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Chandelier Installation Guide

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Chandelier Installation Guide

Chandeliers are typically installed in dining rooms (above the table) or in foyers. These beautiful lighting fixtures can bring a lot more to a space than just light, but with their aesthetic assets come a few weight-related drawbacks. Unlike many other lighting fixtures, chandelier installation is a two-person job. Additionally, additional support may be necessary if you are putting in a chandelier for the first time or you are replacing an existing chandelier with one that is significantly heavier.

  1. 1.J-Boxes

    The j-box (short for junction box) contains all of the connections that you will use to wire your new chandelier. If you are replacing an existing model with one of similar weight, it is likely that the j-box that is already in place will continue to serve just fine. You may, however, need to replace the j-box with a sturdier one if your new chandelier is heavier than the one before it.


    Heavy chandeliers will require junction boxes that are fitted with expandable arms. These arms will extend to the nearest joists above the installation and, once screwed in place, provide very stable support for the large fixture below.

  2. ...replacing an existing chandelier with a new one of similar dimensions is a fairly straight-forward project...
  3. 2.Chandelier Wiring

    Once you have made sure that the power to the circuit you are working on is off, you can remove an old chandelier and its canopy to reveal the j-box and the wires within. If you're lucky, the wires you expose will correspond to the wires on your new fixture; in this case, it is just a simple matter of removing old connections and making the corresponding new ones. It is often helpful in these cases to make a mental note--or even draw a quick sketch--of how the old wires were connected in order to save time when making the connections to the new fixture.

  4. 3.Installing a Chandelier in an Area for the First Time

    Though replacing an existing chandelier with a new one of similar dimensions is a fairly straight-forward project, installing one in a room that has never had a chandelier in it before is not just a matter of making the same connections to a different fixture, but of running new wire. This, of course, is a much more involved job that most homeowners will leave to the pros.


    If you are building a new home from scratch or an addition from the ground up, your general contractor will, obviously, make sure that all the details of your chandelier installation are taken care of. However, if you are putting a new chandelier into an existing space, it's important that you call the right professional for the job.

  6. 4.Chandeliers Specialists

    The home improvement world is full of professionals who specialize in one discipline or another, so it's not surprising that there are professionals out there who work specifically with chandeliers. Though most of the models you'll find in the average home will not require the in-depth knowledge these professionals have in their field, the hanging, restoration, and even cleaning of any elaborate or antique chandelier should generally be left to these experts.

  7. 5.Hire a Handyman for the Job

    While many instances of chandelier installation will occur under the guidance of a general contractor or be handled by a chandelier specialist, you may be able to have this service performed by a professional handyman. Handyman services provide homeowners with a "jack-of-all-trades" option; these professionals are well-versed in many aspects of home improvement, and can often tackle those jobs that are just a little out-of-reach for the average homeowner. If you choose to go this route, it may be helpful to make a list of other small repair jobs that need to be performed around the house. This way, you can get multiple things fixed all with a singe call to a single professional.

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