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How to Install a Ceiling Light Over a Pool Table

Updated February 21, 2017

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Hang the light on the hooks.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

Tip

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.

Warning

Never work on anything electrical if the power is still on.

Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Stud finder
  • Hooks
  • Pliers
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Cameron Easey has over 15 years customer service experience, with eight of those years in the insurance industry. He has earned various designations from organizations like the Insurance Institute of America and LOMA. Easey earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and history from Western Michigan University.