How to Hard Wire a Light Fixture!

Have you ever found a lamp that you absolutely had to have but it would not work because you needed it to be a hard wire light so you can turn it on with a light switch?  Well, this is what I experienced so I wanted to share with you How to Hard Wire a Light Fixture so you can use any light fixture you want to hang.  

How to hard wire a light fixture-A Simple DIY Tutorial

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I purchased this light fixture from one of my favorite places to shop, World Market.  It was the light shade only and I needed to find a kit for a pendant light fixture to hang the shade from my guest bedroom ceiling.  All the base light kits that I was finding where plug-ins.  

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I found the perfect ceiling base kit, it was oil rub bronze just like the shade, but it was for a recessed ceiling light fixture.  That did not stop me because I knew it could easily be hard-wired and used for my guest bedroom.  

How to hard wire a light fixture- Tools needed

For some odd reason, the inside of the shade would not fit around the socket on the base.  Mr. DD. used a metal hacksaw and put a small grove on the inside of the shade where it holds to the socket, worked like a charm.  Now we can move on!  

How to hard wire a light fixture- Simple steps

The first step was determining the length of the pendant so we could cut off the cord to a proper length.  

How to hard wire a light fixture- Cutting the wire

Using wire cutters makes the cutting of the electrical cord a breeze.  

How to hard wire a light fixture- Convert any light to hard wire pendant

Next, you will need to expose the white and black wires on the inside of the cord.  You do this by taking a straight edge blade and cutting down the length of the cord, making sure to not go all the way through the cord.  

How to hard wire a light fixture-DIY Light conversion kit

Make sure to expose enough of the cord to wrap around the electrical connectors in the ceiling.  

Easy steps to hard wire any light fixture

Next, you will need to expose the copper wire on both the white and black wire.  You use the proper size hole in the wire cutters and it easily strips the plastic coating from the wires.  

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Now you are ready to wire the light to the ceiling wires.  

How to hard wire a light fixture- Easy tutotial

You attach black to black and white to white and place wire caps on the ends of each.  The wire caps are used for safety.  As you can see how old my wires are, my house was built in 1927, so my white wire is yellow!  

Simple steps to hard wire a light fixture

We needed to drill holes into the base of the light fixture.  

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Done, except I need to paint over the screw heads to have them match the lamp base.  I will be using rub and buff for that job.  

How to hard wire a light fixture-Perfect light reflections

I love how the light reflections are on the ceiling.  I love this light and I am so glad it worked in my space.  I have a tendency to buy things before the space it complete and hope that it works.  You can read about the other guest bedroom updates by clicking on these links – Thrift Store Lamp MakeoverGuest Bedroom MakeoverPainting the Guest Bedroom Furniture.






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