How to install a DIY pendant light

Upgrade a daggy light fitting in minutes – without a sparkie – with a DIY pendant light.

Bunnings magazine, May 2020

Tools and materials

50mm angled paintbrush

Ceiling paint

DIY plug in pendant kit

Light bulb

Safety equipment

Screwdriver

Stepladder

A DIY pendant works by replacing the old light bulb with an adaptor that plugs into the existing bayonet batten fixing.

Turn off the power before installing, wear gloves and safety glasses in case of broken glass, and dispose of the old bulb responsibly.

We used Brilliant ‘Milly’ DIY suspension light in Gloss White, which uses an Edison bulb (not included), and these instructions relate to that product; use them as a guide, and refer to the specific instructions in your chosen kit.

1. Safety check

Turn power off. Set up a stepladder on a stable surface. Remove old light shade. Use a screwdriver to check the screws in the batten holder are tight and it can support the new light.

Unscrewing an old light fitting

2. Remove old light bulb

Gently twist the old light bulb to the left to remove it, leaving the batten holder attached to the ceiling.

Tip: If needed, touch up the ceiling paint using a 50mm angled brush.

Removing a light globe

3. Unscrew the old pendant

Unscrew the DIY pendant’s cord anchor and slide the cover 200mm down the cord.

Taking a new electrical fitting

4. Fit the plug

To fit the plug, line the pins up with the slots in the batten holder, push up gently and twist to the right. Tug gently to check it is secure.

Connecting a new electrical fitting

5. Position cover

Slide the cover up and over the batten holder to position against the ceiling, then tighten the cord anchor to hold it in place.

Screwing the fitting tight to ensure it's fixed

6. Install the bulb

Install an Edison bulb inside the attached shade by twisting it to the right. Turn the power back on and switch on the light.

Adding in a new globe

Photo credit: Larnie Nicolson, Natasha Dickins.

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