How to Assemble a Sputnik Chandelier: Step-by-Step Instructions
The Sputnik chandelier is an iconic modernist lighting fixture featuring a burst of metal arms with bulb-holders sprouting from its core. It’s a popular choice for homeowners seeking a contemporary, industrial look in their living spaces. However, the assembly process can be daunting, especially for those who have little experience in putting together lighting fixtures. This guide will provide a step-by-step instruction on how to assemble a Sputnik chandelier, along with some tips and tricks to make the process smoother and more manageable.
Tools and Materials
Before we begin, let’s make sure that we have all the necessary tools and materials for the assembly.
- Wire Snips or Cutters
- Wire Strippers
- Phillips Screwdriver
- Stepladder or Sturdy Table
- Sputnik Chandelier Kit with all the parts included (bulbs not included)
- Masking Tape or Painter’s Tape
- Electric tape
Step 1: Unpacking and Sorting
When you receive your Sputnik chandelier kit, unpack everything carefully and spread out all the parts on a table or the floor. Group similar parts together, and organize them in a way that makes sense to you. This will help you identify which parts go where during the assembly process.
Step 2: Install the Ceiling Canopy
The Ceiling Canopy is the round metal plate that covers the junction box in your ceiling. With the help of a second person, remove the old fixture and install the ceiling canopy by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Most often, this involves attaching the canopy to the junction box using screws and then connecting the wires.
Step 3: Install the Mounting Bracket
The next step is to attach the mounting bracket to the ceiling canopy. Typically, the mounting bracket has a threaded stud that fits inside the canopy cover’s center hole. Secure the bracket with a nut to keep it in place firmly.
Step 4: Assemble the Arms
Now, it’s time to assemble the Sputnik arms. Group the arms together and attach each arm’s plastic collar to the metal arm using screws supplied with the kit. Then, slide the arms into the hexagonal ball in the center, one by one. Tighten the set screws using a hex key until the arms are stable, but do not over-tighten as this could damage the arms.
Step 5: Wiring
Before you wire the chandelier, make sure the electricity in the room is turned off. Locate the wires coming out of the hexagonal ball and connect the neutral wire (typically white) to the neutral wire coming out of the ceiling. Connect the hot wires (typically black or red) together using a wire nut. Use electric tape to insulate the wire nut once it is tightened.
Step 6: Hang the Chandelier
Now it’s time to hang the chandelier. Carefully raise the chandelier up to the mounting bracket and align the center of the chandelier hub with the center of the mounting bracket. Use the screws supplied with the kit to attach the chandelier to the mounting bracket. You may need to adjust the length of the chains or rods to get the desired height.
Tips and Tricks
– Make sure to read the manufacturer’s instructions carefully before attempting to assemble the Sputnik chandelier.
– Use masking tape or painter’s tape to label the wires before disconnecting them from the old fixture. This will help you remember which wires go where during the wiring process.
– Use wire strippers to strip the wires to the appropriate length before connecting them together.
– Assemble the chandelier on a flat surface such as a table before raising it to the ceiling. This will make the process much easier and less awkward.
– If you are unsure or uncomfortable with the wiring portion of the installation, contact a licensed electrician for help.