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How Do I Remove Wall Sconces and Make the Wiring Safe?

June 24, 2006

Q: hi, can anyone tell me how to remove and make safe 2 wall lights in a bedroom, i dont want them anymore but would like to leave the circuitry in case in the future i want them reinstalled, they are just ordinary lights but are in the way of a revamp of the room.

A: The first thing you need to do is turn off the power at the breaker box. Then go to circuit you are working on and verify that the power is actually off before beginning any work; a voltmeter will confirm this. Always remember, safety first when working with electricity.

You have a few options. The first option is the quickest and easiest. You may simply remove the lights and place a blank cover over the boxes. Be sure to put wire nuts on the wires before tucking them back into the light boxes. The blank cover can be painted to match the color of your walls to help them blend in.

Option #2 is to disconnect the switched wiring going from the light switch to the lights. You may keep your power in the switch box, but disconnect and remove all wiring going to the lights.

Option #3 is to relocate the wiring to an attic or crawl space. Here you will place your wiring in a junction box and place a blank cover over it. When locating a junction box, it needs to be accessible in the future. Do not bury it behind sheetrock or anywhere else you won’t be able to get to it in the future. This will remove the wiring from the wall space completely, but allow you access to the wiring for future use. I’m not sure how your lights are wired, so this option could be challenging. 

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One Response to “How Do I Remove Wall Sconces and Make the Wiring Safe?”

  1. Jason on July 17th, 2008 9:13 am

    I would like to remove an unused baseboard heater from a wall. I understand I need to either remove the wiring or install a junction box to make it safe. I’m wondering if it would possible to use the existing wires and install a plug?