A light where it's most needed, in the dark corners of your room. It seems like no matter how many lights I turn on the corners always seem so dark.

After a little homework the only corner lighting solution I found was this $900 lamp by Peter Bristol that was made for Established & Sons, a designer furniture company. While his light is stunning, the price tag was not. A little more digging revealed a DIY attempt, but it's incomplete and doesn't have instructions. Taking matters into my own hands, I decided to make my own using off the shelf components.

This lamp is made up of 3 basic components: a plywood triangular frame, an inexpensive lamp socket and cord, and a piece of clear acrylic. This lamp wasn't hard to make, but did take a little figuring out. Though it's entirely possible to make with handheld power tools, this project is much easier with a table saw.

Ready? Let's make!

Step 1: Sketch Out Triangle

To start an equilateral triangle was drawn on a ½" piece of plywood. To get the angle right I used a digital angle finder, but any protractor would also work. The triangle size needs to be large enough to create a cavity when installed that will fit a light socket and bulb, I found that with each triangle side measuring 24" gave me a good fit.

Once the equilateral triangle was drawn I created a concentric triangle with parallel sides inside the first triangle, offset ¾".

<p>Awesome project, so simple even I could do it with limited tools!:)</p><p>This has inspired me.</p><p>I am thinking it might be simpler to create the &quot;triangle&quot; with separate glued/nailed &quot;strips&quot; instead of cutting it out of single piece.</p><p>Will require a bit more math to figure out angle cuts for the joints but would create less waste. Cut off narrow strips from my available scraps, cut to length, angle cut corners, glue/staple corners into triangles.</p><p>Going to try this with &quot;wireless&quot; remote controlled led lights for easy placement and no cords. I have low ceilings so very easy to reach corners to change batteries, but sadly I do not have enough plugs around for those dark corners. Wireless best way to go.</p><p>I have some long narrow wood scraps but not big enough to cut entire triangles from.</p>
<p>If you stick with an equilateral triangle, you would just have to miter cut the ends of the strips at 30 degrees and join them with your favorite method. Then you can bevel the edges with the table saw same as he did. I'm thinking of doing a couple of these for my bedroom.</p>
<p>Awesome project, but instead of sanding the acrylic, you can just just use frosted acrylic</p>
<p>What wattage LED is good for a room ? I made a wire connection that comes out directly from the corner of the wall, so I will be having a concealed wire but need to know if a 15W is enough or should i add 3*15W with each on one of the planes intersecting at the corner ? Thanks ! </p>
<p>Also, is there a way to not get the bulb to be seen through ?</p>
<p>I'm using 15W LED bulbs. If you want the bulb to less visible through the frosted window you'll need to make a larger triangle so the face is further away from the light. </p>
<p>This is so great - I know the expensive one and when I saw this 'ible last week I thought it was just that one so I didn't come 'over' to look at it until now. Really well done.</p>
<p>This is really cool! Thanks for the post, Mike!</p><p>I think I might make one myself. Do you have any problems with the lamp overheating?</p>
<p>Tungsten filament lamps run very hot.</p><p>Fluorescents run a lot cooler.</p><p>LED lamps are cooler still.</p><p>Most can be touched without burning ones fingers.</p><p>The exposed heatsink is usually the hottest part you can touch and it needs to be cooled to ensure a long life for the LEDs. They do not tolerate heat.</p><p>A bit of air circulation helps, as does a big surface area to transfer heat to the surrounding air.</p>
<p>Yes- I know that. That's what I meant. LED's don't heat up a lot, but there is almost no ventilation...</p>
<p>Nice DIY corner lamp! No matter how many lights I turn on, the corners of the room are always dark. Nice solution and appealing design!</p>
Super cool. Voted, thank you for sharing.
<p>Nice! I agree the red cord works better... it's clearly intentional, whereas the white cord looks like you wished the light could have been hard wired. This reminds me of some light installations I saw ages ago (at the risk of dating myself, this would be the late 80s) which were designed to make corners vanish. Floor to ceiling lights facing the corner, which made the corner of a room look like a portal into another realm. I wish I had a clear space in my house I could make that it, but in the interim this could be a very nice, much more practical solution.</p>
Wow that's beautiful! Favorited :)
<p>This is pretty neat. Also, you have great taste in furniture. I've always wanted an Eames lounge chair. </p>
<p>Cool! I totally want to make one...</p>
<p>Wow , this is awesome !!Can i suggest using one of those Philips Hue bulbs ,which you can setup to change colors..</p>

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