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How to Replace Bathroom Vanity Lighting

By Karin Mangan

Simply changing bathroom vanity lighting can transform the look and feel of your bathroom. This is a relatively easy job that you can complete with the help of a few basic tools in very little time.

  1. Before starting, find the breaker for the bathroom light and turn it off. Next, remove the glass shades, light bulbs, and nuts that hold the hardware in place. Keep them aside.
  2. Next, pull the wires out of the junction box. Disconnect the leads of the light fixture from the wiring to the house.
  3. Remove the mounting bracket from the junction box and replace it with the mounting screws and the bracket of the new bathroom vanity lighting.
  4. Connect the leads from the light to the house wiring, matching the connections you cut when removing the old fixture. Use a small piece of external tape to wrap the wire nuts. This will ensure that they stay in place. The wiring should connect black wire to black wire, white wire to white wire, copper wire to the green ground screw or the bare wires used for grounding.
  5. Carefully feed the wires into the junction box. Place the fixture up on the mounting plate. The mounting screws should come right through the base of the new fixture. Secure the fixture with the thumb nuts. Install the bulbs; flip the circuit breaker and turn on the light switch. In case you find the task of replacing your bathroom vanity lighting too daunting, you can always call in a reliable electrician to do it for you.
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