A number of lighting choices in a room can take it from dull to lively . We have numerous lighting fittings in our home — numerous so-called “boob lights,” that is. I believe the standard of the builder lighting the Achilles heel in room layout. We have at least one in each room of our home. Our kitchen boasted three — one in the middle of the room, just over the sink and one in the nook. We knew we had to replace them.
The location over our kitchen sink was our first stop in the overhaul while I would love to complete a marathon elimination of all the lights. The existing light’s proportions were all wrong, and two miniature pendant lights could be just the right touch of beauty and tranquility. While this was not the room’s finishing touch, it sure did help place the end in sight.
We made our pendant lighting.
• Westinghouse Oil-Rubbed Bronze Mini Pendant Lighting Kit
• Westinghouse Safe-T Pan
• Glass shade
• Utility knife
After turning off the power, we removed the existing light over the sink.
Note: Constantly consult with the local building codes when planning any home improvement project.
We referenced Black & Decker’s The Complete Guide to Wiring, which offers detailed step-by-step instructions for many electric jobs and is fully compliant with the most recent National Electrical Code.
We measured and marked the middle of where our pendant lights could be installed. We chose to center them over each side of our double sink.
We assembled the pendant lighting kit according to the manufacturer’s instructions and attached the glass shade. There are numerous types of colors available at big-box stores, but we purchased ours from a local thrift store for less than $1.
The pan kit comprises its own hardware and instructions for mounting.
We traced around the perimeter and focused each pan on our marks.
We cut out the circular pieces using a utility knife.
We first predrilled a hole in the middle of all which was utilized to feed through the electric wiring to mount the Safe-T Pans. Then, referring to the manufacturer’s instructions we mounted the pans to the ceiling.
If you are not comfortable doing your own wiring, call in an electrician. Otherwise, measure the duration for each light and cut any extra wiring off, leaving a few inches extra for leeway.
Together with the power still turned off, we fed the electric wiring through the predrilled hole and connected it to the pendant light’s wiring. (Refer to an up-to-date wiring manual along with the pendant kit for certain instructions on working with electrical wiring, and for troubleshooting assistance.)
Then we turned the power back on and checked that the wiring has been connected correctly.
Finally, we patched the hole left from the original lighting and primed and painted the ceiling.
With these beautiful pendant lights and illuminating my favorite workspace — we’ve got just one more step to complete our kitchen remodel: installing crown molding and door trim.