If you’re like me you are in tune with saving money and saving the environment. Over time I’ve been switching several light fixtures and bulbs in my house to more energy efficient LED bulbs. During the past few years there have been many developments in LED light technology. Recently I discovered a two pack of retrofit LED fixtures for recessed can lights and knew I had to try them. Stick around to learn How to Add Energy Efficient LED Fixtures in Recessed Can Lights!

In the past I’ve tried several CFLs when they were in vogue, but I hated the light they cast and they didn’t last as long as I had hoped. Plus, they were a pain to dispose of. Luckily LEDs have taken over the light bulb space in a big way. Although some of the LED bulbs had a purplish cast to them in the beginning, I’ve found some bulbs that I like and do a fairly decent job of imitating traditional incandescent bulbs. Then there’s these light bulb beauties:

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But, let’s not get side tracked. I want to show you how you too can Add Energy Efficient LED Fixtures in Recessed Can Lights! Let’s get started because this should only take 2 minutes!

Materials:

(I’ve included affiliate links for your convenience. I earn a small percentage from a purchase using these links. There is no additional cost to you. You can read more about affiliate links here.)

Instructions:

Measure the diameter of your recessed can to make sure you have the correct sized retrofit lights. (Our cans are 4 inch diameter.)

Turn off the light switch. Remove the bulb. You may also need to remove the trim kit (usually held on with clips or springs.)

Locate the screw base from the LED retrofit kit. Screw it into the socket where the light bulb would be inserted.

Locate the LED retrofit light fixture.

Snap together the wiring clips.

Feed the wires into the recessed can.

Press the retrofit light energy-efficient LED light into the recessed can.

Turn on the light switch to test that the fixture is working. Enjoy many hours of savings as you use less energy and enjoy bright warm light.

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That was an easy tutorial, right? You may also like my tutorial to convert any recessed can light into a junction box for a hard-wired light fixture.

Convert a Recessed Light to Accept a Hardwire Fixture | Pretty Handy Girl

Or the 5 minute way to add a pendant light to your recessed light can.

There’s no more excuse for looking at ugly recessed can lights! 😉

Installing the Most Beautiful Ceiling Fan | Haiku Copper Luxe Ceiling Fan | Pretty Handy Girl

I’m super excited to share you How to Install the Most Beautiful Ceiling Fan I Ever Laid Eyes Upon! You remember last month when I gave my stepmom’s screen porch a drab to fab makeover, right? Well, I didn’t really complete the makeover. I strategically cropped this ugly ceiling fan out of the shots:

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That ceiling fan isn’t just ugly. . .it’s truly F-U-G-L-Y! And we won’t even talk about the layer of black goopy dust on top of the motor and blades. Just thinking about it brings up the bile in my throat.

My stepmom and I knew we wanted to ditch the existing ceiling fan, but I wanted to replace it with an attractive ceiling fan. (I know, that seems like an oxymoron.) And then it happened, I saw a photo on Instagram that made my heart skip a beat. Our Fifth House posted a photo of her Haiku H Series Fan on her screen porch.

OurFifthHouse Instagram Photo of Screen Porch

That’s when I knew I had to install a Haiku Ceiling Fan on my stepmom’s screen porch. I approached Haiku Home (owned by Big Ass Solutions) about working with me on the screen porch makeover. They graciously agreed to supply the fan if I would supply the words and photos in this post. NOT ONLY THAT, they offered to give one of my readers a Haiku L Series Fan as well (read to the end of this post to enter.) Deal! Now that you know the back story, I present to you the Most Beautiful Ceiling Fan I Ever Laid Eyes Upon:

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Isn’t that the most gorgeous ceiling fan you’ve ever seen? The motor is tiny and hidden by the beautiful brushed copper air foils. This fan is shiny, sleek, and modern. Best of all, it works great!

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My stepmom had one switch that controlled her ceiling fan before. The switch was inside the house, not even remotely close to the door she uses for the porch (stupid!) We solved that issue by requesting a remote control for the Haiku Luxe Series Fan. Now she can sit on the screen porch and control the ceiling fan without walking through the house to turn it on.

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Want to see how easy it is to install the Haiku Ceiling Fan? Let’s get busy.

(I’ve included affiliate links for your convenience. I earn a small percentage from a purchase using these links. There is no additional cost to you. You can read more about affiliate links here.)

Materials:

Instructions:

Shut off the circuit to your ceiling fan. (Turn on the fan, then shut the circuit off and check that the fan doesn’t have power.)

Begin by removing the fan blades from the old ceiling fan.

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Remove the canopy covering the wiring. (All ceiling fans are different, look for screws or rotate the canopy to remove.)

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Use the voltage tester to check for power. The green light means it’s safe. Red light (and/or an audible alarm) means the power is still on.

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Disconnect the wires starting with the black “hot” wires. Then disconnect the white “neutral” wires and finally the bare “ground” wires.

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Have a friend support the fan as you remove it from the mounting bracket.

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Time to prepare the Haiku Luxe Series Fan for installation. Be sure to follow the installation instructions included with your fan.

Remove the shipping screws and shipping cap.

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Locate the screws and grommets to attach the airfoils (fan blades).

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Match each airfoil with the color dot on the motor. Attach the airfoils using the screws and grommets provided.

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Attach the lower cover in the center of the airfoils.

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Locate the rubber bumpers and slide them onto the extension brackets.

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Attach the mounting plate to the ceiling box with screws from your ceiling junction box.

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Locate the mounting brackets (outlined in yellow below) and loosely attach them to the mounting plate.

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Attach the safety cable to a secured hook or stud in the ceiling (our junction box had a hook bolted to the ceiling joist which was a perfect anchor point.)

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Wire the ceiling fan by attaching the wires in this order: 1. Green/yellow to bare “ground” 2. Blue to white “neutral” 3. Red to black “hot”.

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Tighten the bolts on the mounting brackets.

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Secure the wire cover with screws provided. Slide the rest of the wiring cover up to cover the extension tube. Snap the cap on the side bolt.

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Now sit back and admire the view! Then use your remote control to turn the fan on and enjoy the breeze!

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The Haiku Luxe Series fan is truly a thing of beauty. My stepmom and I love how it looks.

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It is definitely a show stopper. Especially if you remember the old fan that was there.

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Big coppery bling improvement!

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I think this fan needs to be in an art museum. . . but that’s just my opinion.

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I’m thinking I might need to replace a ceiling fan or two in our home now. You should see all the options Haiku Home has:

Haiku Home Fans

Sorry, the giveaway has ended.

I have one question for you before you go, isn’t this the Most Beautiful Ceiling Fan You Ever Laid Eyes Upon?

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I’m definitely a fan! LOL. . . get it?

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Disclosure: Big Ass Solutions sent me the Haiku Home Luxe Fan for this project. I was not paid to use the product. I was not told what to write about their product. I approached Big Ass Solutions about working with me because I know they make quality products. As usual, I’m vary particular about the brands I mention on the blog. 

 

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How to Install Low Voltage Landscape Lights (that also repel mosquitos!) | Pretty Handy Girl

Pop Quiz: How can you beautify your yard AND repel mosquitoes at the same time?

Do you give up? Introducing the new NuTone Haven Backyard Lighting & Mosquito Repellent System.

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As a resident of the North Carolina, we fight a losing battle against mosquitoes for a better part of the year. My son and I seem to be especially attractive to those pesky suckers. With the Zika virus in the news, I was thrilled when NuTone asked me to install and review their Haven lights (via a sponsored post.) Today I’ll show you how to install these low voltage landscape lights (similar to most landscape light installation.) At the end of the summer I’ll check back in to let you know how I like them.

Ready to learn How to Install Landscape Lights and Repel Mosquitoes?

Materials:

(I’ve included affiliate links for your convenience. I earn a small percentage from a purchase using these links. There is no additional cost to you. You can read more about affiliate links here.)

Instructions:

Unpack your Haven Light & Repellent system from the box. Pull out the stake, stem and light to assemble.

Assembling the Fixture:

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Loosen the screw on the stake.How to Install Low Voltage Landscape Lights (that also repel mosquitos!) | Pretty Handy Girl

Loosen the screw on the stem.loosen-screw-on-post

Feed the wires from the light fixture through the stem.How to Install Low Voltage Landscape Lights (that also repel mosquitos!) | Pretty Handy Girl

Pull the wires through the other end of the stem.

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Loosen the screw on the light fixture base and insert the stem into the light fixture. Tighten the screw.

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Feed the other end of the stem into the stake and position the wires into the open slot in the stake.

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Tighten the stake onto the stem.

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How to Install the Repellent:

Locate the bottle of repellent. Remove the green protective cap. Attach the locking adaptor cap onto the bottle (make sure the spurs are at the bottom.) Twist the locking cap until secure.

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Loosen the screw just below the white shade on the light fixture.
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Tilt the fixture open to expose inside.
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Insert the repellent into the light fixture. The wick fits into the hole in the center of the fixture.

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Twist the bottle 30 degrees to secure in place.
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Close the light fixture and tighten the screw.

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Repeat for any additional fixtures.

Installing Landscape Lights in Your Yard:

Set the fixtures in your yard and adjust the spacing (leave approximately 10 – 12′ between fixtures.)

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When you are happy with the layout. Choose a location for your transformer (must be able to plug into a covered GFCI outlet.) Choose a path to connect your lights. (Ideally you’ll want to use the least amount of wire possible.) Run the first line of 12/2 low voltage wire from the transformer and around each light.

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Loosely loop the wire around each fixture. It’s best to allow some slack in the wiring in case you have to move anything. Or to prevent connections from coming undone should someone pull the wire. Wrap colored duct tape around this wire near each fixture. This will label your first wire as the lighting wire.

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Run a separate 12/2 low voltage wire around each fixture. Do not put tape on this wire.

Loosen the screw in the stake and remove the light fixture. Place the provided cap on each stake.

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Hammer the stakes into the ground until they are flush with the soil.

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Replace the light fixture into the stake and tighten the screw.

How to Wire Low Voltage Landscape Lights:

Please note that low voltage landscaping light connectors will differ. They are all similar in that there is a connector that has metal prongs to puncture and connect to the low voltage wire cable. The NuTone Haven Backyard Lighting & Mosquito Repellent System requires two separate wires (one for lights and one for repellent.) The Mosquito Repellent-Only fixtures (and most low voltage lights) only require one wire.

Locate the wire that was marked with colored duct tape.

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Place some dielectric grease on the wire where you wish to connect the fixture.

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Locate one connector. Unscrew the connector. Press the wire firmly (grease side toward the prongs) into the lower portion of the connector (has metal prongs). (I’m not sure if this is necessary or not, but I made sure the negative prong for all my fixtures was on the side that has writing on my low voltage wire cable.)

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Thread the upper half of the connector onto the bottom portion.

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Twist the ring until the connector is tight. To help get a good connection. Tug at the wire to help the prongs pierce the wire insulation. Then tighten the ring further.

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Squeeze some dielectric grease into both holes on the connector.

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Firmly press the lighting wires into the slots.

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Repeat these steps to connect the repellent wires to the non-marked low voltage cable wire. Connect all your fixtures to the light and repellent cable wires.

Installing the Low Voltage Transformer and Controller:

Install the controller and transformer near a covered GFCI outlet. For ease of connection, you may want to remove them from the mounting screws during wiring. Make sure the transformer is unplugged.

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Locate the light sensor. While pressing down on the green buttons with a screwdriver, press both wires into the green “CDS” slots on the controller. Release the buttons and tug gently on the wires to make sure they are secured.

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Cut a 12″ length of 12/2 low voltage wire. Split the two wires by scoring the center with a utility knife. Repeat on the other end.

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Remove about 1/4″ from the end of both sides of the wire.How to Install Low Voltage Landscape Lights (that also repel mosquitos!) | Pretty Handy Girl

Attach one end of the cable wire to the transformer. Make sure the screws are tight over the wire ends.

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Attach the other end to the “AC 12V” screws on the controller. This will supply the controller with power.How to Install Low Voltage Landscape Lights (that also repel mosquitos!) | Pretty Handy Girl

Connect the light wire cable to the “Light” screws on the controller. Connect the repellent wire cable to the “Repellent” screws.

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Time to test your lights! Plug in the transformer and turn it on. Turn on the lights by pushing the light on/off button on the controller. Look around your yard and make sure all the lights are lit.

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Turn on the repellent by pushing the “Repellent On/Off” button. Check to see if the green light is illuminated at the base of each fixture.

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If you have any fixtures that are not lit, check that the connections are tightened completely.

If everything is working, program your timer/controller per the instructions provided with the controller.

Burying the Landscape Wires:

Use the garden shovel to dig a trench 6″ deep next to the landscape wire (be very careful not to slice the wire.)

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Press the landscape wiring and connectors into the trench and replace the dirt.

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Now stick your tongue out and say “Nah Nee Nah Nee Boo Boo, You Can’t Get Me!” to all the mosquitoes.

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And enjoy your beautifully illuminated yard!

How to Install Low Voltage Landscape Lights (that also repel mosquitos!) | Pretty Handy Girl
How to Install Low Voltage Landscape Lights (that also repel mosquitos!) | Pretty Handy Girl

According to the manual that came with the Haven Backyard Lighting and Mosquito Repellant, the repellant will last approximately 215 hours. You control how many hours the repellant is emitted per day which will either extend or shorten the number of days until you need to buy refills.

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I definitely like the look of the landscape lights when they are lit…

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…and not lit.

How to Install Low Voltage Landscape Lights (that also repel mosquitos!) | Pretty Handy Girl

Do you have a yard that could use some mosquito protection? NuTone has a stand alone repellant fixture. But, personally I like having the 2-in-1 fixture, because who doesn’t love having an illuminated yard at night.

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for NuTone. I was provided with the landscape lights and compensated for my time. I was not told what to write. All instructions and opinions are my own. I have not had time to test these fixtures fully, but will write a review at the end of the summer.

Convert a Recessed Light to Accept a Hardwire Fixture | Pretty Handy Girl

Things are winding up at my client’s home. We’ve been getting her 3000 sq. ft. home ready to sell. Most of the changes we’ve made have been simple cosmetic changes. A few outdated light fixtures have been updated. In the kitchen, I wanted to add a stylish pendant light over the kitchen sink.

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But, I ran into a slight problem when I realized that it was actually a recessed light fixture and I bought a hard-wired pendant.

Without giving up the style of the cool pendant light, I found a way to Convert a Recessed Light to Accept a Hardwire Fixture. I also solved the issue of the light fixture not being centered over the sink. This can happen if you have a joist in your way. But, it’s an easy fix.

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Okay, ready to get started? Here’s is a quick tutorial for How to Convert a Recessed Light to Accept a Hardwire Fixture and the slick little gadget I used to do it.

Materials:
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Instructions:

Unscrew your bulb from the recessed can. (This bulb was so big, I didn’t realize it was actually a light bulb in a recessed fixture. I could not for the life of me figure out how to remove the globe to start removing the fixture. Finally I turned it and voila, I realized it was just a large light bulb. Definitely a head smack moment and a good laugh.)

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You will need this nifty recessed light converter.

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Alternatively, you can find lots of all-in-one converter and pendant fixtures like I used here.

Screw the converter into the socket in your recessed fixture.

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The converter should sit snuggly into the socket.

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Fit the provided brace into the recessed can with the wings snug against the outside of the can.

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When the brace is at its widest position, turn the set screw to secure the brace in position.

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Use provided sheet metal screws to tap into the recessed can on both sides of the brace.

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The brace should be strong enough to hold your pendant light (within reason.)

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Attach the mounting bracket to the brace with the provided screws.

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Loosen the screw on the green ground wire and slip the clip into one of the slots on the recessed can. Tighten the ground screw.

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Slip the metal shield over the mounting bracket and rotate 90 degrees.

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Time to add that hook if you need to center your pendant light. Either screw the hook into a joist, or use the anchor.

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Slip the ceiling medallion over the metal shield. Attach your new light fixture’s mounting bracket to the recessed converter bracket.

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Install your hard-wired pendant light per the manufacturer’s instructions (or follow this tutorial to install a hard-wired pendant light).

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Thread your pendant wire through the hook.

Enjoy your new centered and updated pendant light!

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Honest, this is the same kitchen! We had the cabinets painted to give the kitchen a brighter and updated feel.

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I can’t wait to show you the rest of the changes we’ve completed in the house. Stay tuned!

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DIY Twinkling Pendant Light | Pretty Handy Girl

Happy Leap Day!

How was your weekend? I had so much fun making this DIY Twinkling Pendant Light.  This idea has been floating in my head for a while. It’s a relatively easy light to make. You need very few supplies. I used a waste paper basket from Lowe’s that I bought a year ago. I’m not sure if the same can is available, but you can buy this similar one on Amazon (affiliate link).

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You’ll also want to check out my fellow creative DIYers and the amazing light fixtures they made:
The House of Wood | Sawdust 2 Stitches | My Love 2 Create | Kim Six Fix | The Ugly Duckling House

 

The best part about my project, is that I didn’t need to do any wiring. I used a recessed can converter kit from Worth Home Products. I used a similar one a few years ago to convert a recessed can light to hang this sphere light in our art & craft room. I’m a huge fan of the convenience of this product.

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Want to make your own DIY Twinkling Pendant Light? Grab a few supplies and let’s get started.

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Materials:

(I’ve included affiliate links for your convenience. I earn a small percentage from a purchase using these links. There is no additional cost to you. You can read more about affiliate links here.)

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Instructions:

Clean your waste paper basket and dry.

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Tape painter’s tape around the basket bin. Read more

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I have a love affair with lighting. Lights are akin to your home’s jewelry. But, that “jewelry” can be expensive unless you DIY your own light fixtures. How about you? Do you like to make your own light fixtures or lamps?

If you do too, I’m thrilled to be hosting a DIY Lighting Challenge in February. A few other blogger friends and I have been challenging each other once a month to create according to a theme. This was my month, so I’m throwing down the glowing gauntlet and challenging you to make your own light fixture or lamp.

If you want to join in the fun, take the rest of the month to create your own DIY Light. You have until Monday, February 29th. On that day, I’ll share my DIY Light project with you and you can share your’s with me in a InLinkz link up.

Ready? Set! Go!

Need some inspiration? I created an entire Pinterest board of DIY Lighting Ideas. Use the hashtag #DIYLightingChallenge if you want to post some teasers.

Or you can check out some of my tutorials: Read more

How to Add a Switch to a Light Fixture | Pretty Handy Girl

Have you ever wanted to replace a pull chain light with a standard light fixture and a switch? If so, I have a tutorial for you on How to Add a Switch for a Light Fixture!

A while ago my sons and I watched the movie, A Series of Unfortunate Events. When the movie was over my oldest son said he loved the library scene in the movie.

I’m not surprised. Both our boys are voracious readers and have amassed quite the collection of books. Handy Boy #1 lamented the fact that we didn’t have a library and asked if I could build one in our home. I escaped with a non-committal answer.

A few weeks passed and that library seed in my head had begun to plant itself firmly in my mind. I began to form a plan about where I could add a library in our home. It became clear when I opened the toy closet in the bonus room and found myself getting angry that it was (once again) a mess. As I began clearing a path on the floor of the closet, it occurred to me that 90% of the toys in the closet were for young children and my boys had grown beyond them. I spent the afternoon clearing out the closet…

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…and soon it looked like this:

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When, I clean, I really clean! Ha. I should explain that the room used to have paneling and scraps of carpeting. But, this closet was always freezing in the winter and hot in the summer. I was determined to get to the source of the lack of climate control. After adding more insulation and filling all the cracks and voids with Great Stuff, I framed out a second wall. Let me just say that some jack ass didn’t bury 12 wires in the wall, but instead wrapped them around the studs. Can you say, “NOT TO CODE!” Instead of hiring an electrician to re-run all those wires, I came up with the ingenious idea to add a second wall to encase the wiring mess. Then I moved on to the lighting situation.

The light in the closet was a pull chain. If you have children, you know that nothing is more irresistible than a dangling rope that turns a light on and off and on and off and on…until the chain breaks. I decided to add a switch to the light fixture. While I was at it, I also added a new LED light fixture that wouldn’t create heat or add to our energy bill if it was left on.

Materials:
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Before we begin, I want to show you the wiring configuration we have to start:

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The green line represents the wiring coming from the home circuit panel. The blue line shows the power continuing from the outlet to the light with a pull chain. (If you have an eagle eye you’ll notice a third wire in the outlet box below. The other wire goes to another outlet.)

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This next diagram shows the configuration we need to add a switch: Read more

How to Install a Chandelier | Pretty Handy Girl

Do you love all the light fixtures in your home? If not, do you wish you knew How to Install a Chandelier, so you don’t have to hire an electrician to do it? Today your wishes will be answered!

You know that moment when you see the perfect light fixture and you know you HAVE to have it in your home or you won’t be able to live another day? Okay, well maybe not the “live another day” part. But, you do know how it feels to fall head over heels in love with a light fixture.  For me that light fixture was Magnolia Market’s chandelier. I wanted it, but the price tag was more than I wanted to pay. One day I got an email from Joanna (yes, THE Joanna Gaines from HGTVs Fixer Upper) letting me know that her store was having a lighting sale. I could not click on the link fast enough. Within a few days my lovely new chandelier arrived.

It was time to say goodbye to our old chandelier…

How to Install a New Chandelier | Pretty Handy Girl

…and install my new chandelier.

How to Install a New Chandelier | Pretty Handy Girl

Ready to learn how to install a new ceiling light or chandelier? Grab these few items:

Materials:
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Instructions:

Turn on your light fixture and shut off the power to the fixture. Check to see that the light is off.

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Remove the light bulbs from the old fixture and set them aside.

How to Install a New Chandelier | Pretty Handy Girl

Support the chandelier on a ladder or have a helper nearby to hold the fixture. Remove the canopy from the ceiling to expose the wiring. Read more

Installing a Wall Mount Flat Screen TV + Hiding Cords | PrettyHandyGirl

Do you have a flat screen TV? Do you have children? Wish you could mount your TV on the wall for space and safety? Or have you already mounted your TV, but the wires are visible and hang below your screen? GASP—not the dreaded visible wires syndrome!

Installing a Wall Mount Flat Screen TV + Hiding Cords | PrettyHandyGirl

Today I have a tutorial to show you How to Install a Wall Mount for your TV AND How to Hide those Unsightly Wires in a cable management system. SANUS sent me their Full-Motion TV Wall Mount and In-Wall Cable Management to use for this tutorial. Before you start thinking that you can’t do this, or that you have to hire an electrician to run power behind the TV, you don’t! And this is a very easy DIY project! The SANUS In-Wall Cable Management System is the coolest product. It allows you to hook up to an existing outlet elsewhere (within 60″ horizontally from your TV)! (Per FTC regulations, you should know that this is a sponsored post for SANUS, but I approached them after researching TV mounts and cable management systems. )

Genevieve Gorder has some good information about why you want to use a SANUS mount in this short video:

Why did I want to use the SANUS mount? Here’s just a few reasons:

Installing a Wall Mount Flat Screen TV + Hiding Cords | PrettyHandyGirl

You can pull your screen out from the wall or press it back to just a few inches away. (The arms extend a full 20″. Further than shown, because our cables are too short to fully extend.)

The power cord plugs into an ultra low profile in wall cable system. All wires are hidden behind the TV.

Installing a Wall Mount Flat Screen TV + Hiding Cords | PrettyHandyGirl

The TV can also extend and swivel from left to right. This allows us to be able to watch TV from the adjacent room! Which means the kids can eat pizza AND watch a movie because they can safely sit at the kitchen table and view the movie in the living room. Score one for Mom!  No more pizza stains on the rug or sofa.

Installing a Wall Mount Flat Screen TV + Hiding Cords | PrettyHandyGirl

Ready to learn how you can easily mount your flat-screen TV on the wall AND hide the wires? Let’s get to it! Read more

How to Install a Wall Sconce | Pretty Handy Girl

Do your wall sconces annoy you? Are they stuck in the 90’s, 80’s, or worse yet the 70’s? When I picked out these sconces several years ago, they were the only ones I could find that I thought were okay. But, with a living room makeover in the works, I decided to upgrade them for a more modern pair.

How to Install a Wall Sconce | Pretty Handy Girl

It’s time to learn how to install a wall sconce. Of if you are like Pretty Handsome Guy, I’m going to teach you how to install new “light fixtures that hang on the walls” (lest you think I was talking about a breakfast treat.)

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Whatever you call it, you can definitely do this. Ready?

Install a Wall Sconce Light Fixture Materials:

  • Screwdrivers (flat head and phillips head)
  • Light fixture

Optional: wire cutters/wire strippers

Install a Wall Sconce Light Fixture Instructions:

Turn on the lights you will be working on. Shut off the power to your light(s) at your circuit breaker. Check the lights to verify that the power has been turned off.

How to Install a Wall Sconce | Pretty Handy Girl

Removing the Current Light Fixture:

Remove the light bulb and glass shade. Unscrew the mounting nuts from the face of your light fixture.

How to Install a Wall Sconce | Pretty Handy Girl

Lift the light fixture off the mounting bracket and let it hang (or get a friend to help hold the fixture if it’s heavy.) Read more