Finding the perfect light fixtures to suit your home can be a challenge. In many cases, you may already have fixtures that match your desired aesthetic. But when you reorganize the furniture and lighting elements in your home, these fixtures may end up too long to function properly.
Alternatively, you can choose to move fixtures from one location to another, which results in the fixtures getting too long. Thankfully, that doesn't mean you have to buy new fixtures – there are easy ways to shorten the ones you have so they fit perfectly with your favorite furniture layout.
Safety Instructions: Before adjusting electronic connections, always make sure that the switch that powers the elements you are working with is turned off.
Swap Out the Down Rod
If you have a light fixture that is too long placed on a downrod, there is a simple solution to shorten it to the desired length ̵
First, go to your local hardware store. It is usually easy to find a chain in the finish you are looking for if your fixture did not come with one.
Once you have the chain, turn off the light control switch and remove the electrical wires from the fixture. Then use a tape measure to calculate how long you want your fixture to hang down. Place the chain flat on a flat surface and measure it to the desired length and determine how many links must be removed to achieve this.
Then use a screwdriver to take down your light fixture (if needed) and remove the bar.
Remove the links from the chain until it is the length you are aiming for. Few people know how easy it actually is. Use either two screwdrivers or a screwdriver and a pair of pliers and push opposite directions toward the inside of a link to open it and remove it. Do this as many times as needed.
Then close the links using pliers to squeeze the ends together. Now connect the electrical wires back to the fixture and install thread nuts as needed. Turn the switch on again and test that the light is in working order. It's as simple as that!
Create your own contact
Another simple way to shorten a light fixture to accommodate a low ceiling (or high) people is to create your own contact, completely negating the need for a chain link or a lower bar. This means that you can only connect the top of the light fixture to the ceiling, making it a perfect choice for head-banging spaces.
Start by measuring the height you want your fixture to be at the end of the project. Then turn off the light switch and remove the connector that currently holds your lamp, whether it is a chain or a lower rod. Press the excess electrical wire through the loop with a quick link or heavy gauge and attach the fixture directly. Once it is secure, turn on the switch and test your light to make sure it is in working order.
If you know who is the manufacturer of your lamp, another option is to make it shorter to contact them. In many cases, the manufacturer can send you (for a cost) a shorter lower section or connection to fit your fixture.
Direct exchange makes adjustment of fixture height easy, as long as the piece is available and you are willing to pay. Going to the company for an alternative part is convenient, and it guarantees that the piece matches your fixture.