Washroom, hallway, or staircase, wall-mounted lightings are a tasteful addition to your home’s aesthetics anywhere. The serene and quiet ambiance these lights create makes them all the more cherishable.
Palpably, you’d want to beautify your home with such lightings. If you want to do it yourself, rest assured because it’s certainly possible. The thoughtful steps we’ve provided in this article will undoubtedly help you install wall-mounted lighting yourself.
How to Install Wall-Mounted Lighting
Installing wall-mounted lighting requires some organized steps. The reassuring fact is that the processes are so simple that anyone can install these lightings and illuminate their desired area. We’ve devised those systematic ways for you here in this section.
Step 1: Gathering the Tools
Before you dive into the installation processes, let’s make sure that you know about stripping, slicing, and connecting wires. You should also know about running wires through the wall and installing electrical boxes.
Similar to any ceiling light, you’ll need a ceiling box and wire to install a wall-mounted light. As for the tools, you’ll need a number of them before you can start the installation process such as utility knife, electrical tester, drill, saw, screwdriver, pliers, tapes, etc.
Step 2: Turn off the Power
The next step is to cut off the light switch. Then make sure that the right breaker of your home’s circuit panel is switched off. Check whether there’s any residual voltage to the wires using a tester. If there’s any, the electrical tester will lit up and beep loudly. Or else, the tester will remain silent and indicate that the circuit is safe to work on.
Step 3: Run Cable to the Switch
Point out the place on the wall where you want to mount your wall sconce. The light fixture should be selected based on the place you are going to mount the light.
If you are installing the light in the kitchen choose the best light fixture for the kitchen, if it is for the dining room choose the best light fixture for the dining room, if it is for bathroom choose the best light fixture for the bathroom, if it is for garage choose the best light fixture for the garage and so on.
Use a utility knife to mark it out and then cut a hole carefully with a drywall saw. Do not create too big of a hole that may look bad or won’t fit the wall box. As you’re done, run the cable from the power source and drag it to the switch. Then from the switch, run the cable to the sconces.
Step 4: Set Up the Wall Box
This time clamp the cable to the wall box. Clamp it firmly and check whether the clamping is tight or not. Now for the installation of the box, push it into the hole in the wall. If the hole seems too narrow, enlarge it using a utility knife to fit the box accurately into the wall hole.
The most common scenario is that you’ve got a wall scone with all the necessary installation hardware. Its hardware generally features a strap with a center stud. Here, the straps will help dissipate heat so use them properly while mounting.
Step 5: Attach the Wires
To get on with this step, first, you have to make sure that the area where you want to mount the lamp has an available mains connection. Attaching wires requires prior experience with splicing.
In this step, you have to splice the sconce. In general, there are two or three wires to connect to the mains. The third wire is usually grounded.
Get the fixture and splice its white lead to the white wire. Similarly, attach the black lead to the black wire. Attach the wire coupling to a wire nut. At this point, you can check whether the light is operable by turning on the power. But remember to turn off the power again after the checking is done.
Step 6: Attach the Light Fixture
The light fixture or sconce is what will hold the light bulb for you. Fetch the light fixture and slip it over the center stud. Check whether the fixture is perfectly vertical. Adjust if there’s any need. Once you’re done leveling, tighten the screws using a screwdriver to secure the fixture on the wall.
Step 7: Check for Correct Bulb Wattage and Insert the Bulb
Check the instructions for the manufacturer’s recommended bulb wattage. Make sure your bulb doesn’t exceed it. The next step is to insert the light bulb into the light fixture. After clipping the lens into place, attach wires to the switch. Turn on the power and just like that, you’ll have your wall-mounted lighting.
While installing the lighting, the most important thing is to ensure maximum safety. As for the steps, they might seem tricky at first, they’re fairly easy to carry out. From our perspective, adding a decorative touch to any room of your house will be a piece of cake if you follow our installation processes.