How to Hang a Plug-In Pendant Light [A Quick Guide]

hanging plug-in pendant lights 

Pendant lights are a great way to add a new design feature to any room in your home, and can make a great addition to bedrooms, living rooms, and lounges alike. They can even be paired with a larger light fixture like a chandelier, complimenting one another to create a beautiful lighting effect.

Plug-in pendant lights in particular are an incredibly convenient option for those who want to avoid the hassle of wiring in a new light fixture – the work that comes by default with non-plug-in lights.

In this blog post, we'll walk you through the step-by-step process of hanging a plug-in pendant light, and then also discuss some of the key benefits of why this type of light is such a good option to consider.

So, let's get started!


How to Hang a Plug-In Pendant Light (Step by Step)

Let’s go through step by step how to hang a plug-in pendant light:

First, locate the electrical outlet where you want to hang the light. You’ll need to make sure that the plug socket is close enough to where you’re looking to hang your pendant light that it can reach.

If it’s not, you have two options: Either to change the location you’ll place your light, or install a new plug socket nearer to your chosen location (however this will need an electrician to do!).

Next, remove the light fixture from the box and lay out all the pieces on a clean surface. You’ll want to give the manufacturer's instructions a quick read to ensure that you have all the necessary parts.

Hang the light over the hook/hanging feature you have installed (follow the link if you still need one!).

Finally, plug your pendant light in and turn it on. Done!

Feel free to make adjustments to the height or position of the light based on personal preference – this will usually involve simply either increasing or decreasing the number of wraps of the cord around your hook.


Benefits of Plug-In Pendant Lights

Plug-in pendant lights offer a variety of benefits for homeowners and interior designers alike. Some of the most notable benefits include:


Easy Installation

One of the biggest advantages of a plug-in pendant light is that it does not require any hardwiring or electrical work.

This makes it easy to install and perfect for renters, or those who are not comfortable with electrical work (NOTE: we always advise hiring an electrician if you are not comfortable with electrical work).



Plug-in pendant lights can be easily moved and repositioned as needed, again making them a great option for renters, or for homeowners who like to change up their decor frequently (I’m guilty of this!).

With pendant lights than need to be wired, you are limited as to where you can place them, unless you’re completely re-wiring your room each time, which would be a huge hassle.

With plug-in pendant lights however, you can move them wherever you have a plug socket already installed, and most of us have numerous plug sockets around our rooms!



Because plug-in pendant lights do not require any hardwiring, they are typically more cost-effective than hardwired options.

This is especially true when you factor in the costs of hiring an electrician to install it, which can rack up costs very quickly.


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