Do I Need an Electrician to Change Light Fixtures? Solved
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Do I Need an Electrician to Change My Home’s Lighting? Solved

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New lighting fixtures can instantly transform a space. Whether you choose a more traditional, seamless look or a daring piece that’s sure to stand out, one small change can work wonders for your home’s aesthetic.

While tasks as simple as changing a lightbulb can be an easy DIY project, changing your home’s lighting fixtures is more complex and can pose hazards if the right precautions are not taken. Any appliance involving electricity must be handled with complete care to avoid potentially harming yourself or damaging your property.

Below, we look into when your lighting fixture project can be done yourself and when hiring a professional electrician is best.

Can I Change My Lighting Myself? DIY Tips

Before changing a lighting fixture yourself, you must do your research and ensure all safety measures are followed and all of the proper tools are acquired. This includes things like flathead screwdrivers, wire connectors, and a ladder, depending on the fixture’s location.

While changing a light fixture does not require a permit, you may need one when changing or altering any of the electrical equipment in your home, such as rewiring.

To safely change your lighting, remember a few DIY lighting installation tips.

  • The first action should be to shut off your home’s power.
  • Using a voltage tester to ensure no power is present in the fixture before work begins is a must.
  • Set bulbs and other lighting components aside in a safe space.
  • Ensure your ladder is steady and the weight of the new fixture isn’t too much for you to handle alone.

If you want to change a lighting fixture in a higher-risk area, such as a bathroom or kitchen, it’s best to work with a professional.

When You Should Hire a Professional Electrician

The first thing to consider is a warranty. If your lighting fixture was initially installed by a professional and includes a warranty, a DIY project may void that warranty, so protect it by hiring an electrician for service.

Additionally, if you live in an older home or your wiring is bad, don’t risk handling it yourself. Improper work can lead to shocks, electrocution, or even electrical fires. Furthermore, recessed lighting should always be handled by a professional.

If you’re confused about any steps needed to change your lighting, call a professional electrician and ensure the job is handled expertly and safely. If altering or adding to your home’s electrical system is needed, ensure the electrician has the required permits.

Schedule Lighting Services With Robin Aire Service Company

Since 1985, Robin Aire Service Company has delivered reputable lighting services to our Southeast Michigan community. We are family-operated and proudly offer upfront pricing, free estimates on replacement quotes and service calls, and financing options. We also offer a Worry-Free Service Plan to make scheduling maintenance a breeze. When you’re ready to upgrade your lighting, we’re the team to call.

Choose Robin Aire Service Company for quality electrical work in the Southeast Michigan region. Call (800) 361-0888 for more information.

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