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…
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.
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.
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.
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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