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Light fixtures
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Light fixtures

Cost: $30 to $350

According to Ryan, on a difficulty scale in which five is most difficult, replacing most bathroom light fixtures is a two. With some care, you can do it without an electrician. "You have to know how a ceiling fixture works, if the light will fit and how to hook up the wires," he says.

Make sure you flip the appropriate circuit breaker to cut off the electricity flow to your bathroom before doing it.

Lowes.com, HomeDepot.com and other websites provide easy-to-follow instructions on changing a light fixture.

Replacing the light fixture is an opportunity to ensure its finish matches other bathroom hardware, such as faucets and drawer pulls.

Offered at lighting-specialty shops and big-box home-improvement stores, a huge variety of styles and types will meet anyone's needs.


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