How To Install a Chandelier

Written by: Erica Spangler
Design Specialist
(800) 375-3403

A chandelier is the easiest and most effective way to brighten an entire living space. In spite of its size, installing a chandelier is an easy project to do yourself. With a few tools, and possibly an extra set of hands, you’ll soon be basking in the glow of your new chandelier.

Tools/Materials:

- Wire Cutters

- Electrical Tape

- Philips and / or Flathead Screwdrivers

- Adjustable Wrench

- Ladder

- Pliers

- Pencil for Marking Guides

Step by Step Instructions

Turn off the electricity.

Step 1:

Since you’re working with electricity, cut the power to the room at the junction box.

Remove the old chandelier.

Step 2:

Remove the existing chandelier. Disconnect the old fixture’s wiring, making sure to keep the wires separated.

Adjust the chain length.

Step 3:

You may need to match up the new chain length with the old chain length. When adjusting the length of your chain, wrap some duct tape around your pliers to prevent scratching of the chain. Connect the chain to the top of the chandelier.

Thread the electrical wire through chain.

Step 4:

Thread the electrical wire through the chain loops.

Stip wire ends.

Step 5:

Strip the ends of the wires with wire cutters.

Screw in bulbs and add shades.

Step 6:

Install the bulbs and shades onto your new chandelier before it goes up on your ceiling. This will be much easier to do when the fixture is on the ground.

Place canopy over mounting bracket.

Step 7:

If your chandelier comes with a canopy, be sure to place it over the mounting bracket before you connect any wires. Then run the wiring through the chain end and the mounting bracket.

Attach the chain to mounting bracket.

Step 8:

Attach the top of the chain end to the mounting bracket, and secure it with a locknut.

Connect the wires.

Step 9:

Attach the new chandelier wires to those inside the junction box. Take care to match the colors up correctly, and finish with wire caps.

Attach the canopy.

Step 10:

Attach the canopy.

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