Hemma Light Chandelier Hack




Building off of an instructable by "edwinston14" and a suggestion by "piaferre" I created this custom chandelier for our dining room.  It was relatively cheap.  Got it all done for less than $100 with parts from Ikea, Lowes and a local Lighting/Fan store. 


-10 Hemma Lights
-10 Air Gap Caps (used to cover the Hemma fixture and hide the threading)
-10 Washers
-10 Eye Hooks
-10 Drywall Anchors (optional)
-Cover (from a lighting & fan store)
-10 Light bulbs
-2 Large Electrical Wire Nuts
-Plastic Cable Ties


-Wire Cutters
-Sanding tool (Dremel or Mouse Sander or Metal File)
-Drill with large bit
-Electrical Wire cutter/stripper

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Step 1: Stretch Out Hemma Cords

Step 1:  Open all Hemma lights and stretch out cords to remove kinks (best done overnight)

Step 2:  Cut all plugs off of Hemma lights

Step 2: Prep Fixture Covers

Step 3:  Drill hole on top of Air Gap Cap to thread wire from Hemma fixture through (repeat for all fixtures)

Step 4:  Using wire cutters and sanders, grid down threading on Hemma fixture so that Air Gap Cap can slide over and cover the threading of the fixture (repeat for all fixtures)

Step 5:  Remove Air Gap Caps from all fixtures

Step 3: Paint Parts

Step 6:  Spray paint all Air Gap Caps (inside and outside), Washers, Eye Hooks and Cover with black paint 

Step 4: Prep Ceiling

Step 7:  Mark off all points on ceiling where you want to attach Eye Hooks.  If necessary, insert drywall anchors at marked points 

Step 5: Install Hooks and Thread Fixtures

 Step 8:  Insert Eye Hook through Washer.  Apply glue to washer so that it is glued flush to the ceiling when Eye Hook is screwed in.  Screw in Eye Hooks to marked points.  (repeat for all washers and hooks)

Step 9:  Install all painted Air Gap Covers over the Hemma Fixtures

Step 10:  Thread wire through Eye Hook so fixtures hang at desired height.  Remember to account for additional length of light bulb when setting length.  (repeat for all fixtures

Step 6: Connect Wiring

Step 11:  Determine desired amount of wire slack from the Eye Hook to the electrical box and cut off excess - leave an extra 3-4 inches to play with (repeat for all fixtures)

Step 12:  Strip wire cover at the end of the Hemma Fixture to expose Black & White wires.  Strip black and white wires (repeat for all fixtures)

Step 13:  Group all wires ends together and thread through cover.  Use cable tie to secure all wires together. 

Step 14:  (Hopefully you've had the power turned off from the main panel this whole time)  Using Wire Nuts, connect all black to black and white to white.

Step 7: Connect Bulbs and You're Done

Step 15:  Install light bulbs to all fixtures

Step 16:  Turn power back on and test fixture.  If all is good, turn power back off at main panel, screw in cover, turn power back on and you are done.

Step 17:  If you are using clear light bulbs like I did, this fixture is REALLY bright so I also installed a dimmer switch.



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    27 Discussions

    I really like your design! You mentioned a step in there to straighten the cords...if you heat them with a heat gun while they are stretched (perhaps with a weight attached to the end), before assembly, I believe you'll find that they will remain much straighter. This method has worked for me in the past.

    Thanks. The diameter of the washer was 1.5". The inner diameter of the hole in the washer was the same size as the thread on the eye hook screw.


    6 years ago on Step 7

    off topic, but what is on those square pictures on the wall?


    7 years ago on Step 7

    It would be fairly easy (though a bit time consuming) to feed the cords through some chainmaille. Might add a nice touch :)


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Sweet! Thank you! I will post pics of my twist on your idea as soon as it's ready. Again, thank you!


    8 years ago on Introduction

    here is the Edison Chandelier that someone mentioned above...



    9 years ago on Introduction

    looks very similar to the $400 Pottery Barn "Edison Chandelier".  very cool, thanks


    9 years ago on Step 7

     This is great but i live in an oooold building. Do i need to be careful what wattage bulbs I use?

    6 replies

    Reply 9 years ago on Step 7

     I am not an electrician so I can't really comment on this.  Sorry.


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    You will want to be mindful of the wattage, especially with an older electrical system.

    P(watts) = Voltage (v) * Current (I)
    therefore,, I = V/W
                       I = 120 / 40
                        = .333 Amps per bulb 
    Times 10 bulbs = 3 1/ 3 amps.   This is for 40 Watt bulbs. 

    60 Watt bulbs would draw 1/2 amp per bulb, or 5 amps total. 

    However , with 10 bulbs, I am betting that 40 or even smaller would do nicely.  


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

     Thanks much for the comments.  Before I installed this light I had this really dim thing from Lowes that I hated.  I had installed a dimmer from the get go because this really puts out a lot of light but because the room is so open it's not actually as bright as it seems.  

    I also tried it using frosted bulbs but wasn't as nice looking and I tried the bulbs that are metallic opaque on the bottom half but those did not put out enough light.

    Pagan Wizardclarkt

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    With a fixture like this over a dining room table, I would suggest 15 watt incandescent bulbs on a dimmer switch. You really do not want to light up a dining room table for a meal too much, it is better to keep the environment more intimate with lower levels of light.

    clarktPagan Wizard

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    I agree.   Even 40 watt bulbs would put out a tremendous amount of light in quantities of 10.  However there may be a need for such light at times.    And as long as you are adding a dimmer, you can always cut the 40s down to a dim glow.   Then when you are at the table building your next instructible project, you may want all the light those bulbs can muster.  

    Doctor What

    9 years ago on Introduction

     Cute!  If you took some small black chain link (or get some chains regular chains and spray paint them black) and fed the wires through it, it would remove the "wire look".  

    It's a simple fix.  A quick look at lowes.com shows 10 feet for about 10 bucks.  I'm sure you could find chain for less though.

    This is a gorgeous idea.


    1 reply

    I like your idea, but I would suggest the use of plastic chain that can be found at most hardware stores or big box home improvement stores. The plastic chain would help achieve your desired look, but would also be a lot lighter, putting less strain on the wires.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    This is awesome. Perfect for the current industrial trend in chandeliers. And at a fraction of the cost! Thank you!