Remove the screws holding the current light to the exterior junction box. Take the light fixture from the box to expose the wiring inside the box. Untwist the wire connectors from the wires inside the junction box to disconnect and remove the light from the wall.
Caulk around the lantern mounting base with clear silicone caulk to keep moisture from seeping behind the lantern and into the junction box.
References The Home Depot: Hampton Bay Instruction Manual 1LT Exterior Wall Lantern Aubuchon Hardware: How to Install a Light Fixture American Light Source: Lighting Tips
Voltage tester Screwdriver Tape Stud finder Circular electrical boxes, 2 Drywall saw 12/2 electrical cable Wire strippers Plastic connector caps
References Home Depot: Hampton Bay 3LT Interior Vanity Stratus Collection Instruction Manual
Assemble the Hampton Bay three-light vanity light fixture. Unscrew the socket rings from the three sockets with your fingers and install the light shades onto the sockets. Replace the socket rings to hold the shades onto the fixture and install the light bulbs into the sockets.
Trace a circular electrical box onto the wall next to the studs where you’re installing the lights. Cut a hole in the wall with a drywall saw at each location.
Cut a piece of electrical cable 3 to 4 inches long, and remove the black and white wires from the cable.
Drill 5 mm holes in the wall at each marked location. Insert the four plastic anchors that came with the Hampton Bay three-light vanity into the holes you drilled in the wall.
Reach inside the hole you cut in the drywall in the wall between the light switch and the hole for the original light fixture and grab the electrical cable for the light fixture. Remove the tape holding the end of the cable to the wall, and pull it through the hole for the new fixture. Tape it to the wall underneath the new hole.
Remove the light bulb and test the circuit again with a voltage tester. If you get a reading, go back to the electrical panel and turn off the correct circuit.
Connect the electrical wiring from the junction box to the Hampton Bay exterior wall lantern. Match the white wire from the lantern to the white wire from the junction box. Twist an orange wire connector onto the two wires, bringing them together. Repeat the connection with the black wire from the lantern and the black wire from the junction box. Connect the green wire from the lantern to the bare copper wire from the junction box with another orange wire connector to complete the wiring connections.
Assemble the Hampton Bay exterior wall lantern following the instructions provided with the fixture. Attach the fixture crossbar provided with the wall lantern’s mounting hardware to the exterior junction box with screws also provided with the mounting hardware. Depending on the style of lantern, the crossbar is a 4-inch circle of metal with several holes cut in it, a 4-inch by 1-inch metal plate with several holes or two 4-inch by 1-inch metal plates connected in the center to form a cross. The number of holes cut into the crossbars can vary.
Locate a wall stud near each location where you’re going to install the new fixture, and mark the location.
Punch out knockout holes on the back of the electrical boxes.
Place the second cable through the wall so the ends are sticking out of the holes for the new fixtures.
Tuck the wiring inside the electrical box, and mount the fixture onto the wall.
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Install the wiring for the first light fixture. Connect the black wires leading from the light switch and leading to the second fixture to one end of the short black wire with a plastic connector cap, then repeat this with the white wires. Connect the bare copper wires from the cables together with a connector cap. Connect the loose end of the short black wire to the brass screw on the light fixture, and the loose end of the short white wire to the silver screw on the light fixture. If the connection for the fixture is different, follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
Installing Hampton Bay decorative wall lanterns on the exterior of your home not only enhances your home’s outward appearance, it can also increase the security around your home. Lanterns installed on either side of your front door give you enough light to unlock your door at night and clearly see approaching visitors. Installing lanterns on both sides of your garage will brighten your driveway and discourage intruders.
Wrap the bare copper ground wire from the three-light vanity around the green ground screw attached to the mounting bracket. Wrap the bare copper wires from the electrical box in the wall around the ground screw on the vanity mounting bracket. Tighten the green ground screw to hold both ground wires to the bracket.
Slide the vanity fixture onto the two mounting screws attached to the mounting bracket. Twist the decorative lock nuts onto the two mounting screws protruding through the fixture until tight, securing the three-light vanity to the wall. Turn the vanity light circuit breaker back on, supplying electricity to the Hampton Bay three-light vanity.
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Attach the Hampton Bay exterior wall lantern to the junction box or fixture crossbar. Depending on the design style, you attach the lantern with screws directly to the junction box, attach the lantern to the fixture crossbar with mounting screws or mount it onto two screws permanently attached to the crossbar. When installing the lamp onto mounting screws attached to the crossbar, thread the mounting base onto the two screws and secure the lantern to the wall with threaded nut caps that match the finish of the lantern.
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Install the second fixture by connecting the black and white wires to the proper screws on the light fixture. Connect the bare copper wire to the grounding screw in the electrical box. Tuck the wiring inside the box, and mount the fixture on the wall. Screw light bulbs into the fixtures.
Turn off the breaker inside your breaker panel that supplies electricity to your current exterior wall light.
Restore power to the circuit and test the lighting. Patch the hole in the wall from the old fixture.
Turn off the breaker supplying the electricity to the vanity light installation location. Place the Hampton Bay vanity light mounting bracket onto the wall over the electrical box in the wall. Mark the four keyhole openings in each corner of the mounting bracket onto the wall.
Unscrew the light fixture and pull it away from the wall. Disconnect the wiring from the fixture, and tape the electrical cable to the wall so it doesn’t fall into the wall cavity.
Insert the four mounting screws into the anchors and twist them by hand, lightly installing them into the anchors. Slip the mounting bracket onto the screws through the keyhole slots. Tighten the screws into the anchors, securing the mounting bracket to the wall.
Turn off power to the light at your home’s main electrical panel. Test the light by turning the switch on and off.
Slide the electrical cables through one of the electrical boxes, and screw the box to the stud in the first hole. Repeat this on the other hole (there’s only the one cable on the second hole).
Lighting is important in bathrooms, especially over the vanity, so you can see yourself in the mirror. If your vanity lighting contains only one bulb, you can replace the single fixture with two fixtures, and gain additional light. As with any project involving electricity, be cautious.
Connect the white wire from the Hampton Bay three-light vanity to the white wire from the electrical box by twisting a wire connector onto the two wires. Connect the black wire from the three-light vanity to the black wire from the electrical box in the wall with an additional wire connector. Secure the wire connectors to both sets of wires by wrapping the connectors and wires with electrical tape.
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Turn on the breaker inside your breaker panel that supplies electricity to the Hampton Bay exterior wall lantern.
Cut a piece of 12/2 electrical cable to fit between the two holes. Strip two inches of sheathing from the cable with wire strippers, and 1/2 inch of insulation from each wire in the cable.
Installing a three-light vanity light over your mirror in the bathroom gives you more light and reduces shadows that can affect your grooming. Shadows could cause you to miss a spot as you shave or apply too little or too much make up. Replacing a single light fixture with a multi-light fixture can brighten your entire bathroom. Hampton Bay is a proprietary brand of the Home Depot and produces several styles of three-light vanity lights.