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Electrical Rules For Home Lighting Installation

by Brittany W. Content Writer

Lighting is one of the most important features of your home and good light can change the look of your rooms dramatically. The right lighting installation in Palm Beach Gardens can enhance the look of even a drab looking room. Whether you want to install some task lighting or some ambient lighting, a lighting upgrade is always a good idea.

Lighting installation is electrical work and as such, it needs to be done following all the safety measures. Any electrical fixture installation or repair should be done by an expert, and if you want to do it yourself, then you need to have the adequate knowledge and skill to carry out the installation. Here are some things that you should know if you’re installing a lighting fixture for the first time.


Make Sure Everything Is Intact

When you purchase a lighting fixture, the very first thing that you need to do is check that everything is in the right condition and that the package consists of everything that is stated in the label. The instruction manual usually has all the parts of the fixture mentioned or drawn in it, so can refer to that as well to know that you have all the parts and that they are in their proper condition. Also, keep all the fragile parts in the box in a safe location until they are installed.


Ensure That The Fixtures Are Grounded

This is an important thing to keep in mind while installing a lighting fixture in your home. Whether the light is big or small, you need to ensure that it is properly grounded. All the metal parts that come with the fixture should be grounded, nowadays, most fixtures come with the ground and all the groundings need to be attached to a grounding bracket. If they are not grounded before the installation, then you run the risk of getting electric shocks during the installation.


The Fixtures Are Of Right Weight

When you’re installing or upgrading any lighting fixture, you should check if it meets the weight requirement, this is especially important in the case of chandeliers. This is because when you upgrade to a nicer looking lighting installation, they are often heavier. A simple lighting installation in itself is quite heavy and when it consists of glass decorations on top of it, it becomes way heavier. Find out the adequate weight requirement and make sure that the mount can handle the weight of the fixture.


Wire Them Properly

For any lighting fixture to work properly and safely it must be wired the right way. Most hanging fixtures come with a lot of wiring and parts and as such, it should be installed properly. The best thing would be to hire a professional electrician in Palm Beach Gardens to do the task as they are well acquainted with both simple and complex electrical works. If you try to do it yourself, you might be left with an improper connection, which can lead to overheating and even electric fires.


Check The Ratings Before Installation

When you’re planning to install a lighting fixture, first make sure to check if the lighting is rated for indoor use or outdoor. This is often overlooked by DIYers and they install lighting outdoors that is meant only for indoor use. Such installations can not only damage the fixture but also runs the risk of potential electrical hazards. Also, check the wattage of the light bulb recommended for the fixture. If you use a higher wattage than mentioned, you again run the risk of potential electrical hazards.


Lighting Matches The Code

Each area and locality has an electrical code that all homeowners need to abide by. Before you install a lighting fixture in any location, find out what the electrical code states for that particular room or location and if your lighting fixtures meet the requirement. If you are not aware of the codes and regulations, then you can also discuss with a local electrician regarding the same.


Summary: Proper lighting installation can greatly improve the looks and functionality of your home. While installing any lighting fixture make sure to follow all the safety measures and precautions.

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