How To Flush Mount a Ceiling Light

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Lighting comes in all shapes, sizes, colors and mounting options. Flush mount ceiling lights can be the most versatile of light fixtures as they can be installed in practically any location. There are no height requirements to hang a flush mount ceiling light; they are almost perfect for low ceiling installations. Flush mount ceiling lights are most common in hallways and bedrooms. Knowing how to flush mount a ceiling light is a basic skill that you can build your lighting installation knowledge on.

Things You'll Need

  • Safety goggles
  • Step ladder
  • Phillips or flat head screwdriver
  • Orange wire nuts
  • Turn off the electricity to the area where you are installing your ceiling light by turning off the breaker at the main electrical panel.

  • Assemble your ceiling light according to the manufacturer's directions.

  • Find the black and white power supply wires in the electrical ceiling box. The power supply wires consist of a black or hot wire that provides the electricity to the light and the white or neutral wire that completes the electrical circuit.

  • Wire the ceiling light to the power supply wires. Connect the black wire from the ceiling light to the black power supply wire by twisting an orange wire nut onto the two wires, connecting them together. Connect the white wire from the ceiling light to the white power supply wire the same way you connected the two black wires together.

  • Attach the ceiling light to the electrical ceiling box. The base of your ceiling light will attach directly to the ceiling box with screws that were provided with your light. Thread the screws through the pre-drilled holes on the base of the ceiling light and screw them into the ceiling box. This will mount your ceiling light flush to the ceiling.

  • Install the light bulb and the shade onto your ceiling light. Follow the manufacturer's directions for installing the shade onto the ceiling light base.

  • Turn on the electricity to the area where you installed your ceiling light by turning on the breaker at the main electrical panel.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always make sure the electricity is off in the area where you are working to avoid electrical shock.

References

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