How to Hook up a Pendant
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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.


Steps // How to Hang a Pendant Light
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Pendant Before

 
Step One // How to Hang a Pendant Light

Pendant Before

pendant before
Photo by Ryan Benyi

Budget: $75 to $200

Key players: Pendant light, recessed-can conversion kit

DIY savings: Up to $200 to hire an electrician

 
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Install the Converter

 
Step Two // How to Hang a Pendant Light

Install the Converter

Install the Converter
Photo by Ryan Benyi

Cut power to the fixture, and remove the bulb and can's trim piece. Then secure the can converter in the recess, as per the manufacturer's instructions, lowering the mounting surface so that it's flush with the ceiling.

 
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Hook up the Pendant

 
Step Three // How to Hang a Pendant Light

Hook up the Pendant

Hook up the Pendant
Photo by Ryan Benyi

Hook up the pendant by twisting the like-colored black and white wires together and capping each set with a wire nut. Wrap the fixture's green wire around the converter's grounding screw. Position the decorative mounting plate cover (included with the converter), and tighten the pendant's canopy below it. Secure the shade and twist in a new bulb.

 
 
 

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