3 Clever Methods to Maximize the Style of Your Light Fixtures
Adjusting light fixtures to fit your home’s unique needs doesn’t have to be a daunting task. There are a few easy ways to shorten your fixtures and create the perfect look and height you’re going for.
The first way to shorten a too-long light fixture is to replace the downrod or chain with a shorter option. This method is perfect for those who have an already-installed light fixture and just need to shorten the amount it hangs down. To do this, first head to the hardware store and pick up a shorter chain or downrod that matches the fixture’s style and color. Then, switch off the power, remove the electrical wiring from the fixture, and use a tape measure to determine the desired length. Lay out the chain and measure, then remove the extra links with a screwdriver and pliers. Attach the wired back into the fixture and turn the power back on.
Another option is to create your own connector and attach the top of the light fixture directly onto the ceiling without a chain or downrod. This is perfect for low ceiling and tall people. Begin by measuring the height of the fixture, then turn off power and remove the chain or downrod. Attach the excess wires through the loop with a quick link or heavy gauge wire and secure the fixture. Test the light after turning the breaker back on.
Finally, if you know who manufacturer your light fixture is, get in touch with them and see if they can send you a shorter downrod or connector to fit your needs. Direct replacement makes it simple to adjust the height of the fixture, and offers peace of mind that the part will perfectly match your fixture.
Shortening a light fixture to fit desired specifications is a relatively easy task that can be tackled in three different ways. Whether looking to just replace the downrod or chain, create your own connector or contact the manufacturer for a direct replacement, you’ll be able to shorten your light fixture in no time.