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I've been wanting to write this post for a while. I attempted my hand at some DIY lighting to upgrade some parts of my home. Yes, I do realize how unqualified I am to do this. Clearly, I am NOT an electrician, so I really have no business making light fixtures. But again as you read up above, when I want something, I just do it and throw caution to the wind. After googling the heck out of how to do it, I realized how simple it was at its core. It's just wires connected in the correct places to conduct electricity (duh!). If you learn what wire goes where it's relatively simple. I'm going to share the steps I took to make this fixture and also some tips that can be applied to any fixture you may dream up! I hope my photos are clear enough. I had to use my iphone and had no one around to help photograph so I tried my best!
This is our mudroom. It's the first thing you see when walking into our home. We've had a boob light there for 4 years! I spent so many hours searching for the perfect one and I just never felt the urge to pull the trigger. So naturally, I made one! Read on for the how to.
- 3 Side hole 1/8ips Top 1/4ips. Bottom Colonial Style Cluster Body (1pc) ITEM#BOCL3
- 1/4ips. Male Unfinished Brass Slotted Plug (1pc) ITEM#FI1/4PLUG
- 1/8-27ips. Unfinished Brass Hex Head Nut (3pc) ITEM#NU424
- 5in. Unfinished Brass Pipe with 1/8ips. Thread (3pc) ITEM#PIBR05-0X8
- 2in. Unfinished Brass Pipe with 1/8ips. Thread (1pc) ITEM#PIBR02-0X8
- E-26 Base Porcelain Keyless Socket with Screw Terminals (3pc) ITEM#SO10045C
- 5in. Clear Glass Ball with 2-1/4in. Neck (3pc) ITEM#GLGB05X214C
- 2-1/4in. Unfinished Brass Flat Holder with Screws (3pc) ITEM#HO2-1/4F
- 18/1 Single Conductor AWM 105° Black Wire (4ft) ITEM#WI18AWMBL
- 18/1 Single Conductor AWM 105° White Wire (4ft) ITEM#WI18AWMW
- 5in FLAT BRASS CANOPY WITH 2-3/4 BARHOLES (1pc) ITEM#CAS05
- Unfinished Brass SVT Wire Pendant Hanging Ceiling Canopy Cross Bar Set (1pc) ITEM#CB520
- A Screw Driver
- A wire cutter (scissors will work in a pinch)
- A15 light bulbs
- Wire Nuts (2ps)
*After finishing my fixture I realized the neck opening for the glass balls will only fit an A15 (appliance size) bulb. It's not the biggest deal but it's not something one usually has on hand. I purchased some at home depot but you can easily get them on Amazon. If you would like to use a larger size bulb you'll need to switch out your glass ball for one with a larger than 3" neck opening and also get the correct size holder.
STEP ONE: Cut and strip your wires. Take a guesstimate of how long you need your wires to be and add a little extra. So for this fixture, the brass pipes for the arms are 5" long and you need about 3" extra (but you don't want too much extra) so you can loop them all together in the end, So that's about 8". So total you need (3) 8" long pieces of black wire and white wire. One of each per arm. You want to strip your wires about 1/2" on the ends. You can use scissors if you don't have a wire cutter but you have to be really careful not to cut into the copper wires.
STEP TWO: Twist the exposed copper wires clockwise (It's super important to always twist everything clockwise so nothing comes undone when it's all put together) then shape the twisted wire into a hook shape.
STEP THREE: Wrap your "hooked wires" around the two screws in your socket. The hot wire gets wrapped around the gold screw and the neutral wire gets wrapped around the silver. In my case I have a black wire and a white wire, the black wire is hot, the white is neutral. If you have wires that are the same color, ribbed means hot and flat means neutral. Once the wires are wrapped, tighten the screw so the wires are tightly in place.
STEP FOUR: Slip the wires that are now screwed in place through the hole in the socket cap. Align the two screws (in the pics above you can see the two smaller holes flanking the middle larger hole on the caps, Those are what I am referring to) into the two smaller holes and screw them in tight from underneath the socket (the last photo above shows these screws). The cap should fit snug against the socket.
STEP FIVE: Slide your wires through the shade holder. I made the mistake the first go around thinking I could add these later. I wasn't sure I wanted the shades on my fixture and that was a big mistake. You cannot add them later. The entire thing has to be taken apart if you decide later you want to add them. So it's best to come up with the design first before you put your fixture together. (I like to sketch mine out before hand so I can visually see all the parts I need to order and where everything fits together step by step.)
STEP SIX: Attach the nut to your 5" pipe. Then thread your wires through the pipe (nut side down as in the photo above) and screw the pipe into the socket. Tighten the nut so everything is secure.
OK, Now repeat steps one through six 2 more times so you have 3 arms (the photo above gives you an idea of what a finished arm looks like, sorry for the poor photo!). Now give yourself a pat on the back, you're almost done!
STEP SEVEN: Unscrew the cap to your cluster body and thread the wires from your arms into the holes of the body and screw the pipes in place. It should look like the above photo when they are all in.
STEP EIGHT: Cut another 5" (because your last pipe is only 2" long and another 3" extra to mount) of black and white wire and also strip the ends 1/2". You want to twist all the black wires together and all the white wires together including the two new wires you just cut. Twist them clock wise and then screw it into a wire cap clock wise. It should look like the photo above when you are done. There will be a strand of black and white wire coming out of the cluster body.
STEP NINE: Thread the wires through the cap to the cluster body then screw the cap in place. After this you are basically done you just have to thread those longer wires through the 2" pipe and screw that in place to the cluster body (so sorry I forgot to take a photo of it with that part on, but you can see in the finished photos what that looks like) the smaller 2" pipe then screws into the brass canopy so you have created a semi flush mount fixture! Now it's ready to be installed! At this point, you should hire an electrician to install it for you.
Ok, one last thing! I totally forgot about this step but it can really come in any time, on the bottom of your cluster body there is a threaded hole. You need to screw the slotted plug into that hole to finish it up. you can do this at the very end. If you have any questions at all please don't hesitate to reach out! I'd love to see what lighting you come up with, Tag me @suite35 on Instagram! xo