My wife has had a lot of health issues over the last twelve months because of her Multiple Sclerosis. She’s not able to do a lot of the things she used to enjoy because it’s affecting her eyesight and her hands. So when she told me she wanted to make a DIY hanging lamp to hang over the crib we keep for our granddaughter, I admit, I immediately thought the worst.  I envisioned having to rush her to the hospital after she accidentally sawed off a finger or worse. So to keep my sanity, I insisted on doing it for her.  Granted, I imagined it’d take an hour of my time and the use of some of my power tools. Boy, was I wrong.

What she had in mind was a craft project using tongue depressors, though she calls them craft sticks) and hot glue. I tried to tell her that real men don’t use hot glue, but she’d already bought the supplies and was set on her design so like I often do, I just went with it. While she used her creative talents to make some wall art to go with the new hanging lamp, I tried my best to carry out her vision.

Rustic DIY Hanging Lamp

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My wife gave me a pile of 6″ craft sticks (50), wood blocks (50), a pendant lite kit, three sheets of translucent vellum paper, three sheets of clear acetate paper with white script on it, a glue gun, glue sticks, a roll of 1/8″ double sided clear tape, and two boxes of the new  Philips Lighting Classic Glass LED light bulbs (60W  in Daylight and Soft Light).

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She explained the look she was going for was a rustic lamp hanging outside a Pacific Northwest Lodge. I said great, does that mean it doesn’t have to be straight? Oh no, she insisted even though this was a craft lamp, I still needed to make sure it was straight. Because I didn’t want to use a t-square or level for every section of the lamp, I took an old shelf I had in the basement, made sure the 45-degree angle was accurate and used it as a jig by adding a piece of wood to give me a little more working room.

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Once all twelve levels were complete, I took a moment to scrape away the excess glue. My wife wanted to paint the lamp and the extra glue would have prevented the paint from sticking. If I was going to make this lamp again, I’d use less glue initially so I didn’t have to do this step.

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I put the last four craft sticks into place and fed the pendant light kit through the bottom. The craft sticks hold the light socket and pendant cord in place, so they were glued under the top layer so that lamp kit won’t pull free from the light fixture.

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While my wife painted the lamp, I got the task of wrapping and hot gluing hemp cord to the light kit to make it more decorative.

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The color pallet my wife used was created from the fabric she picked out for the room. It’s a forest friend’s design with bears, foxes, trees, and more. She debated for quite a while with herself on which color to use. She finally settled on the dark brown because it’s a traditional color for the lodge-style lamp she envisioned.

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The paint my wife used is a satin wall paint and it worked well. She chose to paint after assembly instead of pre-painting the pieces because she wanted the paint to fill in the cracks. She was going for a weathered look as if it the lamp had been painted several times over the years and it’s been outside and neglected.  I don’t get this fake old look painting technique. Why paint something new to look old?

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My wife finished the first coat of brown (this was how I preferred it).

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I wrapped the cord in painters tape to protect my wrapping job.

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My wife wanted the light to look like it’s been out in the woods for a few years. She used the coordinating green paint and started painting everywhere she thought moss would grow naturally. She did mention that the wall paint on the unfinished wood didn’t blend as well as acrylic craft paint, but because this was color matched to the fabric, it was the better choice. To make the paint wipeable and more translucent, she mixed it with a paint with a little bit of satin glaze that allowed her more time to blend.

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She mixed several of the colors together to create a mottled look to the paint.

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After adding the green to the areas that would be without light, she went back with white and highlighted where highlights would be visible.  I’ll admit, it looks great, but what a lot of work! I thought we were done so I added a light bulb, took off the tape and got ready to hang it. But no, she wasn’t done giving me orders quite yet!

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Next, she handed me some sheets of paper. She said they’re scrapbook paper and they needed to be taped together because they didn’t come in sheets large enough to fit the space. I followed her commands and used 1/8″ double-sided clear tape to put all three acetate pieces together and then all three vellums. I took a minute to dry fit the green paper inside the lantern to mark where to cut it.  I trimmed the paper with scissors and then and taped the seam.

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I dry fit the green again to make sure it was still a good fit, and then I wrapped the green with the acetate and measured, cut, and taped its seam. Now I had a tube-shaped lantern shade with green on the inside and clear on the outside. Thankfully I got the words printed on the acetate in the right direction – it was completely by accident – I would have never heard the end of it if some of the text was upside down.

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My wife held the paper lantern while I added hot glue to the top of it – there’s only a second or two to get it in place before the glue gets cold, so working together was the only way to get it done.

The Light Bulb Matters!

Now, all we had to do was put the lightbulb in. Simple, right? Oh no. Evidently, the color of the lightbulb mattered. Not to me. All that mattered is that her lightbulb choice was safe and since she included two different boxes of LED light bulbs in the lamp supplies, I knew she’d covered that.

I hung the light and then started switching out the bulbs while my wife stood back to get the full effect. At first, I didn’t get what was so important about the color of the bulb. After seeing the difference I’ll admit it, it did matter. We tried three different bulbs and it was clear to us which one was the winner.

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Our choices – two LED and one standard A19 light bulb – can you tell which is which? The differences will be obvious soon. We tested all three in the pendant lamp by measuring their surface temperature after each had been in the light fixture for 5-minutes.

The first bulb we tested was the Philips Classic Glass LED Light Bulb – Soft White version. At the five minute mark, we took its temperature and found it was 79 degrees, the same as the room we were working in.  We didn’t choose this bulb for the project because it turned the color of the aqua paper to a tan color.

Next, we tested a standard A19 bulb in soft white. Unlike the Philips Classic Glass LED light bulb – Daylight version, it reached an unsafe temperature in just 3 minutes making it not only a fire hazard but also a burn hazard for any small child who might reach up to touch it. It also wasn’t flattering in the lamp because it changed the color of the paper and drowned out the text.

Our third try was the winner. The Philips Classic Glass LED Light Bulb – Soft White version was perfect. It only reached 79-degrees and it brought out the true color of the paper giving a soft teal glow to the room.

In the end, we both got what we wanted. My wife got the look she dreamed of, and I got the assurance that she won’t burn down the house with her handmade lamp. Plus, we both win because the Philips Lighting Classic Glass LED Light Bulbs should last approximately 13.7 years and they use less energy, so it’s a better deal all around. The manufacturer states that the estimated energy cost for each bulb is just $0.84 cents. Plus the bulbs deliver 800 lumens (the brightness they achieve), so you don’t have to compromise on brightness.

While many have a preference for soft white or daylight, we choose them based on where we place them. For instance, my wife insists on daylight bulbs in her craft room and the lamp in the living room that she uses when she crochets. The daylight bulbs with their blue light give an accurate representation of her yarn colors which makes matching them easier. We also use the daylight bulbs in the kitchen because the food looks better and it helps make the kitchen look and feel clean.

In our bedroom, we choose soft white bulbs for which makes the transition from waking to sleeping. But what makes these Philips Lighting Classic Glass LED Light Bulbs different from many of the other LED bulbs on the market is their shape. We’ve had many that we couldn’t use in our existing light fixtures because they were too tall or too fat. Many stuck out from the shade and looked silly. These new bulbs look and fit like traditional bulbs on the outside, but they’re very different on the inside.

These new bulbs look and fit like traditional bulbs on the outside, but they’re very different on the inside and thanks to my wife’s MS, we got a peek inside.

The new Philips Lighting Classic Glass LED Daylight and Soft White light bulbs are available at HomeDepot.com Their price is $9.97 (MSRP) for a four pack which is insane! I’ve paid up to $30 for a single LED bulb in the very recent past. With these prices, you can afford to change over all of the bulbs in your home and reap the saving and the safety benefits!

Connie will be sharing the wall art she made to feature with the light in a post in a few days. She’s had another week of invasive health testing, so she’s taking a few days off.

Are you a daylight or soft white lover?