How to Hang a Ceiling Light Fixture

Nothing spoils a dinner party like a chandelier in the pasta or a sudden blackout. Here's how to hang lights safely and securely.

Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • 4-in-1 screwdriver
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Non-contact voltage tester
  • Pliers
  • Voltage tester
  • Wire stripper/cutter
  • Stepladder

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • Electrical tape
  • Wire nuts
  • 10-32 ground screw
  • Light texture

You may also need an electrical box rated for fans if you install a new fixture weighing over 50 lbs.