Introduction: Recycle Old Light Fixtures to Create Artistic LED Lighting
Find old lighting fixtures at thrift stores, garage sales, etc. Clean them up and then incorporate LED light strings to create futuristic looking lighting.
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Step 1: Purchase LED Light String
Purchase LED light string. Typically they cost from $9 to $13 US Dollars. These can be purchased around the holidays, Christmas and Halloween especially. Some places you can probably find them year round. Watch for sales after the holidays to get a better deal.
Step 2: Unpack the LED Light String and Stuff It in the Lamp Fixture
I often find lighting fixtures at thrift stores for a few dollars or even less then a dollar.
It's best to clean the fixture first since it's probably a bit dusty and dirty if you've purchased it secondhand. To do this I usually just soak it in soapy warm water and then rinse it off.
Take the light string out of the box. It is probably neatly bundled and strapped with a twist tie.
Undo the twist tie and tangle them up a bit. It's going to look better with LED lights pointing in all directions.
Step 3: Finished!
Now you have a lighting fixture ready to be plugged in. All that sticks out from the fixture is the cord ready to be plugged in.
There are as many ways to put on finishing touches as you can imagine. You could potentially mount it as a standard light fixture or put it on a nice finished plastic or wooden base.
Step 4: Finished and All Lit Up!
Finished and all lit up! This picture is of the light turned on it's side. The intro pic is of it sitting flat on the floor.
Looking forward to seeing pictures of what other people do with this. This is a simple project that almost anyone could do.
My only caution would be that you are working with standard house level voltages. Be careful not to pinch or potentially short circuit the wiring of these LED light strings.