Lighting fixtures will from time to time fail – either due to random chance or simply because they have served enough of their expected life time. at this point, you always need to do the necessary – the next logical step is to ensure you replace the malfunctioning parts which cannot be repaired. But is it all that what makes a successful replacement of lighting fixtures? Likely not, if you do not pay due attention to some basic form and function, you may find yourself doing more of replacements every day without any tangible progress. Here are some of the simple guidelines that will ensure you conduct successful replacement part lightings in your home.
- Go for genuine parts – the market is flooded with things of all sorts – original and imitations are selling at roughly the same prices and in almost all places where you find one you will also find the other. The responsibility of identifying and purchasing genuine parts lies solely with the purchaser – and its only prudent that you take due care to come home with what is fit for work. Imitations could be dangerous especially when considering safety – so you better think twice. Buy your parts from certified and reputable dealers to ensure you don’t have your replaced fixtures fail too often or pose a risk to you and other users.
- Pay due attention to specifications – there is a very important reason why light fixture parts come with specifications – and if you want to learn the hard way then you better be prepared for a rude shock. Buying replacements that have mismatched specifications with the base parts will exacerbate the risk of blow outs and failure, and they are most likely going to be incompatible in the long run. Just before you seal the deal and carry home your parts, ensure to countercheck the specifications on your original kit and the spare ones, or ask and expert to confirm that they are within range.
- Leave it for the expert – then there is than whirling do-it-youself feeling that is likely going to push you to try making the replacements on your own. Please don’t, if you don’t have the knowledge and expertise then this work is not for you. The risk of an electric fault is high – and its consequences could be tragic, even fatal. Allow a qualified electrician to do the fixing – it lowers the risk, saves time and takes away the worry of things going wrong midway and making it too costly for you.
- Finally, ask your electrician to check that the whole system is healthy and okay. You could be replacing light fixtures every now and then but the real problem has its roots elsewhere in the electrical system. Unless you get this sorted out, you will have to do the replacement a couple of more times without getting value for your money. In that case, ask a competent electrician to ascertain that there are no other issues in the system before you close your day.