How to Remove a Chandelier

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If the chandelier is large, have a strong partner assist you with the removal.

A chandelier is a large, sometimes elaborate light fixture commonly found in the entryway and dining room of many homes. Whether large or small, a chandelier is hung in the same manner as any other light fixture in the home. The chandelier is both mounted to and receives its power from a junction box in the ceiling. Installing a new chandelier or other light fixture starts with removal of the existing chandelier, which, depending on the size of the chandelier, is often a two-person job.


Step 1

Disconnect the power to the chandelier in your breaker panel.

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Step 2

Remove the screw from the bottom of the chandelier escutcheon, which is the piece of the chandelier connected to the ceiling. The screw may be visible, or it may be be disguised by a decorative ball. Twist the ball to remove the screw securing the escutcheon to the ceiling.


Step 3

Lower the escutcheon; then, while holding the chandelier, remove the mounting screws securing it to the junction box. If the chandelier is large, have a strong partner hold the chandelier so that it does not fall.

Step 4

Use a circuit tester to ensure that the power is in fact disconnected. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for the proper use of the circuit tester.


Step 5

Twist the wire nuts connecting each wire counterclockwise until the nut is released from the wires. Separate the wires if they are still twisted.

Step 6

Unscrew the grounding wire if it is physically screwed to the junction box. The grounding wire is either shielded with green material, or is a bare copper wire.


Step 7

Lower the chandelier and set aside.

Step 8

Tuck the ceiling wires back into the junction box; then place a junction box cap onto the junction box if you are not installing a new light fixture. If you are installing a new light fixture, the new fixture can now be installed.

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