From coffee shops to home kitchens, pendant lights have become a chic addition to any well-designed space. Like recessed lights, pendant lights are also one of the easiest lighting upgrades you can make to your home. Assuming you're replacing a fixture that already used a junction box, it'll only take four steps and about half an hour to install you fashionable pendant light.

 

Step-by-step

Before you start

Before you begin, make sure to turn off the power to the room on the circuit breaker and assemble the necessary tools and equipment. You don't need a lot of tools - just a screwdriver, some wire strippers and some wire nuts. It's also a good idea to wear a mask and goggles to protect your face from drywall debris and insulation.

 

Step 1: Remove the existing fixture

Most ceiling lights and chandeliers are mounted in the same way and can easily be replaced with a pendant. Remove the canopy covering the junction box, disconnect the wires and disassemble the fixture by removing the screws from the mounting bracket.

 

Step 2: Turn on the pendant light

Unscrew the threaded rod that attaches the old fixture to the mounting bracket and screw the rod from the hanger to the mounting bracket. Use your screwdriver to replace the mounting bracket. Your new pendant is almost ready!

 

Step 3: Making Electrical Connections

Attach the wires from the hanger to the wires in the junction box with wire strippers and wire nuts. Connect green to green (usually the ground can also be bare copper), black to black and white to white. Insert the wires into the junction box and attach the awning.

 

Step 4: Complete the installation

Finally, install the shade and lamp, then turn the power back on. Congratulations! You have now installed a pendant light.