I find that beauty lies within the eye of the beholder and with a little creativity you can transform an object that has lost its purpose and give it a whole new lease on life. Being eco-conscious doesn't have to mean you lose on style!
My inspiration to create this wall sconce was to find a way to display old incandescent bulbs in a way to diffuse LED lights - a play on old and new technology. It would take an estimate of a little over 3,000 watts to power the old technology that illuminates from the newer more efficient 30 watts of LEDs.
Materials I used for my project:
- 5 Cree 3W Dimmable LED Puck Lights
- 3 15" High Power Brushed Aluminum Under Cabinet Fixtures
- 12v Inline dimmer switch
- DC plug 1 meter extension cable
- 36 watt plug-in adapter
- 5-way splitter plug
- Particle board
- Aluminum spray paint
- Old and used incandescent bulbs
- Garden trellis
- Craft wire
- Needle nose plyers
- Hot glue gun and hot glue
- U - bracket for mounting with screws
- Electric Drill
Step 1: Creating the Frame
Contacting local lighting designers, showrooms and recycled craft stores I compiled a few dozen bulbs ranging from 750 watts to 20 watts taking all different shapes and sizes highlighting the filament and intricate shapes by placing them randomly throughout the frame to give a whimsical design. To adhere the bulbs I used craft wire and hot glue.
Step 2: Creating the Base
I set the bars on a non-dimmable setting and placed the puck lights center on an inline dimmer switch.
Step 3: Turn on the Lights
Finally, you have a custom wall sconce utilizing old technology and material being illuminated by new technology that will be sure to provide years of enjoyment.