Trying to change the lighting in your home? Making sure you have the correct tools for installation? Check below for the basics of what you will need to start your project!
1. Strippers, and no, not the fun kind.
Strippers, also known as wire cutters, help cut off the protective coating of the wire when you are ready to start connecting to other wires or terminals. And if you don't own a stripper, you can turn into "Macgyver" and just use a knife. With a permanent marker , draw a line where you'd like the incision to be made, and with a knife apply pressure to start cutting off the unwanted.
For most lighting products, you will only need two different types of heads for the screw driver. A Philips head, and a flat head. And when there are none around, you can improvise with objects that you may having laying around such as, a butter knife, metal vegetable peeler, loose coins, pliers, etc.
You will need something to glue the project together that can also be a safety measure by preventing the wires from contacting other wires or exposed metal surfaces, which could cause a dangerous fault or short circuit. Option one, electrical tape. Simply wrap the tape around the wires till insulated. You can read on the history of electrical tape by visiting 3M. Option two, heat shrinking tubes. These tubes are slipped over the wires, blown down with warm air by a blow dryer, causing them to shrink and wrap around the wires. Option three, wire connectors. These connectors fasten two or more wires together making an impedance connection.
4. Voltage Tester
One of our most important tools is a voltage tester because it allows you to determine if there is a live current flowing through. So avoid getting zapped! In addition, having a voltage tester is also a key component to show the accuracy that the project is coming along. Not only can this product analyze an electrical potential difference between the two points in an electrical circuit, but it also troubleshoots your electrical connections. Thus confirming electrical sockets are properly in use and you can finish the project!