Saturday morning I spent 4 hours making light fixtures. This didn’t include all the time spent beforehand researching design blogs, how-to websites, Pinterest, and Youtube.
I came to the conclusion I needed to make these things when I initially priced light fixtures. Goodness. It is possible to buy them for about $7 a piece at Lowes. But they look weird. As in, circa 1982 weird. Those that are marginally cool will run anywhere between $35-$50 and depending on how trendy or elaborate, the sky is the limit.
So. What do I do about my 10 light fixtures? Yes, 10. Eight wall sconces, one main room ceiling light fixture, and one porch light. What can I say, I didn’t want to live in a dungeon.
Seeing as how I was looking at a $500 price tag (at least) for just light fixtures, I decided it was a good idea to look in to alternatives. I found a bevy of blogs on how to make them…there were all kinds of clever ideas using galvanized pipe and found parts.
Since galvanized pipe is a theme in my house, I decided that will definitely make an appearance.
So here is a breakdown of what I needed:
- twisted wire (vintage look and just cool)
- strain reliefs (apparently this is a thing)
- mason jars (12oz Kerr jars…already had these on hand; spray painted the lids bronze)
- light cages (spray painted with bronze)
- scrap wood (for the back piece of the homemade sconces)
- bulbs (edison bulbs, of course. what is the point of seeing the bulbs if they aren’t cool)
- Main Room ceiling light (I wanted something amazing, so I decided to turn an antique tin ceiling tile into a light fixture…got that on the Electronic Bay for $25!)
- Wall Lights that were waterproof for Bathroom (not that I’ll be hosing them off, but I needed something that is good for wet environments)
- Porch Light that was ok if it got rained on
For the Porch Light and Bathroom Lights, I decided to buy them. They absolutely have to be rated for wet environments and I can’t make anything like that, so off to Lowe’s I went. I went with a semi-nautical theme for those (they are also the :
For the other fixtures, I went online to Vintage Wire and Supply for the sockets, strain reliefs, and twisted wire: http://www.vintagewireandsupply.com.
The process of cutting wire, stripping wire, and attaching all the things took a while….
I had to google “How to wire a light socket”….
Cages with pipe…those will be attached to blocks of wood for support.
It’s tough being a supervisor.