Bathroom Light Fixtures by Lowe’s Lighting — by Home Repair Tutor

Hey, friends! It’s Jeff with Home Repair Tutor, and today
I’m going to show with you how to change out your bathroom light fixtures. Hey, we all have been in that situation where
you have an old light. You just want to change it out into something
modern and new. And I’m going to be using the Portfolio line
of light lighting at Lowe’s. And what I like about that is that you can
pick out the lighting bar and then you can add your own sconce to it—a sconce of your
choice, not the choice of the manufacturer. So I picked out these sconces; I’m going to
add them to this light; and before you know it, I’m going to transform this lighting fixture
in my bathroom into something that’s cool and modern instead of something that looks
like it’s from 1988. So let’s get started… Before you get started, turn the light off
at the circuit breaker. It’s as simple as that. After turning off the power, remove the sconce. In this particular case, you have to remove
the light bulb first then you just unscrew the sconce. The next step is to remove the mounting nuts
that hold the light in place. Here’s a handy-dandy tip: Use a utility knife
to score around the light. When you score the paint around the light
prevents the paint from being pulled off the wall. Simply pull the light off the wall. Then use a voltage detector to check for electricity. Next, unscrew the mounting bracket from the
junction box. Pull the mounting bracket out. And at this point, you definitely want to
take a picture of your wiring. And note we have one neutral wire which is
white, and one black wore which is the power coming into the junction box. Unwire the hotwires which are black. Then unwire the neutral wire which is white. Now you can remove the entire bathroom light
fixture. The next step is to add the mounting bracket
to the junction box. But before you do that, notice the orientation
on the light fixture where the bolts are going to be. And they’re vertical. They’re straight up and down. So one at the top and one at the bottom. That means that you’re going to have to mount
the mounting bracket with that same orientation. And in this case, they have these little mounting
screws already in there. So these mounting screws have to be mounted
vertically. So I line up my mounting bracket like so with
the holes that are in the junction box. Take the two screws that come with the Portfolio
light fixture. Mount the first screw in place—just a little
bit. And then mount the second one through the
mounting bracket and into the junction box. You can then tighten these screws with a screwdriver. The next thing that you want to do is tighten
this nut in the center of the mounting bracket. The reason why you want to do that is because
it’ll keep this mounting bracket completely vertical and, therefore, your light will stay
vertical too. Before you go to wire anything, make sure
that these screws are long enough to go through this portion of your light. Watch this. They’re nowhere close. They’re not going to come through that hole—this
hole here. So either I need to modify the mounting bracket
or put a longer nut on here—a longer screw on here. My recommendation is this: Before you leave
the store, open up your lighting box and get a set of longer screws—longer mounting screws—that
match up with the shorter screws that come with the light fixture. If the long screws are too long, you can make
a mark on them with a Sharpie. Then you can cut them with combination strippers. Now it’s time to wire the light. Add the grounding wire from the light to the
green ground screw on the mounting bracket. Wire the two neutral wires together—so the
two white wires together. Really tighten that wire nut. And finally wire the two hotwires together
with the second wire nut. Push the wires to the back of the junction
box. Position the light on the two screws that
you have sticking out of the bracket. And finally, add the nuts that hold the light
in place. The Portfolio lights also come with these
decorative end caps that you can screw in place. Slide your sconce up onto the light. Use the provided nuts to secure the sconce
to the light. All right! That’s how you do it. That’s how you swap out an old bathroom light
fixture for a new bathroom light fixture. Super easy, right? And I only needed three tools. A combination stripper, a screwdriver, and
a voltage detector. Make sure you use that voltage detector ’cause
you don’t want to look like Doc Brown at the very beginning of your project (That’s a Back
to the Future reference right there). And throw in some LED light bulbs so that
you’re saving money over time. If you like this video and you think it’ll
help out somebody else, give me a thumbs up over on YouTube so that other people can see
this, and it’ll help them get started on their own bathroom modeling project. One more thing: Visit;
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see you soon!


  1. Thanks redhotseetpotatoe. I hear ya with regard to the old lights, the 80s just aren't my style. But that said, some older models are really cool 🙂

  2. Thanks so much for the video. Much better explanation than others that I have been seeing this morning.
    Now I am confident to do this.
    BTW, my lamp is from Lowe's too 😉 

  3. my new fixture im installing doesnt have a back and white wire so how can i tell which wire goes to what? i mean which is hot and which is neutral on the fixture itself?? plz help

  4. Thank you for the video!  I was wondering if I would be able to do this on my own (hubby is deployed) or if I'd need to hire someone.  After seeing the video, I feel confident that I can do it on my own!  Thanks 🙂

  5. Trying to update (1989} fixture; the old one had only 2 bulbs; can I use the 3-light fixture I bought or do I need to exchange it for a -2-light one?

  6. Thanks for making this super easy to follow tutorial! Definitely going to be changing the fixtures in both bathrooms very soon!!!

  7. Okay so i did all of this and tested the new lights. Everything looks good, except that the light switch in my bathroom wont work. (i flip the switch up and down but nothing happens) the light stays on regardless.
    What do you think is the cause?

  8. Maybe it's regional but I believe what you're calling a sconce is actually the shade. A sconce is a light that usually hangs next to the mirror instead of over the top, or just what a light that hangs on the wall instead of the ceiling is called. It's the name for the entire fixture.

  9. Thanks for all the help! I followed your instructions step by step and everything worked! You are the best and my bathroom thanks you. This is the first light that I have ever installed and with your help it was super easy

  10. Thx for your help Boss!!! 👍👍👍👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌✌️✌️✌️✌️✌️✌️✌️✌️✌️✌️

  11. Where did you get that mounting bracket? I can't find a swivel crossbar with a locking screw anywhere. I need one of these for a home project.

  12. My wiring has three wires in addition to the ground wire….I'm out of ideas. The fixture is in the middle of the circuit which is making it more confusing. I can match black, white and ground to the correct location but what happens with the fourth wire?

  13. Informative video, but the text with the black background blocks half the video. It makes it tough to see.

  14. Helped a lot. We needed help installing the somewhat of a similar fixture and this video is very helpful. Thank you for making this video.

  15. you may like this mirror wall light for your house

  16. do you have any advice for the 'nut or collar' that screws on the ceramic screw to install the globe, or shade. We have managed to screw on all but 1. it seems the ceramic "screw" may have a cut in it and we cant seem to get the nut past that.

  17. What do we do if all we have coming out from our wall is wires? (no box, just a wall with a small hole with wires coming out of it)

  18. The wires coming from the wall have two white and two black, but the fixture has only one white and one black wire. Do I put all three black together in one nut, or do I attach just one black from the wall with the black from the fixture, then the white wires the same way, and cap the extra wires?

  19. I have a black, white, and RED wire coming out of the wall box, as well as a ground wire. The old fixture had a built in outlet…. is that what the red would have gone to? Should I just cap the red off since the new light doesn't have that?

  20. Replaced out light fixture, but the junction box is not properly mounted and is too loose. Now new light fixture is too loose against wall and moves. How too fix?

  21. 😂is it sad that your un cool old lighting is what I've been trying to buy? lol you just made me feel so uncool dude. still a good video.👏

  22. Do you connect both ground wires together? There is one in the wall and one on the lamp…. also, if you have a double sconce with two white and two black do you just connect all three whites and all three black wires?

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