How to Hang a Pendant Light
A simple DIY upgrade brings in more light without lightening your wallet
By swapping a recessed can for a pendant, you can elegantly bring task lighting down from ceiling height to where it's needed. In this case, just above a kitchen sink.
To tie in with other accents, such as the chrome faucet and white tile backsplash, we chose a mini pendant with a polished-nickel finish and opal glass shade for $135 from a lighting shop (Schoolhouse Electric). You can find similar pendants at home centers for as little as $35.
Instead of calling an electrician, we used a $40 recessed-can conversion kit (The Can Converter) and wired up the pendant ourselves for a grand total of $175.
Budget: $75 to $200
Key players: Pendant light, recessed-can conversion kit
DIY savings: Up to $200 to hire an electrician