Wiring a Chandelier

I bought this for Kylie's room... I put it together a week ago but we have yet to hang it in her room, it's actually hanging in the baby's closet right now!! LOL  It's too pretty to be hiding in a closet!!  We are thinking of taking out the ceiling fan she has now OR hiring an electrian to somehow wire it into the middle of her bay window (I think this might be expensive, though).  Have any of you wired something like this yourself or even attached it to an already wired area?  Or should we hire someone?


I bought this for photo 3134293-1

Posted on September 12, 2011 at 7:35 am
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I think you could DIY to some extent.  Fasten it with a base to where the electrical currently is, then use a ceiling hook to drape it where you want.  Or is that not what you're going for?  If you changed where the electrical comes out I think you'd have to replace some drywall...


In our master bedroom we took out the boob light (it was the only one in the house - I think they wanted to keep what they had and replaced it with a cheapo), and installed a heavy fixture that hangs from the ceiling.  Hard to describe, I'd have to show a pic.  Anyway, DH and my dad did it themselves, and since it was so heavy it just took a little extra hardware to securely hang it from the ceiling.  Do you have a dad that can help?  Even for holding the light while the other fiddles with stuff - my arms were starting to shake until we called my dad!

Posted on September 12, 2011 at 8:08 am
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It's definitely something you can DIY, as long as you have an extra set of hands to hold up the fan and chandelier as you're disconnecting/reconnecting the wires. You'll need a step ladder a flat and phillips head screwdriver, and some wiring caps (which may come with the fixture). Usually it's just a matter of matching black to black, white to white, ground to ground, etc. With a ceiling fan there currently, you may have a wire that has no mate. Depending on the fixture you're putting in, you may just have to cap this wire, or you may have something to attach it to.


If the chandelier is "swag-able", then you could install the electrical where the fan is now, and swag it to a hook over the bay window, but then you'd lose the light in the middle of the room. If you wanted to create a second ceiling receptacle, that would involve splicing power cables and is a little more challenging for the DIY'er and requires knowing your local building codes.


If you decide to have help putting it in, I can't imagine an electrician charging more than $100-150 to do it for you (but definitely more if you actually move the electrical box).

Posted on September 12, 2011 at 8:37 am
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Ditto Gator!


Also, if you do decide to hire someone, Justin, Vale's husband (Mikayla's dad) is a great electrician :)

Posted on September 12, 2011 at 8:54 am
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It sounds a little complicated if I want to hang it in her bay window... I'm kind of on the fence about taking out her ceiling fan because she uses it a lot.  Then we'd have to figure something else out to keep her room cool in the summer.


Oooh- I didn't know that Mel, we might be calling him!! :)  Maybe he'd do it as a return "favor"?

Posted on September 12, 2011 at 9:20 am
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Maybe!  Or at least discounted because of it?!  Also, Kendra's husband is an electrician as well...but, he lives in my neighborhood so it's not quite as convenient as Justin :)

Posted on September 12, 2011 at 9:30 am

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