The lighting It is essential in a home, especially the artificial one. Either because of the distribution of the home or simply because the sunlight cannot be shining all day, your house needs lamps and, most likely, several ceiling lamps. They are an element that we take for granted, something that we almost forget without realizing, but that we remember well when we want to make a change.
And that’s when the big question comes: How do you hang a ceiling lamp? The truth is that it is not something that requires a deep knowledge of DIY or construction. It is enough to have the lamp, plugs, screws, drill and screwdriver. However, there are small details that should be highlighted to avoid problems. Because a bad placement can cause you to be electrocuted, or the lamp to collapse.
How to hang a ceiling lamp?
Before going to any lamp store to buy the ceiling lamp you want to mount, it is important that you know some important things about its assembly. Keep in mind that, to begin with, we are talking about an electrical installation and that, therefore, it is essential to exercise extreme caution to avoid any unwanted accident. Besides that you must also think that it is very likely that you will have to do some drilling in the roof.
We warn you of this because it is common to get down to work and realize that you do not have the right tools to make the holes, or that the cables are not good, or endless more problems. It is common to have errors the first time a ceiling lamp is hung, errors as seemingly silly as trying to do it at night, when there is no sunlight that allows you to see well without current.
So pay attention before you start doing anything. A) Yes, you will save yourself headaches and injuries.
Analyze your ceiling
The surface and the material with which you are going to deal is the first thing you should know. If the ceiling is solid, once you make the holes, you will need to insert some expansion plugs so that, when screwing, everything is well gripped and does not slip. Keep in mind that the bit must be the same thickness as the studs, or even a little less, so that they enter and grip well.
On the other hand, in case you are going to place the lamp in a concrete ceiling directly, the plug to be used must be metallic. It is the only way to guarantee adequate grip on this type of material because, when the screw thread is being made, it manages to exert enough pressure on the concrete so that it does not fall. Also keep in mind that you will need a specific bit to be able to drill this surface.
Finally we have the false ceilings. In this case, rollover or umbrella cleats. The fins they have open when the plug is inserted, acting as a stop and better distributing the weight of the lamp. We cannot leave this section without mentioning that the bit, for these studs, must be somewhat larger.
Check that the connections are ok
You are going to deal with electricity when hanging the lamp. To illuminate you need light, and for there to be light you need electrical current, it is that simple. The problem is that many forget this and begin to manipulate cables without cut the electrical distribution of the house, resulting in an electrical shock that can be the most dangerous.
To avoid this, the first thing you can imagine: cut the light. Once that has been done, you should make sure that the power cables that will go to the lamp are ok, that the copper is not worn away and the covering has been cut enough so that they can fit well into the lamp connectors. Having verified this, proceed to connect the current with your lamp and secure the cables. Then the placement will go.
Place and mount your ceiling lamps
Done the above, check where exactly you are going to place your ceiling lamp, although there is not much margin once the cables are spliced, and you start to mount. Take into account what we have explained above about types of studs and surfaces, and try to have someone to help you hold the lamp to finish placing it once it is connected.
You don’t need more because this part is certainly quite simple. Drill holes, place and screw. Done all this, you can turn the light back on at home and check that, indeed, everything is in order in the room where you have done the installation. If you have followed our advice, your work will be very durable and you will not have to fear that the lamp will fall, or that it will fail (as long as it is in good condition).