Diy ceiling lamp ideas

I am assuming that these are the spotlight type bulbs.

It depends if they are low-voltage or mains. You can tell this as low voltage bulbs own ‘pins’ (right — see below) to join them and mains own ‘pegs’ (left). If they are pegs it’s not a problem, but I’d propose you replace them every anyway. Halogen bulbs use so much electricity for the light they produce — just feel their heat — that it’s a untrue economy to wait until they blow to replace them.

If they are low voltage (pins) it’s a bit more complicated. They will own a transformer either in the ceiling or light fitting.

Some LED bulbs, love the Philips Master LED range, own in-built circuitry that can deal with most (but not all) transformers, so you don’t own to change them.

In other cases, you need to replace the transformer with an LED driver. This is because the transformers are too overpowered for the little quantity of electricity that LEDs need. You will need an electrician for that.


1. First shove the wire through the middle of the brass check ring. Make certain that the rounded side is on the same side as the plug.

In other words, imagine that the ring is resting on the light bulb when every is said and done.

2. Bend the metal wire in a U shape and identify the neutral conductor by looking for the rib or ribbing on the insulation. Join this wire to the silver colored screw. Join the other conductor to the brass colored screw. Tighten terminal screws making certain every of the conductors are under the screw head.

3. Put the brass shell over the lamp socket, aligning it so the on/off switch peeks through the openings in the brass shell.


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Tug the brass check ring below towards the light so it rests on the brass shell. It wont perfectly fit that part, as it technically is intended to relax the opposite direction on top of a lamp. But it helps to cover some exposed wires and makes the piece glance a little more finished.

5. Simply screw the light bulb in and test your electrician work by connecting it to an outlet and switching the on/off switch. (This is the part where I was surprised that everything worked so easily!)

6. To hang the light bulb from the ceiling, simply feed the wire through a safety pin or some other little metal loop. Then nail the safety pin to the ceiling with a hammer.

You can then adjust the wire so the light bulb hangs exactly where you desire it to. There are several other ways to achieve this same result; I just used whatever materials I had available and improvised this solution, and it worked beautifully. (I own four years of experience with homemade dorm room hanging solutions.) However, buying a U-shaped nail or a screw hook would probably be a more civilized approach to this attachment dilemma. I also didn’t mind the rustic glance of the rusty safety pin, so if you desire to hide your handiwork a little more, I would opt for the screw hook.


Attach the wire to another put on the ceiling closer to the wall. I got fortunate and was capable to hide the wire completely behind a cloth tapestry hanging behind my bed. So I only had to attach the light bulb to one put, which worked out well because I only had one safety pin!

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Do whatever works best for your space. I actually prefer the exposed wire glance as well, so don’t feel love you absolutely need to disguise the wire — I ponder it adds to the whole industrial look!

8. You will probably need an extension cord to assist the plug reach an outlet. I was grateful for the wall tapestry at this point because I was capable to completely hide the ugliness of the extension cord meeting with the lamp wire as well.

9. Admire your (not-so-hard) work! The best part about using this lamp kit is being capable to turn the light off and on correct on the hardware instead of having to reach behind your bed or nightstand to plug and unplug it, or fumbling around to discover a switch attached to the wire.

Now turn off your other lights, turn your new light on and curl up in bed with a book and cup of tea.

You can then thank Thomas Edison for your new bedside ambiance. But before you do any of the above, check out these other looks people own achieved with exposed light bulbs. There are endless possibilities with this project!

This glance is extremely similar to what I did, except the wire is hidden in the ceiling, so it would require a little more installation thought. But as mentioned, I love this minimalistic glance and the stark contrast of the black wire surrounded by so much white in the room.

Another favorite hanging method involves attaching a wooden mount to the wall and wrapping the wire around it or feeding it through some sort of hole drilled through the structure.

Side note: the gray cloth wire on the second photo is particularly beautiful!

What is a Pinterest search without seeing some sort of Mason jar craft? Maybe you ponder they’ve gone too far, but regardless, you own to confess they make a amazing see-through faux lampshade in this setting.

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We love the wooden loop creating a staggered spiral staircase look! This would of course require a little more financial investment, but the glance is worth it — especially for a dining room or kitchen.

If you’re not as motivated by DIY projects and would rather own someone else do the work for you, buying a sconce would be a amazing solution. This rustic and simple fixture makes a statement and is not lacking elegance.

Metal cages and geometric design in general fit this minimalistic glance fairly nicely.

The random and purposefully tangled wire glance in this specific space is bold and enjoyment, but the thinness of both the cage wires and the electric wires make these fixtures glance clean, unused and bright.

Speaking of a beam supporting an assortment of lights, this is another glance I love. The varying bulb sizes and the diverse cord lengths hold your eyes engaged and create an eclectic, but effortless flow to the piece. And can we just talk about how perfect this kitchen is in general?

Let us know if you finish up doing a project similar to this or if you own any other exposed light bulb ideas we haven’t thought of!

*Cue light bulb illuminating above head jokes*

PHOTOS COURTESY OF: The Interiors Addict, Curate & Display, Remodelista, Simplifying Fabulous, Restoration Hardware, OneFortyThree, Apartment Therapy and ArchStudios

Posted InHome Inspiration|UnderDIY, Exposed Light Bulb, Fixtures, Home DIY, Home Inspiration, Lighting, Lights, Minimalistic

What lights do you use at home?

I’m % LED now — even my fridge light is LED. You don’t need to go that far — I’m a little obsessed!

It has taken me a couple of years of learning to get it right.

The most significant lesson has been light ‘temperature’. This is measured in Kelvin (you’ll discover it on the packet of any light bulb). I love a warm white, much love the old-fashioned tungsten bulbs. This is about Kelvin (K).

It’s exciting that folks from colder climates tend to favour a warm light, while folks from hotter climates prefer something more white or blue.

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Now I understand the colour I love, I generally get the correct bulb each time.

One of the reasons I switched to LED is that I own solar panels on my roof, which contribute to the electricity demand of my home during the day. However after I bought a real-time energy meter I quickly learned that I was using a crazy quantity of electricity at night — when my panels don’t assist. With a bit of investigation I realised my lighting was drawing a lot of electricity. But my electricity bill for my three-bedroom home is now £7 a month, and upgrading my lighting played a large role in that.

Even if you don’t own solar panels, lighting uses a lot of power. The excellent news is, it’s one of the easiest things to change.

Knowing which colour you love is important.

My personal preference is for A nice warm light.


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Lighting a room seems simple enough: Plug in a lamp, flip a switch, and voilà! What was once dark is now bright. But certain missteps can cause a comfy space to feel, well, off. Here some common mistakes to avoid:


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You don’t ponder in layers.
It seems simple enough to install a row of recessed lights in a room and call it a day, but this strategy will ultimately disappoint.

«Homeowners tend to light rooms love they’re hosting a convention — too much overhead light,» says Robert Gross, an architect at Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design. «This doesn’t add any warmth or character to a room.»

Overhead lighting is a go-to option in numerous spaces, but it’s often not enough. If you omit task lighting, love floor lamps and table lamps, reading on your sofa or writing at your desk could strain your eyes.

And if you only install can lights in your bedroom, you won’t get the cozy quality that bedside lamps can provide.

Plus, a variety of light sources make your common areas more flexible. Ambient (overhead) lighting will come in handy when you’re hosting large holiday parties, but you’ll crave the intimacy of a table lamp when it’s just you curled up with a magazine.

Want to get super fancy? Accent lights that highlight art, cabinet interiors, or walls (think sconces) can add a luxe design element to a room.

2. You dismiss dimmer switches.
Many of the designers we spoke to named this error as a major pet peeve.

«Dimmers are the best kept secret of lighting design,» says interior designer Jeff Fiorito. «They permit you to control your lighting from day to night, for various events, and depending on your mood.» A quaint dinner party simply isn’t so quaint if your dining room is lit up love a stadium.

3. You forget about where shadows might fall.
Place a light in the incorrect spot, and you could create more of a problem than a solution.

«In bathroom, attempt sconces on either side of the mirror, instead of a single light above.» says Erin Davis, of Mosaik Design & Remodeling.

«Overhead lighting can cast shadows on your face.» If you must go with an overhead light, select a longer, horizontal fixture (instead of one with one single bulb) to assist fully illuminate your face.

Shadows can plague your kitchen workspace, too. «If kitchen can lights are positioned above the edge of the counter, when you stand at the counter to work, you cast a shadow exactly where you need the light,» says Christine Beehler of Beehler Kitchens. Solve this problem by installing under-cabinet lighting.

Notice the same overhead shadow problem in your office? Make certain your desk has a task lamp.

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You pick the incorrect size fixture.
«This a common error I see homeowners make,» says Abbe Fenimore, the designer at Studio Ten «A too-small chandelier over a large dining table or an oversized lamp on a table next to a sofa will make the area glance disproportionate.»

Try these design tricks from Wayfair for picking the right-size chandelier: Add together the room’s height and width in feet.

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That number, in inches, should be the approximate diameter of your chandelier. In dining rooms, you should select a chandelier that’s one foot smaller than the table’s narrowest width.

And don’t rely on eyeballing it when you get to the store.

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«Fixtures often glance smaller in lighting showrooms, so bring measurements,» says Kerrie Kelly, home design expert at Zillow Digs.

5. You don’t position lamps at a helpful height.
«The bottom of a pendant light should be 30 to 36 inches above a kitchen island,» says interior designer Noelle Miceck. «The bottom of a chandelier should be 66 inches from the floor in a dining room, and when you’re sitting next to a table lamp, the bottom of the shade should be at shoulder height.

If the lamp is too tall, you’ll be blinded by the bulb!»

6. You don’t consider your room’s paint color.
No matter how numerous lights you put in a room, it just won’t own that light airy feeling if the walls are too dark. This seems obvious, but even slightly diverse hues in the same color family can make a difference. «I painted my kitchen a grayish tan, and it caused the room to appear extremely dark,» says home rehabber Jaquetta Turner.

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«Repainting it with a ligther tan color will brighten it up.»

RELATED: 10 Paint Colors Designers Always Use »

7. You forget that lights consume energy.
OK, so you’re probably not totally oblivious to this fact, but taking stock of what bulbs you use is significant. Longer-lasting CFL and LED bubs can cost more up front, but can save you money over time. Of course, they won’t be perfect in every space; for instance, they often don’t work with dimmers.

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Some DIY projects take hours or even days to finish while others magically come together in a matter of minutes.

The latter was the case for my most recent DIY venture that I did absolutely no research on prior to my journey. So in a way, after I stood back to admire my creation, it felt too excellent to be true and love it should own cost me a few more dollars, blood, sweat and/or tears.

I recently created an exposed light bulb fixture to hang near my bed and act as a bedside lamp replacement — mostly because my cheap Walmart lamp worked for about four days entire and then completely gave up on me. I also happen to be completely drawn to and enamored by simple, minimalistic design. So what’s more minimalistic than tossing the whole lampshade thought out the window altogether?

Thankfully, this endeavor only cost me a few bucks and I am extremely happy with the effortless glance I achieved with just a few minutes of “manual labor”.

I simply bought a “Make-A-Lamp Kit” and a watt vintage light bulb at Home Depot during a massive home plant shopping spree. I really had no thought if these two things would work together to create what I had imagined in my mind before my journey to the store. However, I purchased them confidently and with no search history filled with “exposed light bulb how-to,” but clung to my receipt just in case of an electric nightmare.

For the purposes of this project, the Make-A-Lamp kit includes several unnecessary components, such as bottle adapters and some mysterious screws, but I used the most substantial pieces to create my exposed hanging light bulb.

Here’s how you can create the same look!

What own been people’s reactions to you switching to these lights?

Lots of people tried LED lighting when it was first available and it often produced dim, freezing puddles of light.

Those memories still persist, so in fact a lot of what I do is to persuade people that this is no longer the case. I take a selection of bulbs to people’s homes so they can see the range of colours, brightnesses, fittings and so on, so they can attempt before they purchase.

That way they get what they desire without making costly mistakes. It blows the ancient ‘bad bulb’ stereotype to bits and the people I know own so far been universally delighted.

There are still some challenges on packaging that don’t make it simple to select correct bulb for its purpose, but there’s a growing lobby for non-nonsense labelling, so hopefully things will change. Take a glance at my guide at the finish of these questions for a step-by-step approach to getting it right.


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