How to keep a chandelier from swinging

How to keep a chandelier from swinging

My new Long chandelier has been installed and it looks great. The only thing that’s not so great is that it does not stay in one place. Sometimes, due to wind, it swings back and forth. I wanted to know a way how I could make it keep it away from spinning. Here’s what I found that works.

Chandelier can be prevented from spinning around by two ways i.e either by replacing a chain of chandelier with a rod or adding a rod to the already present chain making it firm enough to keep it from going back and forth.

The rod can be of either metal or plastic. It should be thin as compared to the chain so that it goes seamlessly with the look of chained chandelier.


Simply measure the length of the chain of your chandelier and get a metal or plastic rod of same length. A good rule is that for most chandeliers a rod of thickness 1 inch or less is ideal. These rods are easily available at amazon by searching “acetal copolymer rod”.

If they are longer than required, they are easy to cut while smaller rods can be made longer easily by piercing adjacent ends of rods with a single long nail.

Now you know how it looks in actual practice. Let’s see how to attach this rod with the light fixture and the ceiling.

For attaching the rod, welding is the best practice. If welding is not possible, there is still one alternative. Since, the rod will never bear any weight it can be attached to the chandelier as well as its canopy by using superglue. Superglue works excellent with non-porous surfaces like plastic, metal.

Since the canopy is made out of metal (non-porous material) it makes working with superglue incredibly easy.

Pro Tip: Adhesive bond will be strong if there is more surface area of contact. Try to cover as much surface as possible with adhesive.

In case the chandelier body is made out of a porous material like wood or ceramic, Superglue won’t work there. Therefore, a helpful trick that will make it work is to cover the part where rod is to be attached via a porous material. The best porous material is paper tape.


This method completely changes the look of chandelier. It requires welding hence, only a metal rod should be used. Remove the chain from chandelier and replace it with a metal rod. This method requires more work and requires a professional who does welding.

Choose the length of the metal rod (steel, iron, brass etc.) as desired how high you want the light fixture to hang. The rod should be of low weight. This method is ideal if a particular light fixture is special and one does not want to take it off.

The rest of the process is similar, attach one end of the rod with a canopy while other end with the light fixture.

What to do if chandelier hangs with a hook instead of canopy ?

With canopy, it is easier to attach or weld the rod. Without canopy, the chandelier hangs directly with a hook. If a rod is attached to the already present chain it needs to be glued with the ceiling. Now normal superglues do not work with ceilings made out of concrete.

Concrete requires concrete glue. The point where plastic rod touches the ceiling, apply concrete adhesive and let it dry. Whereas at the point where the rod touches the chandelier superglue should be applied.

If ceiling is wooden then it requires separate glue called wood adhesive. But only a strong concrete adhesive will get the work done of you cover the rod with a porous material like a paper tape at the point of contact.

Can a heavier chain prevent chandelier from swinging?

Most chandelier chains are very light weight around 6 ounces (0.17kg) – 10 ounces (0.28 kg). Generally, the lighter a chain is the more likely it is to be affected by wind or other factors causing it to swing.

A heavy chain although adds extra weight on the ceiling, can minimize the swinging to some extent but it is not applicable on all types of chandeliers. Some chandeliers looks good with thin chains only.

A thin rod can go seamlessly with all types of chandeliers whether glass, metal, ceramic as well as plastic chandelier.

Does shortening the chain reduces swinging of chandelier?

Shortening the chain of chandelier is not a good practice. As every room has a particular requirement of height at which the chandelier must hang depending on how high the ceiling is.

Higher ceilings require a chandelier to hang a little low. In those situations trimming down the length of the chain is not practical.

While shortening will eventually stop swinging but as long as there is more than one link in the chain, there will always be a chance of swinging of light fixture. Apart from that chain with only one or two links is meaningless.

Does swagging a chandelier reduces its swinging?

For indoors as well as outdoors, swagging a chandelier by means like adding fringes, shades or decorative materials increases the surface area of the chandelier that interacts with the wind. Thus, wind will have more area to exert its force.

Hence, there is ultimately a greater chance of swinging of chandelier by swagging either the chain or whole body of chandelier.

Swagging is good for enhancing the look of a chandelier but it is not effective in reducing swings. Only restricting the movement of chain itself is effective.

Additional information

Factors that cause chandelier to swing.

For indoors as well as outdoor hanging chandeliers there are may factors that can contribute to the swinging of chandelier. Being aware of them can help significantly to mitigate them.Let’s see them one by one.

Chandelier hanging indoors

  • Intensity of shutting or opening the door

In an indoor area for eg. in a bedroom, foyer, kitchen, bathroom etc. with doors closed there is a particular pressure of air.

When the door is opened suddenly, this pressure changes suddenly and air starts moving towards low-pressure zone. This air can easily make chandelier to move if it is hanging with a chain. So one easy trick is to always open the doors slowly so that air pressure does not change instantly.

  • Movements on the upper floor

Although this factor have a nominal effect on the chandelier but it does contribute to swinging a swinging to some extent.

For light fixture that hangs on apartments, there is usually a floor above. People on above floor can also cause vibration in ceiling and depending on the intensity of vibrations the chain chandelier can swing to some extent.

To stop swinging due to this reason, again a rod attached with chain will help.

Chandelier hanging outdoors

  • Birds sitting on chandelier

For outdoor chandeliers along with wind, birds sitting on the chandelier can also cause it to swing. Birds cannot be just stopped to sit on chandeliers and if a cage is installed around the chandelier then it ruins the look of it.

Hence, only attaching a rod will help in reducing swings. A plastic rod is also weatherproof giving them another edge over the metal rods.

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