Today I am sharing a simple update I truly wish I had done sooner. When we bought our house, it had a recessed light in front of our front door with a fourteen-foot vaulted ceiling. It was the perfect spot for a statement pendant light, but I was worried it would be a pain to switch out; it turns out I was wrong; a recessed lighting conversion kit makes it easy to convert to pendant lighting. Yay for an easy DIY!
You can see from this before shot how empty the space above the door was before. NOTE: Obviously, infomercials do work as we own a Little Giant Ladder. :-
So let’s get back to how easy this is; all it takes is a recessed light converter! Do you know about these?!?!? I had no clue that for twenty dollars and 25 minutes, we were able to add some serious visual interest!!
The steps are easy to follow, but I am listing them below to give you an idea but follow the dierections enclosed. One of the things I really liked about this kit converter is that you screw a socket pigtail into the existing can housing and that connection connects the old wiring to the kit, so you won’t need to mess with the original wiring.
And because the kit can hold up to 50 lbs, it would have held just about all the light fixtures I was looking at. I was able to find the perfect light at Lumens. It is from their ED line by Ellen DeGeneres line. I searched for a pendant with texture, visual impact (size), neutral in color, and a bonus; this one weighs only 17 lbs. Once if found this one with the linen look, I knew it would be perfect for our lake house.
The photo shows the medallion a little off kilter and I adjusted it once I saw this! 🙂
I cannot believe it took us almost five years to do this. I love it! If you are still freaked out about hanging your own light or perhaps afraid of ladders I did have our local electrician quote this and it was very reasonable to have the job done.
Until next time,
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