How to Wire a Light Fixture Using Backstabbing

How to Wire a Light Fixture Using Backstabbing


Wiring a light fixture using backstabbing connectors can be an easy way to install lighting in your home. Backstabbing simply refers to pushing the bare end of a wire into a hole in the back of an electrical device, rather than wrapping the wire around a screw terminal. While backstabbing is convenient, it's important to understand proper techniques to ensure a safe and functional connection. In this guide, I'll walk through the complete process of wiring a light fixture using backstabbing.

Safety Precautions

Before wiring any light fixture, it's essential to take safety precautions.

Following safety procedures helps prevent electrical hazards and injuries.

Gather the Necessary Materials

Wiring a light fixture requires having the right materials on hand. Here's what you'll need:

Ensure the light fixture is designed for backstabbing and has holes in the back of the terminal blocks. Also, have wire strippers to properly strip the ends of the wires. The other materials help with the installation process.

Access the Electrical Wires

To start wiring the light fixture:

  1. Locate the supply wires coming out of the electrical box in the ceiling. This usually includes one black (hot), one white (neutral), and one bare copper (ground) wire.

  2. Strip away 3/4 inch of insulation from the ends of each wire using wire strippers.

  3. ** Twist the strands** of each wire tightly together to prevent fraying.

Properly accessing and preparing the supply wires ensures proper electrical contact.

Connect the Ground Wire

The first wire to connect is the bare copper ground wire:

Properly connecting the ground provides an important safety path to prevent shocks.

Backstab the Line Voltage Wires

Next, backstab the remaining supply wires:

  1. Locate the metal tabs with holes in the back of the light fixture terminal blocks.

  2. Take the black supply wire and firmly push the stripped end all the way into the hole marked "L" or "Hot".

  3. Take the white supply wire and backstab into the hole marked "N" or "Neutral" in the same manner.

  4. Gently tug on the wires to verify they are securely backstabbed and make full contact.

Backstabbing the hot and neutral wires provides the electricity to power the light fixture.

Install the Light Fixture

With all the wires securely connected:

Taking care during installation prevents issues and ensures the light operates properly.


Installing a light fixture using backstabbing is an easy wiring method that can be safely done with proper precautions. The key steps are turning off power, connecting the ground first, firmly backstabbing the line voltage wires, neatly installing the fixture, and testing operation. Following this process allows you to quickly wire lighting using backstabbing connectors.