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Vanity light installation

Difficulty- Easy Time- 10-30 minutes

Parts- See list at end Tools- See list at end

Preparation: Before you get started, turn the power off to your bathroom lighting and gather your tools. This project is best done with two people. If you are uncomfortable doing this project, contact a professional.

Unboxing: The box includes: Hampton bay bronze finish vanity 4 light fixture, mounting hardware, and back plate.

Installation: You will first need to remove the old light fixture. Many light fixtures, like the ones we had, have two decorative nuts on the face plate that hold the base to the back plate which need to be removed. Once the light is removed from the base plate, you will need to take note of how the wiring is hooked up (great time to take a picture) before disconnecting the existing wiring. Our home has a black wire (hot), white wire (common), and a bare copper wire (ground) most basic lighting comes with the same wiring bundles. Disconnect the wiring and finish removing the old light. Many times this means disconnecting wire nuts.

Once the old light fixture has been removed, you will need to remove the old mounting bracket. Sometimes old mounting brackets will fit the new light, I always use the provided hardware as a safety precaution. Remove the old hardware and place with your previous light (now you can sell the set together if desired). Be careful during this step not to damage the old wiring. Install the new bracket in place. It should be similar to how the old bracket was set up. Follow the instructions provided in your kit.

At this time, we need to install the new light fixture. An assistant is very helpful here. Use your assistant to hold up the light in place while you connect the wires from the new light fixture to the wiring bundle in the home. Use the picture you took if needed. Wiring must be set up correctly, if not, it can cause electrical fires. When connecting the wiring to the new light, connect like wires to each other in most circumstances.

Once the wiring is hooked up, we need to finish installing the new light fixture to the base plate. This step usually involves installing the fixture on the mounting bolts attached to the base plate. Once the fixture is on the mounting bolts, you can secure the fixture using the decorative nuts provided. Make sure that your light is level and where you want it.

Now that your new light fixture is in place, you need to test it to see if it works and that setup was successful. Have your assistant turn on the electricity while you monitor the connections to make sure there are no issues. If there is any sign of trouble, have them disconnect the power immediately. Check to make sure that your lighting works. Flip the switch or check the motion sensor if it has one (ours did not).

Once you have verified that the new light fixture was installed correctly, works, and is placed properly, you can seal the fixture to the house if desired.


Alabaster Glass 30 in. 4-Light Antique Bronze Bathroom Vanity Light


Wire cutters

Wire strippers

Wire nuts

Flat head screwdriver

Philips screwdriver

Voltage detector

Cameras we use:

Nikon D3300

Samsung NX3000


Forestfish video sunglasses

Yi dashcam

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