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How to Install Decorative Light Fixture and Towel Racks

Learn how to install a decorative light fixture and towel rack with these easy-to-follow step-by-step directions.

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  • Time

    Under Half Day

  • Price Range

    $100 - $250

  • Difficulty

    Easy to Moderate


Step 1: Prepare to Wire the Fixture

Following the manufacturer's instructions, the installation is fairly simple. It begins with the retainer plate that will hold the fixture in place (Image 1). Two bolts extend through the back of the plate and match up with holes in fixture. They are secured at the front of the fixture by decorative nuts. Two other bolts attach the retainer to the wiring box in the wall (Image 2). After turning off the electricity, you’re ready to wire the fixture (Image 3).

Step 2: Rewire the Fixture

Since the switch is already pre-wired, this installation is uncomplicated. Match up the colored wires — connecting black to black, and white to white

Step 3: Attach the Globes

The globes are held in place with set screws (Image 1). With all of the globes in place, Screw in the bulbs (Image 2), turn on the electricity and flip the switch to test the new fixture.

Step 4: Measure and Attach the Anchors for Towel Rack

For the first towel rack, measure accurately so the rack is centered on wall. Drill a hole for the plastic screw-anchor that will help hold the base plate, then tap the screw-anchor in place.

Step 5: Attach the Rack

The towel rack fits over the small aluminum plates that are attached to the wall by means of the screw anchors (Image 1). The rack is held in place with tiny set-screws. The set-screws are loosened (Image 2), and the rack is placed in position (Image 3).

Step 6: Tighten and Level the Rack

Once everything is in place, tighten the set-screws (Image 1). The plates are adjustable, making it possible to ensure that the bar is level. Repeat the process for the toilet paper holder (Image 2) and the other towel bar.