Introduction: How to Save 11,644.07 on a Designer Lighting Fixture!

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My wife and I posted almost exactly a year ago a request for ideas on how we could recreate the chandler pictured. We got mostly comments on how amazed people were that a light could cost almost 12K! In the past year we have worked hard remodeling our 1880 home to a modern contempory dwelling. So after a year we came full circle and were staring at our small dining room. We really wanted that light. Of course you know the economy being what it is, and well, we wouldn't have the money to buy this light in 3 liftimes. So, I contructed it myself. I have left out the details on the electrical wiring, I consulted my electricion friend and would advise you to do the same. FYI, its basic electrical work but I don't want you coming at me if you burn down your house. I hope you enjoy this. I'm excited to show off my work!

Step 1: The Goods

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Ok. Once again IKEA pulls through with the Hemma light. We chose to go with 7 bulbs on our light since our dining room is not that large. The silver "cups" which cover the sockets were easy to find on the internet. The "canopy," which covers the wiring in the ceiling, I salvaged from an old lid to a dog container. The ring... It was the hardest thing to find for the lamp. I have to get points for imagination on this one. All I can say is if you visit an adult novelties store and look, you'll find what I used.

Step 2:

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'After opening the light packaging, I unscrewed the shade holder that comes with the light and loosened the top plastic nut. With the pliers I broke off the plastic rim around the socket.

Step 3: Sizing Socket

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Due to the size of chrome cups we bought online, I had to remove some of the socket so they would fit into the cups. This also smoothes out the lips I just broke off with the pliers. I used the beltsander to achieve this. I recommend gloves unless you don't like your skin. Yes I bite my nails alot.

Step 4: Snip Snip

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Cut off the plugs; you won't need them.

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Slide the chrome cup and plastic nut that comes with the light fixture over the wire

Step 6: Attaching Cups

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If you removed enough of the socket the cup will slide right over it. Tighten down the plastic nut firmly.

Step 7: Measure and Remove Extra Wire

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The Hemma light comes with ample wire. Cut it to the length you will need.
You might notice the invisible bookshelves in the background. Made those using an Instructable from another wonderful user.

Step 8: Straighen Wire (optional)

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In boiling water, I dipped the wire for 5 sec. Do not get the socket or end of the wire wet. Others might just recommend using weights and letting the wire hang for a few days.

Step 9: Pull It (opional)

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Put your foot on the bottom of the wire and pull it upward. Caution! Pulling the wire too hard can break the copper inside.

Step 10: The Result of Straightening

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See the difference?

Step 11: Bundle Wire

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Ziptie wires together to make it easier to handle.

Step 12: Assembly and Wiring

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After removing the handle from the dogbone lid, I drilled a 3/4" hole to feed the bundled wire through. The "ring"' was slid over the bundled wires. Once the wire was pulled through the hole, I used the zip tie to hold the wires and keep them from sliding back down. I made all the connections for the wires and made the final connections to the power source.

Step 13: Ring

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Slide the ring over the wires

Step 14: Wires Through Canopy

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After the wires were run through the canopy, I drilled two holes' to secure the canopy to the electrical box in the ceiling.

Step 15: Finished Light With Bulbs

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This is the light powered up in the dining room. These are the same G40 bulbs used in the original light. I will tell you this light is as bright as the sun! The original also has 19 bulbs and I can only see it used in a huge home or large commercial space. We have it hooked to a dimmer so that it can be used at certain times.

Step 16: Comments

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The original light uses cloth wire which I was able to find in white, then dyed red. I was unsure about using the wire so used the Ikea lights instead.
I would love to hear from anyone that has ideas on how to make this design more eco-friendly. While these bulbs are only 60W each I think it can be made better. Smaller bulbs take away from the size and design. I was thinking of running small led lights inside the bulb once the element burns out...some how.
Retail cost: $11,700, Instructable cost: $55.93
Hope you enjoyed my first Instructable!


CraigRJess (author)2015-04-05

Really nice work!

1 question: you said you used the exact same bulbs as the original and stated they're 60w.

I checked the specs of the original and it stated they're

"25W 120V E26 (medium base) G40 incandescent lamps"

Did you use the wrong bulbs, hence the high power consumption or simply was it a spelling error?

Their bulbs are ~4.25" wide X ~6" long. Is that approx. the same size as yours?

Fitting 19 of those would definitely be a rather large fixture for a large area for sure.

edwinston14 (author)CraigRJess2016-01-12

Bulbs have changed a lot in just a short time from this post. We dont use this for main lighting so the bulbs have not burnt out yet, when they do I'll look at better options.

colin.shorts (author)2015-08-11

If you have an old hard drive lying around (two or more platters) it should have a nice ring between the platters that is about the right diameter, but quite a but less chunky, and perhaps less embarrassing ?

edwinston14 (author)colin.shorts2016-01-12

Lol, good thinking. I'll say that part is a conversation point.

lbranscombe (author)2011-06-28

hey there.. maybe I missed it, but I am pretty sure I looked at every one of your slides - how do you connect ALL of the wires to the single electrical box? (pardon my non-electrician terms).

If i were to remove a ceiling light from my house there would be a place to connect two wires - not 16..

edwinston14 (author)lbranscombe2016-01-12

Sorry, as I said in the opening, we didnt want on the hook if something went wronh, codes are different in each city and I'd not suggest you go that alone, we got a pro for that step.

thejessman (author)lbranscombe2015-10-21

If you know how to wire - you could just pigtail all the hots together to the one wire from your breaker. Same for the neutrals.

PicklePants (author)lbranscombe2014-10-14

Same here, still none the wiser!

edwinston14 (author)lbranscombe2014-01-08

Sorry for the crazy long delay. We hired a friend to do the wiring. Not sharing that as we want people to follow and and all local codes.

VictoriaL12 (author)2015-11-18

What about wrapping the cords in vintage silk ribbon,yarn, burlap, torn up white sheet strips (U Mod Shabby Chic/lol) and anything else you can think of - I think by wrapping the cords it will give off more of an upscale look & def need more bulbs- if room is small all the more reason to have 1 big statement piece that draws the eye, by doing that don't need a bunch of art in the room the light is the art! Or even hang some Crystals on clear twine and hang in between bulbs-upcycle the original with Crystals! Lol

edwinston14 (author)VictoriaL122016-01-12

We looked at the old school cloth wrapped wire and the orginal light has that. Cost was a bit more and didnt come complete with the socket. Agree it would have looked more high class.

LindaP87 (author)2016-01-12

Does anyone out there know if it is okay to paint a phenolic light bulb socket? I want white sockets for a ceiling light I'm building and don't want the added weight of porcelain.

edwinston14 (author)LindaP872016-01-12

You can find white, non porcelain with a quick Google search, no need to paint.

jeff.turnage.5 (author)2015-08-07

I would suggest a grommet in the central canopy hole to protect the wires from chaffing and creating a dangerous condition. Also you can find a variety of metal rings at craft stores that sell macramé supplies, or searching Amazon for "welded ring."

podadoras (author)2015-08-06

Just let the wires take a long sunbath with some weigths on the end.

krockdesign (author)2015-08-06

Just a thought, for the chrome ring, you could use a curtain ring such as this one:

They usually come in 1"- 2" diameter, which I think should look pretty good for this project. Just a thought. Great project, and can't wait to make my own!

SaraWest (author)2015-06-16

Nice work!

threadbareandthrifty (author)2014-10-10

Absolutely incredible ingenuity! Next project...

Race of Base (author)2014-04-16

I didn't see this addressed in the comments, but you seem to have glossed over a LOT of info in step 12. Can you please elaborate on the last sentence please? I know this is all very "DIYour Own Risk", since it involves electricity, but to be fair, this is the one part of this project that I feel really merits some detailed instructabling.


joshme (author)2013-10-12

Very cool chandelier! Can you tell me how you unscrewed that plastic nut from the back of the Hemma socket? I'm trying to get one off and can't seem to detach it.

edwinston14 (author)joshme2014-01-08

Sorry no clue. Mine came right off. They make them that way to allow you to switch out their light shades.

ClarissaMark (author)2012-04-04

Where on the internet did you find the silver cups? thats the only thing I can't find.

edwinston14 (author)ClarissaMark2014-01-08

DesignMakeLearn (author)2013-04-03

I just found this i'ble! I just made my own light using the HEMMA light cords and those exact bulbs! I had no idea this was on here! Way to go and great look! I wish I would have seen how you straightened the cords before I made mine!

exouy (author)2008-12-03

Is nice, but have you realized how many electricity it uses? Thats a lot of Watts. Please be green, care about the planet, blah blah etc. Again, it looks great but prefer using more eco friendly bulbs like LEDs or the common eco ones. sorry for my English

jongscx (author)exouy2008-12-03

I agree... how many watts are those bulbs? I did a quick search, and the clear ones that came up are 60W and 100W... O_O
For 7 bulbs, does that mean that your fixture uses around 560-600W of power?

I has 2 concerns here:
1) Is your house wiring beefy enough to handle that? (600W/120V = 5 Amps... I guess that's fine)
2)With that much light concentrated in such a small space (over your dinner table) could you get sunburn/retinal damage just from being in the area?

Also, I'm interested in how you connected everything up in the ceiling. Everything's in parallel, right? Just spliced together in the attic...

edwinston14 (author)jongscx2008-12-03

This is for you and exouy. Did you bother reading my post? If so you would see that I was asking for suggestions on how to scale down the elec use. You would have also seen that I did talk with my electrician that rewired our whole home with new everything including a new box and breakers. Had you been nice and asked I would have told you we also installed two solar panels in our home. I have plenty of suntan lotion and my wife doesn't burn being Asian and African American. I commend your concerns on the environment but before you get on your soap box you might want to do some research or you just sound like one of those nuts that give the green movement a bad name.

pnogal32 (author)edwinston142011-10-15

I'm just wondering how much it cost you to re-wire your home. I'm almost at the stage of calling my electrician, but, considering the fact that the room I'm planning on putting this fixture in is a bedroom, I'm just wondering how much having my room rewired would generally run me. Awesome instructable!!

edwinston14 (author)pnogal322011-10-16

That's a hard one pnogal32. We had a friend do the wiring and it cost us 2k for the whole house. Is get at least six bids, if they're far apart on coat, get another six. Goodluck.

jongscx (author)pnogal322011-10-15

Roughly I've gotten quotes of $50 per "drop" which is an outlet or a light switch.

jongscx (author)edwinston142008-12-03

Sorry for the negative-sounding comment, I assure you that was not my intent. I did in fact read your comment. As you had "consulted your electrician friend and left out the details" I was wondering if you would be willing to elaborate. I've done some electrical work myself, and was wondering if two DIYers would come to the same solution to the issue. As for the sunburn comment, it was a (apparently sad) attempt at humor. Again, pardon the misunderstanding. I would actually commend your approach of green-ness in the way that you created it instead of going the commercial route. My concerns were more on safety rather than ecological responsibility, so pls don't lump me in with Exouy... As for suggestions, I don't really know. They make G40 CFL bulbs... but they're kinda ugly and don't come in clear. I would stick with incandesents, but perhaps try to find similar-shaped globe bulbs in 15-20W. You'll get a nice soft glow from each bulb, but because they are uncovered and there are several, it will be a fair bit of light in total Another option may be to have the dimmer option or have half on a separate switch so you can turn some off and some on.

spider36439 (author)jongscx2008-12-16

The electronic dimmer mentioned above should address all the green issues. Also I think the large clear bulbs make the fixture. If you are concerened about the light output, they make a large globe lamp for vanity's in lower wattages, but why would you want too? on the occasion when you a lot of lite you have it, just turn up the dimmer.

Linksep (author)jongscx2008-12-04

Here's how to scale back your electrical use: Use the 25W bulbs that the $12k lamp says it uses...

25W G40 Bulbs25W G40 Bulbs

srhadaham (author)exouy2008-12-03

green is a color green (grēn) Pronunciation Key n. The hue of that portion of the visible spectrum lying between yellow and blue, evoked in the human observer by radiant energy with wavelengths of approximately 490 to 570 nanometers; any of a group of colors that may vary in lightness and saturation and whose hue is that of the emerald or somewhat less yellow than that of growing grass; one of the additive or light primaries; one of the psychological primary hues. Something green in color. greens Green growth or foliage, especially: The branches and leaves of plants used for decoration. Leafy plants or plant parts eaten as vegetables. A grassy area located usually at the center of a city or town and set aside for common use; a common. Sports A putting green. A grassy lawn or plot, especially: A grassy area located usually at the center of a city or town and set aside for common use; a common. Sports A putting green.

Iamtwinks (author)srhadaham2008-12-04

...intelligent and earth friendly! GREEN!

srhadaham (author)Iamtwinks2008-12-04

Green is a color and that's all their is to it

qwertyboy (author)srhadaham2009-01-01

i agree

Iamtwinks (author)qwertyboy2009-01-01

Agree with or the fella who thinks THERE is spelled THEIR?

edwinston14 (author)exouy2008-12-03

See comments below and try to be more positive. Thanks

piaferre (author)2009-03-05

Here's an awesome 2nd option, enjoy.

mrwd40 (author)piaferre2011-05-31

is there an instructable for the fixture in your picture?

HeidiJJJJ (author)piaferre2010-01-12

If you make this version you can use these...

brandon9271 (author)HeidiJJJJ2010-02-21

I'm probably the only person on Earth that thinks those Cabledrops looks slightly obscene :)

wufeisgirl (author)brandon92712010-05-25

No... No, you're not. *GRIN*

brandon9271 (author)wufeisgirl2010-05-25

It looks like a camel's err.. hoof :)

Foxtrot70 (author)brandon92712010-05-26

I really had not thought of the item looking like that...but then I have just awaken for the day!

brandon9271 (author)wufeisgirl2010-05-25

They should've been called CableToes.  lol

eoutlaw (author)piaferre2009-11-12

This is very nice.  Is there an Instructable for this version?

scott! (author)piaferre2009-07-14

That looks good!

daftpusher (author)piaferre2009-06-25

Ooohh...nice! :o)

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