How to Install an IKEA FOTO Pendant Lamp

How to Install an IKEA FOTO Pendant Lamp


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Installing a new light can dramatically change both the look and feel of a room. IKEAS Foto style of pendant lamps are designed to hang from electrical boxes mounted in your ceiling. Although installing the Foto lamp is a relatively straightforward process, all electrical work requires caution and know-how. If you are unsure about any step in the process, consult a licensed electrician.

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Tuck the connected wires up inside of the electrical box, keeping the black and white wires as far as possible from each other.

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Verify your wires are ready to be connected. See the Tips section for advice on how to prepare electrical wires for connecting a light.

Turn off the power in your apartment or house at the main circuit panel.

Connect the black wire from the electrical box to the black wire on the lamp. Twist the ends together clockwise using a pair of needle-nose pliers and then twist on one of the provided capped wire connectors that came with the lamp. Twist the caps clockwise as tightly as possible to ensure a firm connection between the two wires, then wrap the connector in electrical tape for added protection.

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Screw the hooked metal piece that came with the lamp into the electrical box on your ceiling. There may be a similar metal piece without a hook already attached to the box by two screws. If so, unscrew this piece and replace it with the new hooked piece that came with the Foto pendant lamp. Make sure that the hook part of the metal piece extends downward toward the floor.

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Push the lamp base up flush against the electrical box and screw in the pendant pole.

Turn off power at the breaker before performing any electrical work.

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Connect the three ground wires. The Foto style of pendant lamp has two ground wires, both of which must be connected to the ground wire extending from the electrical box in your ceiling. Use the same technique to connect the three ground wires as you did when connecting the black and white wires. Connect all three ground wires in the same cap.

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Turn on your electrical breaker and test the lamp.

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Unscrew the pendant pole halfway off of the bolt on the Foto lamp base. The pendant pole is the long piece from which the light hangs. The lamp base is the cup-shaped piece from which the electrical wires protrude.

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Tennyson, Andrew. (n.d.). How to Install an IKEA FOTO Pendant Lamp.

Three wires should be extending from a box in your ceiling at the location where you want to mount a Foto pendant lamp: a black wire, a white wire and a bare copper-colored wire. If there arent, have a certified electrician run power and mount an electrical box at the location you want to hang the lamp. Once this has been done, check with a measuring tape to ensure about 15/32 inch to a half-inch of exposed wire is available at the tips of the black and white wires. If there isnt, use wire strippers to expose that amount of wire.

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Tennyson, Andrew. How to Install an IKEA FOTO Pendant Lamp.

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Hang the metal clip on the lamp base over the hook on the metal piece you attached in Step 4.

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Andrew Tennyson has been writing about culture, technology, health and a variety of other subjects since 2003. He has been published in The Gazette, DTR and ZCom. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in history and a Master of Fine Arts in writing.

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Connect the white wires using the same technique as you did with the black wires.

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