Install a new overhead light fixture that complements your home's décor--at least in character if not in actual vintage because your house has over 100 years of history to its past. Replacing the fixture is not time consuming, and the right lighting will help to restore the look and feel of a particular period and its ambience.
Use a non-metal ladder such as wood or fiberglass when working on overhead electrical items. Turn the power to the light fixture/room off at the circuit breaker, and leave it off until the installation is complete.
Remove heavy globes before detaching the old fixture and carrying it down the ladder. Test the socket with an electrical tester to ensure the power is off. The tester will glow and buzz if the current is still flowing.
Unscrew the retaining ring between the shaft of the light fixture and the base that fits against the ceiling. The base should drop down and expose the wires and connectors. Test each wire with the electrical tester.
Unthread the wire nuts and detach whatever holds the light fixture to the ceiling mount. In this case, it is a threaded rod. Replace the wire nuts temporarily on the wire ends protruding from the power box in the ceiling.
Remove screws from the old mounting strap and replace it with the new mounting bracket packaged with the light fixture. We also added a new copper grounding wire to the mounting strap on the grounded electrical box.
Thread the new fixture wires through the trim plate and through the threaded brass nipple provided. Push the new wires through the holes in the mounting bracket and screw the threaded nipple into the hole in the center of the bracket.
Connect the light fixture wires to the wires in the ceiling, twisting them together and then screwing on the orange insulated wire nuts. Wire nuts come in different color-coded sizes. Green wire nuts are used for grounding wires.
Connect the trim plate to the ceiling with a screw eye that attaches to the threaded nipple in the mounting bracket. Hook an open chain link into the eye, and attach the rest of the chain to the open link.
Add light fixture globes, securing them with finger nuts provided. Read packaging to confirm the correct wattage light bulbs and install them. Restore the power to the circuit at the breaker box. Flip the light switch and see the light.