When we had our living area renovated a bit last June, I decided to have a couple more lights installed since there was only one and it was right in the middle of the room, so it was kinda dim when you’re on either sides of the room. Even when the light was on, we still need an extra lamp when we’re working (work area on the left) and another one when we’re reading in the sofa (on the right). More lights on=higher electricity bills.
So the lone light in the middle was moved further to the right so that it is now above the coffee table. One hanging light was installed above each of our work desks so that we can turn it on just when needed. No need to turn on the living area lamp or for an extra lamp.
I found a lot of tutorials about DIY pendant lamp and they all seemed so easy because a kit can be purchased in Lowe’s or Home Depot. Since we don’t have Lowe’s in the Philippines, I went to Wilcon Depot to ask for pendant light kit and as expected, they don’t have it! (We have Home Depot though but I didn’t check them out.) The staff looked at me as if I were a lunatic when I was explaining to them what the kit is. They were probably wondering why I don’t I just buy a ready-to-install one instead since hundreds of choices were just above my head.
I ended up buying a couple of sockets and round bulbs instead with another idea in mind. Ok, it wasn’t actually mine. It was my husband’s… It’s really easy, quick and way, way cheaper.
What you will need:
- light bulb socket
- flourescent lamp of choice
- PVC Pipe (you can recycle the excess)
Using a hacksaw blade, slit about 1.5 inches along the mid-section of the pipe. The pipe needs to be flexible enough so that you can bend it to create “wings”. You can do this by running the pipe (just the part where the slit ends) lightly through a flame. While still hot and flexible, bend it using a table edge as guide. Trim the excess plastic and sand the edges. The end product should look like picture #3. Using a large heated nail (run it through a flame too) and pliers, make a hole on the wings. Do steps 1-4 again on the other side, this time making sure that the holes will match the bulb socket holes.
Insert the wires inside the tube and screw the top end on the ceiling. You might need your husband’s help on the wirings but if this is not your first time to install lights, then you probably had this figured out already. I think you just need to loop the copper wires on the bulb socket screws. But which is which, I have no idea so don’t rely on me on this one if you don’t want to get yourself electrocuted. Get help now! When you successfully get past this step, you can now disguise the ugliness of the pipe by painting it!
Now, my lights are ready for dress up! The possibilities are endless. I can use baskets, round paper lanterns even light weight bowls. There are so many things I like, I can’t make up my mind.
Bulb sockets – P50.00 X 2 ($1.25 x 2)
Akari Pearlescent – P250.00 x 2 ($5.50 x 2)
PVC – P0.00 (scrap)
wires – we had extra
Total: P600.00 (about $13)