Found the perfect chandelier, and after a small delay in shipping, finally received it only to find out it was a plug-in with a cord! Surprise! No worries, this is fixable. Converting a cord/plug fixture is very similar to installing a regular light fixture.
** Safety first! Turn the circuit breaker off to the light switch in question before attempting any electrical work. A small hand-held amp probe held onto the wires should confirm if the circuit is dead. If you encounter any conditions that are not as described, you should always consult with an electrician. Anything beyond existing fixture changes should also consider any local building codes and ordinances.
Let’s get started:
You’ll need a wire stripper/cutter, cordless screwdriver, wire nuts, and a canopy kit. The canopy kit comes with the hanging bracket, screws and the ceiling plate cover and it will be what you need to mount the hanging fixture to the ceiling.
2) Cut the cord!
Nothing like the feeling of slicing right through your brand new fixture’s cord. There’s no turning back now. Leave about 6-8″ of wire from the top of the fixture.
Lamp cord is usually made up of two wires joined together, so simply pull the two pieces apart at the top. Use your wire stripper to strip the insulating outer coating to reveal about 1/2″ to 1″ of copper wire on the inside.
3) Install the canopy bracket
Follow the mounting instructions to mount the bracket for the canopy kit to the ceiling box. The ceiling box should have 3 wires protruding: white (neutral) black (hot) and green or bare solid copper (ground) Fish these wires through the bracket’s hole
4) Wire it up
The ribbed lamp wire combines with the white house wire with the two copper sections touching. Using a wire nut, screw the nut onto the end completely covering the copper portions of the wire. The nut should be tight enough that if you give the wires a gentle tug, they don’t slip out. Repeat the same steps with the green ground wire to the bare brass/copper-colored wire as well as the smooth lamp wire with the black house wire.
5) Secure the light
Before I take the time to make the final closures, I like to insert a bulb and test my work. Turn on the light switch to ensure your bulb comes on. Once you are sure that the connections are tight and it functions, secure the chandelier to the canopy cover with a chain link ad secure the canopy cover to the ceiling bracket with the screws provided.
And wah-lah, you have a new hardwired fixture!
Disclaimer: This tutorial isn’t intended to be error proof. Please use it as a guideline and ensure you are properly skilled and knowledgeable about electrical safety and wiring methods. Extra precautions and additional research is always advised. You are responsible for your personal safety or the success of your projects.