in existence, installing kitchen lighting fixtures is not a complicated task.

The installation of kitchen lighting fixtures is an easy do-it-yourself task as long as you are using existing wiring, and have some experience with electricity. If you are confident that you can do the job yourself, all one has to do is follow these simple instructions.

Step 1: Type of Installation

The first step in installing your fixture(s) is to determine the type of installation that is required. In this regard, focus is laid on the location as well as the type of lighting fixture which greatly determine the varied installation directions. For under cabinet units, all one is required to do is locate the available electrical socket and then plug in the lighting fixture. However, other light fixtures such as ceiling fixtures are wired directly to the electric control panel which has its own circuit. In this case, our focus is on installing a new kitchen ceiling fixture.

Step 2: Locate Circuit

In case there has never been a previously installed lighting fixture, and the breaker for the fixture has not been indicated on the new breaker box, one needs to determine the circuit that will power the lighting. In order to do this, one needs to have somebody else turn the power switches off and on while testing the exposed wiring where the new fixture will be fitted, each wire at a time using a voltage tester. Once the circuit that will power the new fixture is determined, the beaker should be marked and then turned off.

At this point it is advisable to tape the beaker over, just in case someone might turn it on while one is in the process of installing the new lighting fixture. Use the voltage tester to recheck the wires again even after turning the beaker off in order to be guaranteed of safety since working with live wires is a bit deadly.

Step 3: Assemble the New Fixtures

Build the new assembly by carefully following the manual that contains the manufacturer’s directions. While doing this, it advisable to leave all bulbs or lamps out of the unit until it is installed properly. Locate the ceiling studs where the base of the new unit will be attached.

Step 4: Connect the Fixture

Having done all of the above, the base or brace of the new lighting fixture can be fastened to the ceiling studs using a screwdriver or a drill. Ensure that the like-wires are properly connected to one another and complete these connections by fastening the wire nuts. The new assembly can then be mounted on the base or brace using the available hardware.

Step 5: Bulb Installation

Any other extra fixture elements such as tracking and other individual sockets that are usually wired to the overall fixture can now be installed. Fix the bulbs tightly on the new fixture and then turn on the breaker to check whether your new kitchen lighting fixtures are operating properly.