If you are looking for a cheap, easy, artistic looking alternative to lighting, you might like this bright idea. It makes a great gift idea for that person who has everything, and it's guaranteed to brighten their day.
This hanging light/ chandelier can be plugged into your existing light socket, so the light can be turned on and off with the wall switch like a normal light.
Does not require any hardwiring!
I made this in about 35 minutes, for under $50. Only very basic electrical knowledge is required.
Step 1: What You'll Need
What You'll Need:
Total Cost: $44.32Tools
- Paper Umbrella* - price varies
(I got mine for $35 at an antique store. Probably overpaid a lot, but I didn't have time to shop around)
- Lamp Sockets (3) - $1.97 ea
(the hardware store calls them "lampholders"
- 6' extension cord - $1.47
(ground wire optional)
- Lightbulbs (3)- $.33 ea
- Wire caps (2)- $1.99 for 25
- 3" hose clamp - $1.30
- Socket to Outlet Converter- $1.72
(allows you to plug a cord into a light socket)
- Brass hook - $.4m
- Electrical tape (optional)- $1.99
âNote: Paper umbrellas like this come in all colors and designs. Many have dragons, Chinese symbols, and other images on them. They do look nice when the light comes through them, but I find that the plain umbrellas are a lot more versatile and go with more decor.
- Cross-head screwdriver
- Flat head screwdriver
Other umbrellas can be used as well, as long as the material is translucent.