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So for the last year I have been trying to find a lamp to hang from my trees. That is the trees I have hanging from my Imagine Dragons set. I have hung bare bulbs, bulbs wrapped in strange fabrics, bulbs with bug screen wrapped around them. But I never really liked any of them.

    So I went to buy my annual Christmas tree from the city lot down the street last month. The scouts always use the same lot and are self sufficient they have a little hut with a space heater and an AC box tied right into the base of a city street lamp. But what got my attention were some home made light fixtures the scouts had set up. They were made out of assorted jelly, spaghetti and mason jars. So I figured right then that I had to have some. So down to the hardware store.

    I decide I need to get the materials for a prototype. I own several jars already so I bring it with me. I pick out a sturdy ceramic Lightbulb plug. The smallest ones are 2 inches in diameter and barely fit snuggly on my big jars' lid. With this in mind I quickly have to figure out how many other holes I need to cut into this flimsy lid. 2 holes to bolt the socket to the lid. 1 hole big enough to shove the 18 gauge AC cord thru. And a few holes to attach a yet to be determined hanger.

The jars sell for 2 bucks, the socket costs 6, The male edison plugs are 3 bucks, the wire and screws are another buck. I add a jar of silicon adhesive and add it up. Each fixture can be built for under 15 bucks. But the new 100w equivalent bulbs are the tough item. They cost 6-12 bucks each. So I cheap out and for the time being I buy the last remaining 100w soft old fashioned light bulbs that Home Depot owns. 10 bucks for the last 12 on the shelf.

  

     Trying to figure out a hanger. First thought was to utilize an actual old wire coat hanger. I did that with my prototype and it actually worked. But it looked truly ghetto. While I want them to look a little trashy, they need to hang safely from the branches of my 17' tall trees. Maybe some wire safeties will work better. I see a trip up to Heroic lighting to borrow some tools is in order. 

It's minus 16 degrees here in the great white north this week. I am on vacation at home and thinking of going skiing. But it's just too doggone frigid to race down the side of a mountain. So I shall stay in my basement and knock out a dozen of these things. They shall appear in February.

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Comment by Adam Williams on January 6, 2014 at 2:05pm
That's awesome! Very firefly-esque. Thanks for sharing!
Comment by Nook Schoenfeld on January 6, 2014 at 2:00pm

Thanx Adam. Ramping it up a bit. This is just the lamps and some stark imagery and shadows

Comment by Adam Williams on January 6, 2014 at 1:52pm
Hey Nook,

Looking forward to seeing the new lamps when they're done. The Imagine Dragons set was one of the best on tour last year!
Comment by Nook Schoenfeld on January 6, 2014 at 1:09pm

-22 degrees in Minneapolis today. You moved at the right time it appears.

Comment by ANTONAKOS DESIGN on January 6, 2014 at 10:34am

i am wondering if you would have made the "new lights' if you where in sunny Ca! I moved on New Years day in the Peninsula! So HAPPY NEW YEAR! I made no resolutions!

Comment by Nook Schoenfeld on January 6, 2014 at 10:10am

Think I need to go that route, but leave the safety cable as a safety, so I can just connect the 2 ends over a branch to hang them. Good idea, thanx

Comment by Mike Rock on January 6, 2014 at 10:06am

If you are not happy with the way the safety cable works out I suggest some 1/16 inch wire rope crimped together to form an endless loop. With the nicopress sleeve hidden under the lid there would only be a loop of aircraft cable visible.

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