Step 7: Connect the wires

connecting the wires
Photo: Kolin Smith
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Remove any shades from the chandelier before installing it.

Shorten the wires and remove chain links so the chandelier will hang at the right height.

Thread the nipple first into the chandelier's chain holder, then into the fixture-mounting bar. Feed the chandelier wires through the nipple.

Lift the fixture and screw the mounting bar to the electrical box.

Wrap the cable's copper ground wire around the grounding screw, tighten it, then connect the wire's end to the chandelier's ground wire.

Next, strip ½ inch of insulation off the chandelier's wiring.

Use a twist-on connector to join the chandelier's white wire to the cable's white wire. Do the same with the chandelier's and the cable's black wires.
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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