My husband and I are product designers. We love a good quirky touch to our space, and when I spotted the Nuevo Sputnik Pendant on Hayneedle.com I knew it was the perfect fit for our dining room.
With the exception of plumbing, we do most indoor home projects ourselves. I recruited my husband to install the new chandelier, and wanted to share a few important tips if you are going to install a new light fixture DIY style!
4 tips for DIY installing a new light fixture
Tip 1: It is a two person job.
For example, is important to have 1 person in the room verify that the proper breaker switch is turned off, when starting any electrical work. The helper person (ahem, me) also usually spots ladder work, reads instruction manuals, and sprints to grab necessary screwdrivers.
Tip 2: If you are new to electrical work, find a mentor.
We definitely don't recommend guessing when it comes to electrical wires. Find a trusted friend or family member to teach you, and read up on the details. We were given the book Home Improvement 1-2-3 when we purchased our first home and have found it useful!
Tip 3: Plan how high you want the fixture.
This doesn't need to be measured, but it is important to decide how high you want your new pendant. We aren't tall, but we have friends that are, so we installed it on the higher side.
Tip 4: Be patient.
I don't know about you, but I am not the most patient person when it comes to projects like this. I expect it to take 30 minutes, and it always takes longer...Take the time to make sure your wires are correct, the screws are bolted safely, and everything is completed according to the manual. Oh and be sure to grab a snack...the result will be completely worth it!
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