Adding or replacing a fixture in your home can be a great way to liven up a space, however it is important to consider the safety of yourself and your home when doing so. This blog is going to discuss some safety tips to consider.
Please note that these tips should not take the place of using a licensed electrician – they are trained to install and wire safely. Z-Lite recommends ALWAYS using a licensed electrician for installing new fixtures for your safety, and your home’s.
Safety Tip # 1: Turn off the Power
This should be self-explanatory, but if you are doing any work with a fixture, please ensure that the power is off. This could be anything from installing a new fixture to replacing the light bulb. This will reduce the risk of harm to yourself.
Safety Tip # 2: Use the Right Bulbs
If a fixture says to use a 60W bulb – use a 60W bulb. Using bulbs with higher than recommended wattage will cause the bulb to get hotter than normal. This can cause damage to the fixture or even start a fire. Always go with what is recommended. For more information regarding wattage, please see HERE!
Safety Tip # 3: Choose the Right Fixture
Before choosing a fixture, make sure that your space can handle the fixture. For example, if you have lower ceilings, you probably won’t be able to install large chandeliers or pendants, but you could install semi-flush or flush mounts. You don’t want to get a fixture that you’ll be bumping into, or one that will provide too much/not enough light to the space, which can cause eye strain. Z-Lite carries a variety of fixtures in many sizes. You can browse our catalogs HERE!
Safety Tip # 4: Hire a Licensed Electrician
This was already mentioned, however it is important that when working with light fixtures, there is a great risk to yourself and your home if installed incorrectly. They can cause electrocution, burns, or even start a fire. Z-Lite recommends that you ALWAYS hire a licensed electrician. Don’t be afraid to ask to see their license, or look on the internet for testimonials and reviews. You want to ensure you are getting a reputable electrician who will do the job right.
*Please note these safety tips are not coming from a licensed electrician, but common knowledge of lighting safety. When doing work with electricity, always use a licensed electrician. Z-Lite is not responsible for any harm or damage that comes from not using a licensed professional.