How to Put Up a Small Chandelier

Updated November 21, 2016

Add a touch of elegance to any room by putting up a small chandelier. Installing a chandelier requires only the most basic knowledge of wiring and a few simple tools. An expedient way to hang a chandelier is to replace an existing ceiling light. Before you begin, find the circuit breaker that supplies electricity to the light fixture that you're about to work on and turn off the power. Make sure the wires are not electrified before you start work.

Remove the existing ceiling light fixture. Take off the cover plate with a screwdriver and disconnect the electrical wires; the wires are probably connected to the house wiring with electric wire end caps. Unscrew the caps and separate the wires. Use a screwdriver to unscrew the grounding wire from the mounting bracket. Remove the old mounting bracket from the light fixture box and take down the existing light.

Attach the new mounting bracket for the chandelier to the light fixture box.

Adjust the length of the chandelier's chain as desired. Use pliers to remove any extra links and attach the last link to the loop on top of the chandelier.

Adjust the collar -- the loop on the mounting bracket -- to allow the chandelier canopy, or glass cover plate, to fit over it.

Thread the wire from the chandelier through every other link of the chain and slip the chain through the canopy.

Connect the top link of the chain to the mounting bracket collar. Attach the electrical wires to the house wiring (make sure you connect the compatible wires, which are colour coded) and secure them with electrical end caps. Screw the grounding wire to the mounting bracket.

Push the wiring up into the mounting bracket, place the canopy over the collar and screw the nut, which is on the bottom of the canopy, to the collar. Turn the power back on.

Things You'll Need

  • Adjustable wrench
  • Screwdriver
  • Pliers
  • Electric wire end caps
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Peter Timm has been writing since 2002 for both print and online publications. Timm earned a Bachelor of Arts from the New York Institute of Technology in 2008 and emerged a technically astute writer.