The Kitchen Renovation.
The high tech gadget I LOVE.

The kitchen renovation is humming along at the rapid fire pace of a sloth on Prozac.

I still have no cabinets, I’m still in a mess and I still have no idea when all of this is going to be done.

I made progress this week though, which is better than nothing.

The dreaded pot lights were installed. I did not want pot lights. I do not like pot lights. Pot lights are the devil.

Enter … the solitary thing that changed my mind about pot lights.

The Light Speaker.


I was browsing the Home Depot website, as I often do, and came across the recessed (pot) light section. I’m not sure how it caught my eye but halfway down the page there was something called a Light Speaker.


Clicking through I discovered it’s a pot light that’s also a wireless speaker system that works with a remote. You just plug it in and you can control your music and lighting through it. The lights are dimmable LEDs.


I was sold instantly.

The single greatest thing about this thing is, if you already have 5″ – 6″ pot lights, they just screw into your existing pots.  In fact they screw into and work from any light socket.

They’re huge though so you need a big lamp!  Apparently there’s an adaptor that you can get to make them fit with any lamp harp.  If it were me, I’d probably use it more like a spotlight on the ground, shining up on a wall.  I’m actually eyeing a corner of my living room where I could do this and it would be hidden behind the couch/sofa/chesterfield and shine up on an antique church pillar I have.

Bulb Guts

Suddenly I didn’t hate pot lights. I LOVED pot lights. I HAD TO HAVE POT LIGHTS so I could have these light speakers.


The speakers are controlled by both this base, and a small remote. It has left and right speakers and also 2 zones. So you can keep adding speakers to your house. 2 in the kitchen could be playing jazz, and the 2 in the family room could be playing some horrible talk radio.

Set Up

All you have to do is screw in the lights, plug the base in and away you go. You’re glowing in light and listening to music! From overhead! I have a weird thing about overhead music like you hear when you’re in the mall or stores. I like it. I like music from above.

You just plug your iPhone, iPad, MP3 player or whatever you have on hand into the base and you’re listening to your whole iTunes library or your television or Songza.


I’m pretty sure I haven’t been this excited since they started making pop available in glass bottles again.

Iphone 2

I’m going to keep the large base hidden on a shelf and use the small remote (which I forgot to take a picture of) to control the music and lights for the most part. That way there’s no wires, no mess, no nothin’.

Because these Light speakers are really made for the older pot lights (5″ and 6″) it’s perfect for anyone who has them in their house already.

I chose to only do 2 of the larger pots in my kitchen for the Light speakers (which will go over my island) and the rest of the pot lights will be tiny, more discrete 3½” LED ones.  Pretty pots.

They cost $399 for 2 Light speakers, the remote and the base.    If you want them yourself or for a last minute Christmas present, they aren’t available in the actual Home Depot store, just online.  And only on the Canadian Home Depot site.

If you’re in the States and you want them, you can find them IAV Lightspeaker Multiroom Lightspeaker System Lighting here.

So that’s how far I am with the kitchen.  Half my cabinets ripped out, the ceiling in a shambles, cruddy old appliances, 3 different paint colours on the walls, and an array of cardboard boxes holding my crackers and canned goods.

And a brand new set of pot lights to illuminate every single bit of it.


*Note from karen:  I wrote this post a couple of days ago and I’ve since installed my Light speakers.  I LOVE THEM!  The LED lights are very warm, with no touch of blue, and they sound great.  I LOVE THEM!!!



  1. s. reibling says:

    I have book marked this as a “must” for our future kitchen renovation.

    In the meantime though, I’ve purchased a lightbulb with a speaker that screws into an existing pot light.


  2. Steven says:

    These are awesome. We just got done painting our cabinets and installed these bad boys for the holidays upon your recommendation and they were a hit at our holiday party. Kudos for the great find and post.

  3. Barbara says:

    What a great way to add tunes to the kitchen! Our new cabinets are in and we love them. But lighting is something we have to face soon.

  4. Cody Craig says:

    If you didn’t want to dock your iPhone, you could plug in an airport express and then it would be Airplay to those speakers!

  5. Tina says:

    Thanks Karen you just cost me 379.00. I got them through Amazon and should have them by Christmas. I Love your Blog. Hoping you have a wonderful Christmas. : )

    • Karen says:

      Sorry bout that Tina, lol. But they’re really fun! I had a magazine shoot here yesterday and they were impressed with them and had never heard of them! ~ karen

  6. Ashlee V says:

    Now you can listen to music while working on you kitchen! I only have two pot lights that are in my bathroom above my jacuzzi tub. I have always wandered what the builder was thinking. Hmmm…listen to music while I am in the tub sounds like an idea. lol

  7. Heather says:

    This is going to be life changing. Thank you soooo much for sharing this!

  8. Joanna says:

    again! Genius!!!! Thank you for sharing! Just ordered fir my hubby!

  9. Margaret K. says:

    Hmm, I think the kitchen has a couple of sockets these could go in.
    and Happy Birthday!

  10. Laura Bee says:

    Music from above – it will be like living in a very nice kitchen store. With real food. And cats.
    I like listening to this a lot: Seriously, it almost makes me want to do housework and bake all day. Or shop.
    And Happy Birthday? – eat some cake! xxoo

  11. Barbie says:

    ….we have pot lights in the kitchen and I had NO IDEA! I’m going to have the hubs read this and convince him we need this for our kitchen so I can listen to music from above too! LOL

  12. Lynn says:

    I hope you got a manicure gift certificate for your birthday as rats crawled in your bed last night and chewed your polish off. It obviously didn’t wake you so no need to be alarmed, and being a DIYer it’s hard to not have them chewed off in your sleep. Perhaps a beauty parlor will become a sponsor and keep you “hand model” ready for future photo shots! I am thrilled about pot lights, which could be interpreted other ways, are you selling hydroponic grow lights? My place could be a Woodstock fest as I have nothing but 5-6″ pot lights, dozens of them. I could have music and go into the growing business all at the same time…. with lights left with which to have other inventions screwed into them. This is a bit overwhelming thinking about music, lights and growing and then to have more to contend with as other readers send more ideas…. I’d better rest up, off to nap until more instructions arrive or better yet, off to the beauty parlor to have matching manis!

    • Karen says:

      Hah! Yeah. That’s pretty much how my nails always look. Unless it’s the beginning of day 1. After that it’s pretty much the delightful mess you see. Damn rats. ~ karen!

  13. Dawn says:

    What a cool product. The lighting in our kitchen sucks. Unfortunately, we will probably move before I can talk my husband into any kitchen remodel. Have a great birthday.

  14. Sheri says:

    Thank you, we are about to start demolishing our kitchen and this past weekend we were looking at pot lights. I have forwarded a link on to my husband, I am sure he will be thanking you soon for the additional work you just caused.

  15. Sera says:

    Apparently you can also buy these from amazon. You should update your link so you can get your credit from any sales. Not that I can afford them but…

  16. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    Love them but nowhere to put them can drop in here anytime..I have Dill Pickle Birthday girl..

  17. Melissa L. says:

    These are cool and all, but I was so happy to see you listening to Macklemore… He was here in So Cal last week, and my son went, but I stayed home because none of my friends listen to him… Boo… We could have gone together!

  18. Sally A. says:

    Maybe dumb question…can the music still play if the lights are turned off?

  19. Kristin says:

    So someone above said her husband is practically autistic for light and sound. I love that description, and it rings true for me too! Well, the light part. My living room (and my whole house) is peppered with pleasant little low-watt lamps that cast warm, incandescent light on everything. I CANNOT STAND compact fluorescent lightbulbs. Even behind a colored glass shade, I can tell it’s fluorescent. I’m autistic about it (heh.) The light is so ugly and cold, or sickly and pretending to be warm, light a fake smile. I also hate the cold light cast by LEDs.

    So my question is, are these pot light LEDs actually warm and flattering light? Or are they just pretending to be nice while badmouthing you to a mutual friend? Do they highlight your best attributes? If you say the light is honestly a warm, non-blue light, it would totally make me reconsider LED lighting. Which is more economical and all that.

  20. Joselyn @The DIY Spot says:

    We have a lot in common. I too am renovating my kitchen, half the comments are ripped out, the floor is in progress and my ceiling is waiting to be patched. I haven’t started blogging about it because I find blogging in real time about major DIY projects difficult. I would love one of these light speakers, however, my rather tiny kitchen has only one antiquated recessed light over the sink near a window. My plan is to use a pendant adapter to update it. Good luck with the rest of your kitchen renovation.

  21. Melissa in North Carolina says:

    Happy Birthday, Karen. Wishing you a quickly completed kitchen and a wonderful year. You deserve it. What a great week of posts! Holy shit sweet potato and pot lights. Thank you!!!

  22. Ev says:

    Happy Birthday Karen! Pot lights n’ music! Who woulda thought? We have a VERY old florescent ring light over a counter. Hmmmm…thanks for a great idea!

  23. SuzyM says:

    I’ve been sitting here for a few minutes trying somehow to integrate poop into this post, but, alas, have come up empty. How about, “Holy crap, Batgirl, those are amazing speaker/light thingies!”

    Happy belated birthday from a fellow December-born speaker/light thingy-coveting follower.

  24. Maureen Locke says:

    Is it really your birthday??? If so, Happy Birthday Karen. It’s my daughers birthday too. She’s 29.. for the first time.. lol

  25. Does this mean you are dancing in the kitchen now? This could work for me.

  26. Feral Turtle says:

    This is freakin awesome!!! We just installed two pot lights in our dormers we finally almost finished until we were hit with this little thing called snow and flat tires. I think I will put this on my wish list for next year!! Cheers.

  27. Tigersmom says:

    Seriously, think about that video. I would go viral instantly and garnish you hundreds of thousands (if not bajillions) of new readers.

  28. Tigersmom says:

    Congrats on progress even at a sloth’s place. And, apparently, Happy Birthday wishes are in order.


    H A P P Y B I R T H D A Y !

    I think we need a video of you dancing to Icona Pop’s “I Don’t Care….I Love It” blasting from your new light speakers while making something to eat from your sweet poo-tato. Please? It could be your little Christmas gift to us.

  29. Adrienne in Atlanta says:

    Happy birthday!!! This makes you a fellow Sagittarius. I knew there was a reason I liked you and your renaissance woman ways.

    Hope you have great birthday plans.

  30. magali says:

    I really don’t mean this to sound depressing, only inquisitive, but are you really going to host a Christmas supper with your kitchen in that state?

  31. Markay says:

    These are great! I was wondering, can you use the speakers with the lights out or do the lights have to be on for the speaker to work.

    Thanks! :)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Markay – You can any combination you want. Lights and speakers on, only speakers on, only lights on … ~ karen!

      • Sera says:

        Ah, that was my question. Does hat mean you control the light from the base or the wall switch? And seriously, this is the best thing I’ve ever seen! I would not have put a Tivoli radio on my wish list had I known about this! Kitchen speakers was only one of two things I wish I’d thought of before finishing our kitchen reno.
        Happy birthday Karen!

        • Karen says:

          THanks Sera! The light is on a separate switch without a dimmer and I work the dimmer from the base. ~ karen!

      • Markay says:

        How wonderful, thank you!!!

    • Krista says:

      You can use either independent from the other :)

  32. Frank Ford says:

    This looks awesome – who would of thought you could get this creative with technology? Pot Lights? Seriously, lol? I’m going to have to keep my wife away from this page or she will start getting ideas!!!

  33. Sia says:

    I wanna clean your iPhone.
    Someone get her a new protective cover!!!
    Karen, please confirm if that’s an iPhone 4S… Cuz I’m on it!!
    (I’m not kidding…)

    • Karen says:

      LOL. yes it’s a 4S. And yes I need a new cover! The bottom doesn’t stick anymore so the underneath is a filth bucket! ~ karen

      • Sia says:

        Well, don’t bother buying one. You’ll be getting some in the mail. Won’t be getting to you until after Xmas though.
        I expect it to be New Year’s resolution number 32… Change protective cover when ruined. Package has 10. Should be enough for the whole year ;)
        Thanks for keeping us laughing!

        • Karen says:

          LOLOLOL! That’s hilarious! Thank you Sia. I never, ever would have been bothered to replace it, lol. ~ karen!

    • Karen says:

      Sia … I GOT MY IPHONE COVERS!!! LOL. That was so much fun to find at the mailbox! Thank you very, very, very much. I’ve put my first screen on. I wrecked the first one actually, (to be expected) but had complete success with the second. I cant’ stop laughing because it’s so funny my screen was so gross it prompted you to send me screen covers from Singapore, lol. Thanks again, I love them!~ karen

      • Sia says:

        Omg… The package came now????? That was long. Ordered before Xmas!!
        Confession… Been paying attention to your pictures to see if you had removed the gross one from this post… Lol.

        No excuses anymore missy!!

        … And you have no idea how happy I am to have made YOU laugh… You do that to me, and all your readers, every day.

  34. nancy says:

    i have a problem. i used to get up and drink coffee and read your new blog post. somehow i have figured out that after 9 or 10pm PST, i can read your post right now. i have nothing to look forward to in the morning. i do love the pot light speakers. but i no longer have pot lights, since i moved and all.
    BTW, this is distinctly not Christmassy. So with the frozen cat shit you are passing off as a poo-tato and these amazing speakers, you are saved from the tedium of repetitive Christmas blog posts.
    Happy Birthday Karen!!!

  35. shuckclod says:

    Those sound like a great idea. I have 9 years old pot lights. We had to put them on a dimmer because, they are way too bright. They are not the led ones. I would like one of those speakers above my sink and plugged into the tv. Hope you get your cabinets soon :)

  36. J9 says:

    Can we also talk about you getting a new screen protector? Dang that’s a downfall with the white iPhone huh…

  37. stephbo93 says:

    Hubby works for Home Depot, so thanks for feeding us this month! I love the idea of music floating throughout the house. Pretty cool stuff!

  38. Jamieson says:

    Amazing invention!
    This reminds me… When are you coming to mine? I have zoodles of overhead music. And ultra-special no glare potlights. (My husband is practically autistic for light and sound.) Also I have chips and dip! And me.

    • Karen says:

      My mom just asked me when I was going to visit you! I told her as soon as I could, lol. ~ karen! (Jamieson is a friend everyone, I don’t just randomly drop in on readers. Usually.)

  39. Marti says:

    No blue? So they are a warm, FLATTERING TO HUMAN color, in addition to being speakers?
    Very cool! … for BLUE lights anyway.

    Enjoy! You deserve it!

  40. TucsonPatty says:

    These sound awesome! No pun intended.

  41. gloria says:

    Now for a video, so we can see and hear them in action.

  42. Cheryl says:

    I have 29 pot lights on the first floor of my house. TWENTY-NINE pot lights. How much are these light speakers? I’m afraid to even tell my husband about this.

    • Karen says:

      29??? Holy crap. Are they 5 or 6″? Anyhow, the potlights are $399 for 2 light speakers, the remote and the console thingee that you plug your iphone or ipod or whatever into. I haven’t tried yet, but I believe you can plug it into a stereo receiver as well. ~ karen!

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