Installing a pendant light is fairly easy. A pendant light is usually suspended by a power cord. It can be distinguished by finish, size, or shape, and therefore the style of installation can be chosen to match your décor, space, or purpose.
This guide outlines the rules and precautions that you ought to know when installing a pendant light.
1. Safety First
Any electrical project should be undertaken with the power turned off from the main circuit. Remove the fuse or ensure the circuit breaker is turned off. Turning off the light is not sufficient to avoid electrical shock. Make sure power will not be turned back on while you are working. You can also have a power tester while working to ensure your safety.
You should never overlook the importance of electrical safety when installing a pendant light. If you are not quite familiar with the installation, please turn to a qualified electrician.
2. Electrical Regulations
Pendant lights are suspended by a cord, chain, or metal rod. This step can be skipped if all the wiring is done correctly in accordance with the country’s regulations. It is vital to ensure that you abide by the current electrical regulations of the city you are living in. Do not install bulbs to exceed the maximum allowable wattage. Examine the pendant lights to see if there are any damages on the light fixtures before installing a pendant light. If you find damaged cords or broken glass components of the pendant lights, they should be replaced to avoid hazards. You should also make sure that the wiring of the pendant lights is correct.
3. Choose the Right Pendant Light for Your Home
A right pendant light brings new life and glamour to your home. You should first evaluate which type of pendant lights would suit your functional needs. For overall lighting, try a pendant with a light diffuser. For task lighting, pick the pendants with an open-top to ensure the light is not too harsh. As decorative lighting, choose the pendants that exude a soft glow and feature an impressive look without casting targeted light.
4. Unpacking and Assembling the Light Fixture
Check every component in the package after you unpack the box. Make sure that all the parts and mountings specified in the manual illustrations can all be found inside the box.
The instructions that show you the process of installing a pendant light are very crucial. Assemble the lighting fixture using the manual instructions and diagrams. Pendant lights come in many varieties therefore to assemble a pendant light one relies on the manual and diagrams.
Read and follow the instructions. The manual itself will not cover all conditions or situations that may possibly occur during installation. These factors are critical and can only be borne by the installer. There are other things that you will need to assemble. Assembling the light fixtures need tools like a slotted screwdriver, a wire cutter, an adjustable wrench, a stepping ladder, and wiring supplies. Get these tools ready before you start the installation.
5. The Process of Installing a Pendant Light
The installation is easy when the pendant light is assembled correctly. Please confirm the following steps before installation;
- The required power supply in a circuit is 120V, 60Hz.
- Use the wires that are listed and approved to be used in the installation.
- Use connectors that are suitable based on the size, type, and the number of conductors.
- Do not use loose strands or loose wires.
- Use electrical tapes that are also listed and approved to be used for securing wire connectors.
Follow the steps below to make a correct installation of the lighting fixture. Ensure the ceiling where you are fixing the light has a strong fixing point and look for a batten or a ceiling joist.
- Make markings for drilling holes on the ceiling on the point where you will mount the fixture with screws.
- Measure downwards from your point of installing on the ceiling and adjust the pendant’s hanging rod, cord, or chain to suit the height of your ceiling and the room proportions. The height of the light fixture you will hang is a matter of preference. The only thing you should consider is don’t hang it too low to avoid potential head-bumping.
- Drill the holes carefully and be careful not to damage any underlying electrical cables. If there was a light bulb mounted there previously, it should be removed carefully and leave the wires from the main supply. Prepare a junction box that goes well with the pendant lighting fixture.
- Mount the assembled pendant light by connecting it to the power wire. Make use of the connector block in your ceiling to appropriately connect your light to the wire. Ensure the cables are tucked in the connector block according to the manual instruction.
- The lighting fixture has a white wire(s), which is connected to the white wire of the power circuit.
- Then connect the black wire(s) of the fixture to the power circuit’s black wire.
- The ground wire from the supply circuit is connected to the lighting fixtures’ bare copper wire and the wire could also be green. Take this opportunity to ensure that the junction box is mounted correctly.
- Use a screwdriver to fasten the mounting bracket that comes with the pendant light to the junction box with the provided screws. Make sure that the bracket is well-attached.
- Mount the shade over the bulb socket. Make sure the shade of the pendant light is fastened and will not fall off.
- Choose a bulb that suits your lighting needs and carefully screw it into the lamp holder.
Pendant lights are available in a wide variety of styles, shapes, and colors. These make them well-suited to your lighting purposes. They also boast a myriad of designs, suitable for different styles of décors. Also, choose the right kind of bulb that will go well with the pendant fixture.