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How To Wire Switches for a Chandelier Light Fixture

Wiring Connections When Hanging a Chandelier Light Fixture: With most home lighting fixtures the wiring colors are black, white and a bare or green ground wire for the light fixture and the wiring from the electrical junction box, however there may be a few wire color combinations to be aware of.


Wiring Configurations When Hanging a Chandelier Light Fixture

Electrical Question: I am taking down a ceiling fan which is a fan and light combo, and I’m putting up a chandelier.

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Background: Scott, a Student from Medford, New York.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Scott.

Wiring Connections for a Chandelier Light Fixture

With most home lighting  fixtures the wiring colors are black, white and a bare or green ground wire for the light fixture and the wiring from the electrical junction box, however there may be a few wire color combinations to be aware of.

Application: Ceiling Mounted or Wall Mounted Light Fixture.
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools, a non-aluminum ladder and Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with tools and access to the light fixture.
Precaution: Identify the light circuit, turn it OFF and  Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.
Notice: Installing additional fixture wiring should be done according to local and national electrical codes with a permit and be inspected.

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  1. Maria says:

    Hello!
    I just got a chandelier but I didn’t check if it came with a switch, but it didn’t.
    My home is an old Japanese house and you turn the lights on directly from the lamps and not from the walls, so I’m afraid I need to put a switch on it, like my other lamps. Is it possible?
    What should I do?

    • Dave Rongey says:

      Hi Maria,
      Here are a few ideas:
      Depending on the light fixture, a light fixture shop may be able to install a pull chain switch at the base of the fixture, or if the top canopy that is mounted against the ceiling is large enough then there may be room to install a remote control module, the same which are used for ceiling fans.
      I hope this helps you,
      Dave

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