Thursday, April 23, 2015

DIY Overhead Nursery Light

There was no way that I was leaving the builder-grade boob light in the nursery.  In case you're not familiar with that terminology, here is the definition from Urban Dictionary.  And here are some examples.

After reading Jenny's tutorial for this DIY branch light many months ago (we were only still discussing the addition of a child at that point), I actually went out and purchased the supplies to make it with the intention for it to replace the chandelier in our closet that only has 2/3 working sockets.  But then I never built it.  

Turns out that was a good thing as it is perfect for the overhead light in the nursery.  

This is a really simple light project that anyone can do.  There is no wiring involved in making the actual light (just in installing it in the room as with any overhead light).

  • ceiling medallion (optional)
  • socket splitters (I think I used 14)
  • light bulbs (I chose clear, round 25 W bulbs and needed 15)
  • porcelain ceiling socket
  • spray paint

To assemble, simply screw your first socket splitter into the ceiling socket and then continue adding splitters and shaping it into a design that you like.  I played around a bit and came up with this.

You could also do a longer, "drippier" design like this if you have tall ceilings.

Then, I stuffed cotton balls into the sockets to protect the electrical elements and Seth sprayed it and the ceiling medallion gold.

After that, it was just a matter of installing it and adding the bulbs.

With fifteen, 25 W bulbs this baby gives off quite a bit of light.  Thankfully, when Seth replaced the cream colored switches, he installed a dimmer switch for this room.

The "branching" aspect of it ties into the subtle woodsy/nature vibe that we have going on (which you'll see soon enough).  

Next up, I'll show you the tripod floor lamp that Seth made.

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