I have been thinking about lighting a ton lately. Why is it so hard to find a good light fixture? When I go shopping for something cool, I see a lot of lights that are what a friend used to call the “golden boob” light. I am betting you know the look. It’s the ceiling mount globe with a golden knob at the bottom that secures the light? It looks like a boob. And, these lamps run amok at Home Depot and Lowe’s.
I got rid of all my golden boobs years ago, but that doesn’t mean I’m in love with all my lights. Some could definitely use improvement. I’ve been looking at antique fixtures, but the good stuff is going to set me back some serious coin. And I’m trying to save up for a major deck remodel. So I started thinking, could I actually make a light fixture that rocks?
See this light?
See this light? This is a light I hung in my house years ago. I’m pretty tired of it. It’s not a bad light, but I’m sick of it.
This is a light I hung in my house years ago. I’m pretty tired of it. It’s not a bad light, but I’m sick of it.
So what if I got a light kit and attached something funky? Like a colander?
That would make nice shadows on the wall. A vintage colander would be even better. Or a vintage funnel? I feel like I should take a walk through my dad’s garage and find possible light fixtures.
Then I started thinking of everything I could do with the cord / light bulb combination above—and there are infinite variations on cords and light bulbs!
Here is one of my fixtures that I still like:
But say I wanted a change….those pendants above are hanging from track, and that track could be used in about a million ways. There are tons of cool cords and mounts out there. (Check out Lumens, Amazon, Schoolhouse Electric, Home Depot.) How about if someone hung old birdhouses from pendants like this on a track? They could be different shape birdhouses, different colors, different heights. They could be metal or wood, or both. That would be a sculpture hanging from the ceiling, only with light! And an old birdhouse could be ceiling mounted as well. You could hang it from cup hooks around a bare bulb. I like that one. My house is too small for that, but many people have big places or high ceilings.
How about hanging old flower pots, old buckets, vintage tins, vintage drums, or any other collectible from these cords?
Perhaps the easiest thing to do with a cord and light bulb is to plug it in and wrap it around something, like a hook:
Plug in a light bulb and wrap the cord around one of these, and you have a sconce! Nice. I just wrapped mine around my bed post so I can move it as needed closer to my book when reading in bed.
I know there are more great lighting ideas out there. It’s endless! Send your great ideas to me! Post some pics of cool lighting contraptions! Personally, I’m thinking of trying to find an old domed car part to replace that first light fixture above. Maybe even an old headlamp?