How to install a chandelier

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How to install a chandelier
Be careful not to let the chandelier fall. (pcruciatti/iStock/Getty Images)

Installing a chandelier requires attention to detail. Chandeliers are heavier than most other forms of lighting, and can cause substantial injury or damage should they fall from place. Follow these steps to avoid an accident.

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Things you need

  • Screwdriver
  • Tape measure
  • Chandelier
  • Pliers with rubber-coated handles

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  1. 1

    Determine the weight of your new chandelier. If it weighs nearly as much as your current light fixture, you don't have to replace the ceiling junction box. However, if the chandelier is heavier, buy and install a junction box that can support its weight.

  2. 2

    Turn off the power to the circuit where the chandelier will be located. Use a circuit tester to verify the power is off.

  3. 3

    Remove the old light fixture. Note how the fixture was installed and mark the wires with tape.

  4. 4

    If you determined that a new junction box was necessary, install it now.

  5. 5

    Attach the new hardware from the chandelier to the mounting strap. If you find a mounting strap, obtain one and install it.

  6. 6

    Screw the mounting strap to the junction box.

  7. 7

    Wire the new chandelier in the same manner as the old light fixture. Connect matching colours (e.g., brown to brown, blue to blue). You must remove about a 1.2 cm (1/2 inch) of insulation from each new wire before attaching it to the ceiling wires.

  8. 8

    Once you have twisted the wires from the new chandelier to ceiling wires, twist on wire nuts in a clockwise direction.

  9. 9

    To complete the procedure, follow the manufacturer's directions. Chandeliers can slightly vary from model to model, so the final steps of the process will be different.

  10. 10

    If you are installing the chandelier in a dining room or kitchen, make sure the chandelier hangs at least 75 cm (30 inches) above any table. The chandelier's diameter should be at least 30 cm (12 inches) narrower than the width of the table.

Tips and warnings

  • If possible, have someone help you with the installation. Chandeliers are usually heavy and delicate. Dropping the chandelier can destroy it.

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