Replace Recessed Light With a Pendant Fixture
- recessed-fixture converter kit
- small ceiling medallion
- hanging light fixture
- circuit tester
- Phillips-head screwdriver
- painter's tape
Purchase a recessed-fixture converter kit, ceiling medallion and light fixture.
Select Recessed Light to Convert
Choose a location to hang new light fixture. Turn off power for this location by switching off breaker.
Remove Recessed Fixture
Remove existing recessed fixture by twisting out light bulb, turning and removing casing and releasing clips that hold recessed light shell to socket. Leave existing socket in place.
Install Recessed Fixture Converter
Follow kit instructions to install converter. Use circuit tester to ensure power is off.
Prepare New Fixture
Prepare to hang new light fixture by connecting cap to fixture with chain link. Thread wires through fixture stem at cap and ceiling medallion center.
Join wires of the converter kit to corresponding wires of new fixture, following light fixture directions.
Install light bulb and switch on power at breaker to test that wiring has been connected properly. Confirm and switch off breaker.
Tape Ceiling Medallion
Attach ceiling medallion with clean-release tape. This temporarily secures medallion in place while finishing installation of fixture. Tip: Typically the hole left by a recessed fixture is larger than most caps, making necessary the use of a ceiling medallion to cover difference. A medallion is not needed if installing a ceiling-mount fixture.
Complete Installation of Fixture
Following directions for specific fixture used, complete installation and attach fixture cap flush to ceiling. Remove tape. Switch power on at circuit breaker.