How To: Light It Up

Another item checked off my to do list.  Our dining room light fixture wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t quite what we were looking for.  So, I ordered this light fixture from CB2.  The only problem?  The fixture is meant to be plugged in to an outlet, not hardwired.  That’s okay though, I have a handy hubby.

Here she is in the box:

Before we could install the fixture, we went to Lowe’s to buy a 2 in 1 ceiling plate.  Because the light is meant to be plugged in, one was not included.  Not to worry, we found one in a brushed nickel finish for $4.98.   It is however a little more traditional than I was hoping for.  Oh well.

We went home, ready to install.  First, turn off your breaker.  You can never be too safe!!  Then Ben removed our old fixture.

He installed the new mounting hardware for the box cover and we measured the height (32 inches) from our table.  Ben marked the cord and cable to know where to cut.  He adjusted the cable to hang at the proper height and tightened the screws in place.

Then he cut the wiring, leaving 3 or 4 inches more than he needed.  He stripped the ends and connected the proper wires to one another, securing with wire nuts.

I held the fixture while Ben hung the ceiling plate.

After about 10 minutes, we had a brand spankin’ new light fixture.

I think it’s great.  What do you think?

7 thoughts on “How To: Light It Up

    1. Our fixture can accommodate one 100 watt bulb. I think ours is fine, but it may not be for others… I really don’t like bright overhead lighting-I get headaches too easily.

  1. Hi there! I found your blog from YHL and am interested in doing something like this to replace my super dated chandy in the dining room of the house we rent. Since I don’t have a particularly handy husband, can you recommend a tutorial for the whole “connecting the proper wires” part? Thx!

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