A pendant lamp is a common fixture we see in so many homes, especially above kitchen and dining areas. We also find them in bathrooms, entryways, living rooms and bedrooms. These lonesome lights are often defined by their style and material, and they can really set the tone of your space. If your current light shade has been broken or you just want to change up the look of a room, swapping out the shade is an easy DIY project. But, it is important to know a few things before you get started.
To successfully swap out a pendant lamp shade, you need to understand the parts of the fixture. The top part of the fixture is called the canopy or canopy mount, and it attaches to the ceiling. Tubing then runs down to the pendant holder, where the shade sits. The pendant holder is the part you are interested in when it comes to buying a new shade because it holds the shade into place. The outer lip of the shade, which is known as the fitter, fits into the holder, and it is important to measure this for your new shade.
Once you have the proper size fitter, you will need to choose your shade. There are a variety of shades available, and some can be quite expensive, so consider what look you want to create in your home before making a purchase. Frosted glass is an option that will offer a classic look, or you can go for a seeded or smoked glass that offers more visual interest and will add some texture to your fixture.
If you are looking for something more unique, a mercury glass shade is a great choice. While the actual mercury is no longer in this type of glass, at one time makers attempted to line it with mercury leading to its distinctive silvery appearance. The best part about a mercury glass shade is that it can be a lot more affordable than the real deal and still make a big impact in your room.
You can purchase a replacement lamp shade at most home improvement stores, but it is also possible to order one online. The easiest way to do this is to visit a website that specializes in lighting. They will have a large selection of glass and acrylic pendant shades, as well as light bulbs and fixtures. When you place an order online, you will typically receive your items within a few days.
Before you begin working on a pendant light replacement, it is important to turn off the power supply to the fixture at the circuit breaker or fuse box. It is also a good idea to put on rubber gloves and eye protection. Position a ladder beneath the fixture, or use a stepladder to reach the light switch. Remove the bulb and the old shade, and save the screws that hold the shade in place. Then, place the new shade on the fixture so that the openings at the top and bottom line up with the existing mounting holes. Screw in the screws to secure the shade in place.