Hello! Welcome to my how to install a light fixture post. I hope this is detailed enough to make anyone feel confident to do this themselves. I believe with the proper tools and knowledge we can really do these things safely. Here are tools I suggest having on hand to install a light fixture:
- Screw Driver- various sizes
- Drill to get those tough screws in easier
- Wire Stripper
Ok so here was my ugly ceiling light before I changed it. I absolutely despise overhead lighting. It's not flattering and makes a room cold. I am a lamp person all the way. BUT if you have a fabulous light fixture or pendant that makes a statement.... I say go for it. Make sure to get something that gives off a warm light. This will make your room really cozy.
Below is the light fixture head that will be attached to the chandelier once it was installed. It came with a long silver cord (with a plug) that I chopped off (save to make another lamp with) because I wanted my fixture to be fairly tight to the ceiling.
This is the conversion kit I ordered. The product link is at the bottom of this page. The fixture did not come with this so make sure to buy one with your fixture. This was $25 and free shipping so I ordered it after I realized the fixture didn't come with on.
Ok so you can see how much cord I chopped off. We pulled both wires through the conversion kit and then began to measure the height of the ceiling to figure out how much cord we needed.
This picture below shows the shunt. This is a piece that is used to keep the skinny wire tight and in place so there is no slippage once you hang your fixture. Make sure this is secure once you have figured out the length of cord you want to use!
My handy dandy electrician John helped me remove the ceiling light. They are usually twist off and then you may need to remove a few screws to get the frame off.
Once the frame is off you will detach all of the wires.
Sad... and ugly... I know. But you want to make sure you have all 3 wires out!
Here you are going to take the mounting bracket from the conversion kit and attach it on the ceiling with a screw driver.
Once your mount is screwed in securely you will look for the ground wire. The ground wire is typically the one that is not black or white. This is a safety wire and important to do right. This close up here shows how to wrap the ground wire around the mount before attaching it to the light fixture wires.
Next you will strip the ends of your thick silver power cord (which will have three wires in it). Then strip each end.
You can now begin connecting wires by wrapping them around each other and securing them.
Black matches with black and same with the white. The ground wire here is the green one. You will match this with your ceiling ground wire.
Once they are all matched up and secure you can stuff them above the ceiling and the mounting bracket.
Push the conversion plate against the wall and secure it to the mounting bracket with your screw driver.
Stand back and marvel at your work!! I just love how this light fixture picks up the light. It really sparkles and adds so much warmth to our living room.