Light Lift – Motorized Chandelier Hoist

A light lift or motorized chandelier hoist is a must if you’re installing a chandelier on a high ceiling.  I purchased a chandelier for my foyer which has a 17 foot ceiling but before the chandelier was installed I started thinking about how I would change the light bulbs and clean the chandelier.

Without a chandelier light lift, I would have to pay someone to change light bulbs or clean the chandelier because with a 17 foot ceiling, the bottom of the chandelier is approximately 10’5″ above the floor and the top of the chandelier is approximately 14’5″ above the floor. This would require at least a 15 foot ladder to clean the chandelier or change the light bulbs.

I spoke to a neighbor who already had a chandelier and she strongly recommended getting a motorized chandelier light lift. I called my electrician and he recommended an Aladdin chandelier lift.

The Aladdin chandelier lift motorized winch and cable lift system was installed in the attic and is completely invisible. When the chandelier is in the normal position at the top of the ceiling, the canopy is flat against the ceiling and hides the Aladdin lift connection.  The electrician installed a separate circuit and circuit breaker for the light lift motor.

There is a key switch located in the closet. A key and lock is used so that the key can be removed if there are children in the house to prevent children from playing with the chandelier lift. The key switch is a dead man’s switch so that it must be held continuously while lowering of the chandelier. A remote control is also available but I did not have a need for a remote.

As soon as the chandelier starts to lower, the electric power is automatically disconnected from the chandelier to prevent electric shock. The chandelier lowers together with the chain and canopy at a rather slow rate to prevent any accidents and can take a minute or two to completely lower. The electrician adjusted the cable length so that the chandelier lowers enough to easily change light bulbs and clean the chandelier but not so low that it will hit the floor.

After changing light bulbs or cleaning the chandelier, the key switch is turned in the other direction to raise the chandelier. When the chandelier canopy reaches the ceiling, it it automatically stops in the correct position and restores electric power.

Use LED chandelier bulbs so you can use it every night without worrying about your electric bill.  With LED bulbs from 0.4 W to 8 W, you can leave your chandelier on all night without even noticing it on your electric bill. LED bulbs may not have to be changed for years but you’ll still need a motorized light lift to clean your chandelier.

This photo shows a heavy Alabaster chandelier in my foyer with the Aladdin light lift motor hidden above the ceiling

Chandelier with light lift

Light Lift Manufacturers

Aladdin Light Lift – This is the lift elevator I installed for my chandelier.  Aladdin Light Lift was founded in 1990 to manufacture a patented motorized chandelier lift system to raise and lower chandeliers for cleaning and bulb changing. This was the first reasonably priced motorized chandelier lift system to be manufactured in the United States and is tested by Underwriters Laboratories.

Peter Albrecht Company FlexiLift and Pile-On Chandelier Hoist. Peter Albrecht Company has manufactured heavy-duty motorized light lifts and other equipment for the theater industry since 1917.

Wilshire Light Lift


  1. Dennis says:
    Posted May 22, 2013 at 5:32 pm | Permalink

    I want to find a lift that will allow me to lower the light while keeping the power connected. Willshire had this option but no longer is in that business. Alladin requires a re-mapl wire that must be attached to the bulb when lowered. My client wants ease of use. The chandelier is approx 100lbs and is 25 ft high. Can you direct me to any manufacture. I have been unsuccessful finding one on the internet.

  2. admin says:
    Posted May 22, 2013 at 6:04 pm | Permalink

    The only other chandelier lift companies I know of are Aladdin Light Lift and Peter Albrecht Company. I have the Aladdin Light Lift in my house. I believe the reason that the electric power is disconnected from the bulbs is for safety to prevent electric shock or electrocution.

    Why would your customer need the bulbs to stay illuminated while lowering the chandelier? The only reason I lower the chandelier is for cleaning or to replace bulbs.

    If your customer wants to see what the bulbs look like when illuminated in the chandelier without having to wait the couple of minutes to raise the chandelier and lower again to change to a different bulb, that wouldn’t really work anyway because the illumination will not look the same 3′ off the floor as it will at ceiling height because of reflection off the ceiling and walls.

    If your customer is concerned about the color of the light bulbs because he/she wants to use LED bulbs, they should look for something with a temperature of 2700K. The other question which is more difficult is what wattage will look best.

    Is there any other reason that your customer wants the bulbs powered while lowering the chandelier?

  3. mdhilliard says:
    Posted November 26, 2015 at 5:44 pm | Permalink

    So that one can see which bulbs are blown and if the replacement bulbs work?!?!?!?

  4. philesq says:
    Posted January 14, 2016 at 12:30 am | Permalink

    Good point! My chandelier has 13 bulbs and I can see which bulbs are out but I can see that it would be easier to test on the floor and with some chandeliers it may be harder to see which bulbs are out. I haven’t seen or heard of a chandelier lift that allows the chandelier to be lowered while powered. If anyone knows one, please post it here.

  5. MIkea says:
    Posted January 2, 2018 at 1:42 pm | Permalink

    i have a Whilshire L200 light lift installed at my house, The lift will go down but not up, my electrician said it was the control card. Unfortunately they are out of business. Does anyone know where you can source spare parts?
    Would a card out of an ALLadin unit work? Any ideas that would avoid replacing
    the whole unit. He said the limit switches appeared to be working

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