How to Install Flush-Mounted Lights
Give your home a new look with little effort. Flush-mounted lights take about 30 minutes to install.
Replacing a ceiling fixture is simple. The old fixture's hardware often can be reused, and the new fixture usually comes with the necessary hardware.
Before you begin, compare the wattage of the new fixture with the old one to be sure it provides the amount of light you want. Choose a fixture with a canopy large enough to cover any imperfections in the ceiling or use a medallion. Also check for faulty wires. Wires in a ceiling box may contain cracked or brittle insulation due to overheating. Repair these before installing a new fixture. Ground the new fixture if possible. If it is being installed in a metal box, connect the fixture ground lead to the box and to the house ground wire. Check local building codes.
You'll need roughly 30 minutes to remove a flush-mounted light fixture and install a replacement—so long as there are no problems with the hardware. To prep for the project, spread a drop cloth on the floor below; then set up a stable, non-conductive ladder.