Covering Recessed Fixtures Not in Use
How do you hide recessed lights that are not being used if you don't want to remove them?
We have a slanted wood ceiling where there are two 6-inch-diameter recessed lights that are not aligned with the island and we want to center and hang a new pendant fixture instead. We want to cover up the recessed fixtures without removing them. Is there a solution such as a simple plate that will disappear on a white wood paneled ceiling?
I'll tell you what we are doing on projects to cover up a recessed fixture that is no longer in use. We actually use a speaker cover to make the fixture "disappear," creating the illusion that there is a home sound system in place. It's a win-win solution.
Randall Whitehead, IALD

Randall Whitehead, IALD, is a professional lighting designer and author. His books include "Residential Lighting, A Practical Guide." Whitehead has worked on projects worldwide, appeared on the Discovery Channel, HGTV and CNN, and he is regular guest on Martha Stewart Living Radio. Visit his website for more information on books, upcoming seminars and the latest lighting trends.

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