Light Fixture

If I've never done this, does it make sense to install a new light fixture yourself or hire an electrician?

I've never done anything with electricity before, but I'm considering installing a new light fixture myself. Is this crazy, or is it really a simple thing? This is an older house and I worry not about getting electrocuted, but more about starting a fire later, or that I won't recognize poor wiring that already exists in the house. People say it's really easy to install light fixtures and there's nothing to it. Is that true?

It is fairly easy to replace an existing light fixture, but it also can be tricky in an old house because the wiring isn't totally standard. You have to pay careful attention to how the old fixture was wired, because the colors may not match up with what is in the printed instructions. You also have to make sure the electricity is OFF when you do the installation, at least at the light switch, preferably at the circuit breaker or fuse box. Since your friends are telling you this is easy, ask one of them who has done it before to help you out.

If this is not a replacement fixture but a brand new fixture where none has been before, you want a professional.

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