By Gene and Katie Hamilton
You can transform an ordinary recessed light fixture into a stylish hanging pendant using a conversion kit designed for do-it-yourselfers. This mini-makeover is a great way to update the lighting over a kitchen counter, island or a dining area. You can choose from nine traditional contemporary or retro design shades, and you need absolutely no tools to make the switch.
A handyman will charge $230 to convert three recessed can fixtures into hanging pendants, which includes the labor and material. You can buy the kits for $170 and do it yourself, saving 26 percent using an adapter kit.
The kit includes a recessed light adapter unit, lampshade, socket ring and spacer. You provide a 75-watt max. bulb. Making the switch involves turning off the light switch and removing the bulb and trim ring of the recessed fixture. At that point check to make sure the fixture is properly secured in the ceiling. Adjust the cord to length by wrapping it around the spindle arm and then screw the adapter unit into the light bulb socket. Finger-loosen the cover plate compression nut and slide the plate up the cord and against the ceiling, and then tighten the nut by hand. Instructions and more information can be found at www.worthhp.com, the manufacturer's Web site; use the zip code locator to find where the kits are sold.
Wrapping up, given the average cost to convert a recessed fixture with a pendant you can compare the price of a contractor’s bid with doing it yourself. For a local cost input your ZIP Code.
Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2018
The cost and time data is generated by averaging labor and material data from annually updated cost books used by contractors and refined by the authors'
experience remodeling 13 houses. They are authors of 20 home improvement books and Do It Yourself or Not, a weekly column syndicated by Tribune Content
Agency. The national cost can be adjusted by ZIP Code.