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Things to Avoid When Installing Lighting Fixtures

When installing a new lighting fixture at home, make sure you install it properly to avoid any accidents. There have been multiple occasions that some homeowners impulsively install lights around their home on their own without thinking of the risks and proper precautions in doing so. 

Although installing a light is not an easy task to do, many can safely and freely do it on their own. However, if you’re installing multiple lights or if you’re not confident enough, then you can get a professional to help you. Good lighting is essential as it also adds value to a home and creates a huge difference in a room. Thus, here are some things you must avoid when installing lighting fixtures. 

Avoid Installing and Crowding your Downlights In A Single Place

Downlights could provide good lighting at any place. But, if the placement is unorganized, you might not appreciate its beauty and functionality that well. With downlights, you cannot adjust its light’s direction. In this case, you must think carefully about the placement of your recessed lights to ensure that every corner and dark area has good lighting to save on your energy consumption. 

Do Not Hang Your Chandeliers Too Low 

Chandeliers are one of the most elegant lighting sources you could put in. They make great home accessories, especially in the living area, as it helps highlight your place. The details of the chandelier are very eye-catching and these fixtures are the perfect conversation starters for your guests. 

Chandeliers look so magnificent with their crystal-like structure, but if installed too low, they might not be the best additional accessory to your space. Chandeliers must be installed between 30” and 36” inches with an 8ft ceiling. Additionally, low-hanging chandeliers can be a disturbance rather than an additional positive element at home. 

Do Not Forget To Turn Off The Power of the Old Fixture 

Once you are ready to replace an old lighting fixture, never forget to turn off the power source. Turning it off prevents you from having any accidents. Depending on the difficulty of the job, you might want to opt for a professional installer if you’re planning to install a number of lights in your place. 

Avoid Installing Lights With Wet Hands 

To ensure your safety, never install some lighting fixtures with wet hands. Water and electricity never does go together. Wet hands could cause you to be electrocuted. When water or moisture penetrate electrical wiring, it can cause a short circuit and cause the wire to heat up. In this sense, it could start a fire and even hurt you too. 

Test It Out 

When you are done installing your new lighting fixture, test it out if it will work properly. Observe it for a few moments, and if the light does not work as it supposed to be, there might be some wirings that aren’t connected properly, or there are missing parts. 

After observing, ensure that the power is switched off again, then inspect the lighting fixture carefully through the wirings and connections. Also, if the lighting you installed has dimmers, try to check them too if it works properly. 


Lighting is a very important factor in a home. It makes a person work more productively and effectively, and it helps in improving the mood in a space. Without proper lighting installed, the interior space of an area may not be that pleasing to the eyes because poor lighting may cause disturbances in eyesight. Thus, if you decide to install your lighting fixtures on your own, do not forget to refer to the details mentioned above to guide you.