Let There Be Light: How to Make a Pendant Fixture
You may have noticed a pretty little pendant in some of the pictures I’ve been sharing of projects throughout the progress of my master bedroom revamp. Guess what, I made it. Well kind of.
So I didn’t actually make the fabulous fixture, but I did electrify it so it could work as a light. The fixture I am referring to is the capiz hanging pendant from World Market, one of my favorite resources for interior decor. I had originally intended on using the pendant on our ceiling fan. I’m not crazy that we have a fan in our room instead of an amazing chandelier. But since it gets super hot during the summer months and the Mister vetoed the removal of the fan, it simply IS. So making the best of it, I had planned on adding the pretty pendant during the winter when the fan isn’t in use. WELL, the size and the mounting didn’t work once I had it in hand, so instead I thought it would make for an interesting light at my newly revamped desk. So to make this pendant glow and actually function as a light, I purchased a light kit from Home Depot (I’m a Lowe’s gal through and through, but they didn’t have the parts that I needed). For this project, these are the supplies I used:
- Decorative Pendant (try a mason jar or an unconventional fixture to use as a light)
- Light Kit
- 8′ length of extra wire
- Decorative Chain
- Wire Cutter
- Screw Driver
Here are the steps I took to make this pretty pendant into an actual light… In all the light kits I found, the wire cord length was only 8′, but I needed it to be 16′ long. Solution: I purchased the light kit + extra wire that Home Depot cut for me, which cost an additional $3 for the extra 8′ of length. 1. At home, I first connected the (2) 8′ lengths of wire. First, using a wire cutter I cut about 1/2″ of casing off one end to expose the wires inside. 2. Then I cut the ends off the other 8′ length wire. So I was left with 4 exposed wire ends. 3. I connected (2) ends together and (2) ends together, and then sealed them with electrical tape. It doesn’t matter what end goes with what end. These steps are very easy and take minutes to do. Depending on how long of a pendant you want, you might be able to skip right over the steps above and start with the following steps of connecting the wires to the socket. 1. Start off by removing the cardboard and the socket shell. Then create an Underwriter’s Knot with the end of your wires. This type of knot will prevent the wire from loosening inside the socket. To make this type of knot, first separate the wires, form a large loop with each wire, and thread the end of each wire through the other loop. Complete the knot by pulling the ends of the wires so the knot will tighten. 2. With your fingers, twist the wire strands together to form a partial loop. Then wrap each wire clockwise around the socket terminals (the inside of the screw). Then tighten the terminal with a screwdriver. 3. Once the wires are secured and tightened into the terminals, slip on the cardboard sleeve (YES, LEAVE THE CARDBOARD ON), and put the socket shell back into position. 4. Let there be light! For the bulb, I used an old fashion style that I found at Lowe’s (like this one). They give such a great look since the bulb is slightly exposed. FYI, these style light bulbs won’t be available much longer because the US in no longer producing or importing filament bulbs. So grab em’ while you can! Once the wiring was complete, I added the decorative chain… Here’s a close up. Isn’t it pretty?! And here’s how the new pendant looks in the room… (psst… I still have to cover the black electrical tape where I connected the 2 wires) I’m in love. And surrounded by my newly painted desk + my newly custom-made (for little $$$) window panels, I’m a happy girl! The bulb is only 40 watts, so it gives a beautiful glow when lit. Definitely nice for the evening while watching TV. And I’ll tell you, I’ve been spending alot more R + R time in my room lately! I’m just loving the space. Next area of the space to show you… The Galley Wall! And then the final reveal. If you want to see another lamp project of mine, you can check it out here when I guest posted at my friend Lindsay’s blog, Makely Home.
Are you a fan of shell style light fixtures? Have you ever made something/anything into a light? If not, what do you wish you could electrify?