Chandeliers should be installed by a professional to ensure its safety. (Photo Credits)
Installing chandeliers can be very tricky especially for a homeowner trying to install one on his own. For one, there is safety involved, and of course there is the risk of damage and losses in case the expensive chandelier drops on the floor and gets damaged.
But for homeowners who would like to try their hand in hanging their own chandeliers, Home improvement website The Spruce has come up with tips on hanging chandeliers both for safety and over-all and design and impact in a room.
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“Depending on where you’re placing your chandelier, there are some guidelines you can follow. When hanging a chandelier above a dining room table, experts generally agree that it should hang 30 to 36 inches above your table. The rule is simple—the taller the ceiling, the taller the chandelier, and chains can always be extended or shortened if needed. For an entryway, the majority of pros assert that the chandelier should hang no lower than 7 feet.”
Check out the rest of their tips here.
As for other home lighting accents like cove lighting, Family Handyman came up with a step-by-step procedure on installing cove lighting. Foremost in their tips though is to ensure that cove lighting is right in relation to a home design and structure. Then they came up with a comprehensive list of instructions on installing cove lighting. Electricians
“Draw reference lines to indicate the bottom of the light strip and the bottom of the base. Don’t worry whether the lines are level. Instead, measure down from the ceiling in several places and connect the dots to achieve a consistent distance between the cove and the ceiling. Years of settling can throw a ceiling out of level. A cove not in line with the ceiling will create a noticeably uneven gap. Save time by cutting a couple blocks of wood to use as marking gauges.”
Read the rest of the instructions here.
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Pendant lights are yet another trend in home lighting design. The DIY Network came up with a comprehensive web post explaining how this could be done by homeowners, and what safety considerations to keep in mind when doing such. Builders and Contractors
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“Before beginning any type of electrical project, be sure the power is turned off at the home’s main circuit box. Cover the switch with tape to make sure it doesn’t get turned back on while you are working. Use a circuit tester to ensure that the power is off before you touch any of the electrical wiring.”
The list of the step by step instructions can be found here.
If unsure as to how to safely install accent lighting, chandeliers, or pendant lights, the safest route will always to heed the service of a licensed professional electrician contractor.
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