So you are basking in the euphoria of buying/ building your own home. You should be ecstatic, for good measure, since you have taken care of one of the most basic needs of mankind; having a roof over your head. You are now faced with the task of installing fittings, including lighting, in your new home.
If you are the type that has a nose for profound effects, then you can make a statement with the themes and designs for the lighting system that you choose. However, before you run off and expend scarce resources engaging the services of a lighting consultant, you will do well to try some of the Do-it-yourself (DIY) lighting styles/fixtures that are available. Not only are these styles affordable, they also allow you give vent to your creative muse and personal sense of style. They are as follows:
Cylindrical Bowl Veneer Pendant Lights
This lighting fixture is a sure way to creatively deploy light and shade in your home. The process itself is a lot of fun, for the average Joe/Jane. To make this pendant, you will need the following materials: wood veneer, glue, empty tin cans and threaded rods. The empty tin cans serve to give the veneer wood its cylindrical shape. The key is to use the veneer wood inside out, to bring out the aesthetic feel.
You will need to apply painter’s tape to one end of the veneer backing, with the veneer taped to the paint cans. You will then wrap the veneer around the cans and iron the overlapping section. The ironing is required to form the bond needed to hold the piece together. Once formed, the cans can be removed. The accompanying lights and other hardware can then be attached. These pendant lights can be deployed in areas like the living room, study spaces as well as storage spaces. It can also be used in the Kitchen but in a brighter mode.
Woven Wood Lampshade
This is another DIY lighting scheme that ticks all the right buttons for being exquisite and functional. The materials that you should go for include a glue gun, balsa wood strips, sticks and a lampshade. You will first line the top and bottom of the lampshade with the wood strips, then you can begin adding more strips in an intricate pattern of your choice; either in a random or definite manner. It is advisable you wrap wood strips in such a way that they do not lie completely flat against the shade.
Strip veneer Kitchen pendant lamp.
This lighting décor is similar to the cylindrical shaped variety. In this case, however, you will be making use of long, thin veneer wood strips. Other items required include large clips, scissors, a white glue, a small piece of card stock and the accompanying hardware. Your first step will be to use a strip of wood to make a circle in the size of the lamp you want to make. Add some glue and use a clip to fasten it to the base of the hardware (that has the bulb). You will then keep on adding more strips to form more circles, whilst holding them together with glue. Cut out smaller strips and weave in between the spaces in the lamp, in the same circular manner. Be sure to leave ample room for your hand to pass through, in order to insert the lamp bulb and to fasten the hardware mount.
These lamps can be used for many places in your home. For that added edgy effect, you can make them hang a long way down, from the ceiling.
Stir Stick pendant lamp
This is by far, one of the easiest DIY lighting fixture available to you. You can readily make this lamp with affordable materials. For starters, it is a pendant fixture covered with stirring sticks. You will require the support base of an existing pendant fixture. Once this is in place, you can begin to attach the sticks to the fixture by means of glue.
You can give free rein to your imagination by painting the outer sides of the sticks in any color scheme(s) of your choice. Attach the lamp to the lamp bulb hardware and you are ready to go.
Cube Pendant Light
This lamp fixture is awarded points for its simplicity, beauty and functionality. To achieve this lighting fixture in your home, you will need to produce the cube shape. You can use long or short pieces of ¾ square dowels. You will also need to make two squares a nail gun (or a hammer). Nail the ends of the long pieces to those of the short ones. Use the remaining 4 pieces to connect the two squares. You will subsequently add the cross pieces to give you your cubed shape.
It is important that the ends of the pieces are cut at 45 degrees. Give vent to your expressive self by painting the cube in engaging colors. Install the lamp hardware stand to complete this particular lighting feature.
Simple Wall Cable Lamp
This light fixture is the very essence of the definition of beauty in simplicity. Your starter materials for this lighting scheme will cost you little or nothing at all: a shelf-holder, a lamp bulb, a porcelain bulb holder, a wire cable and a can of spray paint.
You will have to decide what shape you want the shelf holder to take. Once you have put it together, you will mount it on the wall. Connect the lamp holder and wire to the holder. Finally insert the lamp and voila, you have your Simple Wall Cable Lamp. The spray can completes the beauty coefficient of your lighting fixture.
This is another exquisite light fixture that is guaranteed to brighten up any living area or space. The materials you will need include a bowl, chandelier light bulbs and fixtures, a can of spray paint as well as a mini pendant adjustable chord. You will first paint the bowl to a color of your choice. After letting it dry, you will have to put the electrical cord through the holes. The set-up is complete once the pendant wiring is fixed and the fixture turned on.
You can use this lighting scheme at dining tables and at gatherings of people who are interacting with one another.
Bathroom Expandable Light
If you desire to give your home a formal but warm appeal, then the Industrial Expandable Light fixture is the way to go. The items you will be needing include a tin funnel, a light chord, a bulb, quality glue as well as frack mirror. The tin funnel houses the bulb and is attached to one end of the expandable frack mirror. The other end of the frack mirror is attached to the wall. The wiring is passed along the length of the frack and you have your exciting lighting style fixture.
Kitchen/Bathroom Stick-on Lights
The DIY Lighting fixture is the definition of ease and simplicity. All you have to do is open up the packaging, peel away the back wrapping and attach the puck-styled units into your desired location.
This lighting style is especially handy when you need to provide illumination for areas without light or to brighten up a cupboard or a dark drawer.
What will tick the right spots for you with this lighting fixture is that they are flexible and easy to attach. The device is totally unobtrusive and can provide a continuous stretch of gentle illumination. You can choose to install in hard-to reach areas that are poorly lit or they can be used to complement the overall lighting scheme in any area of your home.
The above list is by no means exhaustive in putting together lighting fixtures that are expressive of your style and taste. A rule of thumb in choosing any lighting style is dependent of factors such as costs, areas to be illuminated as well as ease of set-up.
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