After making over our back patio, we knew we needed to tackle the world’s ugliest and most rusted out outdoor lighting fixture.
Let it be known that our house is only 12 years and this is how the light fixture looked. Let’s just say it didn’t age gracefully.
We wanted a new light fixture that was rust and fade resistant and larger in size. The old fixture looked too small.
On a recent trip to Lowe’s, Brad and I picked up a $50 outdoor light.
Then came the fun part of removing the old fixture and installing the new one.
Before we started removing the old fixture, we TURNED OFF THE ELECTRICITY to the fixture on our main breaker. This is kind of an important step if you don’t want to, you know, electrocute yourself.
When we knew the electricity was off (we flipped the light switch on and the light didn’t come on), we began removing the screws.
Soooo when you’re removing an old outdoor lighting fixture you may encounter wasp nests inside the fixture.
Thankfully, the wasps had either vacated or were dead inside the light, but to be extra careful, we sprayed it with wasp killer in case any little suckers were hiding.
Then we removed the inside bracket that held the old fixture in place.
When the screws and inside bracket (and nests) were removed the old fixture was left dangling.
We disconnected the wires that connected the old light to the wires coming out of the house.
Then, we installed the new bracket that came with the new light.
The level was used to make sure it was level. Obviously.
Then it was time to connect the wires on the new light to the wires coming from the house.
We twisted the like colored wires with the other like colored wires and screwed the connectors on.
Note: if you don’t have a copper/ground wire coming from your house, you would connect it to the green screw on the bracket.
The wires were then shoved back into the hole.
We secured the new fixture to the house.
And then screwed the bottom part of the light fixture onto the top part.
Doesn’t it look so much better?
A nice upgrade for only $50 and done in less than an hour.
Think this is something you could tackle at your house?
Disclaimer: Complete this DIY project at your own risk. I won’t be held responsible if you don’t read this tutorial carefully or have wonky electric in your house and electrocute yourself or burn your house down.
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As a Lowe’s Creative Ideas Creator, I was provided a gift card to cover the cost of materials for my project. All opinions are 100% my own.