How to Install a Bathroom Vanity Light Fixture

What You'll Need
Over sink bathroom vanity light fixture
3/8-inch toggle bolts
Hand tools

You can brighten your bathroom and give it a new look with a new bathroom vanity light fixture. This quick fix will give your bathroom a new look; however, installing new light fixtures can be a challenge. You need to be prepared to spend a little time to get it right.

Step 1 - Remove Old Fixture

Remove the old vanity light fixture carefully. If it is not too old, you may be able to utilize the electrical wiring from the old fixtures. Disconnect the wiring from your old fixtures 1 at a time. Undo the exterior screws. As it releases from the wall, you will need to hold on to it. Note which color goes with each wire. Once the fixture has been removed, you will be able to see the junction box in your wall.

Step 2 - Preparation

You are now ready to prepare the area. In order to do this you will need to have to paint and spackle any nail holes or sand up underneath the light. The new lighting fixture will then need to be held up to the wall. Do not attach it; you are only doing this to check for exposed places.

Step 3 - Set Fixture

After you have prepared the area, set up the bathroom vanity lighting and get it wired. You are now ready to get the new light placed over your existing junction box. A level will be needed underneath your fixture. Draw a line that will help to guide you when you are installing the light.

Step 4 - Codes

It is common that electrical codes will require for you to have a bathroom vanity light to be mounted with the help of a mounting strap. This is something that you will need with a flat metal bar that is secured to the junction box. When you are working with a new bathroom, the vanity lights will usually come with this necessary strap as well as the screws that are needed for it to be attached. Read the directions of the light fixture on the packaging so that you can set up the mounting screws or the light fixture frame.

Step 5 - Knockout Holes

Get the knockout holes removed from the side of your light fixture. There will probably be about 4 for all 4 of the sides. You will then need to put the light back up and hold it level along the line that you created earlier. Mark all 4 spots. Use your drill with the .25-inch bit to put a hole into the wall so that you can install the toggle bolts as needed.