Installing a Chandelier and Dimmer Switch

Put the phone book down. This is electrical work you can do on your own with our easy-to-follow steps.

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Would you believe us when we say installing a chandelier and dimmer is almost the easiest electrical work you can do? You may be surprised to hear that it is! Put away your fears of wires and switches and follow our easy steps. In a short amount of time, you'll have a beautiful new fixture with light that you can easily manipulate. You'll save so much money doing this yourself, and you will be beaming with pride.

Materials

  • Tape measure
  • Ladder
  • Chandelier (All hardware should be included)
  • Dimmer switch
  • Screwdriver
  • Ceiling medalian (optional)

Step 1

Turn the power off at the breaker box, not just the switch. This is important for your safety. 

Step 2

Remove existing fixture. If the ceiling where the old fixture hung is damaged or unfinished, you may want to consider a ceiling medallion with your chandelier. 

Step 3

Measure the length you want the support chain to hang. The supply wire should be slightly longer than the chain. Thread the fixture's trim ring and optional medallion onto the chandelier's chain. 

Step 4

Use a threaded tube to connect the fixture to the electrical box. Make the electrical connections using wire nuts. Push the trim ring up against the ceiling and secure it in place with a lug nut. The chain hook should sit just below. 

Step 5

Remove old light switch panel. Attach dimmer light switch according to instructions on the package. 

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