DIY IKEA Light

Replacing dated lighting is an easy and relatively cheap home improvement project. I was able to replace an overhead light with an IKEA pendant light in about 30 minutes for $37.

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Wiring up the Pendant

If you are replacing a ceiling fan with a ceiling fan, the wire colors should match up. If it was an overhead light before, you won’t be able to use a ceiling fan unless you are okay with the fan being on whenever the light in on.I chose to to replace the ceiling fan with a pedant light. The pendant parts all came in a kit from Menards for about $12.

light electricalStart by loosening the set screw on the cover plate and pulling the electrical cord to the desired length. The cord comes at a long length so chances are it will need to be shortened. Cut the cord about eight inches above the cover plate. Strip away the outer cover of the cord and strip back about 1/2 an inch on each wire.

Attach the mounting plate to the light box. Then hold up the pendant and attach each wire to the coordinating color. Wire nuts are easiest to attach when the wires are twisted together in the same direction in a clockwise direction. The entirely exposed wire is the ground. For ceiling fan hookups the green wire typically for the fan. This can be covered up with a wire nut.

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Wiring up the Pendant

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Tyler Golberg

Tyler is the founder of Home Maintenance Tracker and a writer for HomeSpot HQ, an easy to use tool for managing maintence and projects for every house.