How to Install a Ceiling Light Over a Pool Table

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How to Install a Ceiling Light Over a Pool Table
Light up your pool table with a hanging light. (ceiling light view2 image by askthegeek from Fotolia.com)

Lights of many types can be installed over a pool table. These can be hard-wired into an existing fixture in the ceiling or can plug into an existing wall or ceiling outlet. This means you can control the light with a switch on the wall or on the lamp. Before installing the ceiling light over the pool table, determine the type of electrical connection you'll use.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Screwdriver
  • Stud finder
  • Hooks
  • Pliers

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Instructions

    Existing Light Fixture

  1. 1

    Turn off the breaker on the circuit panel to shut off the power to the room.

  2. 2

    Remove the screws used to secure the existing fixture in the ceiling, using a screwdriver. Pull the fixture out and unscrew the wire covers from the electrical wires. Untwist the wires and loosen the screw for the ground wire. Set the old fixture aside.

  3. 3

    Slide a stud finder underneath the ceiling above the pool table to locate a stud or floor joist for the light's hook to hang from.

  4. 4

    Pre-drill a hole, or holes, in the stud or floor joist with the power drill. Insert the hooks into the holes and screw them in by hand or use a pair of pliers.

  5. 5

    Hang the light on the hooks.

  6. 6

    Connect the electrical wires. Twist together the white wires and then screw on a wire cover by hand. Repeat this process for the black wires. Secure the green wire to the ground screw on the fixture with the screwdriver.

  7. 7

    Turn on the power to the room to test the light over the pool table.

    Corded Ceiling Light

  1. 1

    Slide a stud finder underneath the ceiling above the pool table to locate a stud or floor joist for the light's hook to hang from.

  2. 2

    Pre-drill a hole in the stud or floor joist with the power drill. Insert the hook into the hole and screw it by hand or use a pair of pliers.

  3. 3

    Run the decorative chain, with the electrical cord, along the ceiling and then down to an electrical socket.

  4. 4

    Plug the cord into the electrical socket and turn on the light.

Tips and warnings

  • Center the light over the pool table because the pool table will be too heavy to move.
  • Place a cover over the electrical box to hide the exposed wires.
  • Never work on anything electrical if the power is still on.

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