Introduction

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Replacing old, outdated light fixtures is an easy, effective way to update the look and ambiance of a room. New lights can add subtle style, create an architectural focal point or simply provide better illumination. Feeling apprehensive about working with electricity? Relax. Switching out old fixtures is perfectly safe and straightforward. In most cases, you simply attach the new fixture to the existing wires. Just remember to turn off the power at the main electrical panel.

Here, we’ll show how to replace a dining-room pendant light with a stylish new chandelier. In many ways, this installation is similar to replacing other types of light fixtures, except for one significant difference: Standard electrical boxes have a maximum load rating of 50 pounds. Most full-size chandeliers are too heavy to hang from a standard box. Therefore, if your new fixture weighs more than 50 pounds, you must install an appropriate support system.
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    Tools List

    • adjustable wrench
      Adjustable wrench,
      used to tighten fan brace
    • lineman's pliers
      Lineman's pliers.
      used for spreading chain links
    • Nut screwdriver
      7/16-in. nut driver
    • Phillips screwdriver
      Phillips-head and slotted screwdrivers
    • wire strippers
      Wire stripper
    • hack saw
      Close-quarter hacksaw (for cutting out old hanging bar
    • ladder
      Stepladder

    Shopping List

    1. CHANDELIER

    2. FAN BRACE

    about $18



    3. TWIST-ON WIRE CONNECTORS