A ceiling lamp is without a doubt one of the most important statement pieces in any room. It doesn't matter whether it is a Tiffany pendant light in all its colorful glory or simple and practical flush mount fixture. Installation of these ceiling lamps makes for a fun and very satisfying DIY project. Below is a guideline that should help you do it right for the perfect aesthetic and functional addition to your room.
What you will need
One thing that makes light installation so simple is the fact that you do not need too many tools. So do not worry about having to buy a complete workman tool box with the outfit to match. In fact, all you need is a good screw driver whether manual or electric and the light fixture you are planning on installing. It also does help to have the fixture's installation manual especially if you are dealing with a complicated unit. With these 3, you are good to go.
How to install the ceiling lamp
STEP 1- Ensure that your wiring can handle the lamp's electric demands
This is especially important if you are replacing the light fixtures in a house with very old wiring. You can determine this by comparing information from the light's user manual with details on your home electricity box. If your wiring can handle the lamp's electric needs, then you can proceed with the installation. If not, you might want to consider a lamp with lower wattage or even a complete wiring overhaul in your home.
STEP 2- Assembling the pendant light arm and body.
First of all, you should read the installation reference intensively. Fix the lamp arms with wrench, the distance of the lamp arms must be symmetrical, so the pendant lamp will not be oblique after installation.
STEP 3- Connect the wiring appropriately
Connect the electric wire inside the pendant lamp arms correctly so it can be lighted normally after all the installation. Here, you connect the wires in the ceiling with their respective ports on the lamp. This is made easy for you through color codes. The black or red wires are usually the live wires, white or blue pieces are neutral whereas green or brown wires are for earthing. More often than not, there will be corresponding color markers next to the wiring ports on the light fixture. Ensure that you connect each wire to its appropriate place to ensure that the light works perfectly.
STEP 4- Screw the base plate onto the ceiling
The base plate is the part of your new ceiling lamp that supports the entire structure to the ceiling. This usually comes as a part of the package as well as the screws needed to fasten it to the wall. Here, ensure that the plate is properly aligned with the ceiling fixture nook. That way, you will not have awkward gaps peeping from under the fixture once you have the whole thing set up.
STEP 5- Screw the lighting fixture onto the base plate
Once the wiring is in place, you can now fasten the entire lamp to the already installed base plate. In this case, your trusty screw driver and the screws provided are all you need.
STEP 6- Put in some bulbs and switch on the lights
Finally, pop the required bulbs, turn on the electricity at the main control box and flip the switch. You will know that you did your job right when the bulbs glow bright and steady. If they flicker or simply do not go on at all, chances are that there is something wrong with the wiring. In this case, simply turn off the electricity again and confirm that you fixed the wires correctly and firmly.
With this comprehensive guide, you should be able to successfully install your ceiling piece be it a pendant light or a wall fixture. All you need to do is to ensure that you have all the necessary tools. Also make sure for the sake of safety that the lights are off before you go tinkering with the wiring then you can get work installing the lamp of your dreams.