how do you move a ceiling light fixture

Old 08-01-02, 11:05 PM
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how do you move a ceiling light fixture

my chandelier is not centered in the dining room.....can i move it.....pls tell me how
Old 08-02-02, 06:27 AM
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It probably would be easier to move your table under the light.

If you move your light fixture there will be a big hole where it was. And you will have to patch it, and match it to the rest of your ceiling. Then you will have to find a way to move the junction box and support it above your ceiling. And your wiring might not be long enough to make it to where you want to put it. Then you would have to pull new wire.

This isn't just a lick-it and stick-it job. It would involve alot of work.
Old 08-02-02, 06:39 AM
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Two options: (1) Just swag your chandelier over by adding a hook centered over the table and hooking the chandelier chain to it, or (2) Electrically move it.

How difficult option (2) is depends on which direction you want to move the light, which direction the joists run, which direction the cable comes to the chandelier from, and how good you are at drywall repair. This job could be anywhere from trivial to very difficult. I suggest that you tackle it only if all four of the above factors are in your favor.
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I have seen dining room chandelier mounted from a piece of track using a "pendant adapter" (see for an example). This allows the chandelier to be moved along the track. When I saw it, they were using it to be able to keep the light centered as leaves were added to the table, but the idea may also help your situation.

The limitation is the 25 lb. max weight for the pendant adapter.

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