Lighting shops and craft artists sell jar light pendants for a hefty price, especially if they're made from collectable jars. There's no need to dent your wallet, however. You can make your own from any jar with a screw-on lid. The process is fast, and the supplies cost little. Hang one over the kitchen sink for vintage charm in your kitchen. Cluster three or more, at varying heights, to add casual drama to your breakfast room, conservatory or bathroom.
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Things you need
- Hanging light kit
- Cloth tape measure
- Saw-tooth hole saw
- Power drill
- Jar with screw-on lid
- Light bulb
- Stud finder
- Drill bit
- 2 Hooks
Locate the widest part of a hanging light kit socket, which is usually the lip just above the light bulb hole. Wrap a cloth tape measure around the dome just above that wide lip to measure its circumference. Divide the circumference by 3.14 for the diameter. Add 3.5 mm (1/8 inch) to the diameter for the hole and hole saw size.
Attach a sawtooth hole saw of the size you've calculated -- one designed to cut metal -- to a power drill. Unscrew the lid from the jar. Drill through the centre of the lid.
Thread the light kit plug through the hole, from the underside of the lid. Pull the cable and dome through the hole, until the socket lip beneath the dome rests against the underside of the lid. Screw a light bulb, in the wattage recommended by the light kit manufacturer, into the socket. Screw the lid back onto the jar, enclosing the wide socket lip and the bulb inside the jar.
Locate your ceiling joists with a stud finder, or by tapping for solid sounding areas. Drill one pilot hole into the ceiling joist where you want the jar pendant to hang. Drill the second pilot hole into a joist no more than 60 cm (2 feet) from the first, in the direction of your closest electrical socket. Screw hooks into the pilot holes.
Hold your jar light pendant next to the first hook. Lower the jar until it hangs at the desired height, and then drape the cable over the first hook. Stretch the cable towards the second hook, and let the cable droop into a swag between the two. Loop the cable around the second hook, which takes some of the jar's weight off of the first hook. Plug the end of the cable into the nearest electrical socket.
Tips and warnings
- If you'd rather hard wire the jar light pendant into the ceiling, select a hanging light kit that comes with a canopy kit instead of plug.
- Since you'll see the bare light bulb through the glass jar, consider using a bulb with a decorative looped or flickering filament.
- When drilling through metal, protect your eyes by wearing safety goggles.
- After you've drilled the hole into the jar's metal lid, beware of cutting yourself or the light kit cable on the sharp edge.
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