How to Replace a Chandelier

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Installing a chandelier in place of an old chandelier requires careful attention to detail. Because your new chandeliers could be heavier than the old one, it is essential that you perform these steps accurately.

  • Determine the weight of your new chandelier. If it is close to the weight of your current chandelier, you do not have to replace the ceiling junction box. However, if the chandelier is heavier than your current one, purchase and install a junction box that will support the weight of your new chandelier.

  • Turn off the power to the circuit where the chandelier will be located. When you believe you have turned off the power, use a circuit tester to verify.

  • Remove the old chandelier. As you are performing this step, note how the fixture was installed and mark the wires with tape.

  • If you determined that a new junction box was necessary in step one, install it now.

  • Attach the new hardware from the chandelier to the mounting strap. If there is not a mounting strap, install one at this point. Either use one that came with the chandelier or purchase one.

  • Screw the mounting strap to the junction box.

  • Wire the new chandelier just as the chandelier was. Remember to connect like colors (ie black to black, white to white, etc). You will need to remove about a half inch of the insulation from each new wire before attaching it to the wire that was previously attached to the old chandelier.

  • Once you have twisted the wires from the new chandelier to the wires from the ceiling, twist on wire nuts in a clockwise direction.

  • The remainder of this procedure will be determined by the manufacturer's directions that accompanied the chandelier. Because all chandeliers are a little different, the process is individualized.

Tips & Warnings

  • If possible, have someone help you with this process. Chandeliers can be quite heavy and delicate. Dropping the chandelier can destroy it.

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