How to Replace Exterior Lights

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Replacing exterior lights is actually a fairly simple process that requires you to first cut off the power. Replace exterior lights with help from a foreman for Lighty Contractors in this free video clip.

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Hello everyone, I'm Joshua Clement and today I'm going to talk to you about how to replace your exterior lights. Replacing your exterior lights is actually fairly simple. But you do want to make sure that all your power is cut off to the exterior light at your breaker box. For this job I'm going to be using a battery powered drill, some electrical tape and wire nuts. First thing we got to do is remove the old light fixture. So located on the sides of most exterior light fixtures, there's some little nuts that you can take off to expose the screws and that's what mounts it up there. After you've taken those nuts off go ahead and pull out your light fixture. Inside you're going to expose normally two to four wires. So ahead and remove those wire nuts. Pull your wires off. Then a lot of times there's a ground cable connected to your mounting frame so go ahead and remove that. Then after putting the same type of light up there, this mounting bracket here will work just fine if you're using the same type light. Otherwise you're going to want to switch out to the one that comes with your light kit. Located in the middle of a lot of the exterior lights is a swivel screw. You loosen those up, you can swivel this bracket around so that way you can point the light in the direction that you want. Underneath that there are your mounting bolts that go in to your box. If you're going to be replacing this, all you'll do is remove those, put your new bracket up here and go ahead and put your old screws back in. Then you'll adjust the swivel to where you want it to be placed and tighten that screw up. Now we're going to take the wires and run them to the same colors. So put white to white and black to black. Now if you have a ground wire, you can go ahead and hook your ground straight up to that wire and you don't have to hook it to your screw that's on your mounting frame. So just take a wire nut and wire nut these together. After everything is wired nut together, I'm going to take a little bit of electrical tape, about two to three inches and go ahead and wrap the bottom of these nuts. That's going to keep these nuts in place and keep themselves from wiggling off. After everything is taped up, go ahead and push it back in to your box, then put your light fixture in to place and put on your new nuts. Then you can go ahead and put your lightbulb in. Put your globe over that. Installing new exterior light fixtures can help you increase the value of your home and produce a lot more light outside than those old fixtures that are kind of dingy. Thank you all for watching and good luck with this project.


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