Pendant lights can add a stylish and functional touch to any room in your home. But, installing a pendant light with a cord can be tricky, especially if you have never done it before. In this step-by-step guide, we will show you exactly how to hang a pendant light with a cord.

Tools and Materials

To hang a pendant light with a cord, you will need:

  • Step ladder
  • Electrical tape
  • Screwdrivers (flat and Phillips head)
  • Wire strippers
  • Wire connectors
  • Pendant light fixture with cord

Step 1: Turn off the Power

Before beginning any electrical work, it is important to turn off the power to the room where the pendant light will be installed. Locate the circuit breaker box and switch off the circuit that controls the area.

Step 2: Remove the Old Fixture

If there is an old light fixture already installed in the area, remove it by unscrewing any screws that hold it in place. Carefully disconnect the wires that are connected to the old fixture and set it aside.

Step 3: Prepare the Wires

Take the pendant light fixture out of its packaging and remove the cord covering. Strip about 1/2 inch of insulation from the end of each wire, making sure not to damage the wire strands. Twist the wire strands together tightly.

Step 4: Connect the Wires

Match the wires on the pendant light fixture to the wires in the ceiling electrical box. Connect the black wire from the pendant light fixture to the black wire in the ceiling box, and the white wire from the pendant light fixture to the white wire in the ceiling box. Use wire connectors to secure the connections together. Repeat this process with the green or bare wire from the fixture and the green or bare wire in the ceiling box.

Step 5: Attach the Fixture

Once the wires are securely connected, carefully tuck them into the ceiling electrical box. Align the pendant light fixture with the screw holes in the electrical box and use a screwdriver to attach the fixture to the ceiling.

Step 6: Finish Up

Once the pendant light fixture is attached, carefully tuck any excess cord into the electrical box. Attach any additional hardware or decorative materials, such as light bulbs and lamp shades.


If the pendant light fixture does not turn on after installation, check that the power is turned on at the circuit breaker box. If the power is on and the fixture still does not work, check that the wires are securely connected and that the light bulbs are properly installed.