How to Install Switch-Controlled Light Fixtures

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Installing switch-controlled light fixtures is something that you can do by first flipping the on and off switch. Install switch-controlled light fixtures 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 install a switch controlled light fixture. Most lights in your house are controlled by a switch that is located on the wall. The way this works is the power runs up to your switch and then runs from the switch to your light fixture. For this job, I'll be using a battery powered drill with a Phillips tidbit, some electrical tape, wire nuts and your fixture. The way this works is the power source runs into your switch and it's cut by flipping on and off the switch. When switch is on, the power runs through it and up the black wire into your fixture. Here, you should have three wires, black wire, a white wire and just a solid copper wire. You pull out your fixture, you'll have three wires; a copper wire, a black wire and a white wire. What we're going to do is go ahead and color match those using the wire nuts. After that's done, we're going to take our electrical tape and tape up each wire nut. The reason we tape the wire nuts is to keep them from slipping and losing their connection and keep any fogs, dust or debris from getting lodge into the wire nut and causing it to our arc out. After that's done, we're going to take and push our wires into our box. Then, we'll slip our fixture into place. It's important that you make sure that you take all the safety precautions when you're working with your electrical. First of all, make sure that the power are shut off at your electrical box. Second, make sure that you use wire nuts and don't just tape them together. And third, make sure that you tape your wire nuts; that way, they arc across each other. Thank you all for watching and good luck with this project.

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