How to Save 11,644.07 on a Designer Lighting Fixture!





Introduction: How to Save 11,644.07 on a Designer Lighting Fixture!

My wife and I posted almost exactly a year ago a request for ideas on how we could recreate the chandler pictured. We got mostly comments on how amazed people were that a light could cost almost 12K! In the past year we have worked hard remodeling our 1880 home to a modern contempory dwelling. So after a year we came full circle and were staring at our small dining room. We really wanted that light. Of course you know the economy being what it is, and well, we wouldn't have the money to buy this light in 3 liftimes. So, I contructed it myself. I have left out the details on the electrical wiring, I consulted my electricion friend and would advise you to do the same. FYI, its basic electrical work but I don't want you coming at me if you burn down your house. I hope you enjoy this. I'm excited to show off my work!

Step 1: The Goods

Ok. Once again IKEA pulls through with the Hemma light. We chose to go with 7 bulbs on our light since our dining room is not that large. The silver "cups" which cover the sockets were easy to find on the internet. The "canopy," which covers the wiring in the ceiling, I salvaged from an old lid to a dog container. The ring... It was the hardest thing to find for the lamp. I have to get points for imagination on this one. All I can say is if you visit an adult novelties store and look, you'll find what I used.

Step 2:

'After opening the light packaging, I unscrewed the shade holder that comes with the light and loosened the top plastic nut. With the pliers I broke off the plastic rim around the socket.

Step 3: Sizing Socket

Due to the size of chrome cups we bought online, I had to remove some of the socket so they would fit into the cups. This also smoothes out the lips I just broke off with the pliers. I used the beltsander to achieve this. I recommend gloves unless you don't like your skin. Yes I bite my nails alot.

Step 4: Snip Snip

Cut off the plugs; you won't need them.

Step 5:

Slide the chrome cup and plastic nut that comes with the light fixture over the wire

Step 6: Attaching Cups

If you removed enough of the socket the cup will slide right over it. Tighten down the plastic nut firmly.

Step 7: Measure and Remove Extra Wire

The Hemma light comes with ample wire. Cut it to the length you will need.
You might notice the invisible bookshelves in the background. Made those using an Instructable from another wonderful user.

Step 8: Straighen Wire (optional)

In boiling water, I dipped the wire for 5 sec. Do not get the socket or end of the wire wet. Others might just recommend using weights and letting the wire hang for a few days.

Step 9: Pull It (opional)

Put your foot on the bottom of the wire and pull it upward. Caution! Pulling the wire too hard can break the copper inside.

Step 10: The Result of Straightening

See the difference?

Step 11: Bundle Wire

Ziptie wires together to make it easier to handle.

Step 12: Assembly and Wiring

After removing the handle from the dogbone lid, I drilled a 3/4" hole to feed the bundled wire through. The "ring"' was slid over the bundled wires. Once the wire was pulled through the hole, I used the zip tie to hold the wires and keep them from sliding back down. I made all the connections for the wires and made the final connections to the power source.

Step 13: Ring

Slide the ring over the wires

Step 14: Wires Through Canopy

After the wires were run through the canopy, I drilled two holes' to secure the canopy to the electrical box in the ceiling.

Step 15: Finished Light With Bulbs

This is the light powered up in the dining room. These are the same G40 bulbs used in the original light. I will tell you this light is as bright as the sun! The original also has 19 bulbs and I can only see it used in a huge home or large commercial space. We have it hooked to a dimmer so that it can be used at certain times.

Step 16: Comments

The original light uses cloth wire which I was able to find in white, then dyed red. I was unsure about using the wire so used the Ikea lights instead.
I would love to hear from anyone that has ideas on how to make this design more eco-friendly. While these bulbs are only 60W each I think it can be made better. Smaller bulbs take away from the size and design. I was thinking of running small led lights inside the bulb once the element burns out...some how.
Retail cost: $11,700, Instructable cost: $55.93
Hope you enjoyed my first Instructable!



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    158 Discussions

    Really nice work!

    1 question: you said you used the exact same bulbs as the original and stated they're 60w.

    I checked the specs of the original and it stated they're

    "25W 120V E26 (medium base) G40 incandescent lamps"

    Did you use the wrong bulbs, hence the high power consumption or simply was it a spelling error?

    Their bulbs are ~4.25" wide X ~6" long. Is that approx. the same size as yours?

    Fitting 19 of those would definitely be a rather large fixture for a large area for sure.

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    Bulbs have changed a lot in just a short time from this post. We dont use this for main lighting so the bulbs have not burnt out yet, when they do I'll look at better options.

    If you have an old hard drive lying around (two or more platters) it should have a nice ring between the platters that is about the right diameter, but quite a but less chunky, and perhaps less embarrassing ?

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    Lol, good thinking. I'll say that part is a conversation point.

    hey there.. maybe I missed it, but I am pretty sure I looked at every one of your slides - how do you connect ALL of the wires to the single electrical box? (pardon my non-electrician terms).

    If i were to remove a ceiling light from my house there would be a place to connect two wires - not 16..

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    Sorry, as I said in the opening, we didnt want on the hook if something went wronh, codes are different in each city and I'd not suggest you go that alone, we got a pro for that step.

    If you know how to wire - you could just pigtail all the hots together to the one wire from your breaker. Same for the neutrals.

    Sorry for the crazy long delay. We hired a friend to do the wiring. Not sharing that as we want people to follow and and all local codes.

    What about wrapping the cords in vintage silk ribbon,yarn, burlap, torn up white sheet strips (U Mod Shabby Chic/lol) and anything else you can think of - I think by wrapping the cords it will give off more of an upscale look & def need more bulbs- if room is small all the more reason to have 1 big statement piece that draws the eye, by doing that don't need a bunch of art in the room the light is the art! Or even hang some Crystals on clear twine and hang in between bulbs-upcycle the original with Crystals! Lol

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    We looked at the old school cloth wrapped wire and the orginal light has that. Cost was a bit more and didnt come complete with the socket. Agree it would have looked more high class.

    Does anyone out there know if it is okay to paint a phenolic light bulb socket? I want white sockets for a ceiling light I'm building and don't want the added weight of porcelain.

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    You can find white, non porcelain with a quick Google search, no need to paint.

    I would suggest a grommet in the central canopy hole to protect the wires from chaffing and creating a dangerous condition. Also you can find a variety of metal rings at craft stores that sell macramé supplies, or searching Amazon for "welded ring."

    Just let the wires take a long sunbath with some weigths on the end.

    I didn't see this addressed in the comments, but you seem to have glossed over a LOT of info in step 12. Can you please elaborate on the last sentence please? I know this is all very "DIYour Own Risk", since it involves electricity, but to be fair, this is the one part of this project that I feel really merits some detailed instructabling.


    Very cool chandelier! Can you tell me how you unscrewed that plastic nut from the back of the Hemma socket? I'm trying to get one off and can't seem to detach it.