How to Replace an Exterior Light Fixture

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See how to replace an outdoor light fixture. Warning! Always make sure the power supply is completely cut off before replacing electrical equipment.
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David Lupberger on How to Replace an Exterior Light Fixture: Hi, I'm David Lupberger with ServiceMagic.com. In a lot of the recently built homes, the builder may have put in inexpensive finishes. What we're going to do today is show you how to replace one of these inexpensive patio fixtures with something more to your liking.
Lupberger: Step 1, make sure the power is turned off to the fixture itself. Go to the electrical panel, turn the light on and make sure when the circuit has been thrown the light is off. Once that's done, come back, and start to take the fixture apart. Usually there are just two simple screws that hold the old fixture these are wired to connectors and all we need to do is unscrew these.
Lupberger: So now I'm going to go ahead and connect the wires from the lamp to the wires in the wall. When you make these connections; white wire to white, black to black, and in this case ground to ground. Now the connections are complete, and there's an electrical box behind this wall so I need to push these wire nuts and the wires back behind the mounting bracket, back into the electrical box. Once those are there, I can now install my mounting bracket.
Lupberger: So I'm finishing the installation bracket and now the light fixture will hang on this mounting bracket. So it's a good idea now, that the mounting bracket is level. So we're using a little bullet level here. Good we are dead on.
Lupberger: Now we can tighten this down and know that my fixture will also be level. We put the fixture onto the mounting brackets that I installed. And again each installation is slightly different; these are just hand-tightened, that will hold the new fixture in place. So I've put a bulb in, went back to the circuit box, turned the power back on, we flip the switch, and that's how you replace an exterior light fixture.
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