Introduction: LED Chandelier Light

I built a few cool projects I found on and now it's time for me to contribute.  This is a LED chandelier that I made using Christmas LED string lights.  It not difficult to make but it takes patience.  I think it's totally worth it and the end product looks awesome!  It's also a great energy saver: only uses 3 watts.

Step 1: Materials and Tools

-glue gun
-power drill
-1/16" and 3/16" drill bits
-power screwdriver or screwdriver
-wire stripper
-deburring tool

-50-clear LED Christmas string light. (I changed 8 clear LED to blue LED that I got from another string light.)
-brush-nickel finished ceiling lamp base (the lamp base I used is about 13" in diameter.)
-35 crystals or more (I got my crystals from ebay: link)
-electrical tape

Step 2: Lamp Base Prep

Remove insulation and electricals from the lamp base.

Step 3: Lamp Base Prep Con't

-Draw out how you want the LED and crystals to be on the lamp.  You can use my template (download it below).  The small circles are for the crystals and the bigger circles are for LED.  
-Cut out the template and tape it onto the lamp base.  

Step 4: Lamp Base Prep Con't

-Use the power drill and bit to drill all the holes on the template.  1/16" bit for small holes and 3/16" bit for bigger holes.  
-Drill 8 holes around the top edge of the lamp base where the 8 blue LED going to be. 
-After all the holes are drilled, remove the template and use a deburring tool to remove burrs from the holes.

Step 5: Install LED String Light

-(Optional) replace 8 clear LED with 8 Blue LED. You can use other colors if you want.
-plug the LED string light into the outlet to make sure they all light up.

-use one hand to Insert the LED into the hole on the lamp base and hold it in position.
-use another hand to use the glue gun to apply glue around the LED base.  Hold it for 5 seconds for the glue to dry.
-Repeat the steps for all 50 LED.  This takes time and patience.  The 8 blue LED go onto the top edge of the lamp base (see the 3rd picture above).

Step 6: Install Crystals

-Insert 1/4" of the lead of the crystal string into the small hole
-use your finger to blend the lead to 90 degree.
-use a glue gun to apply glue onto the lead to secure it onto the lamp base.
-repeat the steps for all 35 crystals.

Your new LED chandelier is now done and it's time to install it.

Step 7: Install LED Chandelier

Because this LED chandelier is not as bright as the incandescent chandelier, the best location to install this LED chandelier is in the hallway.  

To install your new LED chandelier:
-turn off all power where you going to install the LED chandelier
-use the wire stripper to cut the male plug off the LED string light and strip 1/2" of the two wires (has no ground wire).  Don't cut the female plug on the string light, leave it. 
-The two wires have no polarity which means you can connect either wire to positive or negative. Connect either one wire to positive (usually white or red) and other to negative (usually black). 
-Secure the LED chandelier like you would for a normal ceiling light.
-after your done, turn the power back on.
-Switch on your new LED chandelier and be surprised.


BunnyLove made it! (author)2012-06-28

Nice, but i gotta know.. you seem to have no transformer or resistor etc.. I'm thinking as i sit here with a light socket adaptor and some Xmas lights with a transformer/controller on it... did yours have an adaptor? or are they mains voltage LED's? or do they just work?
any insight appreciated!

kaway27 made it! (author)kaway272012-06-29

Yes the LED string light I used does have 2 transformer built-in. If you goto step 5 and click on the 3rd picture, you will see two transformers (size of your thumb) already built-in with the LED string light. When you cut off the plug, make sure to leave the transformer along.

BunnyLove made it! (author)BunnyLove2012-06-30

Ah ha.. nice one cheers!

kaway27 made it! (author)kaway272012-06-29

Sorry for the typo "along", I meant "alone". Leave the transformer alone.

Severan_Mal made it! (author)2011-12-14

Thank You so much! My sister wanted one of these so bad and She loves it! It was very fun and productive!

kaway27 made it! (author)kaway272011-12-15

Glad to heard that

jedillwag made it! (author)2011-12-13

How could one make this brighter? Is there high power christmas LED lights?

kaway27 made it! (author)kaway272011-12-15

I know there are 3-watt LED that use in high-end LED flashlight but those are expensive. I have never heard of a high power chistmas LED lights.

DasBus made it! (author)2011-12-12

Beautiful! A couple of years ago, I made a lamp using a solar powered LED string - it was an art project, so it was not done to maximize the light. Now you've given me a GREAT idea for a light in our RV!! THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!

kaway27 made it! (author)kaway272011-12-13

The LED string only uses 3 watts. You can totally make it solar powered. Good idea. I would like to see yours when your done.

MorNiLachnan made it! (author)2011-12-12

Is it safe to only hook up one of the wires to the house power? Shouldn't it have a second wire or a ground hooked up? Can someone explain the wiring logic?

This is a great instructible. I hadn't thought about using a flush mount light like that, the flange plate has enough room in it for the backs of the lights. Working on a panel LED light with xmas lights but it will just be plugged into an outlet.

kaway27 made it! (author)kaway272011-12-12

I think you might had confused about the wiring instruction. The LED light string has two ends. One end is a male plug and the other end is a female plug that is use when connecting a series of light strings together. The male plug has its own two wires (no ground). The wires have no polarity which means you can connect either wires to positive or negative. I hope that helps you.

MorNiLachnan made it! (author)MorNiLachnan2011-12-12

Ah. Maybe update the instruction? It wasn't quite clear. So just one to red and one to black as normal, no ground. That makes much more sense. :-)

kaway27 made it! (author)kaway272011-12-12

I revised the instruction and now should be more clear.

chaitanya.vedak made it! (author)2011-12-11

This is just too awesome. I too have a used and working LED Sting Light, and an LED Flexible Tube light. This is just the perfect method to utilize it.
Also i have another suggestion. you get vegetable Stainers that are pan shaped and have holes drilled in them to strain water, i was thinking even that could be used, as they to are in a circular fashion, and also might coz a Petal Pattern.
Anyways, this is definitely worth a try. Will post the pictures here once i am done with it.

kaway27 made it! (author)kaway272011-12-12

It might make this project easier if you can find a nice strainer. I would like to see yours when you are done.

skeptikool made it! (author)2011-12-11

I really love this. Would there be an environmental plus in reduced wattage over, say, incandescent or the compact fluorescent?

fuzzyguy made it! (author)fuzzyguy2011-12-11

Most of the LED light strings like this use 2 to 3 watts so there is a power savings. But as he mentioned the light output is somewhat lower than an incadesent fixture.

kaway27 made it! (author)kaway272011-12-11

You are exactly right. I measured the wattage of the LED light string that I used for this LED chandelier and it's 3 watts.

canida made it! (author)2011-12-10

This looks great! I'm thinking of ways I could incorporate the idea into a more traditionally styled chandelier.

kaway27 made it! (author)kaway272011-12-11

That would be nice. I would like to see that too.

pop88 made it! (author)2011-12-10

good idea
thank you

kaway27 made it! (author)kaway272011-12-11

You are welcome. I will continue to bring you guys more cool projects.

ilpug made it! (author)2011-12-10

I really like this. It would be cool to make a hanging version.

kaway27 made it! (author)kaway272011-12-11

Thanks, I will think about a hanging version.

Osquar made it! (author)2011-12-11

This is a really nice design!!!

blinkyblinky made it! (author)2011-12-10

Now I know what to do with all those crystals I bought for my chandelier and didn't use...


Penolopy Bulnick made it! (author)2011-12-09

I love this! Especially the addition of the lights shining out the sides along the ceiling!

kaway27 made it! (author)kaway272011-12-09

I glad you love it. My wife love it too. I made for her as one of her Christmas gift.

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