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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!
 
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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:

'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.
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Race of Base5 months ago

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.

Thanks!

joshme11 months ago
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)  joshme8 months ago
Sorry no clue. Mine came right off. They make them that way to allow you to switch out their light shades.
Where on the internet did you find the silver cups? thats the only thing I can't find.
edwinston14 (author)  ClarissaMark8 months ago
http://www.grandbrass.com/catalog.cfm?category=Cups&subcategory=Stamped%20Cups
lbranscombe3 years ago
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)  lbranscombe8 months ago
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.
jmitch771 year ago
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!
exouy5 years ago
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 exouy5 years ago
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)  jongscx5 years ago
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.
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)  pnogal322 years ago
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.
Roughly I've gotten quotes of $50 per "drop" which is an outlet or a light switch.
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.
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 jongscx5 years ago
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 exouy5 years ago
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.
...intelligent and earth friendly! GREEN!
Green is a color and that's all their is to it
i agree
Agree with who...me or the fella who thinks THERE is spelled THEIR?
edwinston14 (author)  exouy5 years ago
See comments below and try to be more positive. Thanks
piaferre5 years ago
Here's an awesome 2nd option, enjoy.
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mrwd40 piaferre3 years ago
is there an instructable for the fixture in your picture?
If you make this version you can use these...

www.bluelounge.com/cabledrop.php
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I'm probably the only person on Earth that thinks those Cabledrops looks slightly obscene :)
No... No, you're not. *GRIN*
It looks like a camel's err.. hoof :)
I really had not thought of the item looking like that...but then I have just awaken for the day!
They should've been called CableToes.  lol
This is very nice.  Is there an Instructable for this version?
scott! piaferre5 years ago
That looks good!
Ooohh...nice! :o)
Wow. That's freakin' awesome.
alahti3 years ago
Where did you find the chrome cups? I did a quick google search and I only get bad wall sconces. EEK. Overall, I have to say you have done the design justice!
edwinston14 (author)  alahti3 years ago
http://www.grandbrass.com/catalog.cfm?category=Cups&subcategory=Stamped%20Cups
HannaO3 years ago
I love those bookshelves but can't find the instructable for it. :(
edwinston14 (author)  HannaO3 years ago
Pick one! I can't find the one we used, lot's of others have posted after the orginal.

http://www.instructables.com/pages/search/search.jsp?cx=partner-pub-1783560022203827%3Anpr2q7v5m6t&cof=FORID%3A11&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=invisable+book+shelf
Ah, I just realized your photo sideways - now it makes sense! I kept looking for shelves where the books would be upright. Thanks!
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