When Mister and I first started to look for suitable lighting for our dining area in our first apartment. I spent countless hours scouring sites like Apartment Therapy and going to Specialty lighting stores on Bowery St. Finally coming across a few lighting options that my honey gave his thumbs up to. Unfortunately, His taste was too rich for my budget, and most reputable businesses would not accept my hugs and eternal friendship as acceptable methods of payment. Believe me I tried.
The ONE FIXTURE that STOOD OUT the most was the BUBBLE CHANDELIER from Pelle Designs.Each lighting fixture is a delicate and airy composition of luminous glass globe clusters. It just gave me a tingly, slap-happy feeling every time I looked at it. However, like all things I love and pine for there was a major $$$ Factor to this item: $3,600-$5,600 depending on size and length of the chandelier. So began my quest for finding an affordable option or de-coding the enigma that is the construction of this lighting fixture. I found these DIY-HACKS from fellow brave DIY-ers FEM TALKS, and Frou Frou Fashionista and thought why not give it a try. I could hardly contain my GLEE!!!
Since most of us DIY-ers Are NOT Licensed Electricians by trade but still want to build our own lighting . . . Myself being one of these
bullheaded brave people, We should all keep Safety in Mind First (and decorumdiyer kindly reminded me of this)!
So Here are a Few Safety measures to keep in mind when installing, building, or fixing lighting fixtures in your home.
- (If you are dong a whole house or large scale lighting install) Check your state and local codes before starting any project!
- If there are fragile parts (e.g. glass globes), keep them in a safe place until installation – I like to wrap my delicate materials in left over bubble wrap from Amazon (mini-hoarder moment)
- Ensure the existing junction box (The metal or plastic box in the ceiling that connects to your existing light fixture, more info) to be sure it can hold the weight of the new fixture. If in doubt, replace the junction box with one that is approved for the weight of your new fixture. *Ceiling fans and heavy lights should always be supported by the ceiling joists*
- If you are afraid of doing your own electrical or don’t feel comfortable installing your fixture, always contact a licensed electrician.
- ALWAYS shut off power to the circuit before attempting removal of an existing fixture or fixture installation.
- NEVER attempt to replace a fixture while the wire is “hot.” This means the wire is live or has power = Ability to electrocute you!
- Be aware that even after the circuit has been switched off, there is a chance there would be live (hot) wires in the ceiling box. To ensure that all of the wires are off, use a circuit tester.
- Never exceed the maximum wattage, allowed for your outlet and fixture (Ex. If your IKEA Fixture says, “Do not exceed 100 Watts,” Don’t use a 150 Watt bulb)
- If installing a heavy chandelier or ceiling fan, the hardware should always be mounted to the ceiling joists.
- Always have a partner to assist you in installing the fixture; typically one person needs to hold the fixture up, while the other wires it – It also helps to have someone there in case something does go wrong (i.e., electrocution).
- (If your installing a store-bought fixture) Be sure to read the package instructions thoroughly before attempting assembly.
- If installing a ceiling fan, be sure that the “safety” wire is in place.
BREAKDOWN OF COST AND SUPPLIES: APPROXIMATELY $170
- Cb2 bubbles size small: 40 – $76
- Floral wire 18 gauge: $2.35
- Fishing line: $2.13
- Jule rope from Homedepot: $2.33 for each roll (2 rolls used) – $4.66
- Brushed nickel pendant light set with wire: $50 for 5
- Extension cord for light, with dimmer: $15
- Pliers Pin-nose ( To bend the floral wire): Free (Already had it), Approximately, $10-12 @ Homedepot
- Wire Cutters: Free (Already had it), Approximately, $7-15 @ Homedepot
- Globe Lightbulbs: $4 for set of 3 (3 sets used) – $12
INSTRUCTIONS: For Printable Instructions CLICK HERE