Do I need to call an electrician for a lighting installation?

Jan 27, 2022

Much like any job that requires electrical work, lighting installations should be done by a professional electrician, who is confident and experienced. Although a lightning installation may seem like an ideal opportunity to try a DIY Youtube video, the wiring system involved in a lighting installation is much more complex than changing a light bulb or a wall outlet cover. With one wrong step, this quick job can become very expensive, and even dangerous. Continue reading to find out why it is necessary to hire an electrician for a lighting installation.


Installation of New Wiring to Existing Connections 

When installing your brand new light fixture, you will need to connect your home’s existing electrical wiring in order for electricity to run through the fixture. It may even be necessary to add new wires to connect the wiring properly. With that being said, this process can be confusing and dangerous for someone who is inexperienced as an electrician. This process requires the installer to understand the different types of wires (hot, neutral, ground, etc) and which wires go where. Avoid having a single mistake delay your installation or create a more expensive project by hiring a professional to do the job.


Proper Ceiling Support

As light fixtures can vary in weight, size and shape, your wall or ceiling should properly support the weight of the new addition. It is very likely that a fixture such as a chandelier or heavy ceiling fan will need extra support to ensure they are safe and secure. Without proper support, your wall or ceiling could collapse, creating a safety hazard and costly repair. A professional electrician will ensure that your walls can bear the weight of the new fixture, prior to installation


Circuit Capacity

When installing a new lighting fixture, it is crucial to be mindful of the amount of power being drawn from your electrical panel, in order to not overload your circuit. It is tricky for a homeowner to know how much power they can safely draw from their panel, therefore it is important to check the wattage of the new lighting fixture to see if your circuit has enough amperage to properly power it. It may be necessary for an electrician to add an additional wire from your panel if it draws too much power. Talk to an electrician to see if your circuit is able to properly power your new fixture, or if it is necessary to install another wire.

Although there are a handful of electrical projects that are great opportunities for DIY projects, adjusting wiring is not one of them. Avoid the dangers that come from a simple mistake or DIY job by hiring a professional electrician to install your new lighting fixture. This is the quickest and safest way to enjoy your new lights!  Since 2003, our team of experts at AJ’s Electrical Service & Repair have been assisting customers throughout the Lower Mainland with their electrical needs.

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