How to Hang Pendant Lights


Pendant lighting is commonly used as task lighting since they are a single bulb fixture. Pendant lights are often found over kitchen islands, breakfast tables and bars. The pendant light concentrates the light onto the work area, while providing decoration in your home. There are many different styles and colors of pendant lighting and finding the perfect pendant light to hang in your home will be the hardest part of your project.

Things You'll Need

  • Phillips or slotted screwdriver
  • Orange wire connectors
  • Turn off the circuit that provides electricity to the pendant light by turning off the breaker inside the main electrical panel.

  • Assemble your pendant light following the directions of the manufacturer. The chain or rod attaches to the pendant, and the wiring threads through it. Attach the screw collar loop provided with your pendant to the opposite end of the chain or rod.

  • Thread the nut onto the screw collar loop and install the canopy against the nut. The screw collar loop has exterior threads and the nut twist onto those threads. The nut holds the canopy against the ceiling after installing the pendant.

  • Twist the nipple into the opposite end of the screw collar loop. The screw collar loop has interior threads that the nipple twists into. The nipple is a short hollow tube with threads down its entire exterior length.

  • Attach the fixture crossbar to the opposite end of the nipple. The fixture crossbar is a four-inch piece of metal about one inch wide with a circular hole in the center for the nipple and two holes or slots on either side of the circular hole.

  • Hang your pendant light to the electrical box in the ceiling by attaching the fixture crossbar with screws provided with your pendant's mounting hardware. Thread the pendant wiring through the screw collar loop nipple and fixture crossbar. Locate the black, white and bare copper wires inside the electrical box.

  • Wrap the bare copper wire from the electrical box around the green ground screw located on the fixture cross bar and tighten the screw. Connect the black wire from the ceiling electrical box to the black wire from the pendant by twisting an orange wire connector around both wires. Repeat this connection for the white wire from the electrical box and the white wire from the pendant.

  • Push all wiring inside the electrical box and hold the canopy against the ceiling with one hand. With your other hand, twist the nut on the screw collar loop until it secures the canopy to the ceiling.

Tips & Warnings

  • Test to verify that the electricity has been disconnected in the area that you are working to avoid electrical shock.

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