Step 6: Attach Electrical Grounding Bars

One of the best products ever invented is probably the Electric Grounding Bar. I used it to 'piggyback' all ten of the wires into two. The two wires will connect to the lead wires in the ceiling. The grounding bar is screwed into the junction (ceiling) box bottom as pictured below. I placed the bars close enough to the lamp cords but far enough away from each other as not to create a short. The corded  lamp wire is poking through the pre-drilled holes. (Refer to Step 3 where you drilled the box bottom wire holes.) You will be bringing each of the ten lamp wires through the pre-drilled holes in the box's bottom. 


<p>I don't see this in the pictures, but it's probably a good and safe idea to tie knots in the cables so that the weight of the jars don't put tension on the wires going into those grounding bars, and literally hang from those, that, or you could loop the wire trough a (metal, rubber) washer once (easier for adjusting the length of the wires if needed).. OR put a big zip-tie on it.. as long as there is slack between the cable going from the bars to the hole. </p>
Well written and nice pictures. I'm going to be doing this with wine bottles...I like the idea of using the grounding bar. Bravo! Wayne
Many thx. Let me know if you have any questions.
I love this and will be trying it! <br>
Did you start yet?
<p>Can anyone comment on how much they spent to make this on their own? I'm thinking the parts would run close to 200.00? Am I way off? I would be doing 9 jars. Thanks!</p>
Quick question how did you hang the wires? <br>I didn't see anything about knotting the wire or using some type of clamp...<br>Thanks
Buckilpe,<br><br>The instructions for attaching the wires are below. As far as connecting the piggyback wires to your ceiling wiring, that is something that you'll need to decide for yourself or consult an electrician. <br><br>I hope this helps!<br><br>Step 6: Attach Electrical Grounding Bars<br><br>Picture of Attach Electrical Grounding Bars<br>One of the best products ever invented is probably the Electric Grounding Bar. I used it to 'piggyback' all ten of the wires into two. The two wires will connect to the lead wires in the ceiling. The grounding bar is screwed into the junction (ceiling) box bottom as pictured below. I placed the bars close enough to the lamp cords but far enough away from each other as not to create a short. The corded lamp wire is poking through the pre-drilled holes. (Refer to Step 3 where you drilled the box bottom wire holes.) You will be bringing each of the ten lamp wires through the pre-drilled holes in the box's bottom. <br>Step 7: Split The Wires - Attach to Grounding Bar<br><br>Picture of Split The Wires - Attach to Grounding Bar<br>BarCompleted.JPG<br>WiresPassedBtm.JPG<br>Next, split the corded lamp wire so that the two wires are separated from each other, enough to reach each bar. Strip away 1/2&quot; of the wire's insulation and insert into an open hole in the bar. Hand tighten using a Phillips screw driver the bar screws so that each wire is screwed to one side of the bar as pictured below. Using electrical tape, cover any exposed wire. (I used extra tape to ensure that non of the Rayon coded cord would be exposed.)<br>Step 8: Construct &amp; Mount Ceiling Box<br><br>Picture of Construct &amp; Mount Ceiling Box<br>The most difficult part of this project was creating a box for the wires to be housed and that could be mounted to our concrete ceilings. I wanted to make this as simple as possible so I designed a topless box. You can make this any size you want. I wanted something as narrow as possible but deep enough to hold the wires and hardware. I cut a basic rectangle shape (see parts list below) using a 1&quot; x 8&quot; pine board for the bottom of the box and 1/2&quot; x 2&quot; poplar for the sides. I screwed the sides to the bottom using pre-drilled and countersunk holes and then screwed six 1/2&quot; brackets to the inside portion of the box sides. The brackets were then screwed to the ceiling using a concrete drill bit and drill.<br><br>I am assuming that at this point you or someone else, (a licensed electrician perhaps?) has completed all of the appropriate wiring in the ceiling and on the wall switch. (I used a dimmer switch.) Have someone help you to lift the jars towards the ceiling as you place the box's bottom into place. Screw the box's bottom to the four sides, cover the holes and screws with wood putty and paint with color of your choice.
I was not clear enough.<br>What did you do to support the weight of the bulb/socket/mason jar?<br>Loopymind mentioned tying a knot for holding the weight where the wire passes through the board.<br>How did you hold up the wires?
BTW, I didn't check all of the comments, some are quite extensive.
Howdy! Glad that you like the design and that you're going to build it. I tested several different wattages of bulbs decided on 25W, as anything brighter caused the jars and wire to become very hot. Regarding appropriate lighting for your workspace, be aware that due to the Mason jar's thick bases you will get 'ringed' shadows on your table top.<br><br>Hope this helps and good luck!
<p>I love this chandelier and have accumulated most of the components over<br> the span of a year. I would like to have this as my main kitchen light <br>to replace a fluorescent fixture. My question is what do you suggest for<br> the maximum wattage of bulbs to light a Galley kitchen? I would like to<br> use either 7, 9, or 11 jars depending on the suggested wattage. This <br>has to be bright enough to light my whole work area. Thanks in advance <br>for the info and Great Job on the Chandelier.</p>
<p>We made this, and we get so many compliments on it! Thank you!! Here's how we made ours (a few slight differences from yours): https://beckaasper.wordpress.com/2015/05/13/diy-mason-jar-chandelier/</p>
WOW! It looks great! Thanks for letting me know. Peace.
We made this! Great instructable! Easy to follow!<br>
Awesome! Looks great. Please post any lessons learned, tips, etc.<br><br>Enjoy the glow!!
<p>How would you ground this light fixture? If the ceiling box is grounded and has a bare copper wire coming from it, where would you attach that wire to ground the fixture?</p>
I'm not an electrician. I grounded mine to the metal electrical box in the ceiling but again, I am NOT an electrician. Good luck with the project if you decide to build it!
<p>Hello all. I've been getting questions on my blog about materials for this project and will answer them in a collective form here. It's been awhile so I'm not sure where I purchased all of the materials but most came from Home Depot. </p><p>I did get some sockets from: <a href="http://www.hardwarestore.com/search.aspx?query=keyless-socket-626083" rel="nofollow"> http://www.hardwarestore.com/search.aspx?query=ke...</a></p><p>Also, some hardware (nipples, etc.) came from: <a href="http://www.hardwareandtools.com/crossbars-keys-nipples-and-reducers/" rel="nofollow"> http://www.hardwareandtools.com/crossbars-keys-ni...</a></p><p>The old fashion cords came from a guy on the Northside of Chicago however, I did get samples from this place: <a href="http://www.sundialwire.com/2-conductorwire-1.aspx" rel="nofollow"> http://www.sundialwire.com/2-conductorwire-1.aspx</a></p><p>Other helpful sites are as follows:</p><p><a href="http://www.wireityourself.com/" rel="nofollow">http://www.wireityourself.com/</a></p><p><a href="http://www.doityourself.com/forum/lighting-light-fixtures-ceiling-exhaust-fans-135/" rel="nofollow">http://www.doityourself.com/forum/lighting-light-f...</a></p><p>I hope this helps.</p><p>Happy building!</p>
<p>Gave this a shot. I made a bracket that made it float off the ceiling.</p>
<p>Could you tell me where you got the light parts that screw into the jars, please. I like the look. You did a great job.</p>
I actually purchased complete pendant light kits from Westinghouse. Home Depot and Lowes have bits and pieces you can put together on your own though.
<p>Thanks. Now to go out and get the supplies.</p>
https://youtu.be/qjif6rXol40 This is a link to the video of the build.
<p>Oh, now that is a nice job.. Kudos sir ;)</p>
<p>Looks fantastic!! Great job.</p>
http://youtu.be/qjif6rXol40 Here's a video of the process!
<p>Hi, I made this lamp, but the mason jars started to smell like amonia. Can you tell me if the ones you made smelled the same? I didnt make two small holes to let the heat go. But I dont know if is this the problem. Can you tell me what you think? Tips please!</p>
<p>nice work! Well done :)</p>
<p>Pborja: I believe I answered your question but please tell me if you require more info. B</p>
<p>Great 'ible! Now to figure out how to make a solar model to put out on a covered patio that has no wiring!</p>
Sounds like a great idea. Let's do it together. Virtually, of course.
I added a pic of what I plan on building but with added mason jars, I assume u would do the same thing with the grounding bars and lamp cords on this on top of the log, my question is how do u connect the grounding bars to the ceiling wire? We're building a cabin and I've wired all the lights but I've never seen a grounding bar and I'm quite confused on how it wires to the ceiling, your light is beautiful btw
That's really cool looking plan! The grounding bar (or Bus Bar) wires are gathered together (See Steps 6 &amp; 7) and then connected to the ceiling wiring. Please note: I am not an electrician. PLEASE BE SAFE. I had a certified electrician review my work before I installed it. I hope this helps.
Thank u so much for responding! I did find 2 bus boards at lowes but I did not see wires that came off of them to connect them to the ceiling. The lowes guy said 14 wire should work and to just connect the pos and neg one to each board and likewise to the ceiling, I have 2 brothers who are electricians and can see what I've done after I complete it, they work tons of hours away from town and I hate bothering them so I'm doing as much as possible before I ask one to inspect. Just wondering tho because lowes has told me wrong before if 14 wire is a good choice
<p>i am going to make a chandelier similar to this and your instructions are so helpful, but i do have questions about the wiring. first, i want to use a plug in type instead of hard wiring. i assume the 2 wires you used for hard wiring could be used for the plug in wiring? also i am a bit confused about the ground bar. you used 9 terminal for 10 lights. does this mean the left over wire is what you used to hard wire? and could i then use those to for the plug in wiring? do those wires connect to the terminal at all and if so, how? thanks so much for information. i am loving your blog!</p>
<p>Teresa: if you would, email me and then we can get discuss. brucekatlin@mac.com</p>
<p>Made this for the dining room in my new home. Looks great! </p><p>Thanks for the excellent instructable.</p>
today me and my wife went to lowes and as always stopped to look for a ceiling fan or chandelier for the dining room. found a hanging light with lampshade on it and got us to coming up with designs of our own. one of which was mason jar chanelier. get home and find this instructable. well done and very informative! thank you and to all the commenters. how are they holding up and how is the heat from the lights? <br>
Glad to hear that you like the project. Since I posted this instructable I've increased wattage of half of the bulbs to 40w and have of course while hot to the touch if left on for a while, they have not overheated. Just make sure to drill the small air holes in the lids.<br><br>Bruce
I'm wondering how this would look if you covered the sides of the jars with torn tissue paper and applied it with Vano Liquid starch. The bottoms would be clear to direct the light downward, but the tissue paper would add color to the fixture.
I'm going to make one for my dining room. Great instructions, TY !!
Good luck and let me know how it turns out.
these look great!! Great idea too! Would drilling a couple holes in each lid keep condensation down? Id like to use 40 watt bulbs in two or three four jar lamps over our center island...
I am going to make a 4 lamp chandelier to go over my sink. There is no junction box to tie into so it will be corded, do you have any suggestions on how to do this safely? Thank you, your chandelier is brilliantly made and helped me design mine.
so it will be more like a swag ...? it will just hang from the ceiling and the wires will run down the wall to an outlet which youll plug the lamp into correct? if so, you can buy some chain, the thin stuff they use on some lights that hand from a ceiling... then get a colored cord to match the chains color, weave the cord through the chain from floor to lamp. it wont be the best looking thing but it will work. or use that &quot;outside the wall&quot; channel that goes over the wires so you dont see them then run the wires into the wall and fish them over to the closest outlet or switch to power them. Good luck!
There are a couple of options but as I mentioned several times in the instructions and in comments below, make safety first and consult an electrician if you're not confident about electrical connections. <br> <br>You can purchase individual lamp cord kits. The ones that IKEA sells are very popular. You can either connect them to a power strip or cut the plug ends off, piggy-back them into one cord. The instructions that this designer used will help you: http://www.sproutingoff.com/?p=206 <br> <br>Good luck and let me know how it works out.
great instructable! I love the lights, I have been looking for something like this! <br>

About This Instructable




Bio: As an Artist, Author, Coach, I live, work and play in the southwestern mountains of the United States. Through painting, drawing, printing, carving, writing, performing ... More »
More by katlinbr:Video: How To Help A Wounded Bird How To Repair A Honda Heater Blower Artwork Display Stand 
Add instructable to: