DIY IKEA Light

Replacing dated lighting is an easy and relatively cheap home improvement project. I was able to replace an overhead light with an IKEA pendant light in about 30 minutes for $37.

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Removing the Old Light

pendant light kitThe electrical work may be a little intimidating for the novice DIY’er, but it isn’t too difficult as long as you take the proper precautions. First and foremost, isolate any power from the light by switching the circuit breaker. Flip the light switch a couple times to ensure the power is definitely not live.

Remove the old light by unscrewing the setscrews (i.e. common for ceiling fans) and then taking out the mounting bolts. Be prepared for the light to fall. Use one hand to brace the light while the other handles the screwdriver. Don’t worry about the fasteners falling to the floor.

Be prepared to remove the wire nuts once the light comes loose. The wire nuts are the colored plastic cylinders that connect the wires together. Set the old light on the ground once it is fully disconnected.

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Removing the Old Light

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Tyler Golberg

Tyler is the founder of Home Maintenance Tracker and a writer for HomeSpot HQ, an easy to use tool for managing maintence and projects for every house.