After a few weeks of large time-consuming projects (tiling with pennies, or creating a map mosaic), I decided to tackle something small, installing a wall mounted light fixture. The brass sconce (wall light) was killing me -mainly because it was cheapo brass colored and gross. I would walk by her kind at Home Depot and see that it is literally the cheapest and cheapest looking light in existence. Seriously house, this is how you accessorize? What kind of floozey are you?
Fortunately, an easy solution was in the garage. A light. When we installed the sconces in the living room, there must have been an extra. Craziness! Now it looks like the stairs belong in this house.
It wasn’t hard to install, but the photos are crappy cell phone photos. Holding a giant camera while also holding a light and wires while standing on a chair just didn’t seem safe. In the Sully household, it’s always safety first.
First you turn off the electricity at the breaker. Then you simply unscrew old light from the wall and unscrew those yellow thingies. The wires should separate once the yellow thingies are off. Then unscrew the metal plate.
Now do the opposite. Attach the wires – copper to copper, white to white and black to black by holding the exposed bits together and screwing on the yellow thingies. Then screw on the new plate. Make sure the light works. Wander around for a few minutes trying to figure out why the light didn’t work. Realize that you need more coffee, drink some, and then screw a bulb into the light. Dance in its warm glow.
Screw the lamp to the plate. And Viola! You have officially installed a light.
Realize that the base of the light is not as big as the previous light so you may not be done with the maps quite yet. Stop dancing.
The new light has two quirks – it has a light sensor that causes the light to flicker (it is intended to be an outside light), and is actually less bright than the original light, and it looks werid. I mean, an upside down light?
I took myself to the outlet section of Progressive Lighting and came home with a new light. Umm. Yeah. It is the same light as the original. And guess what?!? It has all of the same problems as the original – too small scale, ugly scroll thingie, not enought light.
I am not going anywhere with a wallet unless I have adult supervision. Obviously, I make bad choices during midterms.Disclaimer: I am not a professional. Do this project at your own risk. It may or may not be the official way to install a sconce and may or may not be up to code.