How to Hang a Plug In Pendant Lamp

Pendant lights are basically lamps that are suspended and dropped from the ceiling using a chain or metal rod. There can be multiple ways to use pendant lamps; they can be used in the kitchens, study rooms or bathrooms.

They are accessible in many designs and materials; they can be made of metals, glass or concrete or even plastic. They are not exactly chandeliers but a type of it that are hanged from ceilings.

In comparison to a chandelier pendant lamps have multiple spread-out arms, which is slightly more than a bulb hidden beneath a shade wavering at the end of a cord.

However, there is a wide variety of sizes, shapes, and styles, varying from 4-inch-diameter tiny cylinders to enormous 30-inch lamps. Few of these lights shed light over a slightly wider area, giving the region a welcoming glow; while others are designed to beam the light on one particular spot such as the kitchen island, or on a picture of the family.

Although you can hire an electrician or a professional to hang a plug-in lamp in your house, doing it yourself could be entertaining and help you learn in the process as well. Moreover, it’s a fine ability to store in your mental toolbox.

Hanging a pendant light at the side of the bed is an effective way to include mood or task lighting to the room. Moreover, these pendant lights are hung in the latest homes as a style statement. This is especially true because they provide a practical solution to add diverse types of lighting.

Whatever technique you prefer, the hanging pendant lights will certainly add a level of style sophistication and chic look to your bedroom or the house in general.

As a rule of thumb, pendants lamps are typically hung anywhere between 28-36 inches on top of the target surface, and around 60-70 inches from the base of the shade to the ground. Likewise, when it comes to hanging numerous pendant lights, they must be spaced out at 24-30 inches.

You do need to rely on your father or an electrician to hang a pendant lamp. Learn the process of how to hang a plug on a lamp in a few easy steps.

Hang a Plug-in Pendant Lamp

Step 1: Safety First

Whenever you are working with electric fixtures, it is imperative to remember that you must switch off the electric circuit from the central panel.

Do not attempt to operate on live wires. In order to ensure that the circuit breaker is switched off, flip the room’s light switch button to confirm that no electric power is still on in the room you are planning to work in.

Step 2: Get rid of the old lights

After that, unbolt and lower the old light’s top which is the decorative, concave shaped disk aligned with the ceiling to get away in the electrical box.

Carefully get rid of the twist-on connectors from the electric wiring. Verify that there is no current by means of connecting the two wires with an electrical tester. If the tester’s light does not come on, disengage all the cabling to free the light/lamp.

Tip: Simply ask for help and hand the old light to someone else instead of climbing down with it.

Step 3: Get rid of the Electric Box

Unscrew the nails that grip the electrical box to its metal hanger bar. In some cases, there might be no screws which indicate that the box is probably secured to a joist. Utilize a flat bar to loosen up the box free.

For a plastic box, make use of a screwdriver to release the bendable fin that confines the lead, and then drag the cable free. However, if it is a metal box, slacken the screws on the wire connector, and then slide out the cable.

Step 4: Install the Fan Brace

Get the fan brace from the particular box and rotate the hexagonal bar to trim down the brace to its smallest direct length. Subsequently, skid the brace up from inside the hole and place it on top of the ceiling.

Ensure that the feet are flatly resting. Spin the hexagonal brace using your hands until you believe that its spiky prongs have been dug into the joists.

Step 5: Tighten the fan brace

When you are unable to tighten the brace with your hands, you can employ an adjustable wrench for few more turns to completely entrench the prongs in the beam.

Tip: Do not stiff up the fan brace because it causes tension in the joists which can result in nail pops.

Step 6: Set up the New Electrical Box

Make use of a slotted screwdriver to loosen up the knockout plugs from the surface of the metal box. If you have a box that does not have a basic cable connector, then fasten a nonmetallic connector to the hole.

Clutch the electric box near the ceiling and insert the end of the wire through the cable connector. Drag out about six inches of the lead into the box, and then stiffen the connector screws to secure the cable in place.

Step 7: Fasten the Box

After locating the extension, bolt and hex nuts that are with a fan base, slip the bolt over the brace. After that slide the extension onto the threaded ends; place a nut on it and tighten it. Align the two holes of the electrical box with the ends of the bolt. Later you can tighten the box with the ceiling.

Step 8: Connect the Wires

Remove the plastic cover from your new pendant lamp/light. Cut down the cables and take out chain links so the pendant lamp will dangle at the precise height.

Thread the wire first into the pendant lamps chain holder and later put it in the fixture-mounting bar. Elevate the light and rotate the mounting bar to the box. Cover the cable’s copper lead around the foundation screw, stiffen it, and then attach the wire’s end to the pendant lamp’s ground wire. Subsequently, shred ½ inch of insulation off the pendant lamp’s wiring.

Step 9: Secure the Canopy

Cautiously fold and push the leads up into the electrical box. Slide the pendant’s canopy and press it against the ceiling. You must ensure that the cables do not poke out because they will take away the beauty of it. Lastly, install the bulbs and let your room brighten your day!