How To Replace Your Fluorescent Ceiling Light With An LED Strip Light

14 July 2016
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If you're weary of replacing fluorescent bulbs, or you've simply has enough of their psychosis-inducing flickering, you should replace your fluorescent fixture with an LED strip light.

Because these surface-mounted lights consist of a single self-contained LED source, there is no necessity of changing bulbs. When the LED light source is depleted, the entire fixture is replaced.

LED lights have many advantages over fluorescent lights. They use less electricity while providing more light, come on instantly rather than flashing for a few seconds before lighting, and best of all, there's no flickering or humming to distract you from your daily chores.

What do you need to replace your light fixture?

An LED light strip

These lights look like a single fluorescent bulb that is permanently connected to a ceiling light fixture. Although they may be sold in various lengths, you will likely find 4 foot long strips in your local home improvement store.

Wire nuts and electrical tape

These are used to connect wire ends together. Buy a small variety pack of wire nuts to ensure that you get the right size for your project.

Drill with Philips head chuck or Philips head screwdriver

You'll need one of these to remove the old light and install the new one.

Removing your old fluorescent fixture

You'll begin by shutting off the power to the light by turning off the circuit breaker that controls power to the light. Don't simply turn off the light switch or you may be shocked or electrocuted while performing this task.

Electrical repair work is not dangerous if you follow all safety rules and don't try to take shortcuts or unnecessary risks. If you are intimidated by the thought of working with electrical components, call na electrician. If not, turn off the breaker and begin.

You will first remove any decorative cover that might be installed over the fluorescent light bulbs. These covers can usually be removed by simply pulling them away from the sides of the fixture. Next, you will remove the fluorescent bulbs

After the bulbs are removed, disengage the cover from the wiring portion of the light. It is usually secured by a screw on one side and tabs that fit into slots on the other side.

Remove the screw and pull down on the cover to disengage the tabs on the other end.

You will see two black wires connected with a wire nut and electrical tape, as well as two white wires connected in the same manner. A green or copper colored wire will either be connected to a similarly colored wire or to a grounding screw that is connected to the light fixture.

Disconnect all wires by turning the wire nuts counterclockwise and pulling off the tape. You may need to disconnect a single green or copper wire by loosening the screw that secured it to the light fixture.

Loosen the two screws that secure the light fixture to the ceiling and lower it to the floor, allowing the ceiling wires to slip out through the round hole in the top of the fixture.

Installing the LED light strip

You will see round push-out tabs on top of the light strip. Push out one of the tabs to create a hole for the ceiling wires to come through for connection.

The bottom section of the light strip will separate from the top by pulling it from the sides until it disengages. It will then hang down with the wiring exposed.

Pull the ceiling wires through the push-out hole until they are in the top wiring section of the light strip, then use two screws to secure the top portion of the light strip (there will be pre-drilled holes for screw attachment).

You will see a black wire, a white wire, and either a green or copper colored wire or a green grounding screw.

Twist the ends of the two black wires and the two white wires together in a clockwise direction, then twist on a wire nut in the same direction until it is snug. Apply electrical tape around the open end of the wire nut for additional security.

If two green or copper wires are present, connect them in the same manner. If only one is present, loop it behind the green screw on the fixture and tighten the screw.

Secure the bottom section of the light strip to the top section by pushing the bottom section over the ends of the top section until it clicks into place. Check to be sure that all wires are tucked inside the two sections before joining them together.

Turn on the breaker and enjoy your brighter and greener future with your new LED light strip.

For more information, contact RDS Electric or a similar company.