Turn off power to the light fixture (at the electrical breaker box).
Measure the recessed light fixture, and purchase a recessed can light conversion kit to fit your size of lamp. Make sure you identify the type of fixture you have and select a replacement fixture that will work with the conversion kit. Most kits come with a white universal trim plate; if you require a different color or finish it is a good idea to buy that plate at the same time.
Remove your now cool recessed can lightbulb. Remove the recessed can light trim ring. (These often pull down on small springs that you detach. You may need a screwdriver.)
Screw the can converter into the socket. Complete the conversion based on the directions provided by the manufacturer for your specific application. Some fixtures, such as ceiling fan conversion kids, require additional structural support, and different light fixtures have different electrical load requirements.
Things You Will Need
- Tape measure
- Notepad and pencil
- Recessed can light conversion kit
- Some conversion kits are sold for particular types of replacement fixtures (such as for converting to pendant lights), and special fixtures are sold that are a direct screw-in to the recessed light with no wiring necessary.
- Conversion kits are also available to turn recessed lighting into track lighting and chandeliers.