My house is filled with recessed lighting. Is yours? While it’s beautiful and it was trendy, I’m noticing that that’s not the case anymore. While I still love the recessed lighting in some rooms of my home, I don’t love it in all of them. I was very intimated by this project, I won’t sugarcoat it. Anything electrical scares me. Once I was done though, I thought to myself, ‘why did I wait so long?’
Here’s what you need to know.
You Don’t Have to Change Them All
First, I figured I would have to take down all can lights, patch and paint the ceiling and then figure out where to put new lights. That wasn’t the case though. I decided to keep a majority of the recessed lighting and only replace a few. I started in my kitchen, as that’s where we have a lot of recessed lighting that really gets bright.
I chose to replace the lights over the island. What better way to modernize the room than to take the can lights down and put in pendants? Have you been to a lighting store lately to see how many pendant lights are available? Trust me, it’s overwhelming. That was probably the hardest part of the project. My wife and I had to agree on pendant lights – not an easy task.
But, we eventually agreed and got some great looking bronzed pendants that look amazing. Now onto the harder part, or what I thought would be hard – the installation.
Installing the Pendants
Here’s where my fear set in. I was going to do electric work? Scary. But in reality, it wasn’t scary. To install the pendant lights, all I had to do was unscrew the can lightbulbs and measure how far down I wanted the pendants to sit. Since we aren’t walking on our island, I didn’t have to worry about walking underneath them. But I did have to worry about hitting our heads while working at the island. In other words, think about what you’ll do under the pendant lights and measure accordingly.
The rest is so simple. If you bought a pendant light kit, all you do is loosen the screw and pull the cord through at the height you decided. You then plug the adapter into the socket where the can lightbulb once hung. That’s it.
Now of course, I had to make things a bit more complicated. Once I hung two pendants, I decided I wanted to extend the beauty – I wanted four. So my task involved me going back to the store to get more lights and doing the process all over again. So in my experience, I recommend really thinking about what you want before you go to the store. I was too afraid of overwhelming the island, but once I hung the lights, I saw the beauty they created and I wanted more.
Now I have a mixture of pendant lights and recessed lighting. The kitchen is much softer and has a more modern look. That’s not to say I don’t love recessed lighting, I just think it has its place and my kitchen was feeling overwhelmed at the time.