DIY lighting seems to be all over the blogosphere these days. Today, Apartment Therapy
features a tutorial for making a socket chandelier
. Their tutorial is inspired by David Allen's Atomic Chandelier
, which retails for $200. For far less money, you can create your own version using socket extenders (also known as "y" or twin socket adapters
), low wattage bulbs and electrical cord (if you don't already have a chandelier fixture). The result is both fun and modern.
Don't have a chandelier setup and don't want to deal with electrical cord? Never fear, you can create your own fixture by screwing right into your ceiling or wall socket - you just can't do the ball shape the AT writers did.
If you can, check out the September/October issue of Blueprint magazine
. They did a feature on the home and studio of designer Lotta Anderson (better known as Lotta Jansdotter). The spread included a full-page shot of her in her studio
(scroll down a little) with a "coral-like" chandelier, made of socket extenders, and almost definitely screwed into her ceiling.