So you just got home with your new, luxurious chandelier, only there’s one problem: You don’t know how to install it. Replacing an outdated light fixture with a stylish chandelier is an easy way to breathe life into a room, but the process of switching them out can seem daunting and complicated. Though we do recommend getting this done professionally, we understand that’s not always in budget. Luckily, it can be safe and straightforward if you follow instructions.
Here is our super basic step-by-step guide of how to hang a chandelier in your home. Again, if your budget allows for it, try to hire a professional to do this.
Step 1: Remember to turn off the electricity.
This step is probably the most important because if you don’t remember to turn off the electricity to the circuit breaking you’re going to work on, you could severely injure yourself. Don’t ever try to work on wires that are still turned on in your electric panel or circuit breaking box.
Ensure the electricity is actually off by flipping the light switch in the room you’re working in off and on.
Step 2: Remove the old light fixture.
Unscrew (lefty loosey) the old light fixture from its canopy and remove it from its wiring. Be especially careful completing this task if you’re standing on a ladder. It might be helpful to have a helper during this step.
After removing the old fixture, remember to disconnect the wiring by unscrewing the plastic wire connectors counterclockwise. Remove the electrical box while you’re at it.
Step 3: Put together your new chandelier’s base.
Without installing the light bulbs yet, put together your new chandelier following its packaged instructions. Shorten its chain with a pair of heavy pliers, if necessary, to fit to your desired space. Keep in mind that most experts suggest the base of your chandelier should be at least 30 inches above any surfaces or at least 7 feet above the floor.
Step 4: Mount the chandelier.
Prepare and install your new electrical box. Install a mounting strip to where the old lighting fixture used to be by screwing it to the current electrical box — but only if your new chandelier is expected to be heavier than 50 pounds. Most basic mounting strips can hold up to that amount, but double check beforehand.
Connect the existing electrical wires to your new chandelier, checking that the bare copper wires are wrapped around the grounding screws in your electrical box.
Securing the canopy and checking that all the right wires are in the right place, twist it back on (righty tighty). You might need your helper hold your new chandelier in place while you focus on tightening screws. Double check to ensure wires aren’t poking out.
Step 5: Install the light bulbs.
You’re almost done! Install the lightbulbs to your new chandelier, and install any shades or crystals, if necessary. Voila!
You can turn your power back on and enjoy your shiny, new chandelier.
Find A New Chandelier
At The Light House Gallery, our team of lighting specialists know everything there is to know about lighting, from design to functionality. You can count on our professionals to find the perfect chandelier or light fixture that matches your style, all the while staying in your budget.
For more information, call our Springfield showroom at (417) 268-9444 or our Branson showroom at (417) 213-5312. We look forward to speaking with you!