April 21, 2016

Pendant Light Conversion Kit Kitchen Makeover

We have been making a lot of progress in our kitchen lately, which has been very VERY exciting seeing as I've wanted to update our kitchen since moving in, and now we are finally seeing our ideas come into action is quite exciting. If you follow me on Instagram or Snapchat (@grandvillelife), you may have seen that this past weekend we starting tackling the backsplash, but before I share details about that, today I thought I would share with you a project that we did weeks ago: changing our canned lighting over our sink into a pendant light.

When we started coming up with ideas for this makeover  I knew I wanted to hang a light over the kitchen sink. The only problem with that idea was that we have canned lighting and I didn’t want to hire an electrician, so I thought a pendant light was out of the question.  After doing some research though, I discovered that you can convert a canned light into a pendant light by using a pendant light conversion kit, so we did just that! At the end of the post I have listed out 20 different pendant light conversion kits, but before then I thought I would show you how easy it is to transform a canned light into a pretty hanging pendant!

In case you forgot, here is what the space looked like before. The canned light is on an angle on the ceiling, but luckily is centered over the sink which made it perfect for a pendant light!

Here is the canned lighting up close. The first thing that you do is turn off the light and take out the light bulb once it's cooled.  

Here is what the pendant light conversion kit looks like out of the box. The right part is what screws into the light socket in the ceiling (where you just removed the canned light bulb from), and the left part will be the end where the pendant shade hangs from.

When we hung the light it was too long so we had to adjust the height of the wire. 

 To adjust the height of the wire you just wrap the wire around the bar as seen in the photo above.

After the light is hung, we just went ahead and put the shade on it. The wire can be a little crooked at first, but after a day or so it straightens out
And here it's all installed! It took less than 20 minutes to do and I love the added detail it brings to the space.  Since we have cathedral ceilings and the wire is longer than normal, I didn't want something that hung from the ceiling and was very visually distracting, so I went with this light and airy one and I’m so happy with how it turned out!

Here are some of my other favorite pendant light conversion kits that can be used on canned lighting!

1 // 2 (the one we used) // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 // 8 // 9 // 10 // 11 // 12 // 13 // 14 // 15 // 16 // 17 // 18 // 19 // 20


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