Finding an Antique Canopy
The first step to finding an appropriately styled ceiling mount for an antique fixture is knowing that it's called a canopy.
 
I have purchased an antique light that I would like to use as a hanging fixture. Currently, it has an electrical cord on the top with a plug (that is how it was previously used). I need to know what the piece/plate is called that covers the hole in the ceiling that the electrical cord goes through so I can buy something of similar age and style.

What you would call the cover plate on the ceiling is a "canopy". Take a look at www.antiquelampsupply.com. They have a lot of canopies from which to choose. You should be able to find one that matches the look and finish of your chandelier.

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Randall Whitehead, IALD

Randall Whitehead, IALD, is a professional lighting designer and author. His books include "Residential Lighting, A Practical Guide." Whitehead has worked on projects worldwide, appeared on the Discovery Channel, HGTV and CNN, and he is regular guest on Martha Stewart Living Radio. Visit his website www.randallwhitehead.com for more information on books, upcoming seminars and the latest lighting trends.

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