Supplies to Make Hanging Globe Lamps

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Supplies to Make Hanging Globe Lamps
Making your own hanging globe lamp might be cheaper than buying one. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Globe hanging lamps are easy to make, and creating your own can be cheaper than purchasing a manufactured light. You don't need to have an existing light fitting to create your own hanging lamp and, once you have the right supplies, you can have your new lamp up and running within a couple of hours.

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Light Socket

If you already have a light fixture in your ceiling, you can purchase a fitting from your local hardware store. If you don't, purchase a pull-chain light socket instead. This is a light socket that comes with its cord attached, meaning you don't have to wire the lamp to an existing light switch.

Extension Cord

An extension cord is used to supply electricity to the light. It consists of copper wiring surrounded by plastic insulation, and you can purchase it form your local hardware store. You will need to purchase wire that comes with two insulated strips; separate these while making the lamp to avoid the risk of electrocution.

Light Bulb

The light bulb needs to be compatible with the light socket you've purchased. You will need to check the wattage and the type of fixture that you need for the socket. Light bulbs come with screw bottoms or bayonet fittings. If you want a hanging globe lamp with a difference, try purchasing a coloured light bulb or glass paint to create your own designs.

Globe Lampshade

Lampshades are readily available from home furnishing stores. You can choose from paper lampshades or glass globes. If you don't have a pre-installed light fitting, it is safer to choose a lighter lampshade, as this will be easier to attach to the ceiling.

Insulated Staples

You can use staples to attach the extension cord to the ceiling if you don't already have a light fitting. The staples have to be insulated so they don't interfere with the electrical wiring or pose a health threat. You can use a hammer or a staple gun to fix the staples and the extension cord to your ceiling.

Tools

To make a hanging globe lamp, you will need wire strippers, a craft knife and a screwdriver. The wire strippers are for exposing the wire insulation so you can connect it to the light socket; the knife is useful for stripping the cord in two before you attach it to the light socket; and the screwdriver is for fixing the exposed copper to the light socket.

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