My schoolteacher daughter wanted a couple of lights hanging over a computer table in her classroom, and also happened to mention that she had a globe that was just taking up space. Hmmmmm.......... hanging lights, globe? Seemed like a good design to me! This Instructable is about how I took a globe and a handful of lamp parts and turned it into a pair of hanging lights.
Step 1: Items Needed
The parts needed for this project are:
- a globe
- two lamp sockets
- a swag lamp kit (contains the wire and chain needed)
- a pair of threaded lamp ferrules and end pieces with hanging loops
- a set of washers and nuts to fit the lamp ferrules
- white enamel paint
Tools used were:
- paint brush
- drill and bit
- shop knife
Step 2: Cut the Globe in Half
The most difficult part of this project was cutting the globe in half. Globes are formed from cardboard, and cardboard tends to get pretty ragged if you try to saw it. I've found the best method is to keep scoring the globe at the equator with a shop knife until you finally cut it in two. Unfortunately, most globes have a rather thick cardboard piece glued in this area, so you wind up having to cut through cardboard that is almost a half-inch thick. If you work at it, however, you will eventually cut through it, and if you keep scoring around on the same line, you will find the cut is very smooth.
Don't cut yourself.....
Step 3: Paint the Inside of the Globe
I painted the insides of the globe halves with white enamel paint. Two coats were applied. I used a small artist's brush to paint the cut edge.
I also enlarged the holes at the north and south poles to provide clearance for the ferrules that would serve as a mounting point and hold the lamp socket on each half.
Step 4: Install the Hardware
Mounting the hardware is simple. Push a threaded ferrule through the hole, screw the lamp socket to it, then flip it over and fasten the eye loop.
By the way, have you ever noticed that a lot of lamp parts come in packages containing two of the parts you need, and one is shiny brass and the other antiqued brass? I didn't want to buy two packages just to get a pair of eye hooks that matched, so I bought one package and painted both of them black. Just my way of saying "gotcha" to the lamp part manufacturers.....
Step 5: Wire It for Electricity
Next, I attached the swag lamp cord to the sockets, and the chain to the eye loop. I then put a 15w (60w output) curly bulb into both sockets and plugged them in to test them. Since the lamp housing is made from cardboard, I didn't want to use bulbs that put out a lot of heat. A hotter bulb would probably be safe since there's quite a bit of clearance between the bulb and the shade, but I wanted to be on the safe side.
Step 6: Hang It Up
The final step was hanging the lights in the classroom. I used two ceiling grid clamps for each light. These are very lightweight, so I could have attached them directly to the ceiling tiles, but since there was a grid in just the right place I used grid clamps.
My daughter has sort of a "night sky" theme going on this wall, and I really like the looks of the globe lights against this background.
This is a relatively easy project. There are unused globes everywhere. Don't cut yourself.