How To Change Your Can Light To A Pendant In 5 Minutes

Do you know that you can turn a recessed can light into a pendant without hiring an electrician?

Part of the farmhouse style facelift that I’m giving my kitchen included replacing the can light above my kitchen sink with a pendant.

How to change a recessed can light into a pendant light in 5 minutes. No electrician needed.

 I didn’t know exactly what to expect in order to accomplish this, but I figured that at the very least, the can light paraphernalia would have to removed and replaced with a junction box to wire a new light fixture into.

That’s when I stumbled upon pendant conversion kits from Home Depot!

They offer quite a variety of styles and range in price from $29.97 to $189.00.

The one that I chose is from the Home Decorator’s collection and came in at $69.00.

How to convert an existing recessed can light into a pendant light in 5 minutes

This was such an easy and fast project that there really aren’t any in process photos to be taken.  You literally just unscrew your existing light bulb and screw the pendant into its place.  The kit includes a decorative cover to go against the ceiling and completely covers the can light fixture.  Instructions for shortening the cord (super simple and no wire cutting) and tightening the decorative cover against the ceiling are included.

I did manage to snap one picture of Pookie installing the new pendant.  You might notice that it helps to make a face to get it just right.

How to change an existing can light to a pendant light in 5 minutes.

An added benefit that I wasn’t expecting is that this pendant provides me with much more task lighting than the can light did.

How to change an existing can light into a pendant light in 5 minutes and without hiring an electrician.

How about you – have any of you tried this product?

By the way – Home Depot didn’t pay me or compensate me in any way to recommend this product.  I just like sharing great finds with all of you!

Adding farmhouse style to my kitchen

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13 Comments

  1. Kirby Carespodi says:

    I had no idea you could do this! I’d love a pendant over my sink!

    1. You’ll love it, Kirby!

  2. Shirley@Housepitality Designs says:

    Wow..this is great!…and may I borrow Pookie?!!

  3. That’s just awesome…what a quick fix and it adds so much charm!

  4. Nancy Carroll says:

    I was always worried about getting a pendant with a cord rather than a rod because I was afraid it wouldn’t hang nice and straight, but this looks perfect!!! ….make a face, balance yourself with your head on the ceiling and be sure to have a Bluetooth in your ear LOL…..he’s such a good guy that Pookie : )

  5. Susie (The Esthetic Goddess) says:

    Before I met my hubby I would do this stuff by myself all the time. It’s incredibly easy! You feel great that you can do it yourself and your house gets a mini makeover. It’s all good!

  6. I love it! I’ve got one picked out! Thanks for clueing us in!

  7. Suzy, That is such a neat idea and sooooo easy. Love the pic of Pookie making a face. My mom always bit her tongue when she was concentrating.
    Love ya, Ginger

  8. That’s good to know thanks for sharing.
    The light looks good.
    Have a great day.
    Denise

  9. I’d love to put these above my breakfast bar. Hate climbing up to put those bulbs in!! Thanks for sharing! And, oh…..tell Pookie that sometimes it helps even more to stick out your tongue while you’re working. 🙂 Have a great week!

  10. Coolest thing ever! I’ve scoped out a version of these in the Ballard catalog, but these are much cheaper. And I love the difference it makes in your kitchen.