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How To Install a Flush Mount Lighting Fixture to a Junction Box

Meggan Wynja


At Color Cord Company, we love that the DIYers are taking the home decor world by storm. If you’re someone who is experimenting with new lighting and adamant about doing everything yourself, our blog is an amazing resource for DIY wiring instructions. With instructions that explore everything from pendant lights to wall sconces, our team can get you started with nearly anything, including how to install flush mount lighting. 

Are you wondering how to install flush mount lighting to a junction box? Color Cord Company is here to help with a video that has all the details! Learn more about how to change a flush mount ceiling light when you watch our easy to follow installation video today! And if you look below, you’ll see we’ve also added a written format of our video instructions to ensure all the information is accessible as possible! Get started when you explore the how-to article now!

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materials for installing flush mount lighting

We want to ensure that you have everything you need to see this project through. Before you start learning how to install a flush mount lighting fixture, check your tool kit to ensure you have the following tools to complete this installation:

If you bought your light fixture with us, you’ll find that the rest of the accessories you need will already be part of your modern light fixture’s all-in-one kit.

Are you using an existing light fixture instead of one of ours? Make sure you haven’t forgotten any of these essentials:


All it takes to learn how to install flush mount lighting into your junction box is five simple steps. Carefully read every step thoroughly before jumping in and getting started! You don’t want to get halfway through only to realize you’ve done something wrong. And, if you have any doubts about installing your fixture, reach out to a local electrician to give you a helping hand.


The first thing you must do is turn off the light switch and breaker! The last thing you need is to get zapped by the conductor wires coming from an active junction box. As long as you start with this step, this entire process shouldn't cause you pain (we hope)!


attaching a mounting plate to a junction box

The next step in how you install flush mount lighting is attaching the canopy mounting plate to your junction box using the provided screws. Feed the conductor wires through the large middle hole of the canopy plate. Make sure you are using the larger mounting plate screws and not the smaller canopy screws.


connecting the correct wires together

The next step in the process is to twist together the corresponding conductor wires from the fixture to the junction box wires. Here are the color matching designations to help you get it right.

  • Black to Black Positive
  • White to White Negative
  • Green Ground to Bare Copper Ground

More often than not, the ground wire in your junction box will be bare copper. Secure each of these using the provided wire nuts, then wrap them with electrical tape to prevent them from moving or slipping.


pushing wires into a junction box

Push all wires up into the junction box and secure your ceiling canopy to the mounting plate with the provided canopy screws. These are the smaller screws in the kit — not the larger mounting plate screws.

If you bought your flush mount lighting kit with us, you can expect the screws to match your preferred custom finish. However, if you bought your screws separately, you may have a harder time getting the perfect color match.


screwing in a light bulb

This is our favorite step by far! Add your favorite indoor light bulbs, flip your breaker, and light switch back on. Enjoy your new gorgeous lighting!

You may decide that you want a lamp shade or bulb cage to complete the look of your fixture. Since this article only covers how to install flush mount lighting to your junction box, you’ll want to check out this blog: How To Assemble a Fixed Shade Cord Hardware Kit for an overview of shade installation.

Guides From Color Cord Company

Learning how to install a flush mount lighting fixture really is that easy! Once you’ve finished installing your new fixture, we’d love to see how it turns out. Tag us on social media and let us know how your installation went and which of our products was your favorite to use!

If you have any additional questions about the process or need a little more guidance, our expert team is here for you. Simply contact us through our online form or give us a call at 1.800.409.1070 .

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