If you are looking to replace garden path lights, this article will guide you step by step. Garden path lights are both attractive as well as useful to the residents. They not only illuminate your pathway so that you won’t stumble on the moonless night but also make it possible to make use of your patio furniture at nighttime.
In due course of time, you might have to replace the light, usually because of a fused bulb or even a broken circuit or simply because you want to renovate your garden. Most work can be managed yourself with a few handy tools; for the rest of the work, it is advisable to use the services of a professional electrician.
Tools and Materials Required
- Wire nuts
- Electrical tape
Step 1: Choosing the Most Suitable Replacement
The first step in replacing your garden path lights is to decide which garden lights to replace them with. This is probably the most important and difficult task of the whole process since a great variety of these are available in the market place and each have their own pros and cons. Your decision will be based on the budget you have and the type of mood you want to set outdoors. Another consideration should be the weather and climate of the area.
Step 2: Switching Off the Breaker
Once you have chosen the right replacement, you need to put on your electrician hat and start working on the circuit. First you need to switch off the breaker. This regulates the electricity supply to the light bulbs and is traditionally located on the electrical panel.
Step 3: Removing the Electricity Junction Box
Take off the glass globe from the light and remove the bulb. Now hold the light fixture in place and remove the screws with a screwdriver. Carefully remove the light fixture from the junction box.
Step 4: Detaching the Wire Connections
Cautiously remove any insulation tape and detach the wires. Remove the wire nuts by twisting them in a counter-clockwise manner. Use a set of pliers to loosen the wires and put aside the light fixture.
Step 5: Joining the Wires
Now take the new fixture and locate the wiring. Join together the white wire from the junction box and the white wire in the light fixture panel. Put these wires into the wire nut and twist in a clockwise manner. Cover this joint with insulation tape and apply the same procedure to the rest of the wires. This step should be carried out with extreme caution.
Step 6: Attaching the Fixture to the Junction Box
Press the panel with the connected wires into the junction box. Match the screw slots with the new panel and drive the screws back into the junction box. Insert and tighten each screw using the screwdriver until the panel is tightly fixed against the junction box.
Step 7: Installing the Bulb
Fit the bulb into the new light fixture. Replace the globe; consult the instruction manual if necessary.
Now turn the breaker on to see your bright new garden lights sparkling.