There are many projects around the house you can do yourself that aren’t as difficult as they appear. Changing a vanity light in the bathroom is one of those.  As long as there is existing wiring, it is a project even a novice can do. The only know-how it requires is being able to read directions and follow them!  Check out these 10 steps to replace your vanity light:

1. Gather tools, you will need a screwdriver, wire nuts and a wire stripper.

2. Turn off the electricity at the breaker box, then make sure it was the right one by testing the switch.

3. Bring in a work light that is plugged into a socket that connects to another circuit.

4. Remove light bulbs and face plate from old fixture.

5. Examine the connectors, the hot wire is red or black, while the neutral is white, and the ground is green or plain copper.

6. Disconnect all wires and remove mounting hardware.

10 Steps To Replace A Vanity Light

7. Check the instructions from the new vanity and see how to mount it, then follow the instructions to mount the new vanity hardware.

8. Connect wires by twisting exposed ends, black to black, white to white, and green to green or green to copper.  Put an orange wire cap on the end of each and tuck wires into junction box.

9. Screw fixture into place following your instructions depending on the style of vanity light you have, and install glass shades if you have them and light bulbs.

10. Turn the breaker back on and then make sure the new vanity light is working properly!

Check out this video from Home Depot’s How To:

As you can see, this is one project DIY’ers can truly handle.  If the new vanity light isn’t where there is existing wiring or the electrical wasn’t done properly to begin with you will want to bring in a licensed electrician to complete the job for you.  Just to make sure there aren’t any problems down the line, especially an electrical fire.

Disclaimer: When working with ANY electrical project, get the advice of a professional before undertaking it. Things like making sure the breaker has been turned off, the wires are connected properly, etc are critical and must be adhered to for safety.

Written by Amanda Hartley