How to Hang a Chandelier: Chain, Rod, or Both

How to Hang a Chandelier: Chain, Rod, or Both

There are several ways to hang a chandelier. Typically, the hanging method is dictated by the manufacturer. Because we can customize a fixture to suit your space, you have the option to choose which method is best for your space. The most important things to consider while choosing which method to use are deciding how much hanging height flexibility you need, overall cost, and personal style preference. Below we address each of the three hanging methods we offer.

Hanging Method 1: Chain Only

Using chain allows you the flexibility to add or remove links of chain and easily change the hanging height of a chandelier. This is especially useful if you're installing in a space where you don't know the ceiling measurements or how high exactly you'd like to hang the chandelier. Chain is also usually the cheapest option. A foot of chain (unless you want something fancy) typically costs less than a foot of rod.

To install, each light has a threaded hole on top where the wire exits. For attaching a chain, a loop is screwed into this hole around the wire. Next, chain links are removed (or added) to achieve the desired chain length, and then one end of chain is attached to the loop on the top of the fixture. The other end of chain is attached to the loop attached to the canopy which will be secured to the ceiling. This chain holds the weight of the fixture when installed. Note, the fixture should never hang from the wire itself unless it is a small cordset/single bulb. Next, the wire is weaved into the chain and up through the loop on the canopy to be wired to the junction box. Weaving the chain creates a cleaner look for the space. The canopy is then secured to the ceiling using a bracket and finial caps included with the canopy kit.

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Hanging Method 2: Rod Only

There is less hanging height flexibility if you use rods because rods are a fixed length, but this option completely hides the wires for a clean look. Many chandeliers include a set of several rod lengths that screw into one another and allow you to choose how high to hang your fixture in fixed increments. However, with many chandeliers you may end up paying for rods you don't need. One way we reduce fixture cost is to provide rods as add-ons, so you can control how many you buy.

To install, you choose how many rods to use and feed the electrical cord through the rods. Screw them into a threaded hole in top of the fixture (where the loop was for the chain), so that all rods form one long rod. Then place the canopy onto the threaded end of the rod and secure the canopy to the rod with a nut and lock washer. The fixture is brought up to the junction box and wired. Finish installing by securing the fixture to the ceiling using a bracket and finial caps as before.

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Hanging Method 3: Rod with Chain

If you're still unsure how high you'd like to hang your fixture, you can use both. This maintains the high-end look of a rod but offers the flexibility of a chain. This method is good for rooms with very high ceilings where you want to conceal the wire but also want the option to change the hanging height without purchasing a lot of rods.

To install, first screw on as many rods as you choose into the top of the fixture. On the end of the rod you screw on a loop. You then install in the same way as Method 1 by attaching a chain between that loop on the rod and the loop on the canopy. See the picture below showing this combination.

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How will you hang a chandelier in your home? Chains are great for flexible hanging heights from the ceiling and decorating on a budget. Rods will cover any wires for a modern look. Dutton Brown offers the option to hang your chandelier with both a chain and rod for the perfect chandelier hanging height for your space.

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