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I built a few cool projects I found on Instructables.com 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.
 
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Step 1: Materials and Tools

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

Materials:
-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

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Remove insulation and electricals from the lamp base.

Step 3: Lamp base prep con't

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-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

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-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.
BunnyLove2 years ago
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?
Magic?
any insight appreciated!
kaway27 (author)  BunnyLove2 years ago
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.
Ah ha.. nice one cheers!
kaway27 (author)  kaway272 years ago
Sorry for the typo "along", I meant "alone". Leave the transformer alone.
Severan_Mal3 years ago
Thank You so much! My sister wanted one of these so bad and She loves it! It was very fun and productive!
kaway27 (author)  Severan_Mal3 years ago
Glad to heard that
jedillwag3 years ago
How could one make this brighter? Is there high power christmas LED lights?
kaway27 (author)  jedillwag3 years ago
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.
DasBus3 years ago
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 (author)  DasBus3 years ago
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.
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 (author)  MorNiLachnan3 years ago
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.
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 (author)  MorNiLachnan3 years ago
I revised the instruction and now should be more clear.
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 (author)  chaitanya.vedak3 years ago
It might make this project easier if you can find a nice strainer. I would like to see yours when you are done.
skeptikool3 years ago
I really love this. Would there be an environmental plus in reduced wattage over, say, incandescent or the compact fluorescent?
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 (author)  fuzzyguy3 years ago
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.
canida3 years ago
This looks great! I'm thinking of ways I could incorporate the idea into a more traditionally styled chandelier.
kaway27 (author)  canida3 years ago
That would be nice. I would like to see that too.
pop883 years ago
good idea
thank you
kaway27 (author)  pop883 years ago
You are welcome. I will continue to bring you guys more cool projects.
ilpug3 years ago
I really like this. It would be cool to make a hanging version.
kaway27 (author)  ilpug3 years ago
Thanks, I will think about a hanging version.
Osquar3 years ago
This is a really nice design!!!
Now I know what to do with all those crystals I bought for my chandelier and didn't use...

cool.
I love this! Especially the addition of the lights shining out the sides along the ceiling!
kaway27 (author)  Penolopy Bulnick3 years ago
I glad you love it. My wife love it too. I made for her as one of her Christmas gift.