How to install a ceiling chandelier

Updated February 21, 2017

Knowing how to install a ceiling chandelier is much more than just electrical wiring. Don't choose a chandelier that is so small that your room overpowers it but don't choose one that is so large that it dwarfs everything in the room. To make sure you get the correct size of chandelier, choose one that is 30 cm (12 inches) narrower than your dining room table or multiply the width of your entryway by two and convert that total to inches then choose a chandelier that equals that width. Always hang your chandelier 75 cm (30 inches) above your dining room table.

Turn off the circuit breaker inside the main electrical panel that powers the lighting circuit .

Assemble the chandelier following the directions of the manufacturer. Locate the link in the chain that when removed, shortens the chain on the chandelier to the length you desire. Wrap this link in a soft cloth and use a pair of pliers to open the link to remove the excess chain.

Close the link from the end of the shorten chain around the screw collar loop located in your chandelier's mounting hardware then screw the locknut from the mounting hardware onto the screw collar loop. Lay the chandelier's canopy against the locknut. Once you hang the chandelier, the locknut holds the canopy to the ceiling and covers the electrical box and wiring.

Thread the chandelier cord through the chain and screw collar loop. Locate the nipple from the chandelier's mounting hardware and thread the chandelier cord through it. The nipple is a small hollow metal tube that has threads on its exterior.

Screw the nipple into the screw collar loop and attach the fixture crossbar to the nipple by screwing it through the centre opening on the cross bar. The crossbar is a thin piece of metal 10 cm (4 inches) long and 2.5 cm (1 inch) wide. Attach the fixture crossbar to the electrical box using screws provided with the mounting hardware.

Connect the black wire from the electrical box to the smooth wire from the chandelier by twisting an orange wire connector onto the two wires. Connect the white wire from the electrical box to the ribbed wire from the chandelier with another orange wire connector.

Push the wiring inside the electrical box. Hold the canopy over the electrical box against the ceiling with one hand while tightening the locknut with the other.

Turn on the circuit breaker inside the main electrical panel that powers the lighting circuit.


Test to verify that you have disconnected the electricity in the area in which you are working to avoid electrical shock.

Things You'll Need

  • Soft cloth
  • Pliers
  • Phillips or slotted screwdriver
  • Orange wire connectors
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Cecilia Harsch has been writing professionally since 2009. She writes mainly home improvement, health and travel articles for various online publications. She has several years of experience in the home-improvement industry, focusing on gardening, and a background in group exercise instruction. Harsch received her Certified Nurses Assistant license in 2004. She attended Tarrant County College and studied English composition.