Installing a new pendent light fitting


I came to install a new light fitting yesterday, in place of a pendant light fitting.

I removed the pendant fitting, and foolishly did not label any of the cables as I believed I knew what to do. Now the light does not work and nor do two other lights which I presume are fed off this light, although have separate switches.

I have four cables coming into the fitting, one of which I understand to be the switch cable (it has red tape around the black wire). I connected the switch cable to one terminal, all of the neutral cables to another, all the live cables to another and the earth to their own block.

I connected the light fitting's live cable to the switched block, and the earth and neutral to the respective blocks.

The new fitting did not work and now the other two lights are not working.

Can anyone tell me where I have gone...

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I'd like to add a pendant light above our dining table in an open plan kitchen, dining and living room. There are already two sets of downlights on two separate light switches, as well as a third switch which allows strip lights beneath the kitchen cabinets to be turned on.

I would like the new pendant light to be controlled separately from the other sets of lights.

Would it be possible to "piggyback" the new light and switch on the existing wiring, or would it require totally new wires being put into the ceilings/walls?


Thanks for all your responses. I'm not looking to do the work myself, rather get an idea of how big of a job it work be for an electrician, e.g. if it's going to require major work then I'd rather leave it. If it seems like minimal work, then I'll get someone in to quote. Sounds like it might be the latter (depending on some factors an electrician would need to check), so I'll post it as a job. Thanks...

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Installing a new pendant light can often be just a matter of taking down an old fixture and hanging your new one, and there are two things which help make this project less of a burden: First of all, with the exception of larger chandeliers, which can sometimes be heavy, most pendant lights weigh little enough to be hung from a standard ceiling box. That also means that they aren't difficult to lift and that they can be balanced on top of your stepladder, or temporarily supported from the ceiling box with a home-made wire hook.

Second, with the exception of most track lights, pendant lights are hung from a canopy. That gives you the advantage of being able to support the actual fixture "off to the side," on your ladder or on a temporary hook, and have both hands free to make the electrical and mechanical connections.

Before you start removing the old fixture, turn the power to it off at your electrical panel by flipping the circuit breaker or removing the fuse. Yes,...

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When it comes to installing new light

fittings it’s very important to ensure you get the correct guidance. It can be

very straightforward, however knowing the basics is key. Having an

understanding on light fittings will however enable you to save some money, as

well as do odd jobs around your home. The most common light fitting in

households today is the


, however most traditional homes will still have a

rose with a pendant lamp

. Here’s a guide on how to fit both types of light


Rose Pendant

Ensure to switch of power at
the main unit for the circuit you are targeting.

Remove the cover from the
ceiling rose, then carefully look for which wires are used within the circuit.


You may have a single wire that

leads in to the ceiling rose, if so this means that you have a junction...

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Almost anyone can replace existing ceiling fixtures with a pendant-style light. All home improvement centres and many big-box stores carry a variety of hanging light fixtures; you're sure to find something that accentuates the decor in your home. The installation process takes less than an hour and requires no special skills or experience.

Disconnect the power in the room you are about to work in. Flip the circuit breaker to the off position and verify that the power is off to the fixture. Alert other people in the building about your project so that they do not restore the power while you are working.

Place the ladder where you can easily reach everything. Place your tools and the new pendant light in a small pail on the ladder's paint shelf. Unscrew the light bulbs in the existing fixture and remove any glass shades.

Remove the two screws on either side of your existing fixture at the ceiling, using the screwdriver that fits the screw, exposing the wiring and...

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Pendant lights add beauty as well as efficiency to a track lighting system. The lights hang down from the track and cast more light directly onto specific areas. Pendant lights are most useful in areas such as the kitchen where you want to obtain more light on your counter surface — rather than scattered across the room — and still maintain a sophisticated look. Installing a new pendant light into your existing track lighting system is virtually hassle free and will take no more than a few minutes to complete.

Test the power to the track system by turning on the light. Turn off the light. Turn off the power to the track light at the breaker.

Verify that the new pendant light will not overload the maximum wattage rating of the track light system. Remove one or more of the existing lights to allow for the wattage of the pendant light, if necessary.

Align the contact blades on the stem of the pendant light parallel to the track at the point of installation. Turn...

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a little more info would be helpful, a fuse?? in what ,where ,what size? an energy saving bulb?? what kind , halogen ,flourescent , led?? you see? not enough info, as for the dimmer ,what kind ,rotary, slide, etc.?? brand , lutron ,leviton, etc??? you said pendant light ,is this now on a tract light ?? ,, most dimmers will not work with flourescent bulbs, there are some new ones out that claim they can be and also some leds but they have to specify that they are. you also stated fitting was faulty??? fitting? what exactly are you referring too? this is the internet and so I understand that our use of certain words does not match from one end of this country to another , I worked in a hardware store for years and not sure what fitting is supposed to stand for ,are you talking about the bulb base, where you screw the bulb into? it is also known as a socket by most, but fitting ? if your light fixture has a transformer and a fuse ,you will have to include make an model, is it...

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Normally, the junction box for a ceiling light fixture is attached to the ceiling joists in such a way as to distribute the load of the light on those joists instead of on the drywall. The normal way is to hang a 2x4 between two joists, suspended a couple inches above the bottom of the joists, and attach the J-box to that so it'll be flush with the drywall. Such a structure can support hundreds of pounds, even if the j-box itself won't.

Under about 30 pounds, which includes most modern round lights, small hanging lights and ceiling fans, you should be able to mount directly to the J-box; it will have threaded holes for a machine screw. Over that, most kits will include a threaded J-hook that is designed to screw into the wood strut above the J-box; these can support up to a couple hundred pounds, and the J-box then only supports the weight of a crown cover to conceal the mount and wires.

Be wary; there are "old work" ceiling J-boxes designed to be inserted into the...

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In this video, This Old House host Kevin O'Connor discovers the proper way to install ceiling-mounted light fixtures.

1. Turn off the electrical power to the circuit you will be working on.
2. Remove the wall switches from an existing two-gang box; be sure to label the wires for reinstallation later.
3. Push the existing electrical cables through the rear of the box.
4. Hold a new three-gang switch box over the old two-gang box and trace its outline onto the wall.
5. Use a drywall saw to enlarge the hole in the wall for the three-gang box.
6. Pry the old two-gang box from the wall.
7. From the attic, drill a hole down through top wall plate directly above the switch-box hole.
8. Feed a fish tape down the hole and into the new switch-box hole.
9. Use the fish tape to pull a new nonmetallic electrical cable up from the hole and into the attic.
10. Feed all the wires through the rear of the new electrical box, then screw...

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Doesn’t the term “hard-wiring” scare you? It definitely scared me. I had NEVER IN MY LIFE handled electric wires before this project and neither had my husband. I thought all you had to do was somehow screw in the light fixture and there would be light! But after doing it ourselves, turns out hard-wiring is not that hard (pun intended)!

We had a simple-as-can-be, builder-grade flush mount light fixture above our dining table. It wasn’t that bright and didn’t feel like it fit the rest of our decor, so it was time to go. Between the Min and me, it took about 3 hours to replace the flush mount with a lovely pendant chandelier, but we feel like experts now! I doubt it would take more than 30 minutes next time. Hopefully, with these instructions, it won’t take you that long either!

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Published at July 7th, 2017. Posted by Nico in Lighting.

Choosing or purchasing a light pendant maybe easy, but when it comes to fitting, do you still consider it to be easy? Badly, some people often face difficulties in this part. Fitting a standard light pendant that mounted on the ceiling is not that complicated when you are expert and make sure that you reach the ceiling without being disrupted. Hanging pendant light fitting is also not that hard if you are pretty expert about. Although, you still need to follow and learn the safety procedures, so you can do the light with fitting safely. Safety is absolutely an important thing especially when you have to work with electrical thing.

How to Install A Standard Pendant Light

Before you start pendant light fitting, make sure you turn off the main power. Remember safety is the ultimate thing. Prepare yourself with a voltage tester so you can check if the circuit is safe or dead. Make sure you check all the...

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