Should I Hire An Electrician?
I would like to say no, but I'm going to have to say yes.
Electricity is the one thing in your house that can actually kill you.
It's one of the most dangerous things for a homeowner to mess around
with, especially if you don't have any experience or have very little
experience working with home electricity.
If you're going to be replacing a light fixture, you might not need to hire an electrician. Simply make sure that the power switch is off to the light fixture, before you start to do any electrical fixture replacement.
Don't be confused here, if the house isn't wired properly, you could still get shocked, while working on a light fixture, that you assume, doesn't have any electrical power going to it. If the neutral wire, isn't grounded properly, you could experience a little electrical jolt and if you're standing on a ladder, this could turn into an ugly situation fast.
There is one way around this, make sure that the you shut the main electrical breaker off to the house, before doing any repair work to your light fixture or any other electrical fixture within your home, if you're not entirely sure about the home wiring.
Before you do this, make sure that all of your computers and other electrical components are shut down properly, before turning the electricity off to the entire house. It's not hard to do some electrical work, like replacing lights or electrical plugs, but when it comes to messing around with your electrical service panel, and this will be a part of your electrical system where all the electrical breakers are located, I would give it some serious thought, before you tackle this on your own.
I don't recommend anyone, who isn't comfortable or doesn't have any experience working with electricity, to do any electrical repairs on their own.