Last Updated on March 26, 2014 by Corinne Schmitt
Replacing the old worn out light fixture with an elegant pendant-style light recreates a dramatic appearance that complements in décor. These low-hanging fixtures dangle down from the ceiling on a rod, cord or single chain, which means the work best on vaulted, cathedral or high ceilings. They can also be installed above pool tables, kitchen tables, kitchen islands and other areas where running face first into them won’t be a problem. Another option is to install one or two pendant light fixtures above your bed to provide a gentle glow that allows you to read more often while relaxing in bed.
Benefits of Pendant Lighting
Pendant lighting is a versatile option for just about any room in your home. It can provide a modern, contemporary feel or elegant, old-world charm. With the seemingly endless options available, pendant light fixtures can reflect your personal style and taste. Other benefits of pendant lighting include:
• Works well as general or task lighting
• Visually decorative
• Flexible design works with any theme
• Use alone or in group lighting
• Provides good illumination
• Illuminates areas that are hard to reach
• Available in various designs
Installing a Pendant Light Fixture
Before beginning the installation process, make sure to read the installation directions that come with the light kit. When you are ready to begin, go to your fuse or breaker box and turn the power off in the room where you are working. Ensure the power is actually off to the room by turning the light switch off and on. Never try to install or replace a light fixture when the electricity is still live. Doing so causes bodily harm and can even be fatal. Once you are sure that no electricity is traveling to the room, you can begin the installation process.
You cannot attach the new light until you have removed the old light fixture first. After you have completed that task, begin by attaching the new light’s mounting fixture to the previous fixture’s electrical box. Next, attach the colored wires of the pendant light to the matching colored wires of the mounting fixture by twisting them together and placing a wire nut at the end of each set of wires. The pendant light will have a green wire hanging from it that you need to wrap around the grounding screw.
Once all wires are attached to one another, carefully push them up and into the ceiling, and attach the light canopy to the ceiling using the screws that were included with the pendant light kit. Attach the included shade to the pendant light and screw in the bulb. Lastly, turn the power on to the room and test the light by flicking the switch on and off.