Ceiling speakers can be the perfect accompaniment to your entertainment space, whether that’s an at-home cinema, a DJ set, a gaming studio, or even your study if you like to listen to some soothing tunes as you work.
Unless you are an electrician, connecting your ceiling speaker to a receiver will look like an impossible job that only professionals can achieve. We are here to tell you that the process is simpler than it might look.
Once you have learned our steps, you’ll even be able to fix most problems with your speakers without having to replace them all together.
Most problems (like jumbled sounds or simply not working) are due to a failed connection. To fix the failed connection, you can go through our step-by-step guide again and look out for any anomalies.
7 Easy Steps for Connecting A Ceiling Speaker to A Receiver
Ideally, before starting this project, you will already have some DIY knowledge. If not you can still use our guide, but you will need to buy some materials to help:
- Ceiling Speakers
- Wire Nuts
Step 1 – Unplug Everything For Your Safety
Before we start working with wires and electricity, you need to make sure that they are not connected to a power source. Touching a live wire can be dangerous and may even require medical care.
Go to your circuit breaker, and turn off the power to the room you are connecting the speakers to. You can turn off the whole house if you wish, as long as that room is without power.
Step 2 – Make A Note Wire Colors
If you are replacing an old speaker, make a note of the current wire connections before disconnecting them, as you will need to reconnect them in the same way later.
Your wires will likely be black and red. Make sure they are not tangled and easily visible in your powerless room.
Step 3 – Prepare the Speakers
Speakers tend to have two different methods for connecting wires. One is easy but likely to break. The other is only slightly harder but more secure.
The first method is easy because there are exposed pointed edges on the back of the speakers ready for you to wrap the wires around.
The second one is more protected because you have to open the speaker’s shell to find a socket-like entrance for the wires.
The second method is the most common type of setup because of the added protection.
Depending on which type of speaker you have, get the connection location ready and easily accessible for the wires.
Step 4 – Split The Ends Of The Wires
Using your wire cutters, trim away the insulation material wrapped around the tips of your receiver’s wires. You should expose around two inches of wire on each connector.
Make sure to keep the newly exposed ends away from other wires, otherwise, they may shock you. You may find it helpful to bend the wires in a Y shape, with the single end being the receiver and the double end being the two wires.
Step 5 – Connecting The Wires
The receiver wires will be the same mix of colors as the speaker’s wire (usually black and red). Connect the red socket with the red wire, and connect the black socket with the black wire. To do this, you need to twist the cables either around the pointed edges or through the socket connector.
Step 6 – Secure The Connection
If your speakers use sockets, they may have a built-in locking system or a latch. This means when you close the shell and the sockets, the wires lock into place, keeping them secure. If that is the case, you can create that secure connection and move onto step 7.
If your sockets do not have this feature, or if you don’t have sockets in the ceiling speakers, then you will need wire nuts to keep the connection secure. Thread the matching wires (red and red, or black and black) into the nut, making sure that there are no wires sticking out of the plastic. Turn the nut to keep that connection secure.
If any wires are left sticking out of the nut, they may make contact with a conductive material and cause the connection to fail, making your speakers faulty. If you notice this, simply reconnect the wire nut.
Step 7 – Install the Speakers and Receiver
Once the wires have been safely connected, you can screw them back into the ceiling. You may wish to hide the receiver wires by using a cord hider.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you have any other questions, we may have answered them in our FAQ section:
Do I Need A Receiver For Bluetooth Ceiling Speakers?
You will need a receiver for BlueTooth ceiling speakers, however, you will not need to create a wire connection. Instead, you can connect the two wirelessly.
Can I Use Ceiling Speakers for Surround Sound?
Yes, you can. Depending on the speakers you have bought, you will want at least 4 speakers to create a wholly covered audio space around your home.
Can I Connect Ceiling Speakers To A TV?
Depending on your TV, you may be able to connect it to ceiling speakers. The connection will have to use BlueTooth or another wireless option. Most TVs don’t have a dedicated speaker output, so connecting through wires is unlikely.