Mason Jar Lights

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About: Bruce Ponto bruceponto@hotmail.com

My Wife wanted "mason jar light for our newly remolded kitchen, after looking online to find those 5 fixtures could cost upwards of $1000 I decided my daughters and I could build them. Over the course of two weekends and several trips to the hardware store we now have beautiful lights at a fraction of the cost of the big box stores.

parts/lumber

12- 12' 1"x3" boards

2- 12 pack mason jars

21- 115 volt lamp sockets

21- lamp socket hardware kits

50'- 220volt 15 amp lamp wire

35'- 3/8" hemp rope

21- 4watt LED bulbs

After this project I would change a few things, I would use smaller bulbs and different size jars, the wood boxes could be built with multiple size boards and each board could be stained a different shade.

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Step 1:

Build boxes with 1x3" boards and stain to color taste. I drilled hole in all 4 corners for the rope to be tied. Make sure to build a solid and square box, this will make leveling the lights later much easier.

My box sizes

2-36"long x 5" wide x 2.5" high

1-48" long x 24" wide x 2.5" high

Step 2:

Run to hardware store for electrical supply rated for 115volt 15 amp and mount mason jars. I drilled holes through lids for ventilation. This is the most important step, I have an electrical background and would recommend speaking with an electrician or qualified store employee about wire size, connectors and lamp sockets. I found all my parts at home depot.

Step 3:

Hang lights with 3/8 hemp rope for rustic look, make sure to have solid support for light fixture. I found using an "A frame" rope method made leveling and hanging theses lights a breeze.

Step 4:

all together I built 5 fixtures using 4 watt LED light bulbs to reduce heat and wattage used. I used dimmers to create a better lighting mood for dinners or parties.

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    2 Discussions

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    diego_martin

    2 years ago

    you used a 4watt LED bulbs are those dimmable? since your using dimmers.

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    Swansong

    3 years ago

    This is a beautiful lighting fixture!