How To Install A Pull-Chain Light Fixture
A pull chain light fixture is easy to install and it is a great option for rooms that don't require a dedicated light switch, such as closets and basements.
Step 1 - Get the Ceiling Electrical Box
If you will be installing your light into existing drywall then get a cut-in ceiling box. If it will be installed before drywall or in a location without drywall, install a standard ceiling electrical box.
Step 2 - Prepare the Installation Location
Determine where you will be installing your pull-chain light fixture. If it is a drywall ceiling, then cut out a circle using your drywall saw. Do not install your box yet.
Step 3 - Run the Wire
If possible, you should run the electrical wire through the attic or basement. If you are running it through the attic then use your staple gun to anchor it onto every third stud. Try to move it in straight lines, but avoid sharp 90 degree turns. If you have to run it externally, then run it through conduit and mount the conduit to the wall and ceiling.
Step 4 - Install Your Ceiling Box
Push the wires through the cable channel of your electrical ceiling box. If you are using a drywall cut in box, tighten the screws on either side until it is tight and flush with the ceiling. If you are using a standard electrical box, hammer the nails into the stud you want your light mounted too.
Step 5 - Connect the Wires
Use your strippers to strip around one inch of insulation from the wires. If you are using an insulated cable, such as romex, you can use a razor knife to slice either side and pull the outer insulation off. Connect the hot wire to the copper screw, the neutral wire to the silver screw and the ground to the green screw. Use your side cutter pliers to tightly wrap the wire around the screws.
Step 6 - Screw In the Pull Chain Light
Use a screwdriver to screw the pull chain light into the ceiling box.
Step 7 - Wire It to Electricity
Cut the power to the outlet that you will be working on using the circuit breaker. To be safe use a voltmeter if you have one available to verify that the outlet is dead. Remove the outlet from the electrical box and wire your new electric wire up to the outlet. Remember, if this electrical outlet is attached to a switch, you must connect the wires to the constant hot side. Usually the top side is the constant hot side.
Step 7 - Test Your New Light
Turn on the breaker power. Pull the chain and you have light!