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Indoor Lighting Guide

Here we shed light on some tips and tricks that will help with selection, final installation and everything in between.

How to Install Chandeliers and Pendants

Dining nook with table and plants and Petal chandelier in champagne bronze and white

One of the most vibrant and visible pieces of decor in your home, the chandelier, can only truly shine if you actually install it. It does no good sitting in a box. But where do you even start? Don't worry, we have a few easy steps to get you going as you install your stunning statement piece. (Just a note: follow the specific instructions that came with your chandelier, this guide is not all-encompassing for every make or model). 

Safety First!

When you are ready to install your chandelier, the first consideration is safety. Make sure to shut off power to the fixture. Then start by uninstalling the old fixture and confirm the electrical box is placed where you would like. 

Pillar of Strength

Verify that the beam or strut (where you intend to hang your lighting fixture) can support the weight of your chandelier. Note: if the electrical box is mounted directly to the beam, it should be able to support up to 50 pounds of weight. Then, unpack the chandelier and read the instructions.

How High?

Nothing ruins a beautiful statement piece more than constantly bumping your head on it. So, it’s important to get the height correct.

Living room demonstrating a Capitol Hill chandelier hanging too high

Too High

Living room demonstrating a Capitol Hill chandelier hanging too low

Too Low

Find the recommended chain length

Use the formula below and find the right height for a chandelier being installed over a table. 

Height from ceiling to Table

- 32" (Recommended Height)

- Chandelier Height

= Chain Length

If the chandelier is not going over a table follow these tips:

  • For rooms with standard 8-foot ceilings, hang the chandelier 7 feet above the ground to allow enough head clearance. 

  • Hang fixtures around 8 feet high for a room with taller ceilings.

  • If you have a two-story foyer, the bottom of the fixture should hang at the same level as the second floor.

  • Make sure to place the chandelier in the middle of the room or above a bed or coffee table.

Living room demonstrating a correct height to hang a Capitol Hill chandelier

Just Right

Install like a Pro

In accordance with your specific instructions, assemble your chandelier. First, make sure to thread the wire through the chain, weaving in and out of every other link. Next, attach the mounting bracket onto the electrical box. Connect the chandelier to the junction box. Don’t forget! The lock nut and the canopy go down the chain before being hung.

Get Grounded

Now, it’s time to wire the fixture. Each lighting fixture comes with a ground wire, positive wire and a negative. Install the ground wires first. Next, secure the wires with the nuts, and tuck them into the canopy. Finally, place and secure the canopy. Refer to the wiring guide that comes in the box for more detail. 

Finish Strong

If your chandelier has additional elements, now is the time to install or assemble them. Add your light bulbs and, with the flick of a switch, you’ve got light! 

If you’re still having trouble, reach out to a local showroom for help.