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HOWTO: Create antique style lighting


GQ Magazine: Edison era light bulbsIf you’ve ever been to a bar or restaurant with antique style lighting, you know how it can really give a space an interesting look.

Back in March, GQ Magazine had a quick one-pager about these Edison-era lights with some tips on how to build them yourself.

It is really easy. Here’s a quick overview of how to build a simple, vintage style hanging fixture…


antique bulb socket

The Bulb socket

First, you’ll need a socket that attaches to the fabric cord.

Brush up on the basics of wiring. It’s really easy and your local hardware shop can give you some guidance.

They are available here for around $6.
antique cord

Light cords

Next, you’ll need a cord.

For the most authentic look, go with an old-fashioned fabric covered cord.

Chances are, your local hardware store will have them but you can pick them up here for about $8.
antique Ferrowatt light bulb

Antique bulbs

Lastly, finish off the entire look with an antique-style filament bulb.

Ferrowatt makes great “Edison Style” bulbs that have a really authentic, hand-made look.

You can find them for about $10 here.

So for about $30 and about 20 minutes worth of assembly, you can build a really simple hanging Edison-era light that will definitely spruce up your living space. And if you’re feeling creative, there’s plenty of ways to build your own unique fixture with old lamps and parts from the hardware store.

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