How to Install a Pool Table Light


A pool table light installed above your pool table adds character and atmosphere along with adequate lighting so you can see the game. Pool table lights are usually long and rectangular creating enough light to illuminate the entire table. The surface of the fixtures advertise beer or other alcoholic beverages. Sometimes they depict sports events or teams. Others, especially those found in the home, are attractive stain glass. Once you have your pool table set up, make sure to properly install a light above. This will make your pool table game a pleasant experience.

Choose a light fixture with 3 one hundred watt bulbs. This should provide ample enough light to cover the entire table.

Locate a stud in the ceiling with a stud finder. If your pool table light fixture has more than one chain for hanging, locate more than one stud.

Drill a hole, or holes, in the ceiling throgh the studs. Install metal hooks. Screw them tightly into the pre-drilled holes.

Measure 40 inches from the top of the pool table to the bottom of the light fixture.

Attach the lamp chains to the hooks and allow the light fixture to hang at the measured height.

Plug the power cord into the wall and turn the light on. You might need to use an extension cord if the power cord isn't long enough.


Shop around. There are numerous pool table light fixtures to choose from.


If your chosen light requires you to connect to an electrical box in the ceiling, shut off the power first before entering into electrical work. If you need to install an electrical box because there isn't an existing one, check with your city first to find out if you need to pull a permit. Pool table light fixtures tend to be heavier than other types of lights. Make sure the hooks in the ceiling are tightly screwed into the studs. The more hooks the better.