Installing Hanging Lamps
Hanging lamps have been very popular since the old days, in decorating the room. Hanging lamps are suspended from the ceiling with the help of a hook attached to the base of the lamp. Before you purchase and install the hanging lamps, you need to consider several things. When selecting a hanging lamp, survey your home’s style and the room’s general atmosphere. Your fixture should reflect or enhance the overall aesthetics of the room. For example, a dangling candelabra fixture suits a formal dining room very well, but looks awkward in a home office or laundry room. Choose the correct light for the correct purpose. Then, before you begin any electrical work, always turn off the electrical power to the circuit and test for voltage with a voltage tester. Due to the heavy weight of larger fixtures, you may prefer to pre-assemble the fixture before hanging it. Lighting manufacturers usually provide detailed instructions for their particular model, but the basic mounting system of a luminaire is comprised of a crossbar, lock nut, screw collar loop, pendant cord or rod, canopy and canopy nut.
Loosely attach these pieces together, then secure the crossbar to the electrical box with the screws provided. Connect the wiring and cover the electrical box with the canopy and canopy nut. For very heavy hanging lamps, enlist the aid of a helper who can support the lamp while you connect the wires and attach the lamp to the ceiling. In general, hang a lamp approximately 30 to 36 inches above the typical table height of 30 to 35 inches.