will usually include more chain than you will actually need. Measure and cut the chain to its desired length with metal snips. Then cut the wiring 6 inches longer than the chain.
INSTALLATION To install the fixture, you’ll need a screwdriver and some wire strip- pers. It might help to screw the metal mounting strap to the junc- tion box to keep the wires close together while you work. The end of the chain will thread into the mounting strap. Using a combination stripper, pinch the fixture wire in the appro- priately sized hole, squeeze to cut the sheathing, then twist and pull to remove about 3/4-inch of insu- lation from each wire.
In modern home supply wiring, individual wires are bundled together in a sheathed cable. “Two-wire with ground” cables have a black wire, a white wire and an uninsulated ground wire. “Three-wire with ground” cables (used with three-way and four-way switches) have a black wire, a white wire, a red wire and an unin- sulated ground. The white wire is usually the neutral wire, and the black is the
live or “hot” wire. Any red wires are hot, too. The unsheathed, exposed copper wires are ground wires Match the fixture wires to the supply wires (hot to hot, neutral to neutral), twist the exposed wires together clockwise. Light fixtures don’t have black and white cables, but it’s still important to connect the neutral wire of the circuit to the neutral wire of the light. To identify the neutral wire, examine the lamp cord closely; the neutral wire usually has a white rib on the sheathing as its indicator. The ground wires typically anchor to the mounting strap with a small green-painted screw. Because the fixture wires are stranded and the supply wires are solid, it usually helps have 1/4 inch extra exposed strand wire to wrap around the solid wires. Secure the connections with a UL-listed wire nut. If only a single cable, or one set of black and white wires, enters the box, then the fixture is at the end of the circuit, which allows for the simplest method
The new chandelier’s height is optional, but measuring the height of the existing fixture will serve as a good reference when determining the height of the replacement.
A good DIY tip is to snap photos of the existing wiring connections to use as a guide for the new fixture.
Measure and cut the chain to its desired length. Thread the electri- cal cord through the chain every three loops, leaving it 6” to 8” longer than the chain.
When adding or subtracting links to the chain, pry them open in a “C” shape rather than twisting them, which will weaken the link and risk breakage.
Since the fixture was located above a split-level stairway, the job required a telescoping multi- ladder. I used the Leveler by Little Giant Ladder, because each side of the ladder telescopes inde- pendently, granting the ability to set up the ladder with one side safely on the floor and the other resting securely on a stair tread above.