The trick to brightening up this living room of mine isn’t just painting; it’s about improving the lighting, too.
So I built myself a couple of new lamps. Which is stupid easy to do.
I used some old porch lanterns originally intended to hold candles. Each has an opening at the top that is just the right size for a lamp socket to sit in.
The sockets and wires were left over from previous projects and old lamps. It was just a matter of digging them out and wiring them up in the lanterns. Keep in mind: there’s a right way and wrong way to wire a lamp socket. Unfortunately, both ways allow the lamp to work; you only figure out you’ve done it wrong when you zap yourself later. If you need a refresher on how to wire a lamp socket, check out the links below.
To diffuse the light from the bulb, I added freezer paper to each of the glass panes in the lanterns. There’s nothing special about freezer paper; if I’d had tracing paper, I would’ve used that.
I did drop some coin and buy LED bulbs for the lamps. I’m a big fan of LEDs: clean light, energy efficient and durable. You could use those curly-cue CFC bulbs but they’re such a hassle; they’re fragile and require special disposal because of the mercury in them. Also, LEDs give off no heat, which is an important consideration when adding paper to a lamp.
Got to say I’m pretty happy with how the lamps turned out in both function and appearance. Got a couple more lanterns and plan to make hanging lamps for the other end of the room.
The Family Handyman. How to Wire a Light Socket. Retrieved from http://www.familyhandyman.com/video/device/mobile/t/57561032/how-to-wire-a-light-socket.htm
This Old House. How to Rewire a Lamp. Retrieved from http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/m/how-to/step/0,,20446252_20883828,00.html