I've just installed a chandelier at the bottom of a staircase. I do not like the current orientation of the chandelier. I would like the side nearest one wall to be parallel to that wall, but it currently is not. So, I need to rotate the chandelier. Here's the problem... The chandelier is mounted to a retrofit Westinghouse fan safe-t-brace. That brace is necessarily perpendicular to the joists, and the junction box can be installed on the brace in one orientation only (actually two orientations, but they are equivalent by symmetry). The chandelier bracket mounts to the junction box in only one way, likewise, the chandelier mounts to that bracket by two screws in a fixed position. Rather long winded way of saying, there is no way to rotate the fixture at its mount point.

So, I need to either fashion a new mounting bracket with slots that allow for rotation, or somehow adjust the orientation by twisting up the chain and fixing it somehow.... But I doubt that would be accurate. Any gizmo or technique I can use here? Thanks!

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    Without seeing a photo of the fixture body and canopy I find it hard to believe that you cannot rotate the fixture a tiny bit at some point. Can you post a couple of pics? Commented Nov 13, 2015 at 11:56
  • How about a bent s-hook that matches the finish of the chain? Hook it between two non-adjacent links of the chain. Commented Nov 13, 2015 at 14:55
  • @Speedy Petey... May be hard to believe, but true. Not going to bother with photos since a solution has been provided. Commented Nov 13, 2015 at 15:54
  • @OrganicLawnDIY I like the I idea. Thx Commented Nov 13, 2015 at 15:56

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You probably can use a universal mounting plate (sometimes called a crossbar)

mounting plate

These come in various configurations.

pivot crossbar

You can usually thread bolts downward and hold them in place with nuts. These will be used to hold the chandelier. Then mount the plate to the box, rotate to adjust the angle you want. Then mount the fixture to the plate.

This works with fixtures up to a moderate weight. It should not be used with very heavy fixtures and definitely not with a fan.

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