How to Replace a Sconce

A few advices to easily replace an indoor or outdoor sconce.

Tools and Materials:

  • screwdriver or drill
  • level
  • electrical pliers or strippers (optional)
  • sconce
  • wire nuts
  • light bulbs

Step 1: Turn power off

Turn off light switch, and place a piece of tape over it. Then, turn off the power at the breaker box. Remove the bulb from the old fixture.

Use wire cutters to clip the cord then pull it out.

Step 2: Remove existing fixture

Unscrew the bracket from the old fixture and set aside. Gently pull fixture back to reveal wires. Remove wire nuts to disconnect. If there’s no current, it’s safe to untwist wires and pull the fixture away from the wall.

Step 3: Install New Bracket

Install the new fixture’s mounting bracket across the electrical box using the screws provided.

Step 4: Connect new wiring

Install the bare copper ground wires from the wall and the light to the green screw on the base mounting plate. Next, join the white wires together with a new wire nut, then the black wires in the same manner. It’s important you have good contact when you join the wires together. Tuck the connected wires and the nuts neatly into the junction box.

Step 5: Mount and secure

After carefully placing the wires behind the mounting plate, loosely tighten the fixture to the wall via the mounting bracket, checking that the plate is level. Once adjusted and level, tighten up screws using your hand or screwdriver, as needed.

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