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I like white light. I need a lot of bright but diffused light in order to illuminate the dank recesses of my brain and keep me from spiraling into winter depression.  So when I needed to make a light for the living room, which was the only overhead light in the room, it needed to be a constellation of a light.  I have always loved the lights I have seen on pinterest made of wood veneer, but these were too dark and moody for my damaged brain.


I had some drywall tape hanging around from a renovation we did in our old house and I thought maybe that could work as a brighter alternative.

I also had some wood from an old gate.

I bought some cloth covered cord from The Color Cord Company, and some sockets and brass covers.  This cord was harder for me to work with and I damaged it quite a bit.  Maybe if you are more careful than I, it will work out.  The idea was nice but not sure if I would pick the cloth covered cord that isn’t already wired to a socket again.  At some point, I may cut the cloth off of the cord because I jacked it up so badly.


I created a box out of the old wood and drilled holes for the cords.  I installed junction boxes inside the wooden box in order to connect the wire for each light to the next cord and then to the power source.  I used small “L” brackets inside the box to mount it to the ceiling.  Before I wired the sockets, I strung the cord through small scraps of plywood that I had cut into circles and drilled holes through.  I then wired the sockets.  I put the box with each end on the back of a different chair and draped the drywall tape into different configurations and hot glued it in place on the wooden circles.


This whole idea could be simplified and used for a plug in pendant lamp as well.  I also used some drywall tape for a temporary and free light cover in the bathroom until I was able to make a more permanent solution.  On this one, I mounted two blocks of wood with notches on either side of the fluorescent fixture and then slipped a piece of wood into the notch that I had stapled drywall tape to in a loopy configuration.  You could also dust your lights once in a while so that when you take pictures of them, the dust bunnies don’t detract from the lamp ( As you can see, I did not do that).


Thanks for visiting!

Hope your days are filled with bright, diffused, depression banishing light.


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