Replace Recessed Lighting Projects – Before and After

Flip the switch and replace recessed lighting in your home with a recessed light conversion that you can easily customize to your own style. For example, just look at all the great project photos our customers have completed and submitted in their quests to replace recessed lighting! These real customer’s recessed light conversion makeovers will get you inspired with lighting ideas you can do yourself and answer the question “how to convert a recessed light into a hanging pendant?”, chandelier, track lighting, or even a ceiling fan.

Get DIY tips and design ideas from people just like you that have used The Can Converter to replace recessed lighting in their home.

Learn how to replace recessed lighting into a hanging pendant, chandelier, ceiling fan, or a string of swag lights. The Can Converter recessed light conversion kit gives you the freedom to explore which option will work best for your situation.

There are so many different types of lighting out there, why not create your own unique design? In just minutes and you can convert a humdrum can light into something chic and stylish.

One very popular spot for replace recessed lighting is the kitchen. You can easily learn how to convert a recessed light in a hanging pendant over a kitchen island or dress up your foyer with a recessed light conversion that transforms a boring canister light into a sparkling chandelier. Using The Can Converter, you can even replace recessed lighting for ceiling fans or track lighting in your den or family room, all without breaking your budget.

Congrats to our Most Recent Contest Winner,
Scott O.

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Additional Before & After Recessed Light Conversion Photos using The Can Converter

Recessed light before using The Can Converter, model R56-RMB-WHT recessed light kit.

Recessed light after using The Can Converter, model R56-RMB-WHT recessed light kit.

“Converted kitchen pocket lights to accommodate hand blown pendant lights from the Oregon Coast studio Ocean Beaches.”

Kathleen S.

” I was able to hang a chandelier in place of a can light without replacing the can and doing ceiling repairs!”

Tommy W.

Recessed light before using The Can Converter, model R56-RMB-ORB recessed light kit.

Recessed light after using The Can Converter, model R56-RMB-ORB recessed light kit.

Recessed light after using The Can Converter, model R56 recessed light kit.

“Converting a six inch can into flush mount decorative ceiling fixture.”

Ray L.

“Client wanted to change the can light over her sink to a pendant light. Thanks to the can converter we were able to make her dreams come true. Turned out great and a very happy client.”

Loretta J.

Recessed light before using The Can Converter, model R56-RMB-WHT recessed light kit.

Recessed light after using The Can Converter, model R56-RMB-WHT recessed light kit.

Recessed light before using The Can Converter, model R56-RMF-PTN recessed light kit.

Recessed light after using The Can Converter, model R56-RMF-PTN recessed light kit.

“We remodeled our Master Bathroom. The light fixture was looking to be an expensive aspect, because the existing can light hole was large and we would have had to replace drywall and retexture the entire ceiling. Then I found The Can Converter R56, in polished nickel finish, which matched all of the new fixture finishes! Was a great way to add the new fixture without a more labor intensive switch! “

Andy McC.

“I replaced a simple can situated over a new dining room set which came after waiting 4 months for delivery replaced.
This fixture was perfect ! Don’t you think? “

Bob B..

Recessed light before using The Can Converter, model R56-RMF-WHT recessed light kit.

Recessed light after using The Can Converter, model R56-RMF-WHT recessed light kit.

Recessed light before using The Can Converter, model R4 recessed light kit.

Recessed light after using The Can Converter, model R4 recessed light kit.

“Homeowner wasn’t sure what she wanted for lights over her dining room table so she went with 4” cans. Three years later she found a light fixture that she had to have and we made it happen! Thanks Can Converter! ”

Zachary C.

“Replaced two boring recessed lights with these beautiful chandeliers. I purchased the can converters for a few reasons. I was told they are easy for my electrician to install, would cover the larger openings as the new plate covers are smaller, and they would hold the weight of my expensive chandeliers. Absolutely everything I was told was correct. Will buy again for other fixtures and definitely recommend them.”

Robin B.

Recessed light before using The Can Converter, model R56-RMF-WHT recessed light kit.

Recessed light after using The Can Converter, model R56-RMF-WHT recessed light kit.

Recessed light before using The Can Converter, model R56-RMF-ORB recessed light kit.

Recessed light after using The Can Converter, model R56-RMF-ORB recessed light kit.

“Home remodel in Henderson, NV. A single ceiling can light was not centered over a new island that was installed but an adjustable track triple spotlight using GU10 LED bulbs appeared to be a good solution rather than hiring an electrician to install hanging pendant lights.”

Michael K.

“Converted 6″ can lights to pendant fixtures. I chose The Can Converter after watching an installation video. It was exactly what was needed to hold these pendant fixtures.”

Steven C.

Recessed light before using The Can Converter, model R56-RMF-WHT recessed light kit.

Recessed light after using The Can Converter, model R56-RMF-WHT recessed light kit.

Recessed light before using The Can Converter, model R56-RMB-WHT recessed light kit.

Recessed light after using The Can Converter, model R56-RMB-WHT recessed light kit.

“Turned canned light to a chandelier”

Fahd S.

“Had can light and wanted to install chandelier and pendant light. This converter worked perfect and area looks bright and beautiful “

Fahd S.

Recessed light before using The Can Converter, model R56-RMF-WHT recessed light kit.

Recessed light after using The Can Converter, model R56-RMF-WHT recessed light kit.

Recessed light before using The Can Converter, model R56 recessed light kit.

Recessed light after using The Can Converter, model R56 recessed light kit.

“I have been suffering for the darkness of the light above my fire place. I kept searching for solutions for a long while such as replacing it with a higher watt light bulb or quoting to install few more lights on the ceiling which is kind pricey…I also want to direct the light into what actually needed like the painting. Finally, I found the CAN CONVERTER! I bought it with the 3-Light Track Lighting and spent about 30 mins to replace it. Definitely, love it!!! ”

Chungyuan H.

“Converting recessed can light to track lighting. I used the R56 kit which fit perfectly. The photos pictured are ones I’ve taken while scuba diving. Having great lighting was very important. “

Scott O.

Recessed light before using The Can Converter, model R56-RMF-WHT recessed light kit.

Recessed light after using The Can Converter, model R56-RMF-WHT recessed light kit.

Recessed light before using the can converter, model R56-RMF recessed light kit.

Recessed light after using the can converter, model R56-RMF recessed light kit.

“A sentimental stained glass by my deceased father in law needed a new home to showcase his skills and give a pop of color above the kitchen sink. Thanks to Grover’s in Nampa it made the task easier than I thought it would be. And I didn’t even skin my knuckles. Thanks for a great product. Brian D. ”

Brian D.

“Install pendant lights”

Larry G.

Recessed light before using The Can Converter, model R56-RMB-WHT recessed light kit.

Recessed light after using The Can Converter, model R56-RMB-WHT recessed light kit.

Recessed light before using the can converter, model R56-RMF recessed light kit.

Recessed light after using the can converter, model R56-RMF recessed light kit.

“I needed to convert 7″ can lighting for some pendant lights in the kitchen. Can Converter made it very simple and was exactly what i needed to adapt the space. Its the only kit that allows to center the medallion. I also painted the medallion trim to give a custom look. Love it!”

Chad H.

” Two can lights in hallway / front entrance area, converted to track lighting to show several different directions for pictures, doorway, and coat closet.”

Terry C.

Recessed light before using The Can Converter, model R56-RMF-WHT recessed light kit.

Recessed light After using The Can Converter, model R56-RMF-WHT recessed light kit.

Recessed light before using the can converter, model R56-RMB-ORB recessed light kit.

Recessed light After using the can converter, model R56-RMB-ORB recessed light kit.

“Can Converter from can light to a ceiling fan.”

Daniel C.

We changed 2 canned lights over a stairway to 2 pendant lights hanging at different heights. We chose The Can Converter as a solution to get great looking fixtures without having to do a lot of work repairing drywall & installing new ceiling mounting brackets. As this was 18 feet in the air, The Can Converter made a job that could have been very difficult, much simpler and more safe.”

David H.

Recessed light before using the can converter, model R56-RMB-CHR recessed light kit.

Recessed light After using the can converter, model R56-RMB-CHR recessed light kit.

Recessed light before using the can converter, model R56-RMB-WHT recessed light kit.

Recessed light after using the can converter, model R56-RMB-WHT recessed light kit.

“My girlfriend really wanted to accent her dining room lighting. The traditional can light wasn’t cutting it. She found a beautiful sparkling tear drop lighting fixture that shines perfectly to give her town home that warm glow she was originally looking for. Thanks to the Can Converter, we were able to make this possible!”

Samuel D.

“I used The Can Converter to easily change a recessed light into a hanging chandelier. I chose this product over the competition for the availability of a polished chrome trim ring. It was an easy DIY and my wife and I are very happy with the results.”

Todd P.

Recessed light before using the can converter, model R56-RMF-CHR recessed light kit.

Recessed light after using the can converter, model R56-RMF-CHR recessed light kit.

Recessed light before using the can converter, model R56-RMF-WHT recessed light kit.

Recessed light after using the can converter, model R56-RMF-WHT recessed light kit.

“Swapped out the plain, boring can fixture over our master bath tub. The conversion kit worked great and was the perfect solution. Easy the install with complete/thorough instructions. The biggest challenge was working over the bath tub, and the delicate chandelier! Thanks!”

James B.

“Took out basic 6 inch cheap trim and replaced it with the “Bliss” series chandelier from Corbett. The reason for your product instead of a cheaper brand was that the light weighs 30 lbs, and costs $4000, so we wanted a quality product to support it. Voila, it did and it looks great “

Joyce B.

Recessed light before using the can converter, model R56 recessed light kit.

Recessed light before using the can converter, model R56 recessed light kit.

Recessed light before using the can converter, model R56-RMB-ORB recessed light kit.

Recessed light after using the can converter, model R56-RMB-ORB recessed light kit.

“I have lived for almost 17 years with can lights above my eating counter in the kitchen. I found some beautiful pendant lights I fell in love with. I bought the lights and the great can converters to match. My husband and a friend had the new fixtures installed for me in less than an hour. I love the new look!!!”

Marcia F.

“ Replaced can light with pendant art glass in kitchen over sink. Purchased the pendant light and it didn’t fit into the can light space. After looking for several years and speaking with home store personnel with no luck, I located the Can Converter on line. Best thing ever! Thank you!!”

Robert G.

Recessed light before using the can converter, model R56-RMB-WHT recessed light kit.

Recessed light After using the can converter, model R56-RMB-WHT recessed light kit.

Recessed light before using the can converter, model R56-RMF-WHT recessed light kit.

Recessed light after using the can converter, model R56-RMF-WHT recessed light kit.

” Converted ceiling can light to beautiful chandelier lighting! “

JoAnn C.

“Converted a single pot light that was insufficient to light our beautiful living room into track lighting that’s phenomenal!”

Oliver S.

Recessed light before using the can converter, model R56-RMF-WHT recessed light kit.

Recessed light before using the can converter, model R56-RMF-WHT recessed light kit.

Recessed Light Conversion Feb 2019 Project of the Month Contest Winner Before Picture

Recessed Light Conversion Feb 2019 Project of the Month Contest Winner After Picture

“We were unsatisfied with the lighting in our entry. We converted a can light in this space to a small chandelier. The Can Converter Kit made the installation conversion doable for us. The instructions were easy to follow and the end result is such an improvement!”

William H.

“Chandelier light for the princess’s water closet.,.”

Patrick K.

Recessed light before using the can converter, model R56-WHT-RMB recessed light kit.

Recessed light after using the can converter, model R56-WHT-RMB recessed light kit.

Recessed Light Conversion Jan 2019 Project of the Month Contest Winner Before Picture

Recessed Light Conversion Jan 2019 Project of the Month Contest Winner After Picture

“Replaced ceiling can light over kitchen sink that didn’t illuminate the work area at all. Used the Can Converter to install a triple pendant light bringing the illumination closer to the sink. New pendants are great looking in the room!”

William M.

“Replace the recessed light over the sink in our kitchen (one of five in the kitchen) to a 3-fixture pendant light fixture. The “Can Converter” allowed me to utilize the existing recessed can and electrical wiring while giving me the structure to which to attach the new lighting fixture.”

Scott K.

Recessed Light Conversion Dec 2018 Project of the Month Contest Winner Before Picture

Recessed Light Conversion Dec 2018 Project of the Month Contest Winner After Picture

Recessed Light Conversion Nov 2018 Project of the Month Contest Winner Before Picture

Recessed Light Conversion Nov 2018 Project of the Month Contest Winner After Picture

“The outside of my house was illuminated with multiple can lights, which provide no illumination except directly below. To illuminate the driveway we converted one of them to a floodlight. The conversion has vastly improved the area illumination and leaves my wife much more comfortable going out at night. She wants the other driveway light to be converted as well and I might go ahead and do 2 more for security around the periphery. Security, not aesthetics of course, was the goal and it has been accomplished.”

George H.

“Bedroom to office retrofit ceiling fan…”

Jeffrey A.

Recessed light before using the can converter, model R56 recessed light kit.

Recessed light before using the can converter, model R56 recessed light kit.

Recessed light before using the can converter, model R56-RMF-ORB recessed light kit.

Recessed light after using the can converter, model R56-RMF-ORB recessed light kit.

“Replaced can light over bath tub with a oil rubbed bronze pendant. My wife wanted to “HGTV” our bathroom. I started out thinking I would just try to insert a wood support or one of those ceiling fan expansion bars. Seemed like it’d be a real pain in the butt so I did some internet searching and found your product. It was a huge time saver and easy to install. Unfortunately my before photo shows the can after I took the bulb and flange out. But, nonetheless, it was a can. If it allowed more than two pics, I could send it with the can converter installed before I hung the light.”

Mark R.

“After researching how to convert our recessed can lights to stylish lighting that would complement our Mid Century Modern decor, we came across “The Can Converter” conversion kit. When we saw the brushed nickel metal ceiling plate, we knew it would be the perfect marriage to our brushed nickel lighting fixtures that we were planning to install. These conversion kits made it SUPER EASY to convert our boring can lights into two Mid Century Sputnik Chandeliers. Everyone that visits our home LOVES them! They are definitely the “Shining Stars” of our dining area! We couldn’t be happier with this product. What a wonderful find! “

Stephanie M.

Recessed Light Conversion Oct 2018 Project of the Month Contest Winner Before Picture

Recessed Light Conversion Oct 2018 Project of the Month Contest Winner After Picture

Recessed Light Conversion Sept 2018 Project of the Month Contest Winner Before Picture

Recessed Light Conversion Sept 2018 Project of the Month Contest Winner After Picture

“We had three pot lights in our living area but needed to put a fan in that would help circulate the heat from our wood stove into the kitchen and dining room. Using Can Converters made my project so much simpler than it would have been otherwise! I was able to convert the middle pot light into a fan in a fraction of the time and effort. Thank you!”

Brendon T.

“Family room recessed to surface lighting in 60 Minutes!”

Robert A.

Recessed light before using the can converter, model R56 recessed light kit.

Recessed light converted after using The Can Converter, model R56 recessed light kit.

Recessed light before using the can converter, model R56 recessed light kit.

Recessed light after using the can converter, model R56 recessed light kit.

“Replaced eye ball lights with pendant lights over our island in the kitchen “

Nancy L.

“My house is only 2 years old. I always regretted not putting in pendants over the island. My electrician told me about the can converters. THEY CAME OUT wonderful! Really gives the room a finished look. Thank you,.. ps. I thought your YouTube video was great.”

Bridget S.

Recessed Light Conversion Aug 2018 Project of the Month Contest Winner Before Picture

Recessed Light Conversion Aug 2018 Project of the Month Contest Winner After Picture

Recessed light before using the can converter, model R56 recessed light kit.

Recessed light after using the can converter, model R56 recessed light kit.

“Island light “

Kenneth C.

“I am semi-retired and I wanted to make a “legacy” chandelier that was made up of the beer taps representing all the beers I’ve drank in my life. This unique chandelier contains 48 taps and weighs 45 pounds. It is basically a round steel hanging light that I modified. I chose the Can Converter Conversion Kit because I had a choice of medallion colors, it holds up to 50 pounds, and it was easy to install.”

Frank L.

Recessed Light Conversion July 2018 Project of the Month Contest Winner Before Picture

Recessed Light Conversion July 2018 Project of the Month Contest Winner After Picture

Recessed Light Conversion June 2018 Project of the Month Contest Winner Before Picture

Recessed Light Conversion June 2018 Project of the Month Contest Winner After Picture

“Entry way can converted to chandelier.”

Sue M.

“Hanging light over dining table.”

Larry F.

Recessed light before using the can converter, model R56 recessed light kit.

Recessed light After using the can converter, model R56 recessed light kit.

Recessed Light Conversion June 2018 Project of the Month Contest Winner Before Picture

Recessed Light Conversion June 2018 Project of the Month Contest Winner After Picture

“We recently moved into our new condo and the builder installed two can lights in the lanai, plus a separately switched j-box in the center for a ceiling fan. Because the lanai is long, we really needed fans in place of the cans but how expensive would it be to have a contractor replace the cans with fan mounts/boxes? The Can Converter to the rescue! I painted the medallions to match the fan and in one morning was able to install the conversion kits and fans myself. It looks beautiful. Thanks!”

Brad R.

“Converted a can in 2nd floor hallway to hanging light.”

Lee R.

Recessed light before using the can converter, model R56 recessed light kit.

Recessed light After using the can converter, model R56 recessed light kit.

Recessed Light Conversion May 2018 Project of the Month Contest Winner Before Picture

Recessed Light Conversion May 2018 Project of the Month Contest Winner After Picture

“The recessed light over the sink detracted from our “eclectic” decor, so we bought The Can Converter and use a can of metallic spray paint so the beveled medallion would complement our new antique bronze fixture. Love the result. Very impressed with the quality of the product, ease of installation, and especially the detailed instructions. Without The Can Converter this conversion would have been very difficult or maybe impossible. With it, it was easy. Total project time: less than two hours. “

Harry P.

“Changed out a single light fixture in a master bath to a combo ceiling fan and light. Found the Can Converter browsing on-line and thought this was just the thing I had wanted to accomplish my goal. Task was super easy with this device.”

John R.

Recessed light before using the can converter, model R56 recessed light kit

Recessed light After using the can converter, model R56 recessed light kit.

Recessed Light Conversion April 2018 Project of the Month Contest Winner Before Picture

Recessed Light Conversion April 2018 Project of the Month Contest Winner After Picture

“It’s all about the lighting! I think every house should have a couple of standout pieces. I had a plain recessed light over the dining room table. I saw this Possini Euro drop chandelier and knew this would be lighting art. No issues with the can converter. Effortless and stunning!!”

Michelle C.

“ New house, lots of cans! We are starting with our foyer first. Looks great easy to use! About to 5 more cans to do!”

Richard Z.

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Recessed Light Conversion Feb 2018 Project of the Month Contest Winner Before Picture

Recessed Light Conversion Feb 2018 Project of the Month Contest Winner After Picture

“Replaced Can light in our entryway with a chandelier light fixture. What a difference it made and the can converter kit was so easy to install as a homeowner! “

Ken H.

“Replaced two ceiling can lights with fancy pendant lights. I purchased the Can Converters for this job at Timberlake Lighting in Lynchburg and am very happy with the results. Not being a contractor, I needed the ease your Can Converter kits provide. I found the detailed instructions gave me the confidence to beautify my kitchen this way.”

Brian B.

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Recessed Light Conversion Jan 2018 Project of the Month Contest Winner Before Picture

Recessed Light Conversion Jan 2018 Project of the Month Contest Winner After Picture

“I just bought this house in June 2017 and it had recessed lighting on my front porch that was not very eye appealing. So I used the can converters to install 3 ceiling fans with lights. The can converters were very easy to use and the instructions were very good. All the neighbors have commented on the fans and swings I installed.”

David B.

“My kitchen is all white and I wanted to add some color. I had a boring can light over the window between two cabinets. I went to the lighting store and bought a blue glass pendant light and the Can Converter kit. I’m not that handy, so I hired an electrician to install the light. It really has given my kitchen a needed pop of color and has updated the look. “

Antoinette R.

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“The Can Converter came through for me with an eccentric artsy customer previously and that customer had me come back for another installation. The install was fast and hassle free and most importantly the customer is confident in my performance. “

Andy D.

“My mom wanted to update her lighting in the Kitchen. The old can lighting inserts had yellowed and really took away from the rest of the space. She knew she wanted pendant lights but I was unsure how to make that happen until I came across this amazing conversion kit. The Can Converter was very easy to install and had everything I needed to complete the job.”

Zan S.

Recessed Light Conversion Dec 2017 Project of the Month Contest Winner Before Picture

Recessed Light Conversion Dec 2017 Project of the Month Contest Winner After Picture