How to change a light fixture yourself – and when to call a pro – Lifotravel

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If you have fairly standard wiring and you’re somewhat handy, changing a light fixture is probably a project you can DIY. But there are some questions to consider before you proceed. Ask yourself:

If you answered yes to any of those, you should enlist a licensed electrician. Your safety is paramount, and any of those circumstances can significantly complicate this project. For example, if you replace a small, lightweight fixture with a larger, much heavier one, you may need a new junction box (the small enclosure that holds the wiring inside the ceiling) to ensure that your new chandelier won’t pull down the ceiling. Installing one isn’t rocket science, but it’s trickier than many DIYers can handle.

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