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Sinking Ceiling Light

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Sam Nichol
Sinking Ceiling Light

Project Type

Make-it-Yourself

Category

Lighting

Waste Materials

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A beautiful, unique light shade, made completely from reused materials including a celebrations tin and an old pair of tights. The light is extremely simple to make and requires no glue or adhesives. The final shade creates an ambient, warm glow with room for customisation.(IMPORTANT) Any nylon tights would need to be sprayed with fire-retardant coating.

Materials & Equipment List

One large plastic sweets tin, such as a celebrations, roses etc. Two caps from low temperature washing gel bottles. An old pair of tights (colour of your choice)a coloured spray can (Try to get something that matches the colour of your tights)Low energy bulb with a built in diffuser or frosted glass (incandescent bulbs get too hot for the lamp, recommend that you invest in an LED bulb, many come with a warrantee over twenty years)An elastic BandA scalpel or a Stanley knife.A Pair of Scissors

Making Instructions (Login to see the full instructions)

Start by measuring the bulb
Spray the outside of the celebrations sweet tin a colour of your choice. (We recommend black as a contrast to the red and it matches with the tights).
Cut a leg off the tights and cut the bottom off the foot, so you end up with a tube. Wait for the tub to dry.
Starting with the wider end, carefully pull the tights over the bulb, roughly lining the hole at the top with one of the openings of the tights.
Pull the end of the tights on the inside of the tub through the hole previously cut.
Cut off all of the rubber on one of the washing gel caps. Then cut off just the flat bit. Spray the one with the small hole the same colour as your tub.
Place the bulb inside the white gel cap, then push the bulb/cap into the opening at the bottom of the sprayed tub.WARNING: It's vital that you use an energy-efficient bulb, traditional incandescent bulbs are too hot and will melt through the plastic. However energy-efficiient bulbs are perfectly fine to use.
Pull the tights tight whilst keeping the bulb through. Trim the tights so that the bulb it just covered. Put the elastic band round the bulb fitting as low as possible.
Make sure the bulb is tightly secured. Place the sprayed gel cap on top of the bulb fitting, push the excess tights under the sprayed cap. (if the bulb doesn
Keeping everything together; screw/clip the bulb into the ceiling fitting. Then turn on and enjoy.It's a good idea to spray the tights with fire-retardant coating if you are concerned of a fire hazard, however low-engergy bulbs should not get anywhere near hot enough to cause an issue.
Enjoy the glow.
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