The previous owners of our house were obsessed with sconces. Therefore most of the lighting in this house comes from sconces. There is some overhead lighting. Unfortunately, all of it is tragic.
Or should I say some of it was tragic. I did this project before I started blogging. And before I started blogging I never took pictures. So I don’t have a before picture to show you but here is the after. Super cheap and easy. My favorite combo…
WhenI first decided to make lights I scoured the World Wide Web. Most of the DIY lights are intimidating because they call for wiring, custom parts and other daunting things.
Then I came across Jenny’s DIY Branch Light and was inspired. (If we’re being honest, almost everything I do is inspired by her. I. Heart. Jenny Komenda.) This project inspired sconces I did later — I’ll bring those in a different post.
I pretty much followed Jenny’s very thorough detailed instructions. Go to her post for the exact “how to’s.” There were a few things I did differently.
First, Jenny used 12 double sockets. I used 11. For some reason that 12th one seemed too much. You can use however many or few as your space calls for. I should note that the double sockets are pricier than Jenny quotes them. At my local Home Depot they cost $2.48.
Second, Jenny sprayed her fixture gold. I know gold is huge right now — really all yellow metals are having their moment — but I’m having a hard time getting on that band wagon. So I sprayed mine with Rustoleum’s Oiled Rubbed Bronze. I really love this color because it reads black but it has a little sparkle. I use it on eeevvvverryyyythinnnnnggg.
And the third difference between my light and Jenny’s are the bulbs. Jenny used small clear globe lights. I decided I wanted to use different sizes.
When I first assembled the light I used a mix of small and large clear globe lights. Even with the lowest wattage (25W), the light was crazy bright. Do the math 12 x 25w = 300w!!
I was so proud of the light I’d force people to look at it. Imagine staring directly at 300w…burned retinas. Poor people.
After living with it for a few months, I decided it needed to be toned down. That’s when I decided to switch out some of the large clear globe lightbulbs with large silver tipped globe lights. The challenge was finding ones with low
The lowest wattage I could find was 40w. I was nervous but I discovered that the silver tipping really diffuses the brightness.
CB2 and other vendors offer globe lights with gold tips HERE. So if you want to stick to Jenny’s gold version you could use gold tipped bulbs. I think it would look stunning.
Here’s my DIY branch light again in all its glory…and it only cost around $50!