Changing out a light fixture like a chandelier is one of the easiest ways to upgrade a space, and updating the lighting can create an entirely new ambiance and aesthetic in a room. However, homeowners—especially newbies to home renovations—can understandably get intimidated by anything to do with electricity.
Learning how to install a chandelier is actually simpler than what you may think, and with just a few safety tips, you can enjoy your new chandelier in about an hour. Unsure of how to begin? We’ve got you covered.
1. Safety First: Cut the Power
The first step to any light fixture installation is to turn off the power to the room you’ll be working in at the main breaker box. If you’re unsure of which breaker switch to flip, this is a good opportunity to grab a partner and figure out which switches map to each room. Then, you should go through and label each switch.
2. Remove the Old Chandelier or Light Fixture
Once the power is off, it’s safe to remove the old chandelier.
- To remove, get up on a ladder and take off the detachable portions like bulbs, glass, or other covers so that you don’t risk them breaking.
- Then, using a screwdriver, remove the screws that are holding up the light fixture while also carefully holding onto the fixture (in other words, don’t let it dangle). You may need an assistant to help you out if the old chandelier is especially heavy.
- Once you’ve loosened the screws enough, you should start to see the plastic wire nuts underneath.
- Then, disconnect the old chandelier completely: unscrew the plastic wire nuts counterclockwise and then carefully detach the wires.
3. Determine If You Need Extra Support
Most electrical boxes (a box that holds all of the electrical connections) will support a light that is up to 50 pounds. If your new chandelier is heavier than that, you will need to replace the box with a fan brace or box that will support a heftier light fixture. If, however, the fixture is less than 50 pounds, then you can use the existing box.
4. Assemble the Chandelier and Attach
Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to put together the chandelier base (if it’s not already all in one piece). If your chandelier has a chain, this is a good time to shorten it if necessary, which can be done using a pair of pliers.
A good rule of thumb is to hang a chandelier so it has at least 30 inches of clearance above a table and is seven feet in the air if installing in a hallway.
Once the base of the chandelier is assembled, screw in the mounting strip to the electrical box (your chandelier should have come with this piece).
Then, connect the wires of your chandelier to the wires in your junction box. To do this, first connect your ground wire on the light fixture (this should be a green screw on your light fixture) to the copper ground wire in the electrical box by wrapping the copper wire around the green screw.
After the ground wire has been secured, connect the white wire on the fixture to the white wire in the box by twisting them together and screwing on a plastic wire nut. Repeat the steps with the black wires. Finally, attach the fixture to the mounting strip and slide the canopy (the top decorative part of the light fixture) into place and secure with screws.
Put in the light bulbs, flip the switch to the breaker, and test!
How to Install a Chandelier in a High Ceiling
Although the process of hanging a chandelier in a high ceiling is the exact same as hanging one on a lower ceiling, you’ll need more specialized equipment to ensure it’s done safely. You can either use a large stepladder or scaffolding, which is a platform that can support two people. If you don’t have access to one of these tools already, you can either rent one from a hardware store or hire a professional who already has one.
The Cost to Install a Chandelier Professionally
If you’re completely uncomfortable with the idea of wiring a chandelier yourself, you can hire a professional handyman to get the job done for you. The professional installation of a single light fixture can cost anywhere between $42 and $112, which would largely depend on how big the fixture is and how long it takes to install it.
Hiring a professional can be helpful if you’re unsure of how to install a chandelier in a new location where there’s no existing light fixture or if your home has old electrical wiring.
Need Help Installing a Chandelier? Call in an Experienced Professional
Hanging a heavy light fixture like a chandelier can get complicated. If you need a pro to handle the installation for you—and you live in the Dallas metro area—Puls is here to help with our handyman services.
The process is simple: All you need to do is book a convenient appointment time and date online and then wait for your technician to arrive at your home to perform the job. We often even have same-day bookings available, which means that you could schedule an appointment right now and have your chandelier installed by this evening.
All of our work comes with a 90-day guarantee, so you can rest assured that your home is in good hands. Interested in finally getting that light fixture installed? Book an appointment with Puls today.