How to Change Fluorescent Lighting to Pendant Lighting

Changing a lighting fixture in your room can alter the overall appearance and atmosphere.

Replace your old fluorescent lights with a new pendant.Replace your old fluorescent lights with a new pendant.
Remove old, worn out fluorescent lighting fixtures from your ceiling and change them to something more appropriate, to enhance your room's decor. You can change your fluorescent lighting to pendant lighting with little to no prior electrical knowledge.

Turn off the breaker at the main service panel that supplies electricity to the fluorescent lighting circuit.

Remove the fluorescent light cover and light bulbs. Squeeze the sides of the center ballast cover to release it from the metal tabs holding it to the fixture, and remove the cover. Untwist the wire connectors from the black, white and green ground wires and pull the wires apart to disconnect the fixture from the house wiring. Locate the screws holding the fluorescent fixture into the ceiling and remove them to detach the fixture.

Assemble your pendant light according to the manufacturer's directions. Locate the fixture crossbar included in your pendant light's mounting hardware. It's a flat metal bar about 4 inches long and 1 inch wide with a variety of holes drilled through it. Fasten the bar to the electrical ceiling box where your fluorescent fixture was attached, using the screws provided with the pendant mounting hardware.

Connect the black wire from the electrical ceiling box to the black wire from the pendant light by twisting an orange connector onto both wires. Repeat this connection for the white wire from the electrical ceiling box and the white wire from the pendant light. Connect the bare copper ground wire from the electrical ceiling box to the green ground wire from the pendant light by twisting another orange connector onto both wires.

Attach the pendant light to the electrical box using the screws provided with the pendant light's mounting hardware. Turn the breaker on at the main service panel to provide electricity to the pendant light circuit.

Things You Will Need

  • Phillips or slotted screwdriver
  • Orange wire connectors

Warning

  • Test to verify that you've disconnected the electricity in the work area to avoid electrical shock.

About the Author

Cecilia Harsch has been writing professionally since 2009. She writes mainly home improvement, health and travel articles for various online publications. She has several years of experience in the home-improvement industry, focusing on gardening, and a background in group exercise instruction. Harsch received her Certified Nurses Assistant license in 2004. She attended Tarrant County College and studied English composition.