I am crazy about pendant lights because they are uber versatile and super easy to customize. Whether you use a pre-wired cord and socket set or assemble one yourself, the process is simple and the possibilities are endless.With the right materials an a little bit of consideration it’s easy to create a bespoke lighting looks for any space. When picking out cord for this project I was immediately attracted to the black and white hounds tooth cord because it’s so graphic (and I’m a sucker for black and white). I decided to pair it with the softer solid mint green cord for contrast. I used 2 lengths of the pattered cord and one of the sold one because I felt that 3 different cords would be too busy. I finished the look off with mirrored bottom bulbs because they added a hit of silver and in this configuration the bulb is as much a part of the design as the cord. –Megan
The full how-to continues after the jump!
- 1 black socket cover
- 1 black socket
- 2 white socket covers
- 2 white sockets
- 15-20 feet of solid color cord*
- Two 15-20 feet lengths of patterned color cord *
- 3 plugs
- 3 cord grips
- Three 40 watt mirrored top bulbs
- One power strip
Resources: Cord, sockets and Plugs from Color Cord
*Cord length will vary depending on ceiling height. You should be sure to take into account how long you want your fixture to hang down from the ceiling and the distance from the ceiling to the nearest outlet.
Tools & Additional Parts:
- A pair of wire strippers
- 1 roll of electrical tape
- A screwdriver
- A small ceiling hook
Resources: Tools and tape from Mc Master-Carr
- Begin by assembling the cords and sockets according to the manufacturers instructions.
- Next tie a loose knot with all three cords, just above the sockets. Use your hands to loop the cords as if you were crocheting a chain stitch. Continue looping until you achieve the desired length. I looped this one from the base of the sockets until it was long enough to hang nicely from the ceiling hook. I left the rest of the cord straight.
- Next install the ceiling hook and hang your masterpiece.
- Light it up!
TIP: It takes approximately twice the cord to cover the same amount of space when it’s looped.
Resource: Although any cord and socket set will work for this project I use supplies form Color Cord. They offer cord by the yard and sockets to mix and match and even pre-made pendants if you’re not up for a complete DIY. (Photos: Manuel Rodriguez)