How to Replace a Bathroom Light Fixture

Learning how to replace a bathroom light fixture is a simple DIY task that can help you update your bathroom.

Many bathrooms are saddled with light fixtures that are old, dingy, or outdated, so this is a quick way to give your home a fresh new look.

This project doesn’t take too long to do. Here’s what you’ll need.

  • A new light fixture from the hardware store.
  • A drill with a Phillip’s head driver.
  • Drill bits.
  • Wire connectors.
  • Electrical tape.
  • Pencil.
  • Wall anchors.
  • Drop cloth.

To get started you’ll need to cover your sink and faucet with the drop cloth just to protect it. Then you’ll need to take down your medicine cabinet.

Many people opt to replace their medicine cabinet at the same time they’re replacing their light fixtures simply because you do have to remove your medicine cabinet anyway. The video below shows both the light fixture replacement and the medicine cabinet replacement, for those who are interested.

In the meantime, go turn off the power to your bathroom at the breaker box. Remove the old fixture.

Then determine where you’ll want to place the new fixture and install your wall anchors. The drill will help you do this efficiently and securely.

Now pull the wires through the mounting bracket of the new fixture and attach the mounting bracket to the wall with your screws. You will, of course, want to make sure that it’s straight and that it will fit with your medicine cabinet.

Now connect the wires. As usual they should be color coded and you just need to match up the colors.

Use your wire connectors and make them even more secure with a bit of electrical tape. Remember to review our guide on wire connectors to make sure you’re doing this correctly.

Now attach the fixture face to the mounting bracket. Add your light bulbs and shades according to the directions in the kit.

Now you can turn on the power and double check that your light is working nicely. If it is, you can proceed to re-install the medicine cabinet.

The video below will help those who are more visual.

Of course, if you’re not comfortable with any part of this project you can always call a qualified electrician. We install many bathroom fixtures for our customers and we’ll be happy to do this for you, too. If you live in Chapel Hill, Cary, Pittsboro or anywhere else in the Triangle Area contact us today for a free estimate!

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