How to Safely Install Your Chandelier

July 4, 2018 Published by Leave your thoughts

Preparing to install a brand new chandelier in your home? Great! While it’s understandable to be wary about taking on any electrical jobs in your home, installing a new light fixture is something just about anyone can do, so long as they understand electrical safety and wiring. And if you’re still feeling uncomfortable, don’t hesitate to reach out to an electrician in New Milford, CT for help!

This article will describe how to safely install a brand new chandelier. For our purposes, we will assume that you have already removed the previous fixture and installed any support you need for the new fixture. After those steps are complete, here are the steps involved with installing the new chandelier:

  • Assemble the base: The first step is to fully assemble the base of the chandelier. Screw all of its parts together, except the canopy that attaches to the ceiling. Wait to install the light bulbs until the chandelier has been completely mounted—it’ll be much easier (and safer) that way.
  • Determine how long you need the chain to be: There’s a good chance your chandelier will have more chain than you actually need for the project. Measure how much chain you’ll want for the space, then, using a pair of heavy pliers, open one of the chain links and remove all the excess length. As a general rule, the base of any fixture should be at least 30 inches above the surface of the table to provide proper illumination and to avoid being bumped into. If the chandelier hangs in a foyer or other location where people will be walking, keep it at least seven feet above the floor and away from tall doors.
  • Thread the wires: Begin threading all the fixture’s wires through every other chain link, then up through the metal canopy, the chain holder and then the small metal piece that holds the wires together.
  • Mount the chandelier: To attach the wires, you’ll need the chandelier to be stable in place near the ceiling. It helps to have a friend hold the chandelier in place.
  • Wire: Wrap each bare copper wire for the fixture around the grounding screw. There should be a bare copper grounding wire for both the chandelier and your home electrical system. These wires should come into contact with each other. Strip off the ends of the chandelier’s insulated wires and join the neutral wires together, connecting them with a wire connector or electrical tape. Then join the hot wires to each other. These are the wires that carry current to the chandelier. Joint the black insulated ceiling wire with the insulated chandelier wire with a plastic connector.
  • Bolt: Bolt the chandelier into place. The exact method here might vary depending on the kind of chandelier you have, so make sure you’ve read the instructions thoroughly.
  • Test: After putting in the bulbs and turning the power back on, test the chandelier. If it does not come on, there’s a chance you didn’t connect the correct wires. Switch off the power again before switching the connections.

If you are uncomfortable installing a new fixture yourself, be sure to contact an electrician in New Milford, CT for professional assistance!

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