Dec 01 2010
In New York, and in rental living situations in general it is not always possible or worth your while, to have an electrician install an electrical lighting source in your ceiling. It is costly, and when you aren’t sure that you will be remaining in a residence for more than a few years, it doesn’t seem practical either.
However, having more overhead lighting, and attractive lighting fixtures is definitely an enjoyable feature, both aesthetically and functionally. The solution is to make the lighting fixture, IE a chandelier, into a typical plug-in appliance. This is a very inexpensive and easy procedure, it won’t take you long to do, it’s effective and safe, and you won’t need the expense of an electrician to do it.
Follow this guided reference with photographs to make the conversion of a hardwired chandelier into a plug in.
-A lighting fixture of your choice
-Chandelier Chain link
-Standard light duty extension cord electrical wire, with the required length to run from the ceiling to the desired wall socket
-complimenting plug connector, light duty.
-Light Switch, to plug on to wire, optional (available in hardware stores, ask for assistance to be sure that the switch and plug work with the wire thickness you are using.)
-Swag Hook Kit
-Wall Anchors (optional)
To begin, assemble the chandelier as required. Assess from your ceiling height, how far down you would like the chandelier to drop. After determining a measurement, keeping in mind the length of the chandelier itself, cut the Chain Links with the wire cutters to the appropriate length. Feed the existing wire of the Chandelier through the chain, in and out through every other link. Allow for extra length remaining in the wire, above the chain links.
Included with the chandelier you will notice that there is a round canopy, which is designed as a metal casing to fit flush against the ceiling and conceal the wiring box above it. Since you are not using a wiring box, you are going to use this canopy to hang the chandelier from a hook in the ceiling.
First you must rig it with the additional canopy kit that you have purchased. Attach the additional canopy to the hollow cylindrical anchor in the existing canopy. Each canopy will then screw together with the bolts accompanying it. There is a hole going straight through the two joined canopies, which you will feed the chandelier wire through, until it meets the chain link intertwined section.
After determining the end length of the extension wire, take the plug connector, and pop out the interior metal prongs. Insert the wire into the plug’s plastic casing, then insert the end of the wire into the plastic connector attaching the metal prongs. Snap back into the exterior plastic casing.
Once secured test in a socket to ensure electrical wiring has worked correctly. If desired, add the light switch the wiring at this time. Determining the appropriate location, and then simply clamp on at that spot. Again test to be sure it is working properly.
Using a stud finder, locate a stud in the ceiling in which you can insert the swag hook to hang the chandelier. If you are unable to find a stud in the appropriate location, you can use wall anchors to secure in the gypsum wallboard. These anchors typically come in the swag hook kit, if not they can be purchase separately.
If desired hang one hook off to the side, closest to a nearby wall, so that the wire can loop over and be hidden more easily. I have also chosen to create a fabric casing to cover the wiring more attractively.