05:44PM | 04/02/03
Member Since: 04/01/03
1 lifetime posts
I hate to sound like a novice... but I am. So here goes. I have recessed lighting throughout my house and I would like to change some in the kitchen to the lights that hang down. How do I convert these without having to fill in that big hole that is left after I take out a recessed light. (I only know how to use spackle and I'm not sure it will cover that big of a hole) A lighting store in my area had a fantastic adapter that they explained just slipped into place which included a transformer. It was 240 bucks without the light fixture! Is that the going rate? If so, I'm certain my husband will ask me to stop looking at pottery barn.


04:54AM | 04/08/03
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
The light fixtures that require transformers are low-voltage fixtures. You can find any number of "regular" fixtures (that use 120 volts) and don't require expensive transformers. Keep looking.


02:35PM | 04/08/03
Member Since: 11/05/01
98 lifetime posts
I can't think of any good retrofits for this situation. You will have to remove the recessed lights and install proper junction boxes to terminate the wiring and attach the light fixtures. Probably not a low budget job.


03:17PM | 01/09/04
Member Since: 01/07/04
20 lifetime posts
Try leaving the downlights in place, and merely add the pendants you want. You can put them on separate circuits and use the downlights (or not) as you see fit.
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