How to keep your chandelier from falling out of the ceiling!
Can you imagine coming home to this? Or waking up to the sound of this happening? If not horrifying, then it is downright disconcerting. It doesn't happen often, and with the following information, it should never happen to you.
What are some of the best practices for keeping your chandelier safely in the ceiling?
1. Always ensure that your mounting location can support the weight of your chandelier. Is your electrical box properly mounted and secure within your ceiling?
2. The cross bar, pipe, and screw collar of your mounting hardware should be a tight fit, with a locknut fitted against both the cross bar and the screw collar.
3. The above mentioned cross bar should be securely mounted within your electrical box with the long screws that were included with the box.
Those 3 steps are what holds your chandelier in the ceiling, so always make sure that they are performed carefully, correctly, and securely.
4. Never (ever) spin a chandelier on its chain. Actually, don't even turn it. This sounds logical, but believe it or not, it is the number one reason for fallen chandelier. A chandelier revolving on a chain is very mesmerizing - until it unscrews from the ceiling and falls onto your table. The locknuts are designed to help prevent this from occurring, but they need a little help from you. Best practice - you move around the chandelier doing what needs to be done instead of moving it to you.
5. Make sure that the top loop on the chandelier itself is secure and tight. This loop that attaches to the chain is the one thing that is holding your fixture.
6. Finally, make sure that you are using the proper chain weight. Heavy, solid chain that is split on the side (never on the bottom) is the best choice.
Each time you have your chandelier cleaned, the screw loop connection and the top loop on the chandelier should be checked. Are they tight against the locknuts?
By following the above practices, you and your chandelier should have a long, healthy life together!
Reply to comment on 5/31/2018: I'm so sorry that happened to you! If the pipe came down with the screw loop, the pipe will need to be screwed back into the cross bar and make sure to use nuts to lock it in place. If the pipe didn't come down, then the screw loop must be screwed into the pipe. Again, make sure to use nuts. The proper way to accomplish all of this is to disconnect the wires and start the installation from scratch. Good luck! -Nancy
Reply to comment on 7/28/2018 - I sent you a private message. Let me know if you need further information. - Nancy
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Nice post! When you don’t have anything solid to which you can attach a light fixture, it’s tempting to screw it to the drywall, but that’s a mistake as well as a code violation.
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Too late! My daughter was cleaning chandeliers that is in our hundred your own house and she was spinning it. My son tried to spin it back the other way as they were fixing a piece that fell off and it came down from the ceiling. Now it’s hanging by the cord how do I get the plate back up and support the chandelier again