How to change a kitchen lighting fixture

Replacing a kitchen lamp should take about 90 minutes for a beginner and 50 minutes for an experienced person, although those who have little or no experience in this field can expect to spend more time to get the task completed successfully. The main concern for people dealing with the installation or disposal of electrical appliances in their home is being electrocuted, but a little thought and attention can easily prevent this. If you are unsure about your ability to complete the task, consult a qualified electrician for the job.


  1. Ladder 1 Place under the lamp. Turn off the power to the appliance by means of the wall switch as well as the corresponding switch on the fuse box. Remove the circular cover plate from the lamp by loosening the center nut. Pull the cables (phase and neutral) down the metal box on the ceiling and disconnect them by removing the plastic cable connectors (be careful not to touch the bare wires).
  2. Test the bare wires with a neon tester to make sure that no electric current is present. If the tester turns on, turn off the correct switch in the fuse box. Do not continue until the tester stops glowing while connected to circuit wiring. Separate the lamp cables from the current and neutral wires coming from the metal roof box. Unscrew the central locking nut by hand and lower the fixture to the floor.
  3. Slide the new lamp attachment retaining nut into the center of the roof box. Connect the lamp cables to the colors of the corresponding circuit cables (black to black, white to white, etc.) using the plastic cable connectors. If the cables are the same color, the accessory cable is neutral (connect to the white cable of the circuit) and the unmarked cable is hot (connect to the black cable of the circuit).
  4. Push all wires into the metal roof box and place the roof plate back along the roof box. Tighten the retaining nut to hold the cover plate in place. Finally, turn on the switch on the fuse box and turn on the wall switch to check that the ceiling light is working.

Tips & Warnings

  • With all the ladder work, make sure your feet are evenly spaced apart to take their weight, especially when using the ladder for an extended period of time.
  • Never touch bare wires until they have been tested with a neon tester.

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