Installing Additional Home Lighting
It is inevitable to need additional lighting at home as the needs of home occupants change from time to time.
But can homeowners themselves install the additional lighting on their own?
The Family Handyman Magazine shared a simple additional do-it-yourself lighting project atop an existing light switch.
“This project requires an understanding of how a switch is wired and a few basic tools. You’ll need a noncontact voltage detector, a wire-stripping tool, a screwdriver and a drywall saw. Then, with our instructions and a few hours’ work, you’ll be able to add a sconce to any room that has an appropriate switch. Not all electrical boxes with a light switch in them contain the necessary ground, hot and neutral conductors. To find out, first shut off the power to the switch at the main electrical panel. Then remove the switch cover, and hold the noncontact voltage detector against the wires attached to the switch. This is to ensure the power is off before you remove the screws and pull the switch from the box.” Oceanside Electrician
The continuation can be found here.
But how about additional lighting meant to be installed overhead or elsewhere? In their comprehensive article about installing additional home lighting, the website Home Advisor answered the question “Why you need an electrical contractor to add lights to your home?”
“Not all lights fit into every space, either. To avoid further costs and difficulties, before purchasing a fixture you should check with an electrician to ensure it is rated for the power provided to that spot and that there is space to fit it onto the wall or ceiling.”
Check out the whole published post here.
UK-Based media outfit, The Independent meanwhile came up with a no-nonsense article on the perils of Do-It-Yourself electrical work, which also virtually answers why you need an electrical contractor to add lights to your home. They explained that usually homeowners think that installing additional wall or overhead lighting is a simple chore that even a property owner like them can carry out, until they realized that they failed to do the job the right way.
“What is a simple job for a qualified Electrician San Diego can turn into a nightmare for a homeowner. We have been called out numerous times to rectify faulty wiring that has been caused by the homeowner attempting to carry out the job themselves, we have had damaged light fittings, damaged cables and switches and in some cases we have had electrical accessories that have caught on fire. In the end this costs the homeowner a lot more money to rectify than it would have to hire the electrician in the first place. Electricity is extremely dangerous. It can kill. Leave it to the professionals and don’t chance it to save a few quid.”
Read the whole article here.
Electric shocks, fires, and damage to property are enough reasons why you need an electrical contractor to add lights to your home. They certainly know what they are doing and they have the right equipment and appropriate skills and gear to keep them and your own property safe from any electric-related injuries and emergencies.