How to install paper lanterns

Written by matt scheer
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Paper lanterns hang from the ceiling and give off a soft, diffused light. They provide wonderful ambient lighting and come in a variety of shapes. A lot of paper lanterns available now are globe-shaped, but others are rectangular or other interesting shapes. These lamps come in a variety of colours and are fairly inexpensive (starting at about £9 as of 2010) so they are a simple choice for adding decor to a room. Installing these lamps requires only a few steps.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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  1. 1

    Decide on a location for your lamp and make the necessary measurements. Measure from the outlet, up the wall and across the ceiling to the location where the lamp will hang. Write down the length and use the measurements when purchasing the lantern and a lamp cord.

  2. 2

    Set up the paper lantern if it did not come pre-assembled. Many lanterns contain a frame that folds down flat for easy storage. Insert the metal widening tool that comes with the lantern. Be careful not to rip the paper when inserting this part of the lamp.

  3. 3

    Insert the bulb and cord into the lantern structure. Follow the directions that accompany your lantern. Make sure that the bulb you are using is compatible with the lantern. Check the wattage and bulb type (fluorescent, incandescent, etc.) to make sure it is safe to use.

  4. 4

    Insert a hook screw into the ceiling using a power drill with a proper bit size to make the initial hole.

  5. 5

    Hang the cord from the hook. Make sure the lantern is at the height you want it before moving ahead.

  6. 6

    String the cord across the ceiling and down the wall to the outlet. Use a staple gun, tape or nails to keep the cord in place. If you are using a staple gun or nails, never put them through the cord. Position nails to the side of the cord and use the nail head to hold the cord in place.

  7. 7

    Plug in the lamp to the outlet.

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