I usually focus on bigger projects and overlook little things…small details that would make a big difference if I just took the time to do them! We’ve lived in our home for almost eight years and I hardly ever notice this sad light that hangs out by the side door. It looks faded, dirty, tired. The finish has worn away and it is almost the color of the siding. I finally decided to get it over with, order a new fixture and get it done.
I have wired lights myself before, but I asked my dad if he would come help. He’s become my go-to guy when it comes to stuff like this. Here’s how we tackled the project…
First, we shut off the power to the fixture at the breaker. This is an important safety step, for obvious reasons. Once it’s confirmed that the power is off, remove the existing fixture. In this case, it involved removing a few screws and disconnecting the white and black wires as well as the ground wire.
The bracket holding the fixture was loose, so we decided to replace it with the new bracket, even though they were almost identical.
We installed the new bracket and reconnected the wiring. Twist the black wire from the fixture to the black wire in the outlet and repeat with the white wires. Twist the plastic caps over each pair of exposed wires. We wrapped the ground wire around one of the metal screws.
Slide the fixture onto the bolts coming out of the bracket and secure with provided decorative screw caps.
It probably took us less than 10 minutes to make this simple change and it looks so much better. Now, I’d love to replace that door, but that’s waaay at the bottom of the DIY list, so don’t hold your breath!
For now, I’m happy with the light.