Learn how to install flush mount ceiling light fixtures in your bedroom, living room, bathroom, and other areas of your home with our step-by-step guide!
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Step One

Turn Off Power & Remove Old Light Fixture

Before you start, make sure to turn off the power at the breaker switch to the area you’ll be working on.

Tip: Leave a note taped to the panel to ensure no one turns it back on by accident.

Step Two

Remove the Bracket on the Junction Box

Depending on the type of light fixture purchased, you may have to remove the bracket attached to the junction box.

There are three mount types:

  • Threaded bolt in the centre of the bracket.
  • Two screws on either side of the bracket with the screw heads facing down.
  • Two screws with the screw heads facing up.

If your new light fixture doesn’t match your old mount type, you’ll have to remove the bracket from the junction box and change the screws.

Step Three

Wire the New Light Fixture

Most fixtures have three wires: grounding wire (green), hot wire that carries the electricity to the light (black), and neutral wire that carries the electricity away from the light (white).

Follow the manufacturer’s instructions, and connect the corresponding wires from the fixture to the wires in the junction box.
Step Four

Mount the Base of Your Light Fixture & Install Light Bulbs

Line up the base of the light fixture, making sure the screws are lined up as well, and twist the base clockwise into place until the screws are properly connected. Tighten the screws with a screwdriver as needed to ensure the light fixture is secure and flush against the ceiling.

Install the correct size light bulb in the fixture’s sockets.

Step Five

Assemble the Dome or Shade

Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and install the dome or shade covering, connecting it to the base of the fixture.

How To Terms

Tools, products, materials, techniques, building codes, and local regulations change; therefore, Lowe's assumes no liability for omissions, errors, or the outcome of any project. The reader must always exercise reasonable caution, follow current codes and regulations that may apply, and is urged to consult with a licensed professional if in doubt about any procedures.

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