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).
When you are ready to install, 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 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.
Nothing ruins a beautiful statement piece more than constantly bumping your head on it. So, it’s important to get the height correct.
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"
|-||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.
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.
Now, it’s time to wire the fixture. 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.
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.
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