Chandeliers are an elegant way to invite guests into your home. It’s something to enjoy alongside the magnificent meal you’ve cooked for you and your guests. It has a dramatic effect on the ambiance of a space. If installing your new chandelier is daunting, here are some guidelines to remember.
Turn off the lights
Before working on a circuit, turn off the electricity to that circuit.
Take down any outdated light fixtures.
It is time to disconnect the old chandelier from the electrical panel and take it down. Disconnecting the old chandelier may require the assistance of another person due to its heavy weight. If you want to remove an antique chandelier, study its wiring beforehand. Tape and a pencil can be used to make notations on the wires for future reference.
Swap out the breaker box.
If your old junction box can’t support your new chandelier’s weight, you’ll need to get a new one. After making this determination, the next step is to thread the new hardware onto the mounting strap. Just screw it into the electrical box where there are already holes. However, if none already exists, a mounting strap will need to be added. You can use the one that came with the new chandelier if you bought it, or get one at your local hardware store.
Use the same method to wire the new chandelier as the old one. It’s as easy as joining white wires to other white wires and black wires to other black wires. The last link of the chain is the starting point for the wiring procedure; from there, the cables will go through the support nut, the collar nut, the escutcheon plate, the lamp nipple, and, eventually, the junction box. Wire nuts (plastic connectors) allow you to connect to your home’s existing wiring. You’ll use your wire nuts to splice into the black hot wire from the junction box. After that, join the white neutral wires together. Join the grounding cables to the junction box’s green grounding screw. Complete the remainder of the installation by following the new chandelier’s manufacturer’s instructions.
Chandeliers come in various shapes, sizes, and even weights. Fixtures can range from simple ones that dangle from a chain or wire to elaborate ones specific to a style. The chandelier’s weight must be considered when placing the junction box. The new chandelier’s weight will be distributed across this box. Thus, it needs to be sturdy. Chandeliers should be hung at least 12 inches above the table cover’s breadth. For adequate illumination, a total of 200 to 400 watts is required from the bulbs.
A general rule of thumb is to use a chandelier with a diameter of 17″ to 20″ for a room that is 10′ x 10′ or smaller; a chandelier with a diameter of 26″ or 27″ for a space that is 12′ x 12′; and a chandelier with a diameter of 24″ to 36″ for a room that is 14′ x 14′ or more.
In addition to the items above, you may need a stud, hickey, utility knife, circuit tester, pliers, insulated screwdrivers, and multipurpose tools for a successful installation.
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