How to Convert a Recessed Light to a Pendant Light

Here’s a project that will really light you up.
Modernize your overhead can lighting by swapping in some stylish pendant lights in just minutes.
Now you can hire some electricians do this for you, but it’s going expensive. We’re here to
show you how a couple of novices can do this, and we’re gonna do it quick and easy. First thing is to read the instructions
that come with your light kit. Then you wanna make sure that the power is
off, and you can turn it off at the circuit breaker.
Now, unscrew the light bulb from the existing recessed light fixture. Nicely done.
Thank you. Now we’re going to measure the distance from the
ceiling to where you want the pendant to hang. So, what I like to do is just use the
light fixture itself, just hang it there. What do you think, Jackie?
Look’s good to me.
Is that a good distance? Yeah, I like it.
Now you want to adjust the cord length on your new pendant up here at the cord vice. And to do that just grab a screwdriver, loosen up the screw, pull it through to your desired
length… That looks about right. Tighten it up. But not too tight because you don’t want to
crush the cord. And that’s it. Now that we have the right length cord, you’re just going to screw this in here. Don’t worry about all this extra cable
that you see here, because that’s going to be hidden up in the recess. Then what you’re going to do, you’re going to slide, this is called the canopy, you’re going to slide this canopy right up here. And you see this little nut right here? This is what’s gonna tighten around the
canopy and hold everything in place.
If the canopy doesn’t lie flush against the ceiling simply adjust the tension of the canopy
until it is flush. Remove the socket ring from the light, and the pendent. Then put the shade over
the socket and look inside. Place the socket ring around the light
socket inside the shade and tighten it up. This will secure the shade to the socket.
Then you’re going to add a new candelabra base light bulb. And that’s it! Turn the electricity back on, turn your lights on and enjoy your new look.
Love it! Big difference, without a lot of work. If you
guys are interested more easy and stress-free DIY projects,
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I’ll make chicken.

27 thoughts on “How to Convert a Recessed Light to a Pendant Light

  1. do all pendant lights come with a screw in adapter , which to me looks like the end of a light bulb that u are screwing in canister

  2. @ajsflsh007 No, they do not. This particular pendant light converts a recessed light to a pendant. We also sell pendant lights that attach to exhisting light boxes in the ceiling.
    Thank you for watching the Lowe’s YouTube Channel. –Lowe’s

  3. Was wondering how much weight can this hold if i was to use a heavy lamp over a table doing this ? thanks . this is a great easy idea………….

  4. They can hold up to 5 pounds! Thanks for visiting the Lowe's YouTube page! -Lowe's

  5. my recessed light fixture (the plastic white part) isn't completely flush it's the kind that bowes, so the canopy won't mount flush to my ceiling, any suggestions for a fix for this?

  6. Recessed lighting has a wire that attaches the outer lip to the light. Adjusting this wire will sometimes pull the lip flush with your ceiling. Thanks for visiting the Lowe's YouTube channel. -Lowe's

  7. This contraption like $40 at Lowes; you can build it yourself for about two bucks. All you need is a light socket and some lamp chord (plus the new light fixture of course).

  8. my husband and i just purchased a house, and we were wondering how we can update our lighting about the island without having to call the electrician. Currenlty, we have recess lights i am planning to add the pendant lights. Thanks to your video, it is do-able! I cannot wait to upgrade the new fixtures! Thank you!

  9. ok…….. I bought these about a year ago…..spent over $200 on the kits and the pendants…..still can't install…. I have called the manufacturer, who is unbelievably rude….gone to Lowes numerous times asking for help…..still NO lights….they are just hanging there and will not go flush to the ceiling…I give up!

  10. Where did you buy the pendant with a male end??? rather than add a box to the recessed light?

  11. Thanks…. for showing me how to unscrew a light bulb and then screw in a cable.

  12. Hi Lowe's Home Improvement! How about if I have a flat ceiling light bulb input (not as deep as shown in your video)? How can I install the pendant light without showing the excess electric cord?

  13. can we use any pendant light shades with this kit or only the ones that are the same brand as the kit?

  14. Just completed this project thank u for the step by step directions turned out great!!!

  15. So the fixture is supported only by the old pot light socket… shoddy!

  16. K this is probably the BEST advice I have had for a solution to the poor as kitchen lighting in my rental. Problem is in Australia, we have a habit of naming things differently, I need one of the screw in sockets for the cord. I can't seem to find one anywhere crying loudly … Just about all of the packages I can find here, have plates that go directly over the socket then you screw it in with the socket surround (similar to the nut you used). If they don't have that, then they're a hard wired process only…

  17. Can’t wait to shop for pendant lights. I’ve been wanting to change my recessed light over the island to pendants. Thank you.

  18. so every single hanging light pendant is wired like the one used here?

  19. Yeah well not all pendants light have a 10" or 12" canopy to cover the recess. Need to see how to do it with pendant with a 4" pendant

  20. None of the canopies that come with the lights fit over the hole! And I can't find any bigger canopies! Getting so frustrated. My hole is like 7 inches and the canopy is 5 inches…grrrrrrr

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