Pendant lighting is typically installed in a kitchen to use over an island or bar. Install pendant lighting to replace an existing light or to add a new fixture. You will need to mount a pendant light from the ceiling, which may require wiring new switches and adding new electrical wire for the new lighting. You can hire an electrician to wire the lighting, or you can install it yourself.
Things You'll Need
- Wire connectors
- Wire cutters
Turn off the power to the room you will be working in by turning off the circuit for the room in your beaker box.
Decide if you will need new switches for the pendant lights. A dimmer switch is typically used for pendant lighting to adjust the level of the light.
Remove the old switch from the wall and disconnect the electrical wires.
Connect the new dimmer switch to the electrical wires and use a screwdriver to secure it to the wall.
Remove the existing fixture in the ceiling to expose the electrical box and the existing wiring.
Disconnect the electrical wiring from the old fixture.
Make the connections for the new pendant light to the electrical box. Use twist-on wire connectors to join white wire to white wire, black wire to black wire and bare copper ground to bare copper ground.
Attach the fixture to the ceiling using screws that were included with the pendant light.
Turn the circuit for the room back on from the breaker box and test the light to make sure it works.
Tips & Warnings
- Using an existing fixture does not require running new electrical wire.
- Contact a qualified electrician if you are unsure about wiring the light fixture.
- Turn off the electricity when performing any type of electrical wiring.
- Multiple fixtures may require wiring additional electrical boxes in the ceiling.
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