Installing a chandelier is not as complicated as you may have heard or imagined. A chandelier is a beautiful accessory that adds a dash of elegance to any space, from the entryway to the bedroom. While changing a light fixture may look like a complex project, the process isn't as difficult as it may initially seem. Follow these basic steps to add a chandelier to your home.
Begin by turning off the power to the circuit where you'll be working. Remove the old chandelier or light fixture from the junction box. If possible, have someone around to assist you by supporting the weight of the fixture while you disconnect the wires. At this point, you will need to determine whether the junction box needs replaced. You should only have to replace the box if it's not strong enough to support the weight of your new chandelier. For example, if you're replacing a ceiling fan with a chandelier, the junction box in place should already be strong enough to support your next fixture.
After you have inspected the junction box or installed a new one, it's time to wire the new chandelier. Remember to wire the new chandelier in the same way as the old light fixture. Attach the ground wire and then connect the white wires together and finally the black. Once the wiring is complete, follow the manufacturer's instructions that came with your new light fixture, which will direct you in attaching your specific model to the ceiling and adjusting its height.
When hanging you chandelier, remember to adjust its height that that no one will be in danger of bumping their heads. In dining rooms, this means the chandelier should be mounted a minimum of 30 inches above the table and chandeliers in entryways should be no lower than seven feet to accommodate swinging doors and taller guests. You want visitors to admire our handiwork, not run into it.