Assemble a chandelier

How to assemble a DIY chandelier


Assemble a chandelier it is a type of work that, if done on your own, will allow you to save not a little money. In fact, there is no need for specific knowledge but only some tools, a scale and a little bit of attention.


The assembly of a chandelier classic a Suspension it is a very easy operation. For some chandeliers, two phase contacts may be needed instead.
In this case, unfortunately, if the second cable is not present, it will be necessary to call a professional to have one added.

If instead of a chandelier, you will need to install a ceiling light, no fear. The operation is slightly more difficult but following all the steps will still be quite easy. The thing to which we will need to pay more attention as we will see, is to connect electrical wires correctly.

Mount a chandelier: that’s what you need


What is needed for this operation is very little:

  • a screwdriver close phase, which can be purchased for a few euros;
  • of the electrician’s scissors;
  • of the cable ties of plastic;
  • a scala;
  • a new chandelier.


Then check where you are going to place the chandelier.
There should be a hook to which it will be attached.

If not, you will also need to get a gusset with hook it’s a hammer drill. This tool will prove indispensable, especially if you have to mount a ceiling light.

Photo above: Deevin ceiling light chandelier

Excellent electrician’s scissors turned out to be those of Intercable, with built-in voltage detector.


If you do not have professional scissors, the wire can be easily stripped with some normal scissors. But be careful of the pressure exerted on the sheath because it could damage the copper inside.

3-wire and 3-color chandelier connection


From the ceiling they should usually come out 3 or more wires. You need to know i well colors for each of them. These are the phase, neutral and ground.

The rule CEI EN 60446, also known as CEI 16-4, establishes some colors for the identification of the wires inside the house.

Inserting the electrical cables into a mammoth clamp.  Photo by uomodicasa.it
At this juncture, having to carry out this operation at home, it will be enough to know only the three types of cables mentioned above:

  • Phase: brown or black;
  • Neutral: blue or light blue color;
  • grounding: yellow and green.


In the event that the chandelier should be a double insulation there will be no need for the cable grounding. This will obviously make the whole operation much easier.

Mount chandelier: safety first of all


This is a DIY chore to do during the day. In fact, it will inevitably go detached the current home.

Comely vintage pendant lampPhoto above: vintage Comely pendant lamp

Then get one scala firm. To meet regulatory compliance criteria, the ladder must be built according to UNI EN 131 standard.

Then check that i wires coming out of the ceiling are not too old or cooked.
If not, you will need to call an electrician to replace them.


Finally, an essential tool for your safety is the phase tester screwdriver as mentioned above. It can be purchased on Amazon at a truly ridiculous price. The model of the chickens, for example, it is a great product, very suitable for this type of work.

Connecting the electrical wires of the chandelier


The work can be done alone but it would be better to have someone close, especially if the chandelier is particularly heavy.

Ensure then the chandelier to the ceiling with 1 or 2 cable ties (photo below).
At this point, check with the screwdriver close phase that no current is flowing through the system. When it is certain, player i wires with electrician’s scissors for about 1 centimeter.

Chandelier secured to the ceiling with two straps.  photo by uomodicasa.it
Now, unscrew slightly le year gods clamps, just enough to house the three wires matching colors correspondents (photo below).

Tighten again le year to fix the connections and that’s it.
Now hide the wires in the chandelier holder. Reconnect the power and check if the job has been done right.

Housing of the wires in the mammoth terminals.  Photo by uomodicasa.it
If the connection for the ground cable (yellow green) is missing, it is recommended protect its extreme on the chandelier without peeling it, with electrical tape or with a clamp.

Wire chandelier with particular installation


It could happen some particular chandeliers that have, instead of the hook, one metal plate which must be fixed to the ceiling with dowels (photo below).

An example of a chandelier with a fixing plate.  photo by Amazon
Proceed more or less as above, taking the measurements according to the size of the plate to make the holes where to stay i dowels.

Subsequently, connect the wires and then fix the chandelier with the screws to the previously installed plate.

How to mount a ceiling light


This is a bit more complicated operation and the help of one second person will definitely be useful, especially if the ceiling light will turn out particularly heavy or bulky.

This type of chandelier will be fixed directly to the ceiling with gods dowels.

So take the chosen ceiling light and place it on the ceiling where you have decided to install it. Mark with a pencil the 2, 3 or 4 points in correspondence with the tightening holes.

Then carry out i holes in the ceiling with a hammer drill in the previously marked points. Thoroughly clean the inside of the holes and insert the plugs.


Remove the mammoth clamp and pass the cables through the hole in the ceiling light.

Reinsert the wires into the terminal and at this point, connect them always paying attention to color matching. Now all that remains is to take the ceiling light and secure it with screws to the ceiling.

The connection of the power wires is exactly the same as that of a normal chandelier in fact, only the method of fixing to the ceiling.


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