How to Fix Broken Glass Pendants


Glass pendant light fixtures have become more common over the past few years with many new styles entering the market. The pendant can hang down over an island or bar area and provide attractive spot lighting. Because the fixture is lower in the room and the fixture glass shade is fully exposed, these types of fixtures are susceptible to being broken. Repairing the fixture can often be done by a homeowner.

Things You'll Need

  • Ladder
  • Power screwdriver
  • Wire tester
  • Painter's tape
  • Marker
  • Replacement glass
  • Position a ladder in close proximity to your fixture.

  • Turn off the circuit breaker to the light fixture; make sure it's off by testing the light.

  • Remove the broken glass lampshade for those fixtures where the shade unscrews easily. For some fixtures, you'll need to unscrew the decorative canopy or cover that hides the electrical wiring at the ceiling. Use a power screwdriver to unscrew the cover.

  • Gently pull the wiring out of the metal box. Your wires should be connected with screw connectors. Before you remove the connectors make sure your power is off by using a wire tester.

  • Tear off two inches of painter's tape and wrap it around each wire. Stick the ends of the tape together and use your marker to label the color the wire connects to. Label all of your wires.

  • Unscrew the electrical connectors from the wires and separate the wires. Take the fixture down to table level and carefully remove the remains of the broken glass. Replace the broken glass with the new glass, and then reassemble anything you have taken apart to access the pendant.

  • Carry the light fixture up the ladder and carefully retwist and reconnect the wires. Make sure your wire connectors are tight. Remove the excess tape and tuck your wires up into the receptacle and remount your canopy or cover using a power screwdriver.

  • Turn the circuit breaker back on and test your light fixture.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you're uncomfortable working with your wiring, you can hire an electrician to help you remove and replace your fixture after replacing the broken lamp glass.

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