Picture of Hemma Light Chandelier Hack
Building off of an instructable by "edwinston14" and a suggestion by "piaferre" I created this custom chandelier for our dining room.  It was relatively cheap.  Got it all done for less than $100 with parts from Ikea, Lowes and a local Lighting/Fan store. 


-10 Hemma Lights
-10 Air Gap Caps (used to cover the Hemma fixture and hide the threading)
-10 Washers
-10 Eye Hooks
-10 Drywall Anchors (optional)
-Cover (from a lighting & fan store)
-10 Light bulbs
-2 Large Electrical Wire Nuts
-Plastic Cable Ties


-Wire Cutters
-Sanding tool (Dremel or Mouse Sander or Metal File)
-Drill with large bit
-Electrical Wire cutter/stripper

Step 1: Stretch out Hemma cords

Picture of Stretch out Hemma cords
Step 1:  Open all Hemma lights and stretch out cords to remove kinks (best done overnight)

Step 2:  Cut all plugs off of Hemma lights

I really like your design! You mentioned a step in there to straighten the cords...if you heat them with a heat gun while they are stretched (perhaps with a weight attached to the end), before assembly, I believe you'll find that they will remain much straighter. This method has worked for me in the past.

Gorgeous! Which size are those washers?

vegasmcruz (author)  marydecorator1 year ago
Thanks. The diameter of the washer was 1.5". The inner diameter of the hole in the washer was the same size as the thread on the eye hook screw.
TXTCLA552 years ago
off topic, but what is on those square pictures on the wall?
khaines3 years ago
It would be fairly easy (though a bit time consuming) to feed the cords through some chainmaille. Might add a nice touch :)
mmestre4 years ago
Sweet! Thank you! I will post pics of my twist on your idea as soon as it's ready. Again, thank you!
sanewby4 years ago
here is the Edison Chandelier that someone mentioned above...

samandjan5 years ago
looks very similar to the $400 Pottery Barn "Edison Chandelier".  very cool, thanks
beccane5 years ago
 This is great but i live in an oooold building. Do i need to be careful what wattage bulbs I use?
vegasmcruz (author)  beccane5 years ago
 I am not an electrician so I can't really comment on this.  Sorry.
You will want to be mindful of the wattage, especially with an older electrical system.

P(watts) = Voltage (v) * Current (I)
therefore,, I = V/W
                   I = 120 / 40
                    = .333 Amps per bulb 
Times 10 bulbs = 3 1/ 3 amps.   This is for 40 Watt bulbs. 

60 Watt bulbs would draw 1/2 amp per bulb, or 5 amps total. 

However , with 10 bulbs, I am betting that 40 or even smaller would do nicely.  
clarkt clarkt5 years ago
And oh yeah, it looks cool too.   

Nice work
vegasmcruz (author)  clarkt5 years ago
 Thanks much for the comments.  Before I installed this light I had this really dim thing from Lowes that I hated.  I had installed a dimmer from the get go because this really puts out a lot of light but because the room is so open it's not actually as bright as it seems.  

I also tried it using frosted bulbs but wasn't as nice looking and I tried the bulbs that are metallic opaque on the bottom half but those did not put out enough light.

With a fixture like this over a dining room table, I would suggest 15 watt incandescent bulbs on a dimmer switch. You really do not want to light up a dining room table for a meal too much, it is better to keep the environment more intimate with lower levels of light.
I agree.   Even 40 watt bulbs would put out a tremendous amount of light in quantities of 10.  However there may be a need for such light at times.    And as long as you are adding a dimmer, you can always cut the 40s down to a dim glow.   Then when you are at the table building your next instructible project, you may want all the light those bulbs can muster.  

cloudyerout5 years ago
This looks SOOOOO cool
Doctor What5 years ago
 Cute!  If you took some small black chain link (or get some chains regular chains and spray paint them black) and fed the wires through it, it would remove the "wire look".  

It's a simple fix.  A quick look at lowes.com shows 10 feet for about 10 bucks.  I'm sure you could find chain for less though.

This is a gorgeous idea.


I like your idea, but I would suggest the use of plastic chain that can be found at most hardware stores or big box home improvement stores. The plastic chain would help achieve your desired look, but would also be a lot lighter, putting less strain on the wires.
centrd5 years ago
This is awesome. Perfect for the current industrial trend in chandeliers. And at a fraction of the cost! Thank you!
piaferre5 years ago
bobtannica5 years ago
Very neat instructable. Thanks for putting it up. One question... what is a hemma light? I tried googling it and all I discovered is that you can buy them at Ikea. Doesn't really state what it is?!?!? Anyway, thanks again but I would love a definition.
vegasmcruz (author)  bobtannica5 years ago
 A Hemma light is basically a light fixture that has a 15 foot cord, a standard plug on one end and a standard light bulb plug on the other.  At Ikea the cord is intended to be run up a wall from the outlet then hung from the ceiling using the included plastic mounting clip.  They also have a number of lamp shade styles to go with it at Ikea.
Thanks! Again, very neat instructable!
vegasmcruz (author) 5 years ago
 Thanks for all the feedback.  Glad you all liked it!
monniemoo5 years ago
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Although I think putting shades on them might help, I really like the design! Kinda reminds me of the City of Ember...
luvit5 years ago
 if i press on my eyes for a minute, then open them, i get the same effect.