Cost to Convert a Light to a Pendant – 2021

| Last Updated: August 23, 2021

National Average Improvement and Repair Cost







$ 230

$ 170

Would you do this project? According to our survey, 64% of respondents preferred DIY compared to hiring a pro.

The average price to Convert a Light to a Pendant noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself.

How much does it cost to convert a recessed fixture with a pendant? The contractor cost to convert a light to a pendant is $230 vs. doing it yourself for $170 and saving 26 percent.

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, the manufacturer’s Web site; use the zip code locator to find where the kits are sold.

Looking for a handyman to do the job? Click here to get to Home Advisor and it will open in a new tab and you’ll have to answer some basic questions about your job followed by Handyman Contractors in your area.

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. 

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