How to Hang Light Fixtures in a Drop Tile Ceiling

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Hanging your own light fixture in a drop ceiling will provide light in those dark areas. The most common light that is used for drop ceiling is a fluorescent light fixture. When choosing the size of the light fixture to buy make sure that you choose a proper lumen rating for the area you want to light.

Installation is simple and doing it yourself will save you money.

Things You'll Need

  • Screws Flat end and Phillips screwdriver Small chain or sturdy stiff wire Stud finder Wire cutter Measuring tape
  • Choose the location for your light. You will need to find a location that is parallel to a stud in the original ceiling. Use your stud finder to locate the studs.

  • Screw in two screws to the original ceiling stud if you are using wire. If you are using a chain to hand the light, screw a hook into the original ceiling. Make sure to match the screw or hook locations to each end of the lighting fixture where the chain or wire will attach so that they are in line.

  • Measure what the length is from the original ceiling to where the chain or wire will attach to the light. Cut to the appropriate length.

  • Attach the chain to the hook, or if using wire, wrap around the screw.

  • Attach the chain or wire to the fluorescent light fixture. Take out a drop tile next to it to be able to access the back of the light. Your light is now hanging and ready for wiring and use.

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