How to Install a Chandelier

Install a new chandelier like a professional

Chandeliers are one of the most elegant lighting fixtures you can add to your home, and they add dramatic flairs to dining rooms, vestibules and main staircases. The three most common variants are candle chandeliers, crystal chandeliers and brass chandeliers, and all three are structurally similar. If you've purchased a new chandelier for your home and you want to install it yourself, the process is fairly straightforward if you have the right supplies and some basic electrical knowledge.

You will need the following equipment:

  • Electrical tape
  • Masking tape
  • Stepladder
  • Pen or marker
  • Mounting strap
  • Wire connectors
  • Wire stripper
  • Stepladder
  • Power drill

Install a Chandelier in 8 Steps

Here's your step-by-step guide to installing a chandelier:

  1. Disconnect the power running to the circuit where you're going to install the chandelier.
  2. Get rid of the old lighting fixture, if there is one. If so, make a note of the orientation of the wires, and mark and label their positions with masking tape.
  3. Moving in a counterclockwise direction, unscrew and detach the old wire connectors.
  4. Install a new junction box of the appropriate strength, if the chandelier you're going to install weighs more than the fixture that used to be in its place.
  5. Assemble the chandelier according to the manufacturer's instructions, but do not put the light bulbs in yet.
  6. Use a mounting strap or get another person to help steady the chandelier as you mount it and screw it into place in the fixture.
  7. Connect the neutral, hot and ground wires to their respective leads.
  8. Set the lock nuts or bolts in place to secure the chandelier, then install the light bulbs.

Once you've completed the installation process, turn the power back on. You're now ready to enjoy your new chandelier! One thing to note: it's a good idea to have someone help you install a chandelier. Not only are they heavy, but they're also fragile and expensive. Make sure you have ample overhead clearance as you work, and if you need help completing any of the aforementioned steps, ask for it instead of trying to do everything on your own.