How to Hang a Chandelier
There are a few different ways to hang a chandelier and if you're doing a DIY project, it's important you follow the below steps before you begin.
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Two factors determine a chain’s length: the height of the room and the distance from the dining table to the chandelier’s bottom. A chandelier’s chain should be 3 inches long for every foot of ceiling height. For example, for an 8 foot ceiling, the fixture should hang 30 inches to 36 inches above the table, depending on the size of the chandelier.
Tip: Make sure your chain measurement includes the 4 inches of the chandelier’s hanging loop plus one chain link.
There are two common ways to attach the chandelier to the electrical box. Consult the manufacturer’s instruction sheet for specific details.
- Install the chandelier mount bracket to the electrical box. Take the hook at the end of the chandelier and insert it into the bracket.
- Thread the fixture's mounting stem into the mounting strap on the ceiling box, cover it with the canopy and tighten the screw.
Most fixtures, especially newer models, have a black wire and a white wire. Combine the stripped end of the black ceiling or supply wire with the stripped end of the black wire of the chandelier. Twist the ends together with a wire nut. Do the same with the white light fixture and supply wires. Place all wires snugly in electric box. Cover with the chandelier's canopy or decorative plate.
The bulbs you choose will determine the final ambience of your chandelier. Incandescent bulbs give a warm glow, LEDs give direct light and halogen bulbs have a bright light similar to natural light.
Tip: Check your fixture for the correct bulb wattage.
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