Repurposed Light Fixture Ideas
If you have any of the following items laying around your house, seemingly without purpose, you could transform them into interesting and unique light fixtures. You’ll need a lamp kit for most of these projects – you can purchase one at any hardware store.
If you don’t want to buy a kit, you’ll need:
- #18 size cord
- Push-through socket and shell (what the bulb screws in)
- Assorted hardware (nuts, bolts and washers)
A hanging light, the light shining through the holes will create interesting patterns in the room. Drill a hole in the handle. Thread the cord through and attach the push-through socket and socket shell. Install the bulb.
The can will glow softly as it funnels light directly down. Leaving the label on is optional. Flip it upside-down, drill a hole in the bottom, thread the cord through and attach the push-through socket and shell.
When lit, a wine bottle will tint the room and cast soft light. For a ceiling light, remove the base or bottom half of the bottle and thread the wire through the bottle neck. Attach the push-through socket and shell inside the bottle. For a standing lamp, drill a hole in the bottom, thread the wire through and attach the socket and shell at the top. Affix the detachable harp, socket and shell, then top with a lampshade.
The thick, textured glass will make these lights great conversation starters. Drill a hole through the center of the lid, thread with the cord, attach the socket, shell and light bulb; then screw the jar back on.
Convert a old-fashioned candle sticks into a unique lamp by drilling a hole through the middle of each, thread them with the cord, add the socket and shell; then secure them to a base, like a block of wood. If needed, add a detachable harp and lampshade or use Edison bulbs for a funky look.