Removing Light Fixtures When Painting a Room
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Electrical Question: I have removed a ceiling fan from the ceiling to prepare the room for painting. I have turned off the circuit break that applies power to the room and removed the ceiling fan, and the lights, but I need power for some tools so need the electrical outlets hot. Since the ceiling fan is out and the wires are hanging would it be advisable to turn the circuit breaker back on to get power to the outlets while leaving the ceiling fan wiring hanging?
This electrical question came from: Tom, from Moore, Oklahoma.
Dave The Electrician’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question Tom.
Light Fixtures and Wiring While Painting a Room
Application: Ceiling Fan and Light Fixture Wiring.
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate.
Tools Required: Basic Hand Tools and Safe Ladder.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal experience, the light fixture and access to the light fixture.
Precaution: Identify the light fixture circuit, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.
- I can appreciate your concern for safety and your need for electrical power while painting the room.
- Identify the wiring when removing light fixtures or ceiling fan so you know where each wire made its connection.
- Place wire connectors or electrical tape over the ends of the insulated wires to cover the bare wire.
- Gently fold the wires into the ceiling fixture boxes to keep the wires out of the way at avoid being painted and to avoid contact with painting tools.
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