Did you know that you can completely change the look and feel of a space like a hallway or living room just by changing its lighting? Many people often consider either changing their lamps or overhead lighting, but do not consider changing their wall lighting fixtures. This is a much easier job to do than you might think. The style and design of these fixings can often define the decor of a living room, so making this small change can produce big results. You can give a dull hallway some glamour with the right wall lighting fixtures.
Here is our simple guide to changing your wall lighting in five easy steps, safely.
Turn Off Your Electricity Supply
This is the most important step when conducting any kind of electrical work. Go to your mains supply unit in your house, often called the fuse box, and turn off the breaker supplying power to the room with the wall light. In the fuse box check the individual labels above the breakers, for example downstairs light, upstairs lights etc. If your fuse box doesn’t have labeled circuit breakers. Switch one breaker off and see what has lost power for example downstairs sockets, TV is turned off. Carry out this process for each breaker until the wall light has no power. This can be tested by turning the light switch off and on. You will only turn the supply off for a short time, and this step keeps you safe. You will turn it back on later when checking your work.
Carefully Remove the Old Fixture
For this step, you will most probably just need a screwdriver. Most wall fixings are attached either by clearly visible screws on its outside or are hung or attached to a backing plate that is screwed into your wall. You will also need a screwdriver to disconnect the electrical wires. This is only safe to do with your electrical supply disconnected.
Connect and Attach Your New Fixture
How to do this will vary between each fixture, so follow the instructions that came with your new wall light fixing carefully. When completed, your new fixing should be attached securely to your wall. It may need a new lightbulb to be ready to use.
Install a New Lightbulb
New light fixtures rarely include a new lightbulb. Make sure you have a fresh lightbulb to use with your new wall light fixture. At sites like Any Lamp, you can find a huge range of high-quality lightbulbs, including LED lights, at very low prices. You could replace every lightbulb in your home with energy-efficient bulbs and quickly start saving money on your bills with this site.
Turn Your Electricity Supply Back On
With your light fixture complete and connected to your home’s electrical wiring, a new lightbulb installed, and a lampshade attached, you are now ready to turn your electricity supply back on. You can then flick the switch to check your work. Hopefully, you have been successful. If not, do not worry.
First, you should check your fuse box to make sure you reconnected your electricity supply correctly. If everything looks correct, begin the process again, making sure you follow the installation instructions for your new wall light carefully.
With this simple job done, you may see your space in a whole new, well, light! If you want to give your space a different mood, consider using vintage-style LED bulbs to give your space an amber glow, or even switch to colour changing LED bulbs that can offer your room a rainbow of coloured light if you are brave enough.