Hi hi. Today I have something really cool for a D.I.Y. project. The hanging pendant light. You've seen them everywhere like:
Just a simple cloth colored cord with an awesome old vintage looking bulb. Now I've made a ton of these for around my house: girls room, my bedroom. I like that its simple and you don't have to be an electrician to get this beast put together.
So below is a supply list. The web sites where I purchase all my lighting supplies from is at the bottom of this post. Depending on what you are looking for, there is an array of cloth colored cord (say that three times fast) to choose from. I like the brighter colors because my walls are white (except for the bedroom).
*i am in no-way an electrician and do not claim to be!! Please, if you have technical questions our are concerned about lighting issues contact your electrician.
On with the goods.....
-Cloth -(or regular lamp cord sold at any hardware store) at whatever length you want. If you are hanging this from a ceiling I would go with 10 feet+ Here I only used 7.
-plug (these are the ones that I buy and are standard for most *if not all* outlets)
-light bulb- i always get a lower watt bulb because it will be hanging with out a shade. I don't want to be blinding everybody.
-wire cutter stripper
-philips and flat head screw driver
A cute helper
First thing you are going to is figure out your cloth cord length and you can order this by the foot or order extra and cut it your self. Totally up to you.
Gather your cloth lamp cord. Take one end of it and look at what other colored wires are coming out of it. I ordered my cloth cord along time ago on Ebay from Germany and it came with 3 cores (wires) and they are PVC insulated (including a ground) with it. Most do not, they only come with 2 PVC insulated cords unless you want the third for hanging into your ceiling. If so, look here they are an international seller with a bunch of cords to choose from and they offer 3-cores upon request.
here are some of the plugs that I use: I will be using the black one for this tutorial
some are screwed on like this white one below. Same concept though..just use a philips head and unscrew then pry it off.
I'm starting with the plug end first.
Here you are going to use one of the male bushings (they come in different colors) link here
slip the bushing on the cloth cord and the top portion of the plug.
screw the bushing to the top plug.
Here, like I mentioned above, I have 3 cords. *PLEASE NOTE THAT THESE WERE INTERNATIONAL CORDS THAT I BOUGHT. THE WIRE COLORS DO VARY. PLEASE MAKE SURE WHICH ONES YOU HOOK UP TO YOUR BRASS AND SILVER SCREWS.
I only need the brown and blue.
Using my wire strippers I will cut down the green wire.
wrap it with electrical tape
Now we are going to strip the other two wires. Strip about 3/4" off the end of the two wires and twist the lead strands together tightly
Hook each lead to fit around the screw terminals and attach the lead that has a ridge on the insulation to the silver terminal.
Use your philips head to screw the screws down. Not to tight though.
Pop your prong portion back in the top. Boom. You just made a light plug. Be proud.
There are an array of sockets to choose from. Key turn, solid sockets that require a switch (fancy), pull chain. The list goes one and it's totally up to you and your preference and what you think would fit best in what you'll be using your light for.
Here I took my light apart. I have a top, bottom casing.
A pull switch housing (which the wire will connect to) and the card board insert that protects.
Other end of the wire:
Your socket housing. Brass screw and silver screw.
Brass is for hot (usually for black, brown wires)
Silver is for neutral (usually white) in my case its the blue.
Again, make sure you put your bushing on with the top portion of the socket. I've wired some before and totally forgot to do this and wired the socket and then realized the top and bushing weren't on. Major bummer.
Agian strip your wires and electrical tape any ground wires (if necessary).
Look above at the wiring the plug and see how we curved the wire to fit and then screwed it in.
Brown to brass (or black)-HOT
blue to silver (of white)-NEUTRAL
Add your cardboard insert and the bottom cap.
Now, add your bulb of choice and there you go!!!!!!!!
Use an eye bolt lag screw to screw into your ceiling. String the light cord through and adjust the length you want it to be.
Please let me know if you have any questions and I will try to answer them!
I know the cost of the materials can get pricy. If you don't want to make one yourself, I'd be happy to set up a custom listing for you on our Etsy shop and you can buy one there! I also have more of the porcelain sockets too !